More opportunities for students through the Defence Industry Internship Program

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

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6 November 2019

Australian engineering students will now have more opportunities to experience working in defence industry in what is also a win for small businesses in the sector.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP today announced the Morrison Government had increased funding to the Defence Industry Internship Program, which would now provide 70 internships nationwide.

“The Program links engineering students with defence industry by facilitating 12 week internships with defence industry small businesses,” Minister Price said.

“It provides the next generation of Aussie engineers with hands-on experience in defence industry, and will help to attract the workers we need to deliver the Morrison Government’s $200 billion build-up of defence capability.

“As a key initiative of the Defence Industry Skilling and STEM Strategy, the Morrison Government is investing $1.9 million in the Defence Industry Internship Program in 2019-20.”

Other measures in the Strategy include a $4 million grants program to support skills training in defence industry, $2.6 million for the continuation of the Schools Pathways Program, and the establishment of the Defence Industry Skills Office.

More information on the Defence Industry Internship Program can be found at


Authorised by the Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry, WA, Australia

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