Practical work experience plays an important part in helping you decide on the career path you want to follow. 

Each year, we look for enthusiastic students studying civil engineering, structural engineering, drafting, spatial or environmental science to undertake practical work experience with us as an intern.

As an intern at Tonkin, you’ll benefit from exposure to a varied range of projects and learn from our people who have a multitude of expertise in different fields.

Tonkin was founded in 1955, and many of our staff are influential industry leaders with decades of valuable experience to share. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with our other interns and graduates who’ve recently joined our team. 

The Tonkin difference

We understand that working on real-world projects for the first time has the potential to be a bit daunting. This is where Tonkin’s culture of care can make a real difference to your internship. 

As a mid-sized consultancy, Tonkin can offer a personalised approach to your internship, while also equipping you with a wide breath of experience. We won’t throw you in the ‘deep end’; we’ll work with you to find the individual level of ‘stretch’ that’s best for you.

Caring and fun team culture

People perform at their best when they enjoy coming to work. That’s why at Tonkin we have a strong focus on building relationships and a positive team culture. Our regular social activities and early 3pm knock off on Fridays are just some of the ways our teams socialise and build relationships outside of the usual work environment. Simply put, we aim to employ great people, deliver excellent work and have fun doing it! 

Sustainable infrastructure

With our world facing many complex challenges, there’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the engineering solutions that will help meet the needs of modern society. 

Tonkin’s purpose is to design and deliver innovative and sustainable infrastructure through collaboration, knowledge and passion.

If this sounds like something you would like to be part of, we want to hear from you! Apply now.


Frequently Asked Questions

What type of interns does Tonkin look for?

We look for undergraduates studying civil engineering, structural engineering, drafting, spatial or environmental science.

Tonkin is always on the lookout for interns who align with our culture and values. If you’re self-driven, good with people and an effective communicator, you may be a great candidate!

When can I apply for an internship?

You can apply for Tonkin’s intern program when you’re in your second year of study or beyond.

Tonkin accepts intern applications between March and June each year.

How do I apply?

We value your time, and ours, so we make our application process simple. No online assessments or video applications required!

You can complete your internship application here.

What is the work placement schedule?

You may undertake your internship with Tonkin in a block during your summer or winter break, or part-time during the semester. We’ll work with you to find an arrangement that works for you and the business.

Are Tonkin internship paid?

Yes! You’ll be working on real projects, so it’s only fair that you are paid.

What happens after a Tonkin internship?

Tonkin interns benefit from being considered first for any suitable permanent graduate roles that become available. As a Tonkin intern, you won’t need to go through our usual application process – we will know that you are suitable based on your performance during your internship.