Status

Expressions of interest are now open and close 29 May 2017.

Key facts

  • Open to defence and technology-based companies
  • Companies can nominate an industry project of their choice to give undergraduate students real-world experience
  • Explore innovative ideas, technologies and solutions by engaging high performing undergraduates over 12 weeks full time or up to 24 weeks part time
  • Placements contribute to the development of South Australia’s skilled workforce.

Eligibility

Companies must specialise in defence or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors and provide a project in one of the Nominated fields of education (PDF).

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.

See the Eligibility criteria (PDF)

Funding options

Companies can select from one of the sponsorship options:

Gold sponsor

  • Fully fund a student internship valued at $8,500
  • Guaranteed entry into the program (subject to eligibility criteria)
  • Acknowledgement of support in media releases
  • Social media promotion across Department of State Development (DSD), the Playford Memorial Trust and the Defence Teaming Centre channels
  • Access to program events, including company promotion at the Awards ceremony
  • Gold Sponsor certificate for company as well as a company logo placement on relevant student certificate, presented at an Awards ceremony
  • Opportunity to discuss other promotion and recognition activities.

Silver sponsor

  • The State Government to fund the student grant valued at $8,500, with the company waiving the employer host grant
  • Acknowledgement of participation in media releases
  • Social media promotion across DSD and key partner channels
  • Access to program events, including the Awards ceremony.

Program Partner

  • Company requires the State Government to fully fund the student internship – fees to cover both the student grant ($8,500) and employer grant ($6,500)
  • Acknowledgement of participation in media releases
  • Access to program events.

A case for funding can be made in the Application form. Funding support is not guaranteed, and will be assessed by a panel on a case-by-case basis. Companies that have previously participated in this program are encouraged to become a Silver or Gold Sponsor.

How to apply

  1. Read the supporting documentation:
    Eligibility criteria (PDF)
    Nominated fields of education (PDF)
  2. Complete the Application form

About the program

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.

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