DST Summer Vacation Placements are now open

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol44 Issue36 9–13 September 2019

Applications for the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Summer Vacation Placements are now open!The Summer Vacation Placement (SVP) is a 12-week paid program targeted at high- performing undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. The program provides successful applicants the opportunity to gain work experience in a large research organisation, where they will be supervised by DST staff.

Throughout the 12 weeks, applicants will undertake a research project, work at a DST laboratory under the supervision of science and technology staff. Applicants will also receive a support payment.

To be eligible for the SVP program you must:


  • be an Australian citizen;
  • be a full-time tertiary student who will undertake full-time tertiary studies in the following year;
  • have completed a minimum of two (2) years of tertiary study before starting a project;
  • be available to undertake a full-time work placement between November and February; and
  • be able to obtain a Baseline security

Projects may be available at any DST site across Australia, we encourage applicants to apply for projects within their locality, as successful applicants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and associated costs.

Applications for the SVP should be made online at https://defencecareers.nga.net.au/?jati=86DA6508-73F6-626D-8DF3-AD8B5F47E59A. This year DST is also running an affirmative measures process. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply at https://defencecareers.nga.net.au/?jati=2166247B-F374-6BEA-AE55-AD8B6094BD9F.

A list of potential DST projects are available on our website https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/careers/scholarships-and-placements/summer-vacation- placement-program.


For further information, please contact the STEM Programs Team on STEMPrograms@dst.defence.gov.au


Yours Sincerely,



STEM Programs Team

Science Strategy and Program Division Defence Science and Technology

Email: STEMPrograms@dst.defence.gov.au

Defence Science and Technology acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Country throughout Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and

community. We pay our respects to them, their culture and to their Elders past and present

Updated:  1 October 2022/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSPhys/ Page Contact:  Physics Webmaster