The Melbourne Graduate Program is a two-year program for the best and brightest graduates to become the next generation of managers and leaders for the University of Melbourne.

Home to some of the best thinkers, our professional staff and graduates are enabling our academics to add to the stock of human knowledge and address some of the major challenges of our time.

Over the two years, you will have three tailored eight-month rotations across a range of professional services to give you exposure to different functions of the University and assist you with finding out what work makes you thrive.

There will also be a structured and personalised development program which will be discussed in depth in your first week in the University with the targeted induction, leadership lunches and mentoring to accelerate your personal and professional development. This all helps to expand your networks and interact with fellow peers of the graduate cohort.

The University encourages graduates from all disciplines to apply, as the work is diverse across a number of professional service areas.


Working for the University of Melbourne means working in a dynamic world class organisation. The program will provide you with the tools, skills and support to accelerate your professional development and to kick-start your career at the University. We will work with you to find a permanent, on-going role after the program.

Our roles

Roles in the program develop broad technical and professional skills in a variety of professional areas such as Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Procurement, Research Services and Student Services with the opportunity to do placements in other business areas as part of the program. You will contribute from day one with responsibilities in a real team to challenge and develop your skills.

Development and support

There are a number of activities designed to assist you with transitioning into work and growing your skills professionally and outside of work. These include:

  • Orientation program to introduce you to your peers, managers and new working environment
  • Cohort activities to benefit from each other’s experiences, ideas and feedback
  • Leadership lunches with University senior leaders, to gain understanding on how they built their careers and their current role
  • Learning events to develop critical skills
  • Career mentoring in the second year to provide you with guidance in preparing for your next steps
  • Assistance in finding an on-going role after the program within the University