We have a range of programs for Australian citizens undertaking an undergraduate degree at ANU or another tertiary institution in Australia who have an interest in learning more about research and careers in national security. 


n-Way Handshake

n-Way Handshake is a monthly networking event. Come along to learn about the how your program of study can lead to a rewarding and exciting career at ASD. These events are strictly invite only, and registrations are essential. To receive invitations to these events, join our mailing list. 

Undergraduate research

We support and provide advice on undergraduate research opportunities aligned with ASD, including Summer Research Scholars and Advanced Studies Courses. Contact us to express your interest.

Co-Lab Capture the Flag

Our annual Capture the Flag competition runs in the Semester 2 mid-semester break and features challenges that showcase the work of ASD. Compete in teams and try your hand at vulnerability research, language analysis, adversarial machine learning, cryptography, Open Source Intelligence and more!

ASD programs

ASD runs a number of programs for tertiary students including Internships, Cadetships and the ASD Graduate Program. The Co-Lab runs information sessions about these programs and to help you with your applications.

Curriculum and course advisory

The Co-Lab has helped develop unique courses and add-ons, including Network Security, Software Security, Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory. We thank our research partners at the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) for helping to enrich and develop these courses.

Short term contracts

From time to time, the Co-Lab may advertise short term employment opportunities. Roles may include

  • Temporary work on an ASD mission
  • Turning research outputs into ASD capability
  • Developing and presenting material for high school outreach
  • Helping with Co-Lab event management and general administration.


There are a variety of internship opportunities for current ANU students to apply technical skills and build professional skills, with work forming an assessable part of your degree. Our internship programs allow you to work on real problems with an ASD mentor and are open to Masters, penultimate and final year undergraduate students and provide valuable work experience that helps with future job prospects. 

Summer Research Scholarships

Summer Research Scholarships are designed for talented students from ANU and other tertiary institutions considering undertaking postgraduate research in the future. They provide an excellent opportunity to carry out real world research under the supervision of ANU researchers and an ASD mentor utilising facilities and materials not found elsewhere. Please follow the links below for more information, we look forward to welcoming you to campus in 2021/2022.

ASD Cadetships and internships

ASD supports its own cadetship and internship programs. These programs have a more applied focus, and will allow you to gain experience in different areas within the organisation. Current ANU students should also check out our Co-Lab networking opportunities

Are you out-of-the-box thinker and want a challenge?


"I really love mathematics and wanted a career solving complex mathematical problems and applying the solutions to real life problems, so in my summer research project, I got to build programs to identify bugs in cyber-security systems to make cyber infrastructure less vulnerable.

From there I joined the ANU MPhil program, a unique program which allowed me to work with some independence on a research topic and write a thesis. If you are interested in STEM, I encourage you to seek out opportunities with the Co-Lab. You will not regret it."

Summer Research Scholar 2019

Page owner: Innovation ANU