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Graduate and vacation programmes

Graduate programme

Aurecon has challenged the traditional approach to graduate programmes, creating an environment where you can pursue your personal career interests, instead of being locked into a rigid rotation schedule where you spend several years in different areas of the company.

At Aurecon, you can express your interest in a preferred team, focus on the technical skills you are most interested in, and fast track your experience and development. You will also work alongside industry leading professionals, mentors and peers. If you would like to experience numerous areas of Aurecon’s business, we can facilitate that too. 

We treat our graduates as emerging professionals from day-one. We don’t confine you to a development timeframe but rather equip you with skills and provide development opportunities; allowing you to design your career

Bringing ideas to life at Aurecon is about being creative, grabbing new opportunities and getting the support you need to find your niche. 

Vacation programme

Choosing a career path as an undergraduate can be challenging. While you may have an interest in a particular area, you sometimes don’t know which path to follow until you’ve had some practical work experience. In our vacation programme, you will be placed in a technical field of your choice (where possible) for approximately three months to gain experience in that field and help you decide if it is right for you.

In our vacation programme you can:

  • Get a real taste of what it’s like to work at Aurecon and in your chosen field of study
  • Earn some money during your holidays
  • Work on real projects in a supportive environment
  • Learn from and partner with experienced professionals and current graduates
  • Start building your professional network
  • Get a feel for whether a graduate position at Aurecon is right for you

Aurecon’s vacation programme coincides with university summer break, so students typically start after their exam period in November/December and work through until university resumes in February/March. At the end of the experience, we give our vacation students structured feedback on their performance to assist in their professional development.

While open to all students, the programme has been designed for undergraduates ideally in their penultimate year of study. 


Aurecon has a network of proactive emerging professionals who actively promote a culture of innovation, involvement and improvement. This network is called Limelight and they are the driving force behind many personal and professional development initiatives for our people. 

Limelight gives our emerging professionals from all corners of the globe a voice and this voice provides the crucial feedback loop that is needed within the business. Close to 50% of Aurecon’s people are classified as emerging professionals, making them a large part of our workforce. 

While the main goal of Limelight is to enable emerging professional to lead rewarding and rich careers, a direct benefit to the business is that our emerging professionals are more passionate, driven and engaged in our clients’ projects and the communities in which we operate. Management fully supports this initiative as the feedback sessions with senior leadership has opened their eyes to new ways of thinking, new ideas and the voice of the future thought-leaders of our company and within the wider industry.

About Cassandra Kenworthy: Global Limelight Chairperson

Cass KenworthyCassandra (Cass) Kenworthy is a Civil Engineer from Aurecon’s Infrastructure team based in Auckland. Cass, previously chaired the Auckland Limelight Committee and now chairs the Global Committee.

“As Limelight’s Global Chair, I support committees and emerging professionals across the Aurecon Globe in their endeavours to bring ideas to life. I coordinate global events and chair monthly meetings with the Limelight Committee chairpersons.  As Limelight we are responsible for encouraging collaboration, inspiration and imagination as well as running initiatives that support both personal and professional development for emerging professionals.”

Limelight is Aurecon’s platform to unite, empower, support and represent Aurecon emerging professionals and serves to foster a peer-based support system for emerging professionals. Cass says that “starting out in a large professional firm such as Aurecon can be daunting. Limelight is often your first point of contact for any information and support you may need. Limelight is here to help you out with anything from introducing you to other talented young professionals, finding a suitable mentor or to help you drive your professional accreditation certificate. Limelight makes you feel like you are part of something really special.

Participation in Limelight, a project and event oriented platform, provides numerous other benefits for emerging professionals, including social interaction and the ability to expand professional networks, both internally and externally. “We organise a number of social, team building, digital and innovation and professional development events every month.”

"But the true values of Limelight is the voice it gives you within the organisation,” Cass says. “Global leaders meet with our local committees wherever they travel and are committed to harnessing the knowledge and passion of our young professionals.”

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