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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.
Start here, go anywhere
Arup is one of the world’s largest, most respected names in the built environment. We’ve achieved this status by looking beyond the obvious while balancing creativity with logic and practicality with the aesthetically pleasing. Such an approach has resulted in world-renowned projects such as the Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Sydney’s Opera House and Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands® Integrated Resort.
We believe that greatness cannot be achieved through sameness so we evaluate potential team members by their thinking, creativity and ability to collaborate rather than their sex, nationality or religion. It’s a formula that’s proved sustainable for nearly 70 years and helped us live by our claim of ‘shaping’ a better world’.
What we’re about
In 1970, our founder Ove Arup, observed that, “it was possible to create an organisation that is human and friendly in spite of being large and efficient”. He was a man well ahead of his time just as his company is today. We are an independent organisation owned in trust for its employees and their dependants. It’s a visionary structure created around the welfare of its people rather stockholders. It also allows for a wonderful culture with employees happy to work cooperatively knowing that, in the long run, if they succeed everyone succeeds.
Naturally, when you’re starting out, you’re hungry for possibilities. So our approach to integrating graduates into the industry means you’ll soon find yourself in front of clients. Better still, you’ll be expected to contribute not just sit there silently. And as you’d expect of a culture like ours, you’ll be exposed to exciting, multi-discipline projects from the very start.
The Graduate Development Program is a two-year program covering a mix of formal and on-the job-learning, professional development designed to ensure you have the skills for a successful career, and to build your professional network.
The program launches each year with Graduate Connexion - where we bring all of our graduates in the region together in a mystery location for a three day learning and networking extravaganza. Benefits of the program include:
- Ongoing mentoring
- Professional development (technical and non-technical)
- Support for chartership/professional qualification
To ensure your career develops seamlessly we offer a structured, ongoing learning and development framework for all staff members that include exciting opportunities for secondments around the world.
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.
So what does that mean for you?
Many of our graduates join Arup knowing that we work on some pretty amazing, ‘out-there’ 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!
What our graduates are often surprised by, is how quickly you’ll be given responsibility and trust as a budding technical expert. You’ll be provided all the support and training you need of course, but you’ll also be encouraged to push your own boundaries and really achieve. Many of our leadership team started their own careers as graduates at Arup, and have travelled the world working on amazing projects and working with amazing people. An Arup journey is truly a ‘choose your own adventure’!
At Arup we place high value on building and maintaining relationships with colleagues from across the Arup world. To start this journey, each year we hold a networking event for all graduates from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore; at this event you will meet with, work with, and socialise with fellow graduates from a wide range of backgrounds different to your own. You’ll also meet with and learn from the senior leadership team, many of whom were graduates at Arup themselves. Plus it’s a really fun event!
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 a huge number of opportunities to get involved in our community engagement activities, pro-bono projects, and any social events you’re interested in. What will your Arup journey look like?
This sounds amazing, tell me how to apply!
In 2021, we are bringing on 120+ graduates across a huge range of disciplines, and locations.
To apply, please register and complete the application form on our website. Applications are open for Aus & NZ from February 19th and will close in early April – get your application in early!
Graduate Connexion 2020
Highlights of Graduate Connexion 2020
Our Summer vacation program is paid experience over the summer university break. You will have the opportunity to contribute to Arup’s ground-breaking projects, while receiving a mix of on-the-job and professional development training and building your network with the best in the business. By being part of the program, you will also be automatically considered for a graduate role, putting you ahead of the pack! Applications are open to students in their penultimate and final year of study.
Applications for the 2020/21 summer vacation program are now open and close on Sunday 13th September 2020.
How do I stand out from the crowd?
Ever been told that you’re unique? That there’s only one you? It’s true! We’re looking for people who bring a unique perspective and who are passionate about what they do – whatever that is. We value balance in our lives and would love to know what makes you tick. Don’t try to guess what we want to hear – just be honest and open about who you are.
We can’t wait to receive your application
How can we plan and design cities for the future? How is the energy sector responding to a changing world? How can we meet the water needs of rapidly growing urban populations? How are transport hubs evolving to meet local needs? These are just a few of the questions Arup members ask and answer on a daily basis on behalf of the world’s population – would you love to help us shape a better world?
Jasmijn is a Graduate Electrical Engineer in our Melbourne Buildings team.
As a graduate at Arup you are given the freedom to learn and experience the industry with all the support you need. You are not expected to know everything from day one or expected to learn everything by day two. Instead you are given the opportunity to slowly develop your skills within the area you enjoy over a two-year period. One of the key values of Arup is ‘Quality of Staff’. This is clearly shown in the guidance and support you receive by everyone throughout your graduate program.
Arup’s goal to ‘engineer the world’ with ‘total architecture’, aligns with my goal of working overseas in the future. And to be a part of something big or as Ove once said, “to shape a better world”. Arup, being a global firm gives me that opportunity to work on projects all over the world. To make a difference to not only Australia but the world. Being a graduate is only the beginning to one’s career, and what’s a better place to begin that career than at a company that will guide you to achieve your goals.
The most exciting thing I have been involved in since joining Arup is being part of the digital transformation initiative. Using skills I learnt from my internship I was given the opportunity to develop augmented reality (AR) applications for the buildings group. This work lead to me attending an AR conference where I met various people from the industry who are all passionate about creating a digital future. I am now working with the digital team to develop digital initiatives that could drive change in our future.
Xavier is a Graduate Acoustician in our Melbourne Consulting team.
After research and talked to a few people who worked at Arup I decided I really want to be there, especially because of the firm’s focus on people and culture, opportunities to do interesting research and work abroad during my career if I wanted to. These values really align with me and so it had to be Arup.
Having the awesome people around you every day that celebrate with you during the highs and keep you smiling during the lows, and having a work space that keeps you positive and inspired is something that is pretty special about Arup. I am not surprised that there are many people that have worked here their whole lives.
The importance of people, communication and seeing the bigger picture in everything I do is something that I value above most things and the fact that Arup prides itself on this (go check out the Key Speech) is the reason I probably feel so comfortable coming to work every day. It’s also really cool that Arup values personal development as well as career progression and encourages people to work abroad or take on opportunities that aren’t always directly work related which something I’ve always hope to do in my career. I feel pretty confident that Arup will support what I want to do in my career and where I want it to go.
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. We are constantly striving for diversity across the firm. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s an important part of our values and aims and how we maintain our reputation for innovation and creativity.
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 D&I 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
We know that a diverse workforce is a higher performing business. Women are under represented and in order to correct this imbalance we need to take action. In Australia, 12.4% of engineers are female.
We need to encourage more women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and vocations.
ConnectSTEM is a group of passionate Arupians who have set a mission to shift the needle for women in STEM by considering each element of the cycle of a career, from schooling and university choices, through to senior leadership, returning to the workforce and ongoing participation.
Our vision is to be leading influencers in our industry with the goal to attract and retain women in STEM and engineering, both inside and outside of Arup.
ConnectSTEM aims to strategise Arup's engagement in STEM and engineering activities. We aim to share the brilliance of a STEM career internally and externally to attract women into the industry and retain our current staff. We aim to create the necessary conditions for Arup to be employer of choice for women in STEM at all phases of the working career.
Employer of Choice for Gender Equality
Arup continues 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 who meet 60 plus criteria under 7 focus areas as 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
Arup's LGBTIQAA+ network
The aim of the Connect Out network is 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.
At Arup, we have a clear and broad remit for Diversity & Inclusion. Under the Diversity & Inclusion strategy there are a number of streams, one of which is LGBTIQAA+ Inclusion. At the core of the LGBTIQAA+Inclusion strategy is the sustainability, growth and success of the Connect Out Network. Our main target in the D&I 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 environment 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 Arupians on issues affecting LGBTIQAA+ identifying staff and clients.
Arup is proud to have a diversity of cultural heritage, ethnicity and religion across its Australasia workforce. Internal volunteer staff surveys provide indicators of the diversity of religion and faith, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. Arup’s Culture and Ethnicity Diversity and Inclusion Portfolio liaises closely with office leaders and People and Culture team to implement changes to workplace guidelines in consideration of various cultures and religions. These include access to multipurpose rooms to be used for prayer and meditation, as well as within catering guidelines and food preparation areas/facilities.
Annually, Arup uses Harmony Day events to bring awareness to the diversity of culture, race and ethnicity within our organisation
Arup is a gold member of the Australian Network on Disability (AND). Annually, Arup uses the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disability as a platform to coordinate events and activities that raise awareness on the lived experience, and to provide educational resources to support inclusion. In 2019 Arup is completing 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 program provides a platform for internships into Arup for people with disability, and we are piloting the Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE) Mentoring program for jobseekers with disability to provide support and a connection into industry.
Arup supports and trains Mental Health First Aid Officers within its 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.
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
We launched our RAP which defines our commitment and contribution to reconciliation in Australia in May 2018 during National Reconciliation week.
A RAP is a trademarked tool that has been developed by Reconciliation Australia 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 organise to maximise employment opportunities for indigenous students.
In Australia, we partner with Career Trackers a non-profit with the goal of creating 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, who offer an innovative internship programme creating pathways for Māori and Pasifika students into careers in the corporate and professional sectors.
You’ll work with the best clients on innovative and challenging projects, large and small.
Our shared values create a unique culture – one that believes in quality, humanity, the highest ethics and social usefulness – a firm with purpose. Our people are known for being unconventional, thirsty for new knowledge and want to make an impact.
Arup provides our target of "reasonable prosperity for its members" through regular benchmarking of total benefits and salary packages against the industry. Furthermore, in the alignment with our "humane organization" values, Arup ensures that its normal overhead includes:
- Excellent benefits package
- Support for staff involvement in the industry
- Extensive training programs
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Our vision is for an inclusive workplace, accepting and representative of our diverse society. 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.
Global Profit Share
Arup is owned in trust for the benefit of our employees, giving us all a genuine share in our success. We share our profit with our employees, so when the business does well, so do you. It’s yet another advantage of being an independent company. Each year we set aside 40% of profits to share with our staff – your share allocation is based on grade and length of service. Profit share is paid twice a year in addition to your salary.
A Global Perspective
We provide high quality work, wherever our clients need us; our people work in a variety of locations. It is important we share our knowledge and ideas generously across disciplines and time zones, through many different skills networks, ensuring that our clients get the best of us wherever they are.
We value mobility and seek development opportunities both domestically and Internationally. This builds personal and professional relationships across the firm, develops expertise and innovations, and supports the delivery of a truly integrated ‘one Arup’ service to our clients in all regions and markets.
Life Long Learning
Our careers here are both varied and rewarding where all of us have the opportunity to make a real positive change in the world.
Career direction is a reflection of our aspirations where we all play the leading role and take responsibility for our own personal development.
The firm plays a supporting role by offering opportunities and providing an environment of continued learning and self-discovery. Looking to the future, we will work together to develop our skills and empower ourselves to be the best we can be.