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Alcoa Australia

4.5
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

2021/2022 Vacation Student Program

Perth (WA) Booragoon, Kwinana, Mandurah, Dwellingup, Waroona and Portland (VIC)
Find out how to kickstart a professional career with Alcoa. Learning, guidance, support and forming strong networks all to be expected on the journey!

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Internship
Number of Vacancies
40
Start Date
29 Nov 2021

Application dates

Applications Open
4 Jun 2021
Applications Close
20 Jun 2021

Minimum requirements

Accepting International Applications
No
Qualifications Accepted
B
Accounting
Commerce
Finance
Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations
C
Communication & Media Studies
Journalism & Writing
E
Automotive & Transport Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering & Construction
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Renewable Energy Engineering
Robotics & Mechatronics Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
I
Artificial Intelligence
Bioinformatics
Computer Graphics & Animation
Computer Science (all other)
Computer Systems and Networks
Cyber Security
Data Science
Programming & Software Engineering
Video Game Development
Design & User Experience
M
Health Administration
S
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Science
Geology

Alcoa is a global industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminium products, with a strong portfolio of value-added cast and rolled products and substantial energy assets. Alcoa is built on a foundation of strong values and operating excellence dating back more than 130 years to the world-changing discovery that made aluminium an affordable and vital part of modern life. Since developing the aluminium industry, and throughout our history, our talented Alcoans have followed on with breakthrough innovations and best practices that have led to efficiency, safety, sustainability and stronger communities wherever we operate. This kind of operating excellence takes a special kind of team, made up of special people. One of them could be you.

About the opportunity

Our flagship product aluminium, one of the world's most versatile metals is strong, durable and a 100% recyclable; it drives our people, supports our communities, and fulfills our purpose.

We're always innovating to find new ways to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world - from protecting our environment, to creating a safer workplace, making our equipment more reliable, to improving our processes and embracing technology wherever we can. At Alcoa, we support our people and empower them to bring their ideas to life as together, we make change happen.

Our Vacation Student program provides university students with the opportunity to explore their degree within our industry and gain exposure to a future career at Alcoa. During your summer 12-week paid placement, you will grow professionally, expand technically, and become part of our community where you will be inspired and challenged daily.

Throughout the program, you will be paired with a senior specialist that will provide you with the hands-on training, mentoring, and coaching to support you in becoming a creative problem solver, helping you towards completing the meaningful projects that you'll be assigned. The best part is that you'll get to experience working in an on-site environment whilst working locally at either of our refineries, enjoying a lifestyle where you can be home each and every night!

We are offering Vacation Student placements in the following disciplines:

  • Process Control Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Software Development
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Health & Safety
  • Environmental
  • Chemistry
  • Finance

About you

We are interested in hearing from curious university students who are:
Currently completing their tertiary degree in a related discipline of the opportunities available. Students in their penultimate year will be highly regarded.

Self-motivated and passionate for their chosen discipline, eager to learn and expand their knowledge.

Capable of working independently with the ability to communicate and engage with multiple stakeholders to obtain a project outcome.
Strong team players with effective time management, organisational and problem-solving skills.

Available to commence end of November 2021 for a full-time 12-week period.

There are plenty of benefits that can be enjoyed whilst you are a Vacation Student at Alcoa. Among the many, we view our Vacation Students favourably to the permanent three-year Alcoa Graduate Program that will in turn provide you with a bright future and successful career within the Mining and Resources industry.

Applications close: Sunday 20 June, 2021

Additional information

To apply, please click on the 'Apply' link and submit your application by attaching your latest resume, cover letter and academic transcript. It is essential that all three documents accompany your application to be considered.

Students are required to travel to and from site each working day and will be based at either our head corporate office in Booragoon, Alcoa's Alumina Refineries (Kwinana, Pinjarra or Wagerup) or Huntly and Willowdale Bauxite Mines which is located approximately 100 kilometres south of Perth CBD.

To be eligible for our Vacation Student opportunities you will be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or have Australian permanent residency. Please ensure this information is clearly stated on your application.

You will only be contacted if you are shortlisted for an interview, this process can take up to four weeks from the closing date.

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My job is satisfying because I have accountability for each step, and I am learning the whole process rather than handling just a part of it.

Alexandra Hall

  • Graduate stories
My job is satisfying because I have accountability for each step, and I am learning the whole process rather than handling just a part of it.

Alexandra Hall

  • Graduate stories
Understand there are hundreds of ways to reach your end goal – so don’t be disheartened if you face a roadblock along the way. Keep researching and keep soldiering on as this hard work and determination will definitely be realised.

John Wu

  • Graduate stories
Understand there are hundreds of ways to reach your end goal – so don’t be disheartened if you face a roadblock along the way. Keep researching and keep soldiering on as this hard work and determination will definitely be realised.

John Wu