Blog icon

The Defence Industry stream of the program will provide Years 10 and 11 high school students with an opportunity to experience the Defence Industry first-hand in a virtual environment, gain exposure to real-world STEM skills and work on group projects with the support of experienced STEM Defence Industry professionals.

The program will support students to undertake work experience remotely, providing opportunities for those who may face geographic or other barriers to participating in traditional work experience. It also allows you the opportunity to experience contemporary ways of working, from homes, and with people across geographic boundaries, just as many workplaces do every day.

Instead of attending a work site, experienced STEM Defence Industry professionals will supervise groups of students, using a secure online platform. The groups will comprise up to five students - who may be remote from each other - working together to complete tasks which can be used as part of portfolios and to help inform your study and career plans. The duration of each placement is 5 days.


To be eligible to do virtual work experience, students must be:

  • in year 10 or 11, and aged 15-17 years for the duration of the work experience
  • enrolled in a school in Australia
  • able to commit to a designated week between February and December 2023
  • be supported by a teacher, parent or other approved adult in their physical location throughout their work experience project.


Code Opportunity name Start date Duration 9am to 3pm in this time zone Application closing date
Electrical/Electronic/Software Engineering
Monday 30th October 5 days AEST 27th September 2023


Please review the list of opportunities above and note the code of the opportunity in which you would like to express interest. Work experience can only be completed on the time/date designated in the list above and will be completed in groups of up to ten students.

The Virtual Work Experience team at CSIRO will use the details you provide to match students and supervisors according to STEM interest areas and date/time zone availability. Please note, due to limited places available, CSIRO cannot guarantee participation for all students wishing to be involved. Priority will be given to students from regional and remote locations and to students in the same time zone as the supervisor.

How to apply

Applications for Year 10 and 11 students wishing to apply for Virtual Work Experience Program - Defence Industry Stream are now open. The application form is intended to be completed by a parent or guardian of a student interested in participating.

CSIRO Virtual Work Experience Program - Defence Industry Stream: Fine print

Read the Fine Print and apply now.

Contact us

Find out how we can help you and your business. Get in touch using the form below and our experts will get in contact soon!

CSIRO will handle your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and our Privacy Policy.

First name must be filled in

Surname must be filled in

I am representing *

Please choose an option

Please provide a subject for the enquriy

0 / 100

We'll need to know what you want to contact us about so we can give you an answer

0 / 1900

You shouldn't be able to see this field. Please try again and leave the field blank.