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Graduates & Students

United States


Development Program

The Development Program is not just a career stepping stone, it’s an opportunity to start a long-term journey with a global leader in the coal mining industry.  It provides recent graduates and those with some work experience the opportunity to apply their knowledge right away, through hands-on experience as a member of our U.S. mining operations team.

Program participants will build their professional career by working in a variety of areas at surface and underground mining operations recognized for world class excellence in safety, sustainability, productivity and environmental reclamation. The program is tailored to support not only the individual’s professional growth and development, but also the needs of the business.
“The Development Program helped me to jumpstart my career with Peabody. The program gave me the opportunity to work at multiple locations across the Peabody platform and gain a better understanding of the company and the industry. Those experiences provided me the opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in the coal mining industry.”
– Caleb, Development Program 


Peabody offers paid internships at our U.S. Operations that have the potential to last from a student’s first summer in college through their final semester. Through the internship program, students experience life at Peabody, from planning and analysis to production and reclamation. Several current employees, including company vice presidents, got their first insight into the company through the internship program.  The program is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills for future Development Program opportunities.

See a full list of upcoming campus recruitment visits here
“Interning with Peabody allowed me to gain a snapshot into the coal industry while gaining further technical knowledge to be able to contribute to some of the most important safety and health challenges facing the industry.”  
– Catherine, Intern

Corporate Office


Paid internship opportunities are also available at Peabody’s St. Louis Corporate Office.  Specific opportunities are based on business needs.

Check out our Career Center for current U.S. openings.



Graduate Program 
Graduate development is a critical aspect of the business and is designed to attract, develop and retain high-caliber professionals who have the potential to become future leaders and technical experts. The Graduate Program provides opportunities for recent graduates to gain experience in a variety of operations, specialist skills and management skills through a two-year program. The program includes technical and leadership development initiatives as well as mentorship relationships with senior Peabody Australia staff. Departments within operational sites and functional areas provide graduates with supervisors who will provide day-to-day leadership and coaching.

Graduate Program opportunities are advertised in April each year.

“For me, the Graduate Program was about building good relationships, both at work and socially. Building collaboration and communication skills early will continue to help throughout your work life. The program also provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at something outside of your comfort zone.”
– Kamal, Graduate Program

Apprenticeship and Trainee Program 

Apprentice and trainee development is an important aspect of the business. Apprentices are appointed on a four-year development program through third-party training organisations and hosted on Peabody Australia mine sites for the practical part of their development. Job performance and genuine support for company values will count in the Apprentice’s favor at the end of their development program to obtain permanent trade roles within the company. Trainees are generally appointed as permanent employees and follow a structured development program facilitated by internal specialists. Operating sites will appoint individual tradespeople and experienced employees to act as coaches for apprentices and trainees. 

Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised in September each year. Trainee opportunities are advertised throughout the year as open positions are available.

Work Experience
The work experience program provides school and tertiary students the opportunity to gain unpaid work experience at Peabody Australia’s sites or corporate office. These opportunities are part of a formal school/tertiary and/or industry placement agreements and include a job-shadowing development process.
Vacation Work
The paid vacation student program offers participants the opportunity to work within Peabody Australia operations and corporate offices during formal semester breaks or vacation periods. These opportunities are predominantly offered during the summer vacation period consisting of a period of approximately 13 weeks between December and February each year. The vacation work program is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills for possible permanent graduate positions in the future.

“Peabody’s Vacation Program is the most valuable experience I’ve ever had. I didn’t know a workplace could be so welcoming. I learnt so many essential skills in my 12 weeks at North Goonyella Mine that I know I will continue to apply in my future career.”
– Nicole, Vacation Work

Check out our Career Center for current Australia openings.

Peabody is a leading coal producer, providing essential products for the production of affordable, reliable energy and steel. Our commitment to sustainability underpins everything we do and shapes our strategy for the future.