Student opportunities

Are you a student looking to extend your knowledge? Do you want to learn how you can apply your skills in the real world? The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) supports a range of activities for students, from primary school up to tertiary level.

Primary and high school student opportunities

Girls' Programming Network

Are you a girl interested in STEM subjects? Would you like to meet other girls with similar interests to you?

The Girls' Programming Network (GPN) is an extra-curricular program run by girls for girls, coordinated through the National Computer Science School at Sydney University. ASD sponsors the Canberra GPN.

The GPN aims to inspire and support girls interested in computers and technology, and is aimed at Year 4–11 girls of all programming abilities.

ICT Masterclass

ASD has worked with the National Computer Science School (NCSS) Summer School for a number of years, and through this has developed an ICT Masterclass focused on cyber security. You can take this course at the NCSS Summer School or through your high school IT class at ASD’s Information Security Hub. You will be exposed to a range of cyber security challenges to develop your interest, skills and knowledge in cyber security. This program is aimed at Year 11–12 IT students.

Maths Appreciation Days

Are you interested in maths? Do you enjoy the challenge of solving problems? Are you thinking about a career in maths or STEM? ASD, in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) conduct several Maths Appreciation Days each year.

The day consists of a number of challenges that require you to apply your mathematics skills to unique and unusual challenges. The days also discuss careers in mathematics, and the learning through high school and university you need to achieve one of these careers. The program is aimed at Year 10–12 students.

Email ASD Information Security Hub or phone (02) 6144 9011.

Work experience

ASD offers work experience placements for Year 10–12 students within the Defence Work Experience Program at the ASD Information Security Hub. Students work on a scenario-based program run over five days. The program offers you an opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in STEM, focussing on information and cyber security.

Students undertaking ASD work experience may undertake a number of challenges designed to increase their STEM knowledge and understanding, such as:

Preference will be given to senior high school students who can demonstrate high achievement in mathematics and science and show a keen interest in information technology. Students with an aptitude for discovering how technology works rather than the use of technology will be considered favourably.

All placements are in Canberra. Students from interstate are welcome to participate but are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

At the conclusion of each student's work experience, supervisors, work experience coordinators and parents will be invited to a presentation of students' achievements during the placement.

Five week-long sessions are run through the second half of the year. Learn more and apply now for the Defence Work Experience Program at the ASD Information Security Hub.

ASD apprenticeships

ASD is an active member of the Australian Government ICT Apprenticeship Program. This program is for students who are currently completing their Year 12 Certificate, or people with a passion for ICT who are looking for a new and exciting career change.

As an apprentice at ASD, your work will be varied and directly support Australia’s national security. You will work on ASD work packages in a team with other apprentices. You will also be provided with an ICT technical mentor for the duration of the apprenticeship. As an ASD apprentice, you will build your own PC that you will work on for the duration of the apprenticeship program.

You will work the equivalent of four days per week with the remainder of your time dedicated to completing a Certificate IV (two years) or a Diploma (three years). You will be paid for your studies as well as your work under a competitive remuneration package.

In addition to Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) studies, ASD apprentices undertake an extensive training package where you can obtain nationally recognised ICT training qualifications.

Applications for the 2018 apprenticeship program closed on 4 August 2017.

Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship for Year 12 students

ASD sponsors Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship program students in computer science and cyber security at the University of NSW, Canberra, at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The aim is to encourage students into degrees in cyber security and provide exposure to ASD through the work placements under the scheme. This program is aimed at Year 12 students moving into university studies.

Tertiary student opportunities

ASD Cadetships

ASD is an active member of the Australian Government ICT Cadetship Program. As a cadet at ASD, you are given the opportunity to move through a range of roles to find the one that you’re passionate about. You will work with other cadets under the supervision of ASD mentors. Cadets at ASD are able to work on a wide range of projects, directly contributing to Australia’s national security. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of training to further improve your skills, and you will get the real-world experience that you aren’t taught at university.

The program is for current university students who are undertaking an undergraduate degree in ICT. The program allows for a very flexible work-study life, requiring cadets to work a minimum of two days per week. As a cadet, you choose how to spend the other three days, either working more hours or dedicating that time to your studies or a mixture of both.

Email ASD ICT Cadetship Program.

Internship Program

Are you interested in furthering your knowledge of cyber security, information security or cryptography while gaining valuable workplace experience?

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) sponsors an Internship Program for tertiary students studying ICT, cyber or information security, engineering, mathematics or other STEM fields. Internships are undertaken during university summer holidays.

Internships are project-based, relating to current programs or future initiatives such as:

Students will be engaged on a full-time non-ongoing short-term contract for 3 months at an APS 2-level salary (PDF) during university summer holidays.

The Internship Program is run from the ASD Information Security Hub or the new Australian Cyber Security Centre in Canberra.

Eligibility and selection criteria

To apply for an internship you must meet ALL the following eligibility and application criteria:

Application process