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 eligible degree for a paid 12-week internship (450 hours).

100 engineering internships will be offered during 2021.

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

2020/2021 Year in Review

DIIP Panel Discussion

Are you Eligible?

To be eligible for an internship you need to:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be studying an eligible degree (with a strong academic record) currently enrolled full-time at an Australian university
  • Be able to commit to the full 12-week internship (placements will commence between 15 November 2021 and end of January 2022)
  • Be able to obtain necessary workplace clearances prior to commencement of the internship
  • Have not previously undertaken a DIIP (or DEIP) internship


Students are offered a paid 12-week internship of $930 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 practical industry experience hours. The internship cannot be used as a credit for a course of study but provides practical working experience as required by most Australian universities to complete your engineering degree.

Students should select their preferred internship opportunities from 1 to 5.

Due to ongoing inter-state travel restrictions, students will generally be appointed to opportunities within their home state.

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