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Vacation and Graduate Recruitment and Apprenticeships

Santos recognises the strategic value in recruiting new talent at graduate level and provides excellent opportunities for growth and development through our graduate and vacation programs. Santos offers exciting opportunities for trade-based apprentices to work at our field operations.

The Graduate Program

Santos’ Graduate Program provides accelerated career development incorporating on-the-job technical training and specialist development activities, including:

Graduate Induction Program which helps first year graduates quickly find their feet at Santos and build networks with their colleagues throughout the company.

Performance Management System where performance scorecards are set annually and performance and development needs are regularly reviewed.

Job rotations which give graduates the flexibility to rotate through various teams or locations to broaden their development, in keeping with graduate and business needs.

Mentorship and support where each first-year graduate is assigned a support and technical mentor to help with technical work, career guidance and settling the graduate into the organisation.

Graduate Ambassador Group – run by graduate volunteers which organises social functions, assists with networking and graduate recruitment, and contributes to ongoing improvements within the Graduate Program.

Competitive remuneration and benefits package which offer employees choice including superannuation, access to a share plan, salary sacrifice scheme, study assistance and education programs, employee assistance program, health and fitness memberships, professional memberships and relocation assistance, where applicable.

A great place to work where we understand the increasing importance of flexible work options in maintaining a diverse, adaptable and high performing workforce and involvement in the Santos social club or the many community and volunteering events supported by Santos such as the Santos Tour Down Under

Expressions of interest

Our Vacation Program is the main pathway to the Santos Graduate Program, however students can submit an Expression of Interest for additional positions that may arise via this link which is open outside of formal recruitment dates.

Students must be in the final year of their Honours degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • Geoscience (Geology, Geophysics or Petrophysics)
  • Engineering (Petroleum, Chemical, Mechanical/ Mechatronic, Electrical and Environmental)


Our graduates are generally placed into our Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth head offices and have the opportunity to travel and work at our site locations throughout Australia. Later in their careers, high-calibre graduates may have the chance to live and work at our overseas locations.

For more details on our Graduate Program, please view the Graduate and Vacation Employment Handbook at the bottom of this page or visit our Graduate Program page or contact us.

Skills & attributes

Santos targets high-quality graduates who exemplify Santos’ values and are committed to achieving commercial outcomes through technical excellence. Applicants will need to demonstrate effective communication skills and strong problem solving, analytical, time management and organisational abilities.

Vacation Program

Santos offers 12 weeks of vacation employment between November and February each year providing opportunities for students to enhance their personal development through hands-on experience, defined and challenging project work, structured performance feedback, and the delivery of a presentation on their project.

How to apply

Applications for the Vacation Program will open on 29 April and must be registered online here.

Each intake will vary depending on business requirements at the time.

This opportunity is available to students who are currently in their penultimate year of undergraduate study in the following disciplines:

  • Geoscience (Geology, Geophysics or Petrophysics)
  • Engineering (Petroleum, Chemical, Mechanical/ Mechatronic, Electrical and Environmental)
  • Information Systems (Information Technology and Computer Science)
  • Supply Chain Management / Procurement and Logistic

Applications & selection

We require ALL applications to be registered online and these will be reviewed and shortlisted. See our website for application dates. Registrations will be received online when applications are open. Our structured selection process provides all candidates with the same opportunity to demonstrate our required attributes. This is achieved by utilising a consistent candidate evaluation process

Program benefits

Students have an opportunity to determine their interest in the oil and gas industry and the company has an opportunity to assess students for possible graduate positions in the following year.


Project work will generally be based in our Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth offices. Some projects will require students to travel to our site locations in South Australia and Queensland during the vacation placement.

For more details on our Vacation Program, please view the Graduate and Vacation Employment Handbook at the bottom of this page or visit our Vacation Program page or contact us.