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Vacation Work

Vacation work is practical, degree-related work experience often (although not necessarily) undertaken in a university students’ penultimate year of study and can be a combination of observing others at work and undertaking work yourself.

It is a great opportunity to put learning into practice while gaining valuable insight and exposure into how your chosen discipline works in real-world situations. It is also a chance to begin building a network of industry contacts and may even lead to a Graduate Program.

Further your studies and embark on a professional development journey in Australia’s gold sector.

Gold Fields

Gold Fields regularly provide opportunities for students to experience work during their vacations and post information with selected universities when opportunities arise.

Northern Star Resources Limited

Northern Star offer vacation work to students in either their second or third year of study for a 12-week period commencing in late November. It is a targeted and structured Program of on the ground mentoring, which allows students to transfer their knowledge learnt during study and apply it in an operational environment. The Program assists in paving their pathway into early acceptance to Northern Star’s Graduate Program pending successful completion of studies with a certain GPA, as well as obtaining positive vacation performance evaluation.

Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited

Saracen’s Program seeks students who have chosen to undertake study in a mining related discipline and have successfully completed their first year. Students will build professional relationships with employees, visit site operations, and attend industry events. Saracen’s Program is offered to Mining Engineers, Geologists, Geotech Engineers, Surveyors, Metallurgists, Environmental Scientists and Accountants. Applications can be submitted at any time, with vacation students hired to work both mid-year (July) and over the Summer break (December – February).

Evolution Mining

Evolution’s Program in FY20 has opportunities in the following disciplines: Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Survey, Geology, Metallurgy, Finance, IT, Supply, Environmental and Safety.

Newcrest Mining

Applications for Newcrest’s December 2020 – February 2021 vacation program opens mid-2020. Newcrest is seeking applicants in their penultimate year of study across the disciplines Data Science, Process Control Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Mine Geology and Exploration Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy, and Mining Engineering.


KCGM accepts Expressions of Interest for vacation work throughout the year, in Environmental Science, Metallurgy, Surveying, Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical and Mining), Geology, Commerce, Occupational Health and Safety, and Industrial Hygiene.


Pallion encourages students to get in contact for its university industry experience program opportunities, where they will learn in the field whilst studying.

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