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A future with purpose

Here, you will belong to an extraordinary collective. Your ideas and fresh thinking can help solve the future climate resilience, biodiversity and social challenges we face in a rapidly changing world. We are committed to creating a sustainable future – it's at the heart of all our work.

Our vacation programme kicks off in summer in Australia and New Zealand. It’s an opportunity to take a test drive before you graduate and see what your future could look like with us.

You will be paid for your work with us and get a taste of what it's like to design a new offshore wind farm, pioneer green hydrogen solutions, combat the effects of sea level rise or connect millions of people to work, family and critical services.

Our programme

Our summer vacation programme is a 12-week paid placement over the summer university break. You will have the opportunity to contribute to real projects and engage in weekly workshops to enhance your professional and personal development. 

Locations: our programme runs in Australia and New Zealand

From developing your influencing skills to building your professional presence and sustainable development knowledge, our programme aims to equip you with valuable skills that will set you apart in your career.   

You will have the opportunity to build connections and explore career pathways by networking with professionals across our firm. You’ll hear from experienced professionals sharing their career stories and insights. 

On completion, you will be automatically considered for a graduate role, putting you ahead of the graduate pack. Applications are targeted to students in their penultimate and final year of study, but we welcome applications from students currently studying a relevant degree.

Responsibilities vary depending on position but include:

  • Working closely with senior team members on multiple projects

  • Assisting in design, analysis, research and report writing

  • Participating in interdisciplinary meetings

We create spaces where everyone feels safe, seen and included and able to perform at their best. We take an approach to flexible working that supports the diversity and well-being of our members.


Taking your career forward with Arup

Our aim to provide fulfilling and rewarding careers demonstrates our commitment to our people. From your first day, you’ll join an unrivaled community of experts in a supportive culture where everyone’s happy to help and genuinely wants to see you succeed.

What we are looking for

We hire great people. Here are a few characteristics we look for:

  • Applications are targeted to students in their penultimate year of study, but we welcome applications from all students currently studying for a relevant degree 

  • Hold full working rights in your chosen country  

  • Availability to work full time over the summer university break 

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team

  • Self-motivated, innovative thinker and willing to take on new challenges

  • Well-rounded people, with extra-curricular interests and most importantly a passion for the work we do

How to apply

Our recruitment process is designed to make sure we’re a good fit and that you’ll get the most from the programme you’re applying for. 

Below, you’ll find details of the application process. Once applications are open, you’ll be able to click on apply and make an application. 

Summer vacation programme