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Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with an average of 93,000 employees in more than 70 countries. Together, they are shaping the future of sustainable energy, transforming the future of Shell and developing their own remarkable careers.

At Shell Australia, we aim to meet the energy needs of society in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally viable, now and in the future. Active in Australia since 1901, Shell offers you a platform where you can propel your career and work on game changing projects, such as the Prelude FLNG, that make a difference on a local and global level.

A career with Shell is more than just a day job. It’s an opportunity to tackle the challenge of meeting the world’s rising energy needs, thanks to its people’s experience, expertise and innovative approach.

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About Shell


Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. With approximately 93,000 employees in over 70 countries, our aim is to help meet the world’s growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.

Our strategy seeks to reinforce our position as a leader in the oil and gas industry, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. Safety and environmental and social responsibility are at the heart of our activities.

Shell has been operating in Australia since 1901. Initially, it just imported fuel, then expanded by establishing storage and distribution terminals, oil refineries, and service stations. Shell built Australia’s first kerbside petrol pumps and for over 90-years invested in fuels that helped Australians drive kids to school, get to work and go on holiday. When it became apparent that Australia had significant energy reserves, Shell Australia moved into coal mining and oil exploration. Shell is currently the leading partner in the $25 billion North West Shelf Venture, which was built using Shell technology, and is the largest resource development ever undertaken in this part of the world.

Shell Australia has a record of investing in large projects, including the Clyde Refinery in Western Sydney, the Geelong Refinery in regional Victoria, and WA’s Chevron-operated Gorgon LNG Project, which have had a material impact on the development and growth of the Australian economy over the last century.

At present, Shell’s major operations in Australia are Prelude FLNG and the QGC business.

The Prelude development is a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility located 475 kilometres offshore from Broome, Western Australia.

Shell is the operator and 75% interest holder in the QGC venture which produces natural gas from wells drilled into onshore coal seams in the Surat Basin.

Shell Australia has recently began to transition their Australian operations towards renewable energy sources. It has undertaken a number of acquisitions in the solar energy space and has announced plans to invest roughly $5 billion over the next two years in green energy sources. Most recently, Shell has acquired 100% of sonnen, a leader in smart energy storage systems and innovative energy services for households.

In 2018, Shell had revenues of US$388.4 billion and assets worth US$399.2 billion.

Opportunities - what we offer students

A career with Shell is more than just a day job. It’s an opportunity to join a company that tackles the challenge of meeting the world’s rising energy needs, thanks to its people’s experience, expertise and innovative approach. Joining Shell could help you get more from your working life than you thought possible.

Shell Graduate Programme: One way to get to know Shell from the inside and immerse yourself in our industry and help you decide what career is right for you. You’ll explore what Shell has to offer as an employer and discover exciting opportunities to develop and grow your skills

Shell Assessed Internship


Lasting typically 12 weeks, your time in an assessed internship will see you having a full day-to-day involvement in actual projects selected to match your interests and abilities. You will join a project team and work alongside Shell employees who are all professionals in their fields. To ensure that you will get the most from the experience, a supervisor and a mentor will support you directly while you undertake regular assessments throughout your internship. Their perspectives will contribute to your understanding of the business, and its demands and rewards.

About the Internship:

Real Projects to work on 

  • The internship will focus on completing a major project with clear deliverables and outcomes 
  • Businesses identify projects that have real business need where you will need to make an impact

Supporting you along the way

  • A mentor and a supervisor will be assigned to you to provide you with regular and structured feedback
  • The on-boarding process will allow you to familiarise yourself with the company businesses

Why we call it an Assessed Internship 

  • During an Assessed Internship, you will have a formal mid-term review with your mentor and supervisor. At the end of the internship, you will have to sit for a competency-based interview. You’ll also be asked to prepare a final presentation about your project.
  • Following the successful completion of the assessments, you could be offered an Employment opportunity in a full-time role

Diversity and Inclusion

Opportunity for you to join “Ignite” our Graduate network Energie and other Employee networks at Shell • Be part of a diverse and connected global network with opportunities to stay connected after your internship

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Shell Graduate Programme


Right from the start, you’ll embark on a comprehensive Onboarding Programme that systematically exposes you to all areas of the organisation. Depending on your chosen path, you’ll participate in a two- to five-year development programme. This will include two or three rotations that combine on-the-job learning with formal training opportunities. You'll be given stimulating hands-on roles, and have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our company values.

About the Programme:

Developing Future Leaders

We’ve designed the Shell Graduate Programme to give remarkable students and graduates like you a real role in our business, whether you join our Technical, Commercial Business or Corporate Functions area. We’ll provide you with the outstanding experience and training you’ll need to become a future leader of our business.

Challenging Roles from Day One 

  • Increasing levels of responsibility
  • A culture of feedback and continuous improvement 
  • Commercial and Corporate programmes have Rotations within the programme. Technical programmes may have more than one project assignment

Professional Development 

  • Assigned Supervisor & Mentor 
  • Tailored Individual Development Plan

Assured Performance & Competence 

  • Industry regular performance checks 
  • Formal end of programme assessment
  • Opportunity for rapid progression

Comprehensive Financial Rewards and Benefits 

  • Being recognized and rewarded through performance related pay 
  • Benefits such as on site gym, medical/dental care and share save schemes

Diversity and Inclusion 

  • Opportunities for every employee, regardless of location, gender, ethnicity and physical abilities 
  • Be part of a diverse and connected global network

Life Outside Work

  • Whatever your interests, in many locations there’s likely to be a employee network such a the Graduate Network, Balance (Women’s) Network, LGBT Network and Asian Network. 
  • At Shell, the social side of work is just as important as putting in the hours. It’s a community, young and friendly, where you soon get to know everyone.

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Hear from our graduates and interns


Right from the start, our graduates and interns are given challenging hands-on role, working in a diverse, collaborative, global environment.

Hear what our Shell Graduates and interns have to say about working for Shell?

Jessica Polkinghorne

Reservoir Engineer, Australia

“The internship gives you a sense of responsibility in a global organisation from day one. Your work is challenging and you are given accountability to deliver innovative and viable solutions to add value to the business. You gain industry exposure that is world-class and have the opportunity to grow a global network of colleagues and contacts.”

Fiona Lake Static

Mechanical Engineer, Australia

“During my time at Shell I’ve already gained a lot of site experience, like when I was based at the Queensland Gas Company and having a fly-in fly-out role. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel a lot for my job, including to South Korea. While the job can be challenging, I’ve always wanted a role that will help me grow rapidly, professionally and personally. At Shell, opportunities arise all the time, you just need to grab them if you know it’s something that you want.”

Grace Henry

Process Engineer, Australia

“Coming back to Shell two and a half years later as a graduate, I was happy to see that the project I developed during my internship has actually been useful for Shell. This showed me how seriously Shell takes the internship programme, giving interns real responsibility and projects that matter to the business.

Shell fosters a very inclusive environment, and a lot has been done to promote women in the business. There are plenty of female role models within the company and, in fact, the current head of Shell is female. Here at Shell we’ve done a great job making sure that we recruit a lot of female engineers. Never have I once felt that my gender has negatively impacted me or the business. Besides gender inclusivity, we also have an indigenous reconciliation action plan group and other great social groups that promote diversity and inclusion within the business.”

James Fowler

Static Mechanical Engineer, Australia

“During the recruitment process, I was interviewing the company as much as they were interviewing me. I gained a detailed understanding of the culture at Shell and knew it was a good fit for me, and a great place to start my career – I felt the company’s values were aligned to mine. It felt like the recruiters had a genuine interest in me, my interests, and my ambitions. They also wanted to find out if I would fit in with the company culture.

I've been able to demonstrate leadership potential by founding an employee network. I saw a gap in the Australia office as we didn’t have an LGBTI network like they do in other countries. I was able to put a business case forward, as well as a moral case, and present it to our country leadership team. They gave us a green light and the funding to start a new employee network. Being able to integrate your external passions into your work-life is a really great and fulfilling feeling. If you’ve got the hunger to make things happen, Shell will support you.”

Joanna Wong

Process Technical Safety Engineer, Australia

“I had a really fulfilling experience spending two weeks on our midstream asset in Gladstone and Curtis Island. I was there for a turnaround and there were more people on site than during day to day operations, so I was able to experience a lot of different things. There were plenty of jobs going on and a lot of permits being issued. Every day was new and exciting, it was actually like a personal accelerated learning programme. I got involved in almost every part of the turnaround, giving me good overview of what was being done and the things that were changing. Being involved in incident investigations meant I got to sit in on workshops and go through root cause analysis and do risk assessments. It was especially valuable being able to talk to the leaders when they did their leadership walk downs.”

Assessed Internship


An Assessed Internship allows students to know Shell from the inside and immerse in the energy industry. Join a team, be mentored, get involved in actual projects, and discover your potential through regular assessments.

The 12-week program is an excellent way to get to know Shell from the inside and immerse yourself in the energy industry through:

  • Full day-to-day involvement in actual projects, selected to match your interests and abilities
  • Joining a project team and working alongside Shell employees who are all professionals in their fields. Their perspectives will contribute to your understanding of our business, its demands, and rewards 
  • Direct support from a supervisor and a mentor, as you undertake regular assessments throughout your internship

Diversity & inclusion

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Diversity & Inclusiveness at Shell

Shell Australia is committed to creating an inclusive working environment that respects and nurtures diversity. We acknowledge that supporting diversity in the workforce is not just socially responsible, but also makes good business sense and is a source of strength for improving our business performance.

Shell Australia’s approach to diversity and inclusion is focused on talent acquisition and retention, inclusive leadership and by differentiating our external reputation. Our leaders are role models for diversity and take accountability for delivery and for sustaining change. Shell Australia is committed to ensuring our energy portfolio is attractive to both partners and customers by nurturing a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of our partners, customers and the countries in which we operate.

Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

At Shell Australia, we acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are Australia’s First Peoples and the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work. Shell Australia is committed to building meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities based on honesty, integrity and respect.

Shell Australia Supports LGBTI via Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is an established employee network within Shell Australia. Kaleidoscope aims to promote equality and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed (LGBTI) talent wherever they work. The vision is to make Shell Australia a safe environment for talent, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Shell Australia believes it is vital that we have a strong ally support in the network, as this will greatly affect the productivity, retention, engagement, and mental health within the company.

Shell Australia Supports PWDs and Caregivers via enABLE

To support our employees with disabilities and their caregivers, we have supportive internal employee networks in place, most notably the enABLE Network.

Each enABLE Network provides people with disabilities, or people whose lives have been touched by those with disabilities, an open forum to engage and share experiences. Through this open discussion, the network raises awareness and understanding of the challenges faced so that line managers and colleagues have the knowledge to support those with disabilities to thrive in the workplace. It allows employees with disabilities the opportunity to improve the work environment to make it more inclusive for all.

At Shell, we recognise people for their talents, understanding that people with disabilities have unique strengths that we can learn from and leverage to move the company forward. We understand that innovation requires diverse perspectives and that we need different kinds of thinking to thrive as an organisation and reach our goals.

For further information or to apply visit our website.

Social Contribution


Social contribution

Shell acknowledges that its activities have an environmental and social impact. To balance that, it seeks to provide communities that have not previously had it access to safe, reliable, and affordable energy, and to contribute to economic growth in the countries it operates. It does this by offering direct employment and the opportunity for local suppliers to be included in supply chains. Shell has a LiveWIRE program that helps local entrepreneurs launch businesses. It also helps finance healthcare and education services in many of the communities where it operates.

Shell Australia has long had relationships with Indigenous communities throughout Australia and launched a Reconciliation Action Plan in 2011. This states that “Shell employees will acknowledge and respect the culture and contribution to Australia of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise that true and lasting reconciliation improves prosperity for all Australians.”

Shell is committed to sustainability. It has made huge investments in low-carbon energy solutions and advanced technologies, such as those that increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions.

Why join Shell?


There has never been a more exciting time to work in the energy industry, or at Shell. Discover your potential with Shell with outstanding career opportunities.

You will be empowered to carve out your own career path and discover your true potential. You’ll have the opportunity to work with leading professionals from around the world, sharing expertise and points of view that will hugely enrich your experience.

We encourage collaboration and believe that by surrounding you with a great diverse team, your creativity will flourish and great ideas will be inspired.

We are committed to your continuous training and development, with excellent learning opportunities available to you at every stage of your career.


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