Student Pathways: Vacation Work

The Future of Energy Engineering Scholarships program provides recipients with a head start in their career. In addition to being paid $20,000 per year, each year until the completion of your degree, you will gain opportunities for real experience with paid vacation work, working with some of Australia’s most innovative engineers.

When you graduate, scholarship receipts are provided a pathway into our highly sought-after graduate program that will set you up for rewarding career in the power industry. Find out more about our Graduate Program.

Vacation work

You should apply for a Future of Energy Engineering Scholarship. Scholarship recipients are now the primary pathway to gaining real life paid vacation work with us.

Our scholarship recipients are provided paid real life work opportunities. This typically involves joining us for a vacation placement during your summer break for up to 12 weeks from November to February.

Our program is individually tailored to your needs, so you’ll get the most out of your time with us. You’ll work on a range of exciting and leading practice projects to help us build the network of the future.

The vacation program at a glance

What to expect:

As a student in our vacation program you will be:

  • involved in interesting and varied projects that challenge and provide you with the experience to develop
  • given challenging work assignments under the supervision of engineers and technical specialists
  • supported by approachable and knowledgeable people to develop your skills.

Typical duration:

Placements run for up to 12 weeks from November to February.

Year of study:

From 2nd year to final year students.


Vacation work could take place at various locations across Queensland including: Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Brisbane.


The majority of scholarships will be awarded to students studying electrical / electronic / mechatronic engineering degrees. Some scholarships would be allocated to mechanical and civil/structural engineering degrees.

Students studying dual / double degrees in electrical engineering are highly valued and will be viewed favourably. Examples of the types of dual degrees and majors that we believe compliment electrical engineering degrees include:

Degrees:Computer & Software Systems
Computer Science
Data Science
Engineering - Mechatronics
Engineering - Mechanical
Engineering - Civil/Structural
Information & Communications Technology
Information Technology
Technology & Innovation
Majors:Computational Science
Computer Science
Computer Systems Engineering
Cyber Security
Data Science
Electronic Engineering
Electronic Systems & Internet of Things
Mechatronics Engineering
Civil/Structural Engineering
Machine Learning
Software Information Systems
Statistics & Data Analyst
Applied Mathematics

Who can apply?

Check the Future of Energy Engineering Scholarships eligibility criteria to see if you are eligible to apply for one of our scholarships, which provide exciting paid work opportunities while you study.

How to apply

Applications must be made through the Future of Energy Engineering Scholarships program, as its now the primary pathway into our vacation work program.

Check for when applications are open and how to apply via our application and selection process webpage.

We'll advertise through our careers page, Queensland universities and a range of other channels when applications reopen. You can register to receive job alert emails and when applications open you can apply via our Careers webpage.

Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding our vacation program, please check out our FAQs. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact our Careers team by phoning 1800 656 810 or using our online enquiry form and one of our team members will get back to you.