The Playford Trust has entered into a new partnership with the Department of State Development and the Defence Teaming Centre to deliver the Defence Honours Scholarship and Defence and STEM Internship Programs. The Trust works with its partners to ensure these opportunities attract the best and brightest students South Australia has to offer.

The Programs enable some of the State’s most advanced technology companies to nominate a project to be matched with high performing undergraduate students in their field of interest.  The students gain valuable industry experience and are able to enhance their future career and employment prospects by working on real-world tasks.

The Defence & STEM Internship Program funds 10 student internships of between 12 and 14 weeks with defence and STEM based industries.

The current round of the Defence & STEM Internship Program is now closed. Expressions of interest from industry for the next  Program will open in May 2017.

Information about the Defence & STEM Internship Program is available from the Department of State Development website.

A panel with representatives from the Playford Trust and Department of State Development will provide a shortlist of applicants to the industry partner. The panel’s decision will be based on an assessment of the student meeting the eligibility criteria, their application, including their academic record, proven good character and leadership potential. The final selection will be made in consultation with industry partners.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students are in their third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree at one of the three South Australian universities.
  • Students must be a South Australian resident and an Australian citizen, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Students must maintain academic progress, full time study and meet the eligibility criteria thoughout the Honours project.

Students accepting the scholarship will be required to participate in a professional and entrepreneurship skills course.