Oil Search is committed to developing a future stream of talent through our graduate programme. Oil Search is a great place for PNG graduates to discover and explore their potential.

Oil Search provides employees with valuable opportunities to gain experience, skills and vocational qualifications. We work closely with PNG education institutions to ensure we continue to attract the highest calibre of new recruits.

Since 2006, we’ve hired and trained local graduates in PNG from various technical disciplines, including oil and gas production, maintenance engineering, environmental management and finance. Over the past 5 years, the retention rate among our graduates has averaged 85%.

Our Graduate Development Programme includes job placements to ensure exposure to various parts of the company, two residential programmes to develop personal and business leadership skills, and ongoing support and monitoring. The three-year programme is structured to involve senior graduates in the development of junior recruits so they get valuable on-the-job perspectives on life at Oil Search.

Graduate Development Programme

Why Oil Search?

Oil Search is PNG’s largest company and operates all of the country’s producing oil fields and has a 29% interest in the PNG LNG Project. With exciting growth opportunities like the potential expansion of the PNG LNG Project and proposed development of the Papua LNG Project, Oil Search is a great place for PNG graduates to discover and explore their potential. The company is truly global, with assets in Alaska and a corporate office in Sydney, Australia.

About the Oil Search Graduate Development Programme:

At Oil Search, you will find an empowering and rewarding work environment with meaningful career development, skill- building training programmes and the opportunity to learn from the industry’s best. Also on offer is a competitive remuneration package including a host of job-related benefits, from mentorship to health and well-being programmes.

Oil Search accepts graduates with a range of degrees. The specific graduate roles available vary depending on business needs and, as a guide, may include the following disciplines:

  • Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Structural, Mining or Petroleum)
  • Geoscience/Geology
  • Environmental Science or Sustainability, OHS
  • HR, Law, Economics, Finance & Accounting, Public Policy or Relations, Community Affairs, Journalism

Key Criteria:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above (as demonstrated in your most recent academic transcript)
  • Are in the final year of study or have graduated within the last 2 years
  • Have a strong desire to learn and develop in their career
  • Are motivated and able to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment
  • Have (or are working towards) a Bachelor’s degree in the required discipline, from a recognised institution in PNG or overseas

Recruitment Process:

How to Apply:

Each year when our graduate recruitment campaign starts, you will be able to access the link below that directs you to the application process. To submit your application, you will need to:

  • Complete the form in full
  • Upload your current resume
  • Upload your covering letter outlining your motivation for applying for your chosen discipline
  • Double check your application before you submit it.


You will be directed to our recruitment partners website.

What’s Next?

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming your application submission. Your application will be reviewed, and you will be informed on the next stage of the process. Please note that there is no need to contact Oil Search directly at this stage.

Thank you for your interest in the Oil Search Graduate Development Programme, we look forward to receiving your application.


Empowering PNG

Oil Search is continuing to make significant investments in developing Papua New Guineans in the petroleum industry.