About the Program

The purpose of the DIIP is to increase awareness of career opportunities in the defence industry and provide student interns with the opportunity to gain real-world work experience in a growing sector. This is an opportunity for SMEs to showcase the defence industry as interesting and technologically advanced and to gain exposure to the skills, aptitudes and abilities of future graduates.

The Program matches small to medium sized defence industry enterprises (SMEs) with students nearing the end of an undergraduate engineering degree for a paid 12-week internship (450 hours).

50 engineering internships will be offered during 2019.

Approximately 3,000 small to medium enterprises (SMEs) support the Australian Defence Force.



Students are offered a paid 12-week internship of $915 per week (37.5 hour working week, as a casual employee), contributing to an SME engineering project.

This is an opportunity to gain real-life experience using the latest cutting edge technologies with leaders within the industry.

Internship hours can be allocated towards a student’s required industry experience hours.

Students can apply for up to 5 internships, in order of preference, all around Australia.

These placements are a great addition to a student’s CV.