Tertiary study, cadetships and graduate positions

If you’re studying, now is the time to find your place in the rail industry.

Before long you could be helping to design, manage, and plan the next generation of rail.

While you study, an internship helps you gain real-world work experience. When your studies are complete, a graduate program is a great pathway into an exciting career.

Our industry has more than 900 private and public organisations. So you’re sure to find an opportunity that aligns with your area of study and professional goals.

There are heaps of opportunities to learn and progress your career

I’ve just completed a structured graduate development program and its helped me become a well rounded professional.
Paulo, Systems Safety Assurance Engineer
Internship programs

Are you completing an undergraduate degree and looking for practical experience? Consider an internship! It’s an excellent way to:

  • get your foot in the door
  • develop skills
  • grow your professional network

Internships offer hands-on experience that aligns with your academic studies. They’re a fixed length, usually from 1 to 3 months. You get to experience what a similar entry-level role might be like which helps you transition from study to work.

What you do in an internship will vary depending on the program. Usually, you contribute to the day-to-day operations by assisting team members. You’ll have a supervisor and often a mentor to guide you along the way.

You can apply for and start internships at any time while completing your studies.

Graduate programs

Graduate programs offer rail-specific training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. You can apply your new degree to tackle real-world problems and gain diverse experience in your field.

A graduate program runs for 1 to 3 years. It’s an intensive experience that usually starts with an induction course. You may get to work in several departments so you can see what different roles are like, and you’ll have access to lots of training and mentoring.

If your role spends time in the rail corridor, you’ll receive specific safety training. Graduate programs may also expect you to complete an individual or group project. This can be an opportunity to showcase your ideas to senior leaders.

You typically apply for graduate programs early in your final year of study.


Cadetships are available to students or recent graduates of tertiary level engineering programs. They can help you transition from academic studies to a rail industry engineering career.

Cadetships for university students are part-time and designed to complement your study.

Cadetships are usually between one and three years long.


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Railway Engineering: Planning and Maintenance

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