Apprenticeships, cadetships and internships
ASD participates in the Australian Government Digital Apprenticeship Program.
As an apprentice at ASD, your work will be varied and directly support Australia’s national security. You will be provided mentorship from an ICT technical expert for the duration of your apprenticeship. By the end of the program you will be part of a great team delivering critical ICT support to ASD’s mission.
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.
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.
ASD Cadetship Program
ASD is a member of the Australian Government Digital Cadetship Program managed by the Digital Transformation Agency. 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 and supervisors. 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 training to further improve your skills, and you will get the real-world experience that won’t get at university.
The program is designed for current university students who have completed their first year (full-time equivalent) of any of the listed degrees before commencing the program.
Cadets receive an academic allowance paid by the employing agency - $800 per subject (capped at four subjects per semester). This is paid at the end of each semester on successful completion of subjects. Moreover, you will be provided with opportunities for training (e.g. Red Hat, SANS etc), travel opportunities for external training and conferences, and other benefits such as free gym and parking and discounts with retailers.
In order to work productively and deliver meaningful work for ASD, cadets will work in a fast-paced, Agile development environment and be issued MacBook Pros for work purposes. A range of tools such as Amazon Web Services, Office 365 and the Atlassian suite will also be accessible.
As a cadet, you will be employed at the ASD 2 level and work on a part-time basis for a minimum of 2 days per week with ASD at a cadet-dedicated space in Canberra. This may be increased at agency or cadet discretion; the remainder of your time will be dedicated to finishing your university study. After successfully completing the ASD Cadetship Program, you will be offered a permanent ASD 4 position.
What will I do?
You will work as part of a cadet team in an ICT-related area with the flexibility to work in a large variety of areas including:
- infrastructure support
- applications development
- web development
- systems testing
- systems analysis and design
- systems management
- project management
- business analysis.
How do I apply?
- You must be an Australian citizen.
- You must be prepared to undergo a comprehensive security assessment covering the past 10 years or for the years since your 16th birthday, whichever is greater.
- You must have completed the first year (full-time equivalent) of your undergraduate degree.
Overview of security assessment
- A comprehensive security assessment is a prerequisite for all ASD staff.
- Security assessments measure your personal integrity and suitability to work in a high-security environment.
- Security assessments involve a background check and a psychological assessment.
- Both parts include a questionnaire and an interview.
- The background check will review your personal, social, residential, employment, financial and criminal history.
- The psychological assessment determines whether you have the professional capacity to work in a high-security environment. No feedback will be provided on the outcome of the psychological assessment process.
- Security assessments may take some time to complete; successful applicants will be provided with further information at later stages of the selection process.
This security assessment is only applicable to those wanting to join ASD and does not exclude anyone from joining the Digital Cadetship Program with another organisation.
Are you interested in furthering your knowledge of cyber security, information security, cryptography or data science 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.
You are provided with the opportunity to complete a supervised project based on ASD’s operational needs, such as malware analysis, vulnerability research or penetration testing.
Internships are project-based, relating to current programs or future initiatives such as:
- researching, developing, designing or testing tools or programs for cyber security analysis, development and exploitation
- software vulnerability analysis and auditing, including code analysis, static analysis, fuzzing, reverse engineering and vulnerability research
- contributing to, reviewing and testing current and new information security policies, eg, develop guidance on integrating security into a container-based DevOps software development approach (SecDevOps)
- investigating new directions in cryptography
- performing malware analysis, including static and dynamic binary code review, and web shell analysis
- data science and analytics, including predictive and prescriptive analytics and machine learning.
Students will be engaged on a non-ongoing short-term intermittent contract for 3 months at an ASD 2-level salary from November to February.
The Internship Program is run from the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Eligibility and selection criteria
To apply for an internship you must meet ALL the following eligibility and application criteria:
- be a full-time tertiary student who will be continuing full-time tertiary studies in the forthcoming year
- be studying ICT, cyber or information security, engineering, mathematics or other STEM fields
- have completed two years of tertiary study before commencing the Internship Program
- obtain a recommendation and endorsement from their course convener
- be an Australian citizen
- successfully obtain a Defence BASELINE security clearance
- Describe a technical project or challenge you have undertaken that demonstrates your technical ability, research skills and critical thinking (up to 400 words).
- Provide details about relevant experience acquired through course-related industry placements, other relevant industry experience or self-initiated development (up to 250 words).
- Describe the contribution that your engagement in this program could make and the expectations you have in the program (up to 250 words)
- And attach
- Provide a current academic transcript and curriculum vitae
- Applications for the 2018–19 Internship Program were open in May 2018.