Our Graduate Program

Designed to attract the best and brightest, CommBank’s Graduate Program is a challenging and rewarding way to kick-start a long-term career with us.  

Could you be an unlikely match?

How does our Graduate Program work?

You’ll start with us in February as a permanent employee, but the length of your program varies based on which Business Area you choose.

Throughout your first year we provide loads of support to help you to maximise your experience:

  • You’ll attend orientation in Sydney to hear from senior leaders and renowned speakers, immerse yourself in all things CommBank and network with fellow graduates.
  • We’ll help you identify focus areas, and provide tailored development sessions – on demand or in person.
  • Grads come together in Sydney again for an intensive mid-year development event to enhance your capabilities even further.

You’ll complete a rotational program to help you to learn about different parts of your business area. At the end of your program, you’ll be supported to find a role that best suits your capabilities and interests.

What can you expect?

Shine: Contribute from day one by working on real projects that impact our business and our customers, within Australia’s largest bank.

Develop: Participate in market-leading training to develop your technical and soft skills. This will help with the transition to full-time work from university and ensure you excel in your immediate and future roles.

Network: Build networks and friendships through unparalleled access to senior leaders, project leads and program sponsors, enhancing your personal and business profile.

Contribute: Give back to the community through graduate initiatives, driving positive change across our organisation and improving the wellbeing of our graduate cohort.

Key dates

Applications typically open in February, and the Program starts the following February. Check out the calendar of key dates to see where the team will be. 


We have roles available nationally (both metro and regional), although most roles are based in Sydney. 

Application process & tips

You can apply for our Graduate Program online. If your initial application is successful, you’ll have the chance to complete some online assessments, a digital interview, and then possibly attend one of our Assessment Centres for a face-to-face meeting with our team.

Learn more about the Graduate Program application process

Our Summer Intern Program

How does the Summer Intern Program work?

Our 10-week Summer Intern Program gives you a taste of what it’s like to work with us. You’ll be given full support and training to help you decide if CommBank is the right fit for you.

At the end of the Program you’ll also have the opportunity to apply early for our Graduate Program for the following year.

What can you expect?

You’ll enjoy an intensive introduction to life at CommBank, learn how we operate, get involved in great projects and meet inspirational people who’ll help you put your career on the right path.

During the placement you’ll be partnered alongside passionate and energetic leaders and teams, allowing you to work on challenging real-life projects. You’ll contribute to outcomes that positively impact our business and customers. During the placement we’ll encourage you to build your professional network with your peers and with leaders from across CommBank. 

Responsibilities for each placement vary based on the team and role you’ll be working with. At the start of our placement, your leaders will work with you to determine a project, set of tasks or targets to achieve during your placement. They’ll consider both your current skills and development goals, as well as look for opportunities to stretch them to enhance your experience. 

You’ll have the chance to build key transferrable skills on our award-winning development program through a combination of formal learning events and workplace-based experiential learning. This program is designed to support you to identify your strengths, and showcase them at the end of the placement. 

Key dates

Applications typically open in July, and the Summer Intern Program starts in late November. Check out the calendar of key dates to see where the team will be.


We have roles available nationally (both metro and regional), although most roles are based in Sydney. 

Application process & tips

You should apply for our Summer Intern Program online. If your initial application is successful, you’ll have the chance to complete some online assessments, a digital interview, and then possibly attend one of our Assessment Centres for a face-to-face meeting with our team.

Learn more about the Summer Intern application process


Visa requirements

You must have Australian/New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency when you submit your application.

Minimum credit average 

To be considered you’ll need a minimum overall standing of 65% grade point average.

Graduate applications

To be eligible, you must be in the final year of a university undergraduate or postgraduate degree or have completed your university studies in the past 12 months.

Summer Intern applications

To be eligible, you must be in the second-last year of a university undergraduate or postgraduate degree (inclusive of Honours year and double degree). You’re still considered to be in the second-last year of your studies if you only have a few subjects left to complete in first semester of the next year.

Postgraduate applications

We accept applications from undergraduate or postgraduate students.

Degree types

We offer a range of graduate opportunities for a wide variety of degree disciplines, including Business, Commerce, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Marketing, Arts, Law, IT, Computer Science, Design, Human Resource Management, Psychology, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics and Science. If your degree or major isn’t listed here, get in touch to discuss which business unit might be right for you. 

Events & key dates

Come and meet the Campus Talent Acquisition team. Keep an eye on the calendar below to see where you can find the team.

If you have any questions, you can email graduaterecruitment@cba.com.au

Event title:
University/Student Society
UNSW Virtual Careers Fair 
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
11am – 3pm
University of New South Wales 
Virtual Careers Fair 
Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition (ICMJ)
Friday, 10 July 2020
Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association 
Virtual Careers Fair 


About the programs

What does CommBank look for in graduates and summer interns?

We look for well-rounded candidates who have successfully balanced university, work experience and extra-curricular activities. Other skills essential to working successfully with us include being able to work in a team and the desire to learn and drive your own career. Most importantly, we look for your motivation to work in the financial services industry, and with us.

How many graduates and summer interns do you take each year?

Our Graduate Program generally takes around 150-200 graduates each year and our Summer Intern Program takes around 120-150 interns each year. 

What are the start dates of the Programs and how long do they run for?

The Graduate Program starts in February. The length of each Program varies depending on which business area you are interested in, but the majority of our Programs run for 18 months. As a graduate, you'll join the Program as a permanent employee.

The Summer Intern Program runs for 10 weeks from late November to February.

What locations are you recruiting for?

The majority of our roles are based in Sydney. We do have a number of roles available in other cities and regional areas, generally across our Business and Private Banking business area.

Application & recruitment process

Can I apply for more than one business area? 

We ask you to select one business area preference on your online application. To help you make this decision, we recommend you read about our different business areas in detail before applying. If we read your application and think you’re a perfect fit for another area, we’ll give you a call to discuss.

When will you be visiting my university?

Please check the events section to find out when we will be visiting your university and running events.

What is the recruitment process?

Find out more about our application process, including tips for a successful application.

What is the recruitment process timeline? When can I expect to hear from you? 

We will keep in touch after each stage of the recruitment process to advise if your application is progressing.

Can I send a hard copy of my resume or email my resume directly to you instead of applying online?

No. All applications must be submitted online.

I'm working for CommBank but not on the Graduate Program. Is the application procedure for me different? What do I need to do to apply?

All applicants need to apply online. External candidates should apply through our Careers website. Internal candidates who are already working for the bank should apply through the Career Hub on Sidekick. All applicants will go through the same recruitment process.

Assessment Centres

How can I prepare for the Assessment Centre?

It pays to be prepared! Do your homework before the Assessment Centre and find out everything you can about the Program and us. Also, it’s worth reflecting on how your skills and experience match what we’re looking for.

Do you help financially when travelling from interstate to an Assessment Centre?

Yes. We will assist in subsidising interstate travel to Assessment Centres. Available amounts will be discussed with each individual candidate.


Do you help financially if I relocate to accept a role?

Yes. We will provide some assistance to graduates needing to relocate for the Graduate Program. Available amounts will be discussed with individual candidates.

What is the starting salary for graduates?

Our starting salary is competitive with the graduate market. We will discuss details of remuneration and our bonus structure throughout the recruitment process. We also offer rewards and benefits that do not make up the cash component of your salary, but still offer cost savings to you.

Do you offer support for graduates to complete further tertiary qualifications and training?

Yes. We support employees who want to enhance their professional development through tertiary study. This is something you would need to discuss with your manager, as you need to consider the benefit to the business and your ability to manage your work/life/study balance.

Can I travel overseas with CommBank?

While we do have offices around the globe, the majority of our employees are based in Australia. However, in some cases our graduates will have the opportunity to work overseas.

How can I contact you?

Please get in touch via email at graduaterecruitment@cba.com.au and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

Awards and recognition

Award logo: The Australian Top 100 award

The Australian Top 100 

Graduate Employer 2020
#1 Banking and Finance sector

Award logo: Australian Financial Review and GradConnection Top 100

Australian Financial Review  & GradConnection Top100 Graduate Employers Ranking

Graduate Employer 2020
#9 Most popular Employer

Award logo: Top Graduate Employers 2019

Top Graduate Employers 2020