Commercial experience

Inspiring leaders

Clear progression

We work with corporates, banks, law firms, private companies and government agencies across a range of industries to deliver practical solutions and improve business outcomes.

Our people are driven, ambitious, collaborative and dedicated. Continuous learning is imbedded in our culture, supported by tailored performance and development frameworks to ensure progression and career fulfilment. Our clear promotion pathway and generous remuneration strategy ensure our employees are rewarded for their effort.

Graduates and Summer Vacationers at McGrathNicol have the opportunity to work across our services and gain exposure to the variety of challenges faced by Boards, CEOs and senior management.

As a Vacationer and Graduate you will experience formal technical and soft skills training to ensure your success, as well as personalised mentoring on the job. Our Graduates also receive full support to complete further qualifications such as the Chartered Accountants Program.

Learn your stripes. At McGrathNicol.

Our Programs

Summer Vacation Program

Our Summer Vacation Program is open to students in their penultimate year of study. Running for four weeks and commencing in either November or January, the program will provide you with real commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries. During your time with us, we aim to give you as much exposure as possible to each of our service offerings.

You will be assigned a Buddy, Time Manager and Counselling Manager during your placement, responsible for providing you with a variety of interesting work, as well as general support and guidance. We have a unique offering in that you will also have the opportunity to shadow Partners, participate in networking events with clients and attend social functions.

High performing Vacationers may be offered a full-time Graduate role.

Graduate Program

Applications to our Graduate Program are open to students in their final year, or those who have graduated within 18 months of the program start date. Working alongside some of the industry’s most respected leaders, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to think laterally to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

Our Graduate Development Program is expertly designed to provide you with the technical knowledge required, as well as improving essential soft skills such as business writing.

Graduates generally commence in February of each year, however midyear commencement dates and/or casual employment may also be available throughout your university semester.

Dates & Events

Application Dates

Applications to our Summer Vacation Program are now closed and will re-open in February 2020.

We are not currently accepting applications to our Graduate Program in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney.

Applications to our 2020 Graduate Program in Canberra are currently open and close at midnight on Thursday, 28 November 2019.

For more information, please visit our careers website, contact our national HR team via or follow us on Facebook.


You will learn more about McGrathNicol by talking to us at careers fairs and industry events.

Details of events we are attending will be detailed below as they are confirmed.

Meet Our Graduates

A Graduate's Perspective

Alumni of the Vacation and Graduate Programs know firsthand the benefits of starting their career at McGrathNicol. Hear from some of our recent Graduates about their thoughts on the key to success in our firm and why they enjoy working at McGrathNicol.

A Day in the Life of...

A day in the life of a Graduate at McGrathNicol is as diverse as the projects we are engaged in. Our Programs provide opportunities to build your expertise across our service lines and industries, gain exposure to complex projects and work directly with senior employees and partners.

A Message from our COO

The Graduate Program at McGrathNicol is supportive, challenging and rewarding. We recognise that investing in our people is one of the most important factors to ensuring our long-term success. Hear from our Chief Operating Officer, Paul Sweeney, about our commitment to our people and their development.


To be eligible to apply for our Summer Vacation Program, you must be in your penultimate year of study. Our Graduate Program is open to students in their final year, or those who have graduated within 18 months of the program start date.

Our Advisory and Restructuring programs are open to business or commerce students majoring in accounting, economics or finance.

Our Technology programs are open to students completing a STEM or IT related degree, with an interest in digital forensics, cyber security and data analytics.

For all programs, you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident at the time of submitting your application. To be eligible to apply for a role in our Canberra office, you must be an Australian Citizen.

Applications for both our Graduate and Summer Vacation Programs open in February of each year. Some of our offices may reopen applications again in July. We confirm open and close dates via our Facebook page and the Dates and Events section.

You can submit your application here.

As a Vacationer, you can apply to join our Advisory and Restructuring program or our Technology program depending on your area of study.

As a Graduate, you can apply to join our Advisory and Restructuring program.

You will have the opportunity to work across all services within each of these practices, allowing you to develop a broad and commercial skillset and gain exposure across a variety of industries and projects.

Online application

Submit your application online. The application involves answering a few short questions, as well as uploading your CV, cover letter and most recent academic transcript.

Cognitive testing

Eligible candidates will be invited to complete online testing, which involves three short cognitive assessments.

Video interview

Successful candidates will be invited to record a video interview, which requires you to answer two short questions.

Face-to-face interview

Our face-to-face interview stage provides you with the opportunity to visit our offices and hear from some of our Partners and employees about the work that we do. The interview component will generally be with a Partner and senior member of our team. This is the final stage of our recruitment process and we aim to make offers within a week of the interview.

We will always notify you about the outcome of your application, however during peak times it may take us a little while to get back to you. If you haven’t heard from us, please assume we are still considering your application.

The nature of our business means we interact daily with various stakeholders, often in difficult situations. We therefore look for students who have strong communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to build relationships and those who enjoy working in a team-based environment. We are trusted by our clients to deliver high quality services, so our employees are motivated and conscientious with strong attention to detail and problem-solving capabilities.

Graduates joining our Advisory and Restructuring program will be required to complete the CA Program.

We offer full financial and study support for our employees, including:

  • Payment of all module fees and textbooks;
  • Access to comprehensive study notes and guides;
  • Attendance at lectures and tutorials, including mock exam days to assist in your preparation;
  • Paid study and exam leave;
  • National study groups as you progress through the program alongside your peers;
  • An assigned CA mentor to support you throughout your studies;
  • Payment of annual CA membership fees; and
  • Generous financial rewards to recognise milestone achievements and completion of the program.

If your degree does not cover the prerequisite subjects necessary to enrol in the CA Program, you may be required to complete a bridging course. For more information, please visit the CA ANZ website. Financial and study support are provided to Graduates who need to complete bridging courses.

As a Vacationer or Graduate, you can expect to work on projects across all of our services, gaining exposure to a variety of our clients, such as banks, law firms and large corporates.

For a detailed insight into the typical tasks of our Graduates, we recommend you complete our Restructuring or Technology virtual experience via InsideSherpa.