How the Summer Intern Program works

Our summer internship is for undergraduate and postgraduate students in their second last year of study. It’s a six-week paid program run over the university summer break. You’ll discover what it’s like to learn and work at one of Australia’s largest and most successful financial institutions.

You’ll not only gain insights into the banking and finance industry, but you’ll be provided with career coaching to help you figure out what you want from your career and how to achieve it. Our program focusses on employability and future skills development that will compliment your study.

At the end of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to apply and potentially receive an early offer for our Graduate Program the following year.


Summer Intern Program streams

Our intern program will see you choose one of our core business streams.


We’re not looking for your traditional Finance graduate. We’re looking for Finance graduates of the future. Curious graduates that are highly analytical, enjoy process improvement and are passionate about making the complex simple.

This program stream is held in Melbourne.


Risk management is vital at NAB to protect our customers and enable sustainable performance for the NAB group. Maintaining a strong risk governance and framework originates at board level and flows down through the organisation.

You’ll discover how we provide strategic enterprise wide risk review and advice on various types of risk at NAB using policy, data and analytics.

This program stream is held in Sydney and Melbourne.

Business banking

We’re passionate about providing specialised financial products, market insights and advice to help our customers thrive across different industries. We have a focus on small to medium business. You’ll learn about building relationships with customers to help them achieve their goals.

This program stream is held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Private wealth

Private Wealth is an integrated team of specialists in banking, investments and advice from NAB Private Wealth, JBWere, opens in new window and nabtrade, opens in new window. We’re responsible for the seamless delivery of tailored banking, wealth and investment solutions to meet our client’s unique needs and ambitions, wherever they are in their lifecycle.

This program stream is held in Sydney and Melbourne.

People and culture

We are enablers to NAB’s strategic ambition and custodians of our colleague experience. We focus on making our HR services simple and easy for our people to do their jobs and serve customers well. We provide great data and insights to help our leaders make sustainable workforce decisions. 

This program stream is offered in Melbourne.

Corporate and institutional banking

Corporate finance and client coverage

We finance corporate growth, provide specialised financing solutions and create value through working capital and global transactions. You’ll work with industry specialists to provide solutions for our customers in their relevant markets.

This program stream is offered in Sydney and Melbourne.

Financial markets

We use sales, economic and quantitative research to provide local and offshore customers access to both traded and illiquid markets including fixed income, money markets, credit, derivatives, currencies and commodities. This includes trading between all types of banks, superannuation funds and domestic and multinational companies.

This program stream is offered in Melbourne and Sydney and requires you to be completing a STEM related degree such as actuarial studies, economics, engineering, mathematics, science or technology.

Eligibility for our Summer Intern Program

You’ll need to make sure you meet the following requirements.

Citizenship and visa requirements

You’ll need to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or be an Australian or permanent resident at the time of applying for the program.

Tertiary education requirements

You’ll need to be in your second last year of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree and due to complete your degree by December 2022.

Application and selection process

You’ll need to complete the application form, opens in new window. This is where you’ll get the chance to tell us about yourself and nominate your chosen business stream. You’ll also need to upload your academic transcript.

If you’re successful, you’ll progress to an online test, video interview and finally an assessment centre. Assessment centres are held by business stream location in one of our main offices. You’ll need to attend in person and at your own cost.

Key dates

Our summer intern program will run from January 2022 to February 2022. You must be available for full time employment during this period. Please keep the following dates in mind for the application and hiring process.

Applications Open

5 July 2021

Applications Close

15 August ​2021

Online testing

August 2021

Video Interview

August 2021

Assessment centre

September 2021

Awards and recognition

The Australian Association of Graduate Employers has ranked our Summer Intern Program as one of the top intern programs, opens in new window in the country; recognising those organisations which provide the most positive experience for interns as determined by the interns themselves.


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