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Graduate recruitment at Otago

Discover the world of work and job opportunities

Each year employers visit the University of Otago to talk about their work and the opportunities their business or organisation has to offer. In addition, the Career Development Centre offers a series of seminars and workshops throughout the year to help students develop job search skills.

Gain the opportunity to:

  • Meet face-to-face with prospective employers
  • Find out about graduate-level job openings and internships
  • Know what employers look for in graduates – what are their preferred skills and attributes?
  • Network – Career expos and presentations are great places to start your professional network
  • Become acquainted with companies' culture and values – would you fit in?
  • Clarify your career objectives – is this the kind of industry/sector you want to work in?
  • Help with your choice of study – what subjects are these employers interested in? Do they have subject preferences?

It's convenient! You can do all of the above without leaving campus, and it's FREE!

Otago's Career Expos

Career expos provide excellent opportunities for students to meet face-to-face with employers and find out about job opportunities.

2022 Business & Law Expo

Monday, 7 March, 11:00am–2:00pm, The Link

2022 Science & Technology Expo

Tuesday, 17 May, 11:00am–2:00pm, The Link

2022 Public Sector & Not-for-profit Expo

Wednesday, 17 August, 11:00am–2:00pm, Main Common Room, Student Union Building

2022 Summer Jobs & Beyond Expo

Wednesday, 14 September, 11:00am–2:00pm, The Link


The Career Development Centre runs seminars and workshops throughout each semester to help you with your job search and applications.

The seminars begin in early March.

Venues, dates and times are listed in 'Events' on OtagoCareerHub

Employer presentations and information sessions

Find out about particular companies, their cultures and what they look for in graduates from senior executives, Human Resource Managers, and recent graduates available to share their experiences.
All students are welcome at employer presentations, which are usually held at lunchtime or in the evening.

First and second year students find the presentations useful for planning their course of study and career direction. Final year students and graduates can apply for current vacancies within companies.


A number of employers and organisations offer studentships or internships over the summer break. These are paid work opportunities that are related to your degree and are available to students in their penultimate year. The University of Otago advertises internships within academic departments and on OtagoCareerHub, or you can find your own!

Read more about internship options at Otago.