Student and entry level programmes

Your curiosity, open-mindedness and enthusiasm will help build the world we all imagine. Discover how at EY we can build a better working world together.

Why start here at EY?

Here, you’ll have the tools, learning, flexibility and diverse and inclusive culture to have a truly exceptional experience. At EY, it’s yours to build. From undergraduate opportunities to graduate programmes, we want you to have an opportunity to make a real contribution. Whether you’re interested in an intern role working with EY clients or seeking international experience, we have a culture where you can develop your skills alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry.

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Which business area interests you?


Inspire the confidence and trust that help a complex world to work.                

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Transform businesses through the power of people, technology and innovation.

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People Advisory Services

Harness the people agenda putting the right people, with the right capabilities, in the right place, for the right cost, doing the right things.

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Strategy and Transactions

Play a pivotal role in helping clients reimagine their eco-systems, reshape their portfolios and reinvent themselves for a better future.

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Provide fresh perspectives that help drive strategy and support clients in making better-informed business decisions.                     

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What’s the difference between Financial Services and Core Services?

When you apply for a role, you may have the option to nominate a preference to work in either the Financial Services Sector Organisation (FSO) or Core Services.

In FSO, you’ll work with a diverse range of clients within the financial services industry across Insurance, Banking, and Capital Markets, and Wealth and Asset Management.  You will be part of our talented FSO team with a wide range of financial services experience both locally and globally in key growth areas including risk and regulation, technology, customer and growth, strategy and business transformation, financial performance, IFRS 17, open banking, sustainability, cybersecurity, actuarial, and data and analytics.  With our deep industry knowledge and experience, we are committed to providing professional services and support to our clients in the financial services sector to help them address some of their most complex challenges. 

Our Core Services business is slightly different; roles here will give you access to clients across multiple industries, so you’ll get broad experience as you work across different business sectors. We’re a global business so while you’ll focus on clients within New Zealand, you’ll also have opportunities to work across other geographies where possible. 

What can I apply for?

Whether you’re an undergraduate or a post graduate, right here is where you get a head start. Fancy starting your career while everyone else is still studying? Want to jump to the front of the queue and find out what working here is like, before we start recruiting?

If you want a taste of working life while you’re still a student, we can offer you a number of different options. You’ll get a sense of our culture and values — and start to see the career you’d like to shape. The relationships you make, and the impression you leave, can help you secure a permanent position after you graduate.

Find out more about where you might fit or scroll down to find a programme for you.

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Which year are you graduating in?

Graduate Programme

You're ambitious. You've studied hard and you want to put your knowledge and skills to the test. If you've recently graduated, or are about to, become a graduate and set yourself up for a world of opportunities.

Where do you start if you want to change the world? You start right here. Join us full-time as a graduate and we’ll help you achieve your career goals with continuous support, learning and experiences. We’ll propel you forward so you can start to build the future you want immediately. You’ll enjoy early responsibility, expand your network and build your skills. Just imagine the confidence you’ll gain through new experiences with leading clients in different industries. You’ll get to work with experienced professionals who’ll guide you to be your best. After all, we want to help you be the best you can be, because when you shine, we do too.

Graduate Development Programme

Our 12-month graduate development programme has been developed for graduates in all service lines, and is focused on connection, learning and celebration.

The programme will provide you with the opportunity to network with your peers from other service lines and geographies. Running in parallel to your technical learning, you will develop leadership skills to become a successful graduate, and as you grow as a transformative leader.

We provide the experiences, learning and resources. You create the journey. The exceptional EY experience is yours to build.

  • How it works

    At our graduate induction you'll meet other new graduates from your office. Your buddy and your counsellor will help you learn your way around the organisation, set your goals and plan your development. You'll be well looked after with ongoing learning and the chance to enjoy some excellent benefits, including the opportunity to apply for three months leave after you've been with us for 18 months. You might also find yourself working nationally or overseas.

  • Requirements

    You can apply to join the Graduate Programme when you're in the final year of your degree or within 24 months from your graduation date at the time of application.

    You need to be a New Zealand or Australian citizen, a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident, or an international student who meets our criteria below.

  • When to apply

    Visit how to join us to see the opportunities on offer in your preferred location(s) and apply.

Internship Programme

Want to avoid competing with thousands of other students in your final year and secure a graduate position early on? Become an Intern and put yourself well ahead of your peers.

You want an internship that’s more than a line on a resume. You want an experience, a challenge and a launchpad for lifelong relationships and career growth. You can find that here.

Throughout the programme, you’ll hit the ground running with dedicated on-the-job training, coaching and technology onboarding. You’ll work alongside EY professionals on real clients – right now. You’ll get the opportunity to be immersed in EY culture, network with EY people, and experience the transformative work done for EY clients. Plus, the best bit is, if you impress us we’ll offer you a permanent position after you graduate.

  • How it works

    You'll need some basic skills to be successful in your Internship Programme, so you'll undertake induction. We'll equip you with the essentials and help you rapidly develop your capabilities through a series of exercises – including talks and team-building sessions. You'll then be ready for business, handling tasks similar to those we give to our first-year graduates.

    As part of a team, you'll benefit from the knowledge and experience of established professionals. You'll also gain exposure to a variety of clients and industry sectors. This will give you an insight into the business and a good understanding of life at EY.

    Meeting leadership
    As well as client work, you'll have the opportunity to meet and perhaps shadow one of our senior team members. This will give you an idea of where your ambitions can take you. We're looking to recruit future leaders through our Intern Programme, so this is an opportunity to show us what you're made of.

    You want your Internship Programme to be a valuable and challenging experience. So do we, which is why we appoint a counsellor to provide regular feedback and guidance. Your counsellor will be your main point of contact during your time with us and will be responsible for helping you develop professionally and personally.

    You'll make plenty of contacts and connections during your Internship Programme. To help cement these relationships, we recommend you get involved in the many opportunities and events on offer. You might also choose to become an ambassador for EY upon your return to university

  • Requirements

    You can apply to join the Internship Programme in the penultimate year of your degree.

    You need to be a New Zealand or Australian citizen, a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident, or an international student who meets our criteria below.

  • When to apply

    Visit how to join us to see the opportunities on offer in your preferred location(s) and apply.

Career Compass Programme

Are you looking for some advice on which direction to take your career?

Discover your direction with the EY Career Compass Programme. This Programme experience is designed to give you a first-hand experience of EY, so you can find out as much about us as possible about EY people, culture, how EY teams operate and provide services, and most importantly, how we can help you to build your future. Demonstrate that you’re a high achiever, and you may be invited to interview for the EY Intern Programme.

  • How it works

    During structured learning sessions (run across one day), you’ll learn how to evaluate your career options to make smarter decisions for your future. You’ll network with EY professionals and we’ll help you discover if a professional services organisation is the right track for you to take.

    Apply for our Career Compass Programme and explore your potential.

  • Requirements

    You can apply to join the Career Compass Programme if you’re graduating in 2024.

    You need to be a New Zealand or Australian citizen, a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident, or an international student who meets our criteria below.

  • When to apply

    Visit how to join us to see the opportunities on offer in your preferred location(s) and apply.

Game Changer

You’ve chosen your degree and you’re committed to hitting the books, but do you get the feeling there’s more to studying than just understanding theory? What are the books not telling you? It’s never too early to start exploring which way to take your future.

You know there’s more to studying than just understanding theory. It’s never too early to look beyond the theory and start exploring how your skills could build into your future career. As a member of the EY Game Changers Club, you’ll be invited to attend events throughout the year and learn about the world today and beyond that you won’t get from a text book. You’ll network with business leaders and EY professionals who’ll share insights and stories about the decisions they’ve made in their careers.

Membership is limited so if you’re ready to be inspired, change the game today.

The Game Changers Club is offered in Auckland.

  • How it works

    As a member of our exclusive Game Changers Club you’ll be invited to attend various EY events throughout the year. You’ll network with business leaders and EY professionals who’ll share insights and stories that have influenced decisions they’ve made in their career.

  • Requirements

    You can apply to join the Game Changers Club if you’re graduating in 2024 or 2025.

    You need to be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or an New Zealand permanent resident to be eligible for this programme.

Work experience

Unfortunately, we do not offer work experience placements to high school or university students. Instead we encourage you to consider the wide range of available student programs we currently offer using the tabs above. Each program has been tailored to your needs based on your current year of study.

International student

If you're an international student keen to join us as an Intern, a Graduate or attend the Career Compass Programme, you'll need to meet the following criteria.

  • You currently reside in New Zealand
  • You're currently enrolled in a degree at a New Zealand university. Prior to joining EY full time and at the time of submitting your permanent residency application, you must have completed two years of your full time degree at that campus

As an international student planning for a career in your home country, visit your home countries careers website to search their open positions and opportunities.

Students and entry level

From student programs and other offerings to full-time positions, find a role where you can build an exceptional experience for yourself and a better working world for all.

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Your degree could fit in one of our teams so choose which direction excites you the most.                                                                                           

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