Endless Possibilities for Graduates like you

As an Auckland Council Graduate,  you’ll be amazed  at the possibilities on offer for your future – you’ll even be offered a permanent position with us from day one!

Our two year Graduate Programme will provide you with accelerated learning and development, and rotations through your chosen area of work – ensuring you have hands on experience, exposure to senior leaders and the chance to work on large scale projects and unique developments.

Throughout the rotations you’ll have performance and development discussions with your manager, set achievement goals and highlight your strengths and improvement areas to fast track your development.

You will have a personal support team that includes a graduate cohort network, a business mentor and the Early Career Pathways team.

All these support people are on board to ensure you succeed and will help you every step of the way.

We value our Graduates

At Auckland Council, we believe that taking care of Auckland starts and ends with taking care of our people.

We offer

  • A safe and supportive learning environment
  • Long term professional and personal development
  • Networking opportunities and mentorship
  • Involvement in complex, large scale projects and unique developments
  • A strong work/life balance allowing you to pursue additional study or interests
  • A fair reward for your effort – all Graduate positions are fully paid

Am I eligible and when can I apply?

To be eligible for the Graduate Programme you need to be in your final year of a Bachelor’s degree or have graduated in the previous two years with a relevant Bachelor’s degree.

Applications for the 2020 Graduate Programme open in early 2019.

Our Graduate Programme develops future leaders and specialists that help shape our city

Graduate stories

Mosese Fifita, Building Consents Graduate 2017

“Unlike a dating app where you could find a perfect match with one simple right swiping motion, looking for the right career fit isn’t as straight-forward. So if you’re after meaningful insight into your industry, exciting and flexible learning and the chance to make a daily difference then the Auckland Council Graduate Programme is the perfect (career) match for you.”

Graduate stories

Bianka Lee, Community Facilities Graduate 2017

“Being part of the Auckland Council Graduate Programme 17/18 has been invaluable! I rotated in multiple teams, honed my tertiary legal knowledge and developed skills in property and land use. One of best parts was being seconded into a major council project led by a consultant agency. It challenged me to manage my own work portfolio and allowed me to contribute to improving great places in Auckland.”

Graduate stories

Amy Tsao, Parks Graduate 2017

“I’m part of the 2017 Graduate Programme. I’ve worked on a variety of projects including surveying Kauri for Kauri Dieback, managing volunteer environmental projects, engaging a diversity of groups with parks and nature and educating children on the environment. I’ve attended workshops, conferences and events allowing me to gain insight into the work that other professionals in the industry are doing – nationally and internationally.”

Graduate stories

Manish Chinagundi, Building Consents Graduate 2018

“After completing my Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, I joined Auckland Council as a Building Control Graduate in 2018. The Graduate Programme is so well structured, it has helped me gain vivid knowledge in different departments through my rotations. From interaction with customers, processing Building applications, to early morning inspections and granting permissions, Auckland Council has been a lively, active, and happening workplace for me.”

Graduate stories

Melody Mendez, People & Performance Graduate 2015

“I chose the Auckland Council Graduate Programme because it would give me broader business exposure and a comprehensive skillset.  As a People & Performance (previously Transformation) Graduate, I’ve worked on significant projects that have had an impact across every part of Auckland Council. I also enjoyed understanding how Council operates at an enterprise level – it’s been a unique opportunity and provided learning that not many get so early in their career!”

Graduate stories

Maria Sopoaga, Legal Graduate 2018

“I joined the Graduate Programme after I came out of law school unsure of an exact direction. It was the perfect opportunity to experience different areas of law and practice my skills in a team that values my work. A highlight was being involved in a resource consent condition appeal mediation and being able to interact with leaders from the legal team and from other departments.”

Graduate stories

Elish Robinson, Planning Graduate 2018

“I joined the Auckland Council Graduate Programme in 2018. It allowed me to experience a diverse range of opportunities within my chosen field while also allowing me to contribute and responsible for important projects. A highlight was processing resource consents for the Hauraki Gulf Islands which included working from the Council service centre on Waiheke Island and provided me with an insight into the management of these unique environments.”

Graduate application process