Graduate Careers


Your Adventure Starts With Fonterra

The Fonterra Graduate Programme has been running for over 40 years and has seen the success of many individuals who have contributed significantly to Fonterra's achievements, including members of our Senior Fonterra Management Team.   When it comes to our graduate programme we aim to attract, recruit and select a diverse group of graduates. Embedding diversity and inclusion in our culture is crucial to our long-term success as well as being the right thing to do to support our people and our communities.


Fonterra's Graduate Programmes

We recognise that the success of our company depends on our people, and we are committed to offering you a unique, challenging and exciting experience in an environment where your contribution and ideas are welcomed.

With a constant focus on innovation and improvement, we are constantly challenging boundaries and finding new ways of working towards our purpose of being the world’s most trusted source of dairy nutrition.

We have three programmes to choose from, Business, Technical and Agri-Business. All endeavor to give you a breadth of experience across our organisation.

The diversity of what we do creates numerous opportunities for a rewarding and challenging start to your career.

Business Programme in Fonterra

Business Programme

We’re re-defining the future of dairy by embracing the best in technology, innovation and new business models to unlock the power of Fonterra.  The world is changing at an exponential rate as a result of consumer preferences, technology, environmental and geopolitical shifts. This is your opportunity to play a part in the future of our cooperative.


Our Business Programme offers the choice of core streams to build your functional capability aligned to your interests or qualifications. 


Typically you will complete four 6 month rotations.  Each rotation has you moving to best experience our business which means there is the potential for you  to spend time at anyone of our sites throughout New Zealand!


Rest assured – no matter what function you join – you’ll be provided with plenty of support along the way. You’ll be working alongside experts in the field and developing skills and knowledge to give you a solid foundation to build your career.

Fonterra Technical Programme

Technical Programme

As a global leader in dairy nutrition, our programme gives you the opportunity to develop the technical and leadership skills required to be successful in your career. 

You will learn from the best in the industry while also gaining insight into market-leading innovation and technology. 

The Fonterra Graduate Technical Programme (FGTP) is best suited to engineering, environmental, food technology and science graduates.

We require a 4-year degree (minimum) as it’s a pre-requisite to completing your Masters in Dairy Science and Technology which is a key part of our programme offering.

Our Graduates are true adventurers! They enjoy moving around the country and experiencing the innovation and world-leading technology that Fonterra has to offer.

Business Internship Programme

Globalisation, mobility, technology and new behaviours are driving workplace evolution - and Fonterra is no exception.  We are constantly looking for better, more efficient ways of working - whether that be in an office, a factory, a tanker or a distribution centre.

The Fonterra Summer Internship Programme is all about helping you realise your potential by providing you with the foundations to kick-start your career early. 

Our Internship runs through your summer break and gives you the opportunity to gain some invaluable skills, training and insight into what it would be like to work at Fonterra longer term.

Agri-Business Programme

Fonterra Farm Source strives to be the trusted source of dairy know-how to farmers across New Zealand.  We are all about connecting with and supporting our farmers - in the community, on-farm and in-store, we bring the collective strength of the Fonterra Co-op to help our farmers get the products, service and advice they need to run their farms successfully.

The Agri-Business programme provides you with the opportunity to be part of something local, and something big. In this programme you’ll get a variety of experiences across Farm Source to develop the skills and knowledge for a solid agri-business career.                                                                                                           

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