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Work experience with Alexander Symonds

At Alexander Symonds, we’re dedicated to fostering talent in all aspects of spatial science including surveying, spatial analytics and spatial visualisation, GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and mapping. We offer engaging Work Experience opportunities for students and those contemplating a career transition. Our inclusive programs aim to inspire and educate, providing a diverse range of experiences for anyone, regardless of their background or age. Passionate and engaged students can join us and experience how STEM is applied to careers in spatial industry.

Apply for our work experience programs

Discover the world of surveying: Who we are

With over 90 years of industry experience, Alexander Symonds has played a pivotal role in surveying, contributing to significant projects like the South Road Northern Connector, the Adelaide Oval southern roof reconstruction and the SA Water Tea Tree Gully Sustainable Sewers Program. Our dedicated surveyors have been instrumental in shaping South Australia’s landscape, from iconic construction projects to meticulous terrain mapping. 

If you’re curious, passionate about our local environment and enthusiastic about making a difference in our region’s development, surveying at Alexander Symonds offers a unique opportunity. Whether you’re a high school student with a mathematical inclination or considering a career change, our work experience program provides firsthand insights into this engaging field, ensuring a rewarding journey ahead.

Learn why past students loved our work experience programs

“This experience was incredibly insightful and has encouraged me to research further the work involved in surveying and associated fields.”


“Before attending I didn’t know much about surveying, and I had a really great few days. I have learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed the 3 days spent with your company. Thanks again for the opportunity to gain insight into a career path that I am now seriously considering.”


“Around, sort of the end of year 12 I discovered surveying. Surveying offered that mathematical and problem-solving while also having the ability to go out in the field”

Dale Robinson
Cadastral & Infrastructure Surveyor

What you can expect

work experience group on site with surveying equipment

Work with industry experts

Collaborate with seasoned professionals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge, giving you insights that extend far beyond textbooks.

Hands-on fieldwork

Step out of the classroom and into the field, where you’ll engage in real-world surveying activities. It’s a chance to apply theory in a practical setting.

Flexible options

We offer a range of work experience streams to match your interests and schedule. Whether it’s during school holidays, a traditional observational day, or a flexible “Come and Try” program, we’ve got you covered.

Exploration and insight

Discover the intricacies of surveying and shape your academic and professional journey. Gain practical knowledge and insights that can influence your future career decisions.

Career growth

Many of our past participants have transitioned into full-time roles within Alexander Symonds, proving that the journey with us can lead to a rewarding career path.

Our work experience streams: tailored for you

At Alexander Symonds, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to exploring the world of surveying. That’s why we offer a range of specialised work experience streams designed to suit your individual interests and schedule.

A hands-on experience for high school and first-year uni students

Our 3-Day School Holidays Program caters specifically to high school and first-year university students seeking hands-on learning. This adventure lets you step beyond the classroom and into the vibrant world of surveying. Dive into practical experiences, working with cutting-edge equipment, engaging in fieldwork and learning from passionate professionals. It’s more than just learning, it’s doing. Whether you’re on the path to a surveying career or simply curious, our program is your gateway to practical knowledge and thrilling exploration.

A glimpse into the surveying world

Observational Work Experience gives those who are interested in a career in the spatial industry, the opportunity to spend some time in our business and see what it is all about. We aim to provide opportunities that suit students and those early career, as well as those looking to change career.

For students, it’s a chance to shadow spatial professionals in the real world, delve into surveying intricacies, gain valuable insights, and explore potential academic and professional pathways. You’ll interact with experienced surveyors, ask questions, and immerse yourself in daily field activities.

For those contemplating a career shift, this can act as a gateway to new possibilities. Shadowing professionals provides firsthand exposure to the surveying world, helping you make informed career decisions.

Exploring career change with flexibility

Our “Come and Try Surveying” day offering has enabled us to provide an on demand, flexible program, tailored for working adults considering a career change but may not be able to dedicate 3 or 4 days to Work Experience. It offers a glimpse into the spatial industry for those curious about a new career path but with current job commitments.

Your path to a paid undergraduate position

At Alexander Symonds, we’re here to support your academic journey and career aspirations. We provide a clear pathway to paid undergraduate and graduate positions that align with your course requirements, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable surveying experience while studying and earn income.

If you’ve found your work experience with us rewarding and enjoyable, pursuing tertiary studies opens doors to potential paid work opportunities. We ensure a seamless transition from work experience to paid positions, empowering you to shape your academic and professional future.


Eligibility requirements: what we’re looking for

At Alexander Symonds, we believe in opening the doors to opportunities without imposing strict academic requirements or formal prerequisites. We value passion, curiosity and a genuine interest in the world of surveying above all else.

While strong maths skills can be an asset in surveying, they are not always a mandatory requirement. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds and skill levels to apply and explore this dynamic industry. Whether you’re a maths enthusiast or someone simply intrigued by the built environment, we welcome you to embark on this journey with us.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion means we provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all applicants. No matter where you come from or what your skill level may be, we want to ensure that you have an equal opportunity to experience the fascinating world of surveying. Your journey starts here, and we’re excited to have you on board.

surveyor demonstrating surveying equipment to work experience group

How to apply – the application process

Applying for our work experience programs is a straightforward and accessible process:

  1. Complete the online expression of interest form: Start by filling out our online expression of interest form below. This form is designed to gather some basic information about you and your interests in surveying.
  2. Alexander Symonds internal review: Once we receive your expression of interest, our team will review your submission to ensure it aligns with our program requirements.
  3. Await confirmation and further details: If your application is successful, you’ll receive a confirmation from our team, along with additional details about your chosen work experience program.

Ready to begin your survey adventure?

Take the first step now and fill out the expression of interest form below. Your exciting journey into the world of surveying awaits!

Career Submissions

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