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Contact Energy

4.6
  • #1 in Energy & utilities
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Contact Energy Graduate Programs & Internships

  • Energy & Utilities

We believe: Home is the most important place in the world. It's our long-term vision to create and contribute to a better New Zealand. From the homes and communities, we live in, to the land and resources that future generations can enjoy. 

No. of employees: 1,000+ Aotearoa wide.

Some of the good stuff: Leading the decarbonisation of Aotearoa, Opportunity to learn from and work with the smartest individuals in the industry globally, Flexible work isn't a benefit, it's a way of working.

The challenge: Our commitment to sustainability and decarbonisation means we have a responsibility to deliver to Aotearoa.

Hiring interns and grads with degrees in Engineering (Chemical, Process, Materials, Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Data), Science (Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geophysics), Commerce, Mathematics, Communications, Sustainability & Environmental, ICT, and Digital.

Contact Energy are committed to a sustainable energy future for Aotearoa. This means balancing their commitment to renewable energy, while ensuring reliable access to energy for customers. Operating one of the most flexible generation fleets in New Zealand. Their geothermal, hydro, and thermal plants have the country covered no matter what the weather.

Recruitment Process

Graduate Programme Expression of Interest Open Now

You can register interest in the Contact Energy 2025 graduate programme from February 6th, 2024. We will be attending careers expos across the motu throughout March, April, and May so make sure you come and say hello!

  1. Application - Tell us about yourself! What makes you special, we don't care about your ‘experience’ we want to know what makes you, you. What values do you hold, and what do you want out of your first job?
  2. Video Interview - Our chance to see who you are and understand a bit more about what makes you tick!
  3. Psychometric Testing - We will try to make this part as fun as possible… it's an important part of the puzzle for us to ensure we can provide the right support systems to enable you to succeed!
  4. Assessment Centre - Now this part will be fun! Promise. We'll give you a taste of what it's like at Contact, additionally we want you to show us what you will bring to Contact.

Remuneration & Career Growth

At Contact we want you to lead your learning. Our leaders are there to provide the support, guidance and opportunities to enable you to grow. Don't think of your career as a linear path, be open to different doors that will open along the way. 

Contact Energy's graduate development programme (GDP), is an 18 month rotational programme consisting of various rotations into different teams/functions within the business that directly relate to your graduate role. The aim of rotations is for you to build your network within Contact Energy, gain a broader experience of our business and how we operate, and lastly to unlock areas of interest that perhaps you didn't know existed!

We are building our pipeline of future leaders and part of that includes offering a highly competitive starting salary for all graduates. For Graduate Engineers you will start on $68,000.00 p.a and Corporate Graduates will start on $65,000.00 p.a. As part of the programme everyone will receive six monthly performance and annual remuneration reviews. Secondly, the experience you have won't be the same, each graduate will have their own unique experience dependent on the team they join, rotations they complete and business unit they sit in. However, you will all be treated fairly and consistently. 

Geez, pretty good so far I hear you say. Well wait till you get around a few of these company benefits;

  • $400 annual “good to be home” payment, your first paycheck and then every year on your anniversary you will receive an additional $400 payment to help make your home a better place to be.
  • Clearhead - Our app based wellbeing hub, with access to online learning resources, a digital assistant, therapy sessions (for yourself and whanau) and financial advisors all fully confidential and free of charge. It’s about proactive wellbeing support to help you juggle life’s ups and downs whenever you it!
  • Purchased Leave - Giving our people the opportunity to work more flexibly is really important to us. It's a big part of work/life balance and getting this right is good for our health and wellbeing. For whatever reason – whether you're a parent, you love to travel, you're studying or you just juggle a lot outside of your role here.
  • Community Contact Leave - It’s not often that someone asks you to stop work for a day so you can help out on a project you’re passionate about, but that’s exactly what we’re doing!
  • Flexible Mahi - Contact is committed to supporting our people’s wellbeing by promoting flexible mahi (FM) to ensure our people can be their best and bring their whole selves to work. Depending on the role, our people can choose to mahi in a way that best suits them, for example where they work, whether that be in their whare, an office location, their local café or the bach; and how they flex their hours.
  • Fourth Trimester - It takes a lot of energy to care for a newborn. From washing and drying baby clothes, to cooking extra meals and, most importantly, heating. We believe in advancing the quality of home life for all New Zealanders, that’s why we’re supporting our newest arrivals and their families with 3 months of free energy.
  • Contact Energy Discounts - Wouldn't be without some good ol energy discounts, whack 35% off your monthly bill with prompt online payments, double down with $10 off per/month our broadband packages.
  • As if those weren't enough… we also have a $1000 referral scheme, Contact Shares Scheme, World Leading Parental Leave Policy, RedMed Health Insurance, and many more corporate discounts to wrap your head around. Let that sink in.

There will be opportunities to come together as a graduate cohort throughout the 18-month programme to share experiences and connect with each other. Additionally you will be connected with graduates from previous years to help you settle in and build your connections!

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Auckland, Taupo, Taranaki, Wellington, Clyde, Remote
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
P
Property & Built Environment
S
Sciences
Current Jobs & Opportunities

Internship, Clerkship or Placement

Auckland, Taupo, Stratford, Wellington, Clyde
Earn, Learn & help decarbonise Aotearoa with Contact Energy's Summer Internship!
Applications Close
30 Aug 2024
Start Date
27 Nov 2024
Salary
NZD 52,000 / Year

pro-rated for the internship period

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
Contact ticked all the boxes: sustainability as its core focus, commitment to community, work flexibility, and caring for their people.

Jemesa Landers

  • Graduate stories
Contact ticked all the boxes: sustainability as its core focus, commitment to community, work flexibility, and caring for their people.

Jemesa Landers

  • Graduate stories
One thing that drew me to applying for the graduate programme at Contact is that they offer specialised work in some very unique places. For me, the ability to live in Central Otago on the Clutha River comes with the benefits of skiing, biking, surfing, hiking, all in some very sweet scenery. 

Brayden Courtney

  • Graduate stories
One thing that drew me to applying for the graduate programme at Contact is that they offer specialised work in some very unique places. For me, the ability to live in Central Otago on the Clutha River comes with the benefits of skiing, biking, surfing, hiking, all in some very sweet scenery. 

Brayden Courtney

  • Graduate stories
Contact ticked all the boxes: sustainability as its core focus, commitment to community, work flexibility, and caring for their people.

Jemesa Landers

  • Graduate stories
Contact ticked all the boxes: sustainability as its core focus, commitment to community, work flexibility, and caring for their people.

Jemesa Landers

  • Graduate stories
One thing that drew me to applying for the graduate programme at Contact is that they offer specialised work in some very unique places. For me, the ability to live in Central Otago on the Clutha River comes with the benefits of skiing, biking, surfing, hiking, all in some very sweet scenery. 

Brayden Courtney

  • Graduate stories
One thing that drew me to applying for the graduate programme at Contact is that they offer specialised work in some very unique places. For me, the ability to live in Central Otago on the Clutha River comes with the benefits of skiing, biking, surfing, hiking, all in some very sweet scenery. 

Brayden Courtney


Videos


Tips & Tricks - Applying for a Graduate Role

Find out why you should consider Contact Energy as a graduate employer! Hear from our graduates the key to successfully applying for and landing a graduate role.

The Grad Goss

Hear from three graduates taking part in our programme.

Tips & Tricks - Applying for a Graduate Role

Find out why you should consider Contact Energy as a graduate employer! Hear from our graduates the key to successfully applying for and landing a graduate role.

The Grad Goss

Hear from three graduates taking part in our programme.

Advice


On the job with Izzy - Graduate Engineer

Izzy shares a bit about his journey and the mahi he is doing with Te Mata Hiko

On the job with Flavia - Graduate Engineer

Flavia's share a bit about her journey and the mahi she is doing with Te Mata Hiko

On the job with Izzy - Graduate Engineer

Izzy shares a bit about his journey and the mahi he is doing with Te Mata Hiko

On the job with Flavia - Graduate Engineer

Flavia's share a bit about her journey and the mahi she is doing with Te Mata Hiko

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