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Australia graduate and student programs

We began in Australia with a silver, lead and zinc mine in Broken Hill, New South Wales. Now, 130 years later, with more than 80,000 people working across 90 locations worldwide. The iron ore, copper, coal, nickel, oil and gas we produce is used to grow cities all around the world, and our operations support people and communities all across Australia, from the Pilbara to the Bowen Basin, by creating jobs, backing businesses and investing in social programs.

Our Australian Graduate and Intern opportunities for engineering and science will be able to live and experience these thriving local communities through residential or Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) styles of work. Roles with our Technology, Finance and Supply Graduate and Intern programs will support our operations from our city locations but are never far from the action.

Intern Programs

To join us as an Intern, we will be considering students from second through to penultimate year and you will need to be available to start in November 2021 working with us for 10-12 weeks. This is the time to apply all you have learnt in real life situations and use your initiative to seek out projects to showcase your capability. Do well as an intern and you can be invited back for a graduate role, or another intern position if you are still studying.

Graduate Programs

Guided by our leaders our 24-month program offers accelerated learning and career path opportunities within one of our commodities working on real projects. Towards the end of the program the choice is yours to stay in the same commodity or find an opportunity elsewhere in BHP to demonstrate all that you have learnt. Our program begins in mid-February.

Please note, applications for 2022 programs have now closed. Please check back at the beginning of the year for our next intake.

Australian FAQs

  • How do I apply for a graduate or intern role?
    You will need to apply online, by submitting you resume and completing our application form.
  • Any tips for applying?
    Ask someone to review your resume before you submit it to avoid any spelling mistakes or typos. Don’t worry about a cover letter, we don’t need one.
  • Will you accept a late application?
    We know life can be busy, but you will need to apply on time. We won’t accept latecomers or paper applications.
  • Will I be required to undertake online testing?
    Eligible candidates will be required to undertake online testing. We know that testing can be nerve wracking, but just remember to relax and set yourself up so you won’t be distracted.
  • What is the selection process?
    • Online application
    • Online testing
    • Engagement centres
    • Medical assessments
  • I'm not sure if BHP is for me?
    Make sure you do your research on BHP – who we are, what we do and to know if we are right for you. You might know someone who has worked for us, so ask them about us.
  • If I am offered a graduate role - is it permanent?
    Yes, you would be a permanent BHP employee.
  • As an intern, do I automatically receive a graduate role?
    Interns don’t automatically receive a graduate role, however if you perform well and we have a position you will be offered a role before we release our vacancies to the market.
  • Can I defer my graduate offer?
    No. Due to changing business requirements we are unable to defer an offer for another year.