Dstl Industrial Placements


Are you studying a STEM degree?

Do you have a curious mind and enjoy solving problems?

Looking for the right year-long placement during your degree?

We Are Dstl
Ever wonder what happens at Dstl? Experience the incredible range of work we do at Dstl… in just over a minute.

Scratch the surface with a year- long placement with Dstl (Defence Science Technology and Laboratory). You will be working on projects with real-world impact and embedded in a Science and Technology division:

  • Cyber and Information Systems
  • Counter-Terrorism and Security
  • Exploration 
  • Platforms Systems

Our student placements are designed to give you a hands-on insight into working within science, research and defence. By becoming part of the team, you will see the impact you can make. Our friendly experts will nurture and support your learning and growth helping you apply skills you already and develop new ones on real-life projects. We want you to get stuck in, to challenge us, to question norms and to make the most of every opportunity we give you. 

During your placement, you will discover:

  • How to apply your knowledge/skills to projects protecting the security of the UK,
  • The immediate and long term impact you can have by launching a science, research and technology career,
  • Things you didn’t know existed (most of which you can’t even tell your friends about!).

To get the most from your placement, you will spend at least 75% of your time on site. This way you can connect with other employees while learning and developing skills within a computer lab, workshop or collaboration space.

That’s not all, impress us. We will speak to you about our sponsorship opportunities!

Who is Dstl?

Dstl is the science, technology and engineering arm of the UK’s Ministry of Defence. At Dstl, our values and culture are at the heart of what we do. We are innovative, collaborative and impactful.

We recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion as we welcome fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

We particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl.

On your Industrial Placement, you will:

  • Make genuine contributions to projects advancing research and technology – which due to sensitivities, cannot be done anywhere else!
  • Explore the organisation and opportunities available
  • Learn from our helpful and friendly experts
  • Get an insight into working for Dstl and within UK Government
  • Take pride and care in your tasks, knowing what you do makes real impact 

Person specification

We are looking for someone who is/has:

  • Studying for a degree in any STEM discipline (first or second year) – unsure if your degree would be of interest? 
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving skills

Excited? Apply now and discover the reality behind the mystery!


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working Together


Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

  • Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution (find out more here). In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.
  • Flexible working: Options include alternative working patterns such as; compressed hours (e.g. working a 4 day week/ 9 day fortnight), job shares and annualised hours (agreed number of hours per annum paid monthly i.e. working term-time only).
  • Working hours: Flexibility around your working day (e.g. start time, finish time). Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.
  • Where you work: Depending on your role, blended working may be available including remote working to suit you and your team. This can be discussed at interview.
  • Annual leave: 25 days' pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.
  • Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid
  • Learning and Development: Dstl encourages and supports charterships, accreditations and provides employees access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Dstl will pay for 2 memberships with relevant bodies/institutions. Employees also have access to Civil Service Learning.
  • Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

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Job ID Number: 314347
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  • Deadline
    October 9th, 2023
  • Starting
    June 2024
  • Hiring Multiple Candidates
  • Salary
    £21,131 + benefits
  • Degree required
    All grades
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Location
    Salisbury (Wiltshire) and Hampshire
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Avionics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Statistics
Also Accepting...
  • All STEM disciplines
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