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Graduates & students

South32 Graduate and Summer Vacation Programs 

We’re always searching for enthusiastic, creative and talented graduates and students to help us make a difference. 

With a focus on your development and continuous learning, we will give you opportunities to progress your career and become our future colleagues, leaders, and technical experts. 

The South32 Graduate and Summer Vacation Programs provides practical and hands-on experience to develop new skills and gain technical, professional and hands-on experience required to build your career and reach your potential.

South32 recruits’ graduates and vacation students across a wide range of disciplines. For more information on current vacancies please click the button below.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the jurisdiction where the program is offered. 

More about our programs

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Our Graduate Program is tailored to provide you with a unique learning pathway that will help you develop foundational skills to set you up for your future career with South32.

When you join the South32 Graduate Program you will:

  • Receive a personalised graduate passport to guide your development pathway over 2 or 3 years depending on your discipline.
  • Take a personalised pathway with rotations to build your technical and professional skills.
  • Lead an improvement initiative which has genuine business impact.
  • Participate in a 3-day residential experience with graduates from across our global operations.
  • Grow personally and professionally in a dynamic, inclusive and supportive culture.
  • Receive dedicated support from graduate buddies and senior leaders.
2025 Graduate Program

Applications for the 2025 Graduate Program will open in early 2024. Follow us on social media or return to this page for information once applications open.

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Running over a 12-week period, our Vacation Program is a pathway to our Graduate Program. Open to students in Australia who are in their penultimate year of study, the program provides a unique opportunity to learn and excel in your chosen career while being exposed to high-quality operations. 

As part of the Summer Vacation Program, you will:

  • Grow personally and professionally in a dynamic, inclusive and supportive culture.
  • Gain practical and meaningful experience at your preferred operation.
  • Undertake a project relevant to your degree that you will own and deliver.
  • Extend your professional network with colleagues from across the globe. 
2023-24 Summer Vacation Program

Applications for our Australian Summer Vacation Program are now closed.

Our graduates in action

Our graduates have rewarding roles. We help hone their skills and talents to become our future leaders and technical experts. Hear from Clarence Goh, Graduate Engineer at Worsley Alumina about his experiences in South32's graduate program

  • Jessica Boediman

    Graduate Data Science

    “The coolest thing about my job is being able to identify the likelihood of future outcomes based on historical data using data, statistical algorithms and machine learning techniques.”

  • Iain Riek

    Graduate Engineer Mechanical / Mining

    “There is always a new challenge, whether technical, practical or operational. I most enjoy the problem solving aspects of my job. At GEMCO, our location makes it a challenge just to get it to site!”