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Xero Graduate Programs & Internships

We know what it takes to help you do the best work of your life, and we’ll invest in you to ensure you get there.

With the Xero grad and intern programs, you’ll learn on the job, take ownership of your work, and find out how your career can flourish.

You’ll get the flexibility to build your skills, the opportunity to push yourself professionally, and the support you need to bring your ideas to fruition.

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Hello Xero!


Small business makes the world go round – it’s the heart of the global economy. We want millions of small businesses to thrive through better tools, information, and connections. Our beautiful cloud-based accounting software connects people with the right numbers anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Founded in 2006, Xero is one of the fastest growing software as service companies globally. We lead New Zealand, Australian, and United Kingdom cloud accounting markets, employing a world-class team of more than 2,300 people.

The Xero Grad Program


Shape your career with the Xero grad program. We know what it takes to help you do the best work of your life and we’ll invest in you to help you get there.

You’ll start your career with a close-knit group of grads giving you instant connections around the business. We’ll hook you up a buddy and you’ll work closely with your manager to create a career development plan.

Learn on the job

You’ll learn amazing technical skills and people skills on the Xero grad program. So whether you know how you want your career to develop, or whether you want to explore your options, we’ll help you get there.

The Xero grad program is your way into a global company with a start-up mentality. Start your career with others in the same boat, have the support of a structured program, and be mentored by the best in the industry.

Working with us

For our 2022 grad program, we’re looking for engineers, data specialists, designers and marketing and sales graduates.

Our grad program is run in Melbourne and Canberra. No matter which office you’re in, you'll have bottomless coffee, free fruit, a flexible work environment and amazing teammates.

Graduate roles

Xero is growing at a phenomenal rate. There are constantly new roles appearing and as a grad you have the opportunity to try one – or sometimes several – and grow from there. Find your way in and head on up.

Applications open on 1 March 2021.

To find out more, and apply, click here: https://www.xero.com/au/about/graduate/


The Xero Intern Program


Top Intern Programs

Shape your career with the Xero intern program. We know what it takes to help you do the best work of your life and we’ll invest in you to help you get there.

You’ll spend the summer learning new skills and experiencing what life is like in a bustling tech company.

You'll start with a close knit group of interns giving you instant connections around the business. We’ll hook you 
up with a buddy and you’ll work closely with your manager to plan your experience.

We’ll help you develop your technical skills and your people skills, so when it comes to the end of the internship, you’ll have an idea of where you want your career to go.

The Xero intern program is perfect for students in their penultimate year of study. For students in their final year, check out the roles we’ve got available in our graduate program.

Our internships run over the summer from November 2021 to January 2022, in both our Melbourne and Canberra offices.

Check out our webiste to reach about the internship opportnities we are hiring for this year: https://www.xero.com/au/about/graduate/internships/

Applications open on 1 March 2021.




Code with Xero

Code with Xero!

Code with Xero - 31 March, 2-3.30 pm AEDT

This virtual event is your chance to get some insight into the more technical side of things at Xero. We'll take you through who we are as a company and what we do.

Then we will get into talking about version control, GIT, our front end tech stack (HTML, CSS, React, tooling and testing) and our back end stack (SQL, .Net/C#, API's, tooling and testing).

Registration for this event has now closed. You can view the recording from the event here.

Dive Deep Xero

Data Deep Dive

21st April, 3-4 pm AEDT

Are you passionate about Data? Do you want to use it to make a positive difference to small businesses around the world? Perhaps the Xero Data Graduate Program is right for you, but you want to know more?

If this sounds like you, join us online for Data Deep Dive. This virtual event will be a panel discussion with our data teams. As well as answering your questions, we will also provide more insight into our graduate opportunities.

Registration for this event has now closed. You can view the recording from the event here.

Behind the Screens with Xero

Behind the Screens with Xero

18th May, 2-3.00 pm AEDT

Join us for this virtual event to find out what life is like at Xero for the product design teams with Behind the Screens.

You’ll hear from our product designers and product researchers who will give you an insight into the different roles, some of the projects, and the design process.

You can read all about our design opportunities here.

Registration for this event has now closed. You can view the recording from the event here.

Our Recruitment Process


What to expect from the recruitment process

Our recruitment process has several different stages. Each is an opportunity for you to show us a little bit more about what makes you, you.

This is the process for our technical roles e.g. Engineering

  1. Submit an online application
  2. Complete a technical assessment via HackerRank
  3. Complete a video interview via SparkHire
  4. Attend an assessmennt day

This is the process for our non-technical roles e.g. marketing and sales

  1. Submit an online application
  2. Complete a video interview via SparkHire
  3. Attend an interview

Applications for grad and intern roles open 1 March 2021 and close 30th April 2021

Ready to apply?

For more information on Xero’s grad program, roles and to apply, visit https://www.xero.com/au/about/graduate/

Meet our Grads


Take ownership of your career

Join the Xero grad program and we'll work together to find out what it is that makes you tick, and how your career can flourish.

We hire grads from a diverse range of backgrounds, from those straight out of uni to those who already have a few careers under their belt. Hear from some of our past and current grads to find out where they started, where they are now, and how Xero helped them get there.


Elizabeth Purcell


I didn’t know the term for what I wanted to do when I was at uni, but the product designer title really encompasses what I want to do.

I studied throughout the entirety of my grad year – I worked four days at Xero and studied for one day while I finished my degree. Xero were happy for me to be flexible on that, which was really great.

I’d worked before but I liked that Xero let me work on my skills from the ground up. They taught me on the job and built a proper foundation for what I wanted to learn. I felt like I could build my skills from the ground up rather than being expected to hit the ground running.

Elizabeth joined Xero through the vacation program and then the grad program in 2019. She worked part time while she finished her degree.


Hannah Boekhorst


I was living in Wellington and looking for a fresh start somewhere else, when I saw the job in Melbourne. I had a Skype interview, got the job, packed up my things and moved across the ditch.

I got put straight into a team as a graduate designer. It was such a supportive environment and I could just ask anyone if I had any questions or worries.

I still feel like I learn something new every day. Taking projects through from the conceptual stage to finished work gives you a real sense of satisfaction and ownership.

If you’re looking for a great brand to work for, with a great work culture and people to really support you then definitely apply for the grad program.

Hannah is a designer in the Hub. She joined Xero as a graduate designer in 2018.


Lamphai Intathep


I worked as a reporter in Thailand for five years but I wanted to know how to do all the magic behind websites, so I decided to change my career. Now I’m an international student in Melbourne doing a masters in software development.

I’m at uni three days a week and at Xero for two days a week. It’s a lot of work but it’s great if I have questions about coding from uni because I can just ask one of the experts at Xero.

Next year I’ll be a graduate developer at Xero and I’m looking forward to learning and exploring everything through the rotations. It’ll be useful to help me find out what direction I want to go in and what my strengths are.

Lamphai joined Xero through the Vacation Program in 2018 and became an intern developer, she is now a graduate developer.

Check out our website to hear from more of our grads.

Diversity and Inclusion at Xero

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Xero champions diversity and inclusion to create better outcomes for our people and our customers.

We acknowledge, respect and celebrate all the ways our staff are different and we create an inclusive culture so we can really tap into the power of our differences.

Xero is a member of Pride in Diversity in Australia. And, in 2018, Xero NZ was awarded the Rainbow Tick, a diversity and inclusion award that formally recognises us as a safe and inclusive workplace for the LGBTQI+ community.

Our approach to diversity and inclusion is summed up in our key principles:

  • We value diversity because it reflects and serves our customers and ensures our people thrive.
  • We’re all accountable to create an inclusive culture.
  • We’re committed to attracting diverse talent and hiring fairly.
  • We support flexible ways of working.
  • We’re committed to equal pay for equal work.
  • We have an obligation to champion diversity and inclusion in the community.

To ensure we stay true to our values, we have a head of diversity, inclusion and community. We’re championing diversity and inclusion by:

  • Creating an inclusive work environment
  • Committing to gender diversity at Xero
  • Encouraging more women to get into the tech sector
  • Using diverse channels to hire staff
  • Promoting LGBTI+ inclusion and awareness

Find out more about diversity at Xero.


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