For advice on how to find a Work Intergrated Learning (WIL) placement, go to the WIL page.


Many large companies offer vacation work to students during the summer break, usually just before starting the final year of their program. These formal placements are valuable experiences where you can apply your professional knowledge and skills in a large corporate environment, in fields like accounting, business consulting or logistics

Employers use these programs to identify people they would like to employ later so it’s a great head start for finding positions in a graduate program

Through vacation work you can gain:

  • valuable professional skills and on-the-ground experience
  • a pathway to graduate program employment (the employers who have vacation work generally run graduate programs)
  • an edge over other candidates in the job market
  • professional networks in your chosen industry
  • Register for CareerHub to search for holiday work, internships and work experience opportunities. 
  • Connect with employers at careers expos, where employers come to meet students. These events are held throughout the year.
  • Visit Volunteering for potential international work experience opportunities.
  • Join a professional association to connect with potential employers through careers events and mentoring programs.
  • Check our programs and events regularly for workshops and events that can prepare you for finding a placement.
  • Unigrad and Graduate Opportunities list graduate employers with holiday programs, cadetships, cooperative schemes, scholarships and work experience programs, all year round. 

Plan ahead. Applications for formal holiday work programs take time to complete, and some summer programs close from about mid-year. Other opportunities can be advertised at any time, so keep an eye out on CareerHub and other resources.