2017 Defence and Stem Internship Program :2017 Defence and Stem Internship Program

Opening Date: 19-07-2017   Closing Date: 30-07-2017  


The Defence and STEM Internship Program funds internships of between 12 and 24 weeks with defence companies and STEM–based industries. Industry partners will have opportunities to tap into new ideas and insight from students who are learning cutting edge technologies and applications. The Defence and STEM Internship Program is delivered by the Department of State Development in partnership with the Playford Memorial Trust and the Defence Teaming Centre.

Students may receive up to $8,500 to undertake a 12-week full time or up to 24 weeks part time work placement (payable in two instalments

Open to undergraduate students majoring in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field of education. Students will gain valuable industry experience with South Australia’s most advanced technology and defence companies. Intern students must be:

  • an undergraduate
  • an Australian Permanent Resident or an Australian citizen
  • undertaking their third or fourth year of study at a South Australian University and in one of the Nominated fields of education (PDF)
  • high achievers with an excellent undergraduate academic record
  • of good character and have leadership potential.
  • Students must maintain a satisfactory academic progress and meet the eligibility criteria throughout the period of the internship.


  • Complete the application form, which will be submitted to the Department of State Development. The application involves answering questions and uploading a resume, two referee statements and an academic transcript.
  • An assessment panel will short list applications, which consist of members from the Playford Trust, Defence Teaming Centre and Defence SA.
  • Industry partners will make the final selection based on the shortlist of candidates.
  • The final details of the internship will be negotiated between the student, the relevant industry partner and the university. The internship cannot be deferred and must be taken up in the year in which it is offered. If a student declines the internship, it will be offered to the next ranked student.
  • Once selected, the successful student will be asked to sign an agreement with the Department of State Development and the Playford Trust.  Students may also be required to sign a separate agreement with their host employer.
  • Students may also be required to undertake a police check prior to commencing your internship.

To apply please visit the following link: http://innovation.sa.gov.au/opportunity/2017-defence-stem-internship-program/

For more information, contact Jane Liew at the Department of State Development on telephone 8226 3136 or email jane.liew@sa.gov.au

Scholarship Type: undergraduate, continuing,