When you join Arup, you become a member of an extraordinary collective where your individuality can thrive. From day one of our Summer Vacation Programme, you will work alongside skilled professionals on meaningful projects. Your ideas and fresh thinking will help us solve complex challenges like building resilience to climate change, enhancing biodiversity and addressing social inequality. We are committed to creating a sustainable future – it's at the heart of all our work.

We’re looking for students ready to take the leap into the professional world; diverse individuals who want to explore challenges with curiosity and creativity. With opportunities across Australia and New Zealand, our aim is to welcome as many students as possible back into our early careers programmes, whether for another internship or a graduate position. These roles are a launch pad to your future.


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Our programme and what we offer

Locations: our Summer Vacation Programme runs in Australia and New Zealand.

Ready to apply your studies on real-life projects? Or maybe you’re looking to explore different career opportunities?

We can offer you many possibilities to shape a better world.

Our Summer Vacation Programme is a 12-week paid placement over the summer university break. It’s an opportunity to take a test drive before you graduate and see what your future with us could look like. On completion, you will be automatically considered for a graduate role, putting you ahead of the graduate pack.

You will be paid for your work and get a taste of what it's like to work on projects like offshore wind farms or city-shaping precincts.

You will access curated learning content helping equip you with valuable skills to set you apart in your career.  

Our curated learning workshops will help you: 

  • Develop your career by building your professional presence and employability skills. 
  • Learn strategies to manage challenges in the workplace. 
  • Unlock your potential using a growth mindset. 
  • Think towards your future by exploring career pathways and direction. 

A highlight of the programme is the sustainable development group project you will work on with a team of vacation students. You’ll have the chance to showcase your creativity and innovation whilst solving a sustainability challenge. 

We strive towards a working environment where everyone feels safe, included, and able to perform at their best. Our approach to flexible working supports the diversity of our teams and the wellbeing 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 unrivalled community of experts in a supportive culture where everyone is 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 encouraged from students in their penultimate year of study, but we welcome applications from all students currently studying for a relevant degree.  
  • You must 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. 
  • Innovative thinkers who are willing to take on new challenges with a fresh perspective. 
  • Well-rounded people with extra-curricular interests and a passion for the work we do. 

Start your application

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

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

Application process

Applying for an internship

  1. 1

    Online application

    You will submit your online application via our portal on Push Apply during our advertising period. You will need to mention the office location, your area of expertise and your qualifications. We will request a copy of your resume and academic transcript during the online application. Here you will have the option to include a cover letter. To progress your application, we will require you to meet the programme criteria.

  2. 2

    Assessment interview

    Held at your local Arup office, where you will meet with managers from your selected discipline.

  3. 3


    If successful, you will receive a verbal offer, followed by an employment contract offer pack.

  4. 4


    Acceptance of a position is by a signed and returned employment contract.

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