Colonial First State Program overview

At Colonial First State, we focus on helping customers secure their financial futures. With expertise spanning a range of investment, superannuation and retirement products, we’re committed to providing the best possible outcomes over the long term for our investors. As one of Australia's leading wealth management groups, we provide investment, super and retirement products to individuals, and corporate super to employers. We’re dedicated to the financial wellbeing of all our customers, including investors, advisers and employers, and we provide value for money and great customer service.

Summer intern program - 10 weeks

Our Summer Intern Program

This 10 week program gives you exposure across our diverse business. You’ll receive training, networking opportunities, be supported by a buddy and have the chance to contribute meaningfully to our business. 

2 years

Our Graduate Program

This two-year, structured Program includes rotations through several core areas, including Client Operations, Product, Investment, Marketing, Strategy and Distribution. You’ll experience the forefront of our business and the core of what we do, as well as help contribute to our product development, see how campaigns are put together, help with market research, and provide analysis and reporting to our sales team.

Our Program helps you develop your management and leadership skills for an analyst or managerial-level role. Some of roles that you could move into include:

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Associate
  • Investment Analyst
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Product Analyst
  • Research Analyst.

What qualities do we look for?

You are an innovative thinker with fresh ideas and perspectives, who is eager to learn and make a real contribution. You’ll need strong communication, leadership and relationship building skills and be able to work independently.

We have roles available in Sydney for the Colonial First State Program.

Degree types

What degree types do we look for?

Graduates from all disciplines are welcome to apply, however, preferred degrees include:

  • Business
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Mathematics or Statistics.


As well as fine tuning your knowledge and understanding of Colonial First State, you’ll also have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute: You’ll interact with customers, financial advisors, key industry bodies and senior leaders
  • Receive training and development: Attend programs and workshops, learning forums and networking events designed to give you a better understanding of the business
  • Gain support: Be supported by a mentor and buddy
  • Build a strong career foundation: A number of our leaders have had long careers with us
  • Work with a diverse team: We provide a culture of inclusiveness for all employees
  • Give back to the community: You’ll have the chance to engage the wider community through graduate-led community projects and initiatives.

Awards and recognition

The Australian Top 100 Graduate Employer 2019

The Australian Top 100
Graduate Employer 2019
#1 Banking and Finance sector

Financial Review and GradConnection Top 100 Graduate Employer 2015 Finalist - Graduate Program

Australian Financial Review and GradConnection Top 100
Graduate Employer 2019
#1 Banking, Finance and Insurance Sector
#8 Most popular Employer 

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Top Graduate Employers 2019