Early Careers

Kick start your career and grow with QinetiQ, where the opportunities are endless.

As a global company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise, we are excited to recruit the most talented and enthusiastic young people to become key parts of our business. With a dedicated career pathways framework and a focused professional development process, we are committed to supporting our employees to continuously develop and grow their skills and careers.

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Our graduates work alongside inspiring leaders who are established in their fields, whose professionalism stands out and whose customers trust them implicitly. From the top down, all of our leaders are committed to passing on their valuable skills and knowledge to graduates.

Our 2020 Graduate Development Program is open to applications now.

You will become an integral part of our early careers community and our 18 month Graduate Development Program will support your technical and professional development.

Joining our Graduate Development Program will provide you with:

  • Interesting work, on complex projects, solving real world problems
  • Structured career development plan
  • Mentoring and coaching support
  • Communities of practice to engage and network with peers, experts and leaders
  • Access to a suite of online professional development courses
  • Regular networking, social and “give back” events
  • Permanent ongoing employment

With a dedicated career pathways framework and a focused professional development process, we are committed to supporting our employees to continuously develop and grow their skills and careers.

We look for tertiary qualified graduates to demonstrate:

  • Extraordinary problem solving skills and ability to think laterally
  • Experience working within a team environment toward a common goal
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse clients and stakeholders
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills
  • A collaborative and consultative mindset and approach

If you’re looking for something a little bit different; something that challenges you; something that delivers a variety of work; something that pays you for doing what you love, then apply now for our next Graduate Development Program intake.


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From December through to February each year we offer an exciting 12 week paid internship program for university students from a wide range of disciplines. Interns are provided with valuable learning experiences in a friendly and supportive environment whilst applying their university learning to solve real-world problems. The program provides opportunities for interns to engage and learn from senior leaders from across the business and develop their professional skills and business acumen. We are pleased to welcome many of our interns back as permanent employees.

Here is what some of last year’s interns said about the program:

“During my time at QinetiQ, I worked within the Military Helicopters team and contributed towards an actual ADF deliverable for one of their active aircraft. From the get-go I, as an intern, was given ownership of the project, though I always had the guidance of my mentor and manager if needed. The internship enabled me to gain exposure to the Australian aerospace industry and provided many opportunities to learn an incredible amount over a twelve week period." – Danielle

"As part of the Integrated Engineering Services team in the Port Melbourne, I was exposed to a wide range of tasks. I experienced the design, manufacturing and testing phase of different projects. Collaborating alongside the manufacturing team really helped develop my understanding of manufacturing. Over the 12 weeks I learned so much, gained valuable experience and really had fun working there." – Zobair 

Applications for 2018/19 are now closed. 


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Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Our hands-on apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities encompass science & technology and business disciplines, with vacancies in both workshop and office environments.

By embarking on an apprenticeship with QinetiQ, you will be exposed to second-to-none training. You will receive continuous support and guidance in developing your skills in a rapidly growing business. We are proud of the friendly and supportive atmosphere at our sites, as well as the hands-on learning and mentoring of our apprenticeships and traineeships.