For over 75 years, Arup’s vision, talent and tenacity has gained global recognition. Awarded 2021 Employer of the Year by the British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, we pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation, culture and people.
We nurture pioneers and original thinkers, becoming a welcome home for the creative and ambitious. Our environment fosters people to develop their talents and collaborate with like-minded colleagues to produce incredible work benefiting communities worldwide. From our founder, Sir Ove Arup’s interest in function and beauty, to today’s urgent need for a more sustainable built environment, discover the how we continue to shape a better world.
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If you’re interested in working at Arup, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Arup hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.
Dedicated to sustainable development, our firm is a collective of 16,000+ designers, advisors and experts working in 90+ disciplines across 140 countries. Founded to be both humane and excellent, we collaborate with our clients and partners using imagination, technology and rigour to shape a better world.
Our primary goal is to develop a truly sustainable built world. This means that in all our work, we aim to identify a balance between the needs of a growing world population and the finite capacity and health of our planet.
Our decisions and actions intend to produce inclusive and resilient communities, infrastructure and cities. We also recognise that sustainable development encompasses many different factors. So, our work also prioritises environmental regeneration, biodiversity, conservation of resources, stable economic growth and social progress.
We are an independent firm, owned in trust by our members. We choose work where we can make a positive difference in the world.
“Our work should be interesting and rewarding. Only a job done well, as well as we can do it – and as well as it can be done – what we do, and never be satisfied with the second-rate.”
– Sir Ove Arup
Quality, humanity and diversity are core values that set Arup apart.
You will work alongside talented people who share your ambition to make a difference through an unparalleled calibre of work. You will work alongside some of the most talented people who share your ambition to make a difference through an unparalleled calibre of work. We believe your development is shaped by a combination of factors, including training, learning from colleagues and through your work. From day one, you’ll work on challenging and meaningful projects.
We offer meaningful day-to-day work where you can develop an incredible range of skills and experiences on projects large and small. We support our people to get involved on issues they’re passionate about and where our expertise can produce the most value. From improvements to the Rohingya refugee camps in Myanmar to rapid Covid-19 healthcare support in Nicaragua, all our work aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Our vision is for an inclusive workplace representing our diverse society. As an ever-growing worldwide community of talented practitioners, the diversity of our people is central to our success. Our focus areas are gender, LGBTI, culture & ethnicity, age/generational, Indigenous and disability. We want everyone to feel they belong, have value, and can thrive. We are all unique – like a fingerprint – and we celebrate this uniqueness.
At Arup you’ll gain first-hand exposure to innovative, sustainable, multi-disciplinary projects from the very start.
Our Graduate Development Program runs over two-years covering a variety of learning and development opportunities, supplemented by on-the job exposure, working with your team and consulting with clients. The combination of formal learning and industry exposure will ensure you have the skills for a successful career and enable you to build your professional network.
The program launches with Graduate Connexion, which brings the entire Australasian graduate cohort together virtually in a variety of learning workshops, events and activities over the first few weeks of the Graduate journey. This includes meeting and hearing from some of our influential leaders and provides the opportunity for networking with graduates from other disciplines from around the region.
Further benefits of the program include:
- Ongoing mentoring from experienced practitioners in your field
- Direct involvement with specialist Skills Networks both regionally and globally
- Ongoing professional development (technical and non-technical) throughout the two years
- Access to an extensive library of professional publications, research and e-learning resources, including LinkedIn Learning, through our Arup University
- Support for career progression, chartership/professional qualification and association membership
Your dedication will be rewarded with a competitive salary package that includes profit share as well as benefits that reflect our respect for our people such as birthday leave, bike loans, social and sporting events and more.
Arup Graduate Development – infinite possibilities.
So, what does this mean for me?
Being a graduate at Arup, you will have the opportunity to work on some influential, ‘out-there’ and innovative projects around the world. We are known for providing unique and challenging solutions to our clients, resulting in being part of the creation of some of the global iconic buildings. Think of the Sydney Opera House, the Bird’s Nest and Watercube in Beijing, the Gherkin in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris!
We value our graduates and seek your input and you will be given responsibility and trust as a budding technical expert. We provide all the support and training you need, but we encourage you to push boundaries and achieve to a high calibre. Many of our leadership team started their careers as graduates at Arup and have travelled the world working on unique projects and working with diverse people. As a valued member of the Arup community, you’ll meet with and learn from the senior leadership team. An Arup journey is truly a ‘choose your own adventure’!
As a permanent employee and member of Arup, you’ll receive all the benefits of working for an independent firm. We share our profits with our staff and the community, not external shareholders – this is your firm. You will have many opportunities to get involved in our community engagement activities, pro-bono projects, and any social events.
How can I kick start my career with Arup?
Applications for our Graduate Programme open around March each year.
If you would like to register your interest in our Graduate Programme, please fill out this form.
We offer our paid summer vacation programme to university students who are in their penultimate and final year studies and are keen to gain experience and industry insight into Arup. You will have the chance to work on some of Arup’s ground-breaking projects, whilst receiving tailored support and professional development training. Additionally, involvement in the programme will set you in good stead when considering graduate roles.
We benefit from the young minds of our organisation, contributing new and fresh perspectives allowing for the continued growth of Arup and its contributions to shape a better world.
Applications for our Summer Vacation Programme open around July/August each year. To register your interest in our Summer Vacation Programme, please fil out this form.
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You will need to mention the office location, your area of expertise and your qualifications
Blended Abilities Test
Those who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to complete testing on our Sova platform
The testing covers a variety of skills including general reasoning, adaptability and interpersonal communication
Early Careers will shortlist candidates and provide them to the hiring manager
The hiring manager and team will be in contact to arrange an interview
Selected candidates will receive a verbal offer from the team. Not long after, an official contract will be emailed through to the candidate
Jason is a Graduate Engineer working in our Infrastructure (Highways) team in Perth. As a kid, Jason was fascinated with transport, particularly airports and roads and public transport. He dreamt of being a pilot, and when he had the chance to fly, he would gaze outside the airport windows and watch the planes come and go. As he got older, his passion for transportation brought him to civil engineering, where he discovered he could help shape the future of airports.
Jason best aligns with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal is number nine, ‘Industry, innovation and infrastructure’.
Why did you choose the Arup graduate programme?
I first learnt about Arup in my final year of university at a career event in Perth. I started talking to some people from the highways team about the culture and the projects at Arup. They were approachable and were passionate about their work. So, I applied to the vacation programme to try the firm out for a few months. The leaders and team members of the highways team were very welcoming and supportive and always encouraged me to learn, ask questions, and pursue my goals. I then transitioned into the Graduate Programme and started in 2021.
“Arup’s flexible working opportunities allow me to spread my working hours across the office and home to maintain a healthy work-life balance”
Tess is a Graduate Consultant working in our environment team in Brisbane. As a kid growing up in Central Queensland, Tess could be found hanging outside in nature, playing in the creek with friends and riding her bike along the local BMX tracks. Her love of the outdoors helped her choose a career in environmental science.
Tess best aligns with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal is number 15, ‘Life on Land’.
What do you get up to in your day-to-day role?
I help our clients manage environmental risks that threaten people, our cities and the environment. I’ve been working on significant infrastructure projects and smaller projects like environmental assessments over the last two years. In my team, we work with specialists to understand the different aspects of the environment and all the various constraints assessed for a project. In addition, I get involved in a wide range of activities, from advising policy to helping protect endangered species.
“It’s exciting to be ahead of the curve and progress renewable energy in Australia.”
Over the last year, I’ve been working on an offshore wind farm project, if constructed it will be one of Australia’s first-ever offshore wind farms. The project involves conducting environmental assessments, meeting with government and community stakeholders about project approval, and working with the client to guide design decisions. It’s exciting to be ahead of the curve and progress renewable energy in Australia. So, it’s great to be at the forefront of this technology.
Kaveesha is a Graduate Engineer working in our infrastructure team in Auckland. As a kid, Kaveesha enjoyed trying and learning new things, whether playing sports or spending time with family and friends. His father, a civil engineer, would show him bridges and roads he designed, and Kaveesha was always ready to ask questions. As he got older, his passion for people and his curiosity for the world around him brought him to civil engineering, where he discovered he could help design cities built for everyone.
Kaveesha best aligns with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal is number eleven, ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities.
What has been your most enjoyable moment/project so far?
My favourite project is working on Auckland Light Rail, where I was appointed design coordinator for the project. I’ve learned about the different disciples that go into a big project like this. I’ve also improved my soft skills like teamwork and communication with internal and external companies. So, it’s surreal to think I’m working on the project that first attracted me to the firm.
What are your future aspirations?
In the future, I want to help the city of Auckland be sustainable and inclusive for all people. I want to continue learning from designs and people worldwide and help bring that knowledge and innovation back home. Ultimately, I want to help our cities be safe and resilient for the future, and transport is a big part of that. So, I’m excited about the future, and I’m confident that Arup will help me create a pathway to my purpose.
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Arup’s multi award-winning office at One Melbourne Quarter was designed for high levels of amenity, daylight and social connectivity. The sustainable building design team spearheaded the Green Star, NABERS Energy and NABERS Water ratings for the base building and as well as Green Star, NABERS and WELL ratings for the workplace.
Arup is committed to creating an inclusive working environment based on merit, fairness and respect. One that encourages talented people of any background to produce their best work of the highest quality.
As a humanitarian organisation, we embrace the skills, abilities and knowledge that only a diverse and inclusive workforce can harness. Focusing on diversity and inclusion across our business allows us to adapt and change in the disruptive times in which we live and work. It enables us to harness the different perspectives of our people and create the best solutions for our equally diverse client base. We are constantly striving for diversity across the firm.
As a firm working in more than 100 countries, we recognise and respect each other’s differences and strive to build a working environment where those different perspectives create the best results for our equally diverse clients.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy covers the following focus areas:
- Culture and ethnicity
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Some of the key dates we celebrate as part of this strategy include:
- International Women's Day
- Wear it Purple Day
- R U OK? Day
- National Reconciliation Week (Australia only)
- NAIDOC Week (Australia only)
- Harmony Day
- International Day of People with a Disability
Arup's LGBTIQAA+ network
The Connect Out network aims to create a more inclusive workplace for everyone.
Connect Out is Arup's LGBTIQAA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, Asexual/Aromantic and Allies) Network. A network set up to support and educate all our LGBTI identifying colleagues and their allies.
Evidence has shown that an LGBTIQAA+ Network helps to ensure effective workplace equality and inclusion and provides vital peer support for LGBTIQAA+ identifying individuals.
We have a clear and broad remit for Diversity & Inclusion and are proud that we have received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s annual assessment of LGBTQ+ workplace equity in 2021 and 2022. There are several streams under the Diversity & Inclusion strategy, one of which is LGBTIQAA+ inclusion. At the core of the LGBTIQAA+ stream are the Connect Out Network's sustainability, growth, and success. The main target in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is to provide a workplace where everyone feels comfortable to bring their whole selves to work each day.
Through the Connect Out network, we aim to contribute to our Diversity & Inclusion agenda by:
- Reinforcing an inclusive and accepting environments for all LGBTIQAA+ identifying staff.
- Encouraging the recruitment, engagement, mentoring, professional development and (consequently) retention of LGBTIQAA+ talent.
- Encouraging LGBTIQAA+ allies to demonstrate their support of the network and LGBTIQAA+ employees and clients.
- Educating all members on issues affecting LGBTIQAA+ identifying staff and clients.
We continuously aim to better our organisation and ensure we foster a safe, inclusive and celebrated community through our 2020-2023 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
We are a gold member of the Australian Network on Disability (AND) helping us continuously improve and develop our disability support offerings. Annually, we use the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disability as a platform to coordinate events and activities that raise awareness of lived experience and to provide educational resources to support inclusion. In 2019, Arup completed the Australian Network on Disability (AND) Access and Inclusion Index Assessment to benchmark our disability inclusion and inform a revised strategy and action plan. In addition, AND’s Stepping Into programme provides a platform for internships into Arup for people with disability. We are piloting the Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE) Mentoring programme for job seekers with a disability to provide support and connection to the industry.
We support and trains Mental Health First Aid Officers within our workforce. These officers help spot workplace risks and hazards that may adversely impact mental wellbeing, identify signs of mental health, and connect people experiencing mental health illnesses to relevant and appropriate support.
We are proudly recognised as the Most Outstanding Company in Gender Diversity by Engineers Australia at a Women in Engineering Winter Gala and National Gender Diversity Awards. In an analysis of female representation by Consult Australia of Workplace Gender Equality Agency data (2015), Arup outperformed other engineering firms, with females representing 35% of the total workforce, 30% of Key Management personnel and 39% of non-managers. We have 35% female representation on our Board and are committed to 40% of the total workforce to be female by 2020.
We aim to be leading industry influencers to attract and retain women in STEM, both inside and outside Arup. Through ConnectSTEM, we aim to foster the necessary conditions for Arup to be employers of choice for women in STEM across every discipline and career milestone.
Employer of Choice for Gender Equality
We continue to hold the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation, as awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. The EOCGE citation is awarded to organisations that meet the 60 plus criteria under the seven focus areas listed below.
- Leadership, Strategy and Accountability
- Developing a Gender Balanced Workforce
- Gender Pay Equity
- Support for Caring Responsibilities
- Mainstreaming Flexible Working
- Preventing Gender Based and Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying
- Driving Change Beyond Organisation
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
We have embarked on our journey towards reconciliation for over 25 years. We recently launched our 2020-2022 Reconciliation Action Plan to continue our commitment to reconciliation in Australia by connecting with Indigenous communities and career opportunities. RAP is a framework in which we provide relationships, opportunities and career pathways with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and partnerships.
A RAP is a trademarked tool that Reconciliation Australia has developed to support reconciliation and bring about real change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. RAPs have a prescribed format built around relationships, respect and opportunities.
We also partner with like-minded organisations to maximise employment opportunities for indigenous students.
In Australia, we partner with Career Trackers, a non-profit to create pathways and support systems for Indigenous young adults to attend and graduate from university with high marks, industry experience, and bright professional futures.
In New Zealand, we partner with TupuToa, which offer an innovative internship programme creating pathways for Māori and Pasifika students into careers in the corporate and professional sectors.
We aim to shape a better Australia where the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and hence all Australians, are improved through a deeper level of understanding, leading to mutual respect and opportunity.