GovTechTalent graduate programme

GovTechTalent – Kaupapa Paetahi Matihiko Pūmanawa is a cross-agency graduate programme that develops graduates – the leaders of tomorrow – to influence and shape the way our digital government of the future serves whānau and communities.

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Check out the SJS website for more information about the programme, the application process, or to apply.

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Why you should apply

Flexibility and freedom

Most grad programmes lock you into a particular role and industry, at a time when you aren’t 100% where your career might take you. GovTechTalent is the most flexible and varied graduate programme available – giving you the opportunity to explore a range of different career paths, projects and organisations in the space of just 2 years.


GovTechTalent allows you to build an extensive network of colleagues, friends and future employers as you move between roles and departments – setting up a solid base to springboard you into future career opportunities.

Support and guidance

The transition from study into full-time work can be intimidating. GovTechTalent ensures you are given all the tautoko you need, with continual guidance and opportunities to work with mentors and alumni at the top of their field.


GovTechTalent graduate cohorts become a close-knit family – often building long-lasting personal and professional relationships, and keeping in touch after the programme ends, as they transition through into permanent roles.

About the programme

GovTechTalent is a cross agency programme. It is led by the Department of Internal Affairs, and involves a wide range of government agencies including MBIE.

The programme runs from February for 24 months. Graduates rotate between 3 different government agencies, with each rotation lasting for 8 months.

Who we are looking for

If you’ve graduated in the past 24 months or are due to graduate soon, and you’re looking for an opportunity to influence the way government engages with whānau and community, GovTechTalent could be the programme for you.

You don’t need to have a qualification in a technological or digital field, but interest in the digital world we live in is a good thing. If you’d like to explore multiple career paths across government and have the support of your peers and seniors throughout the entire process, GovTechTalent is the perfect opportunity for you.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, we want to hear from you!

  • Passionate about making society a better place for your whānau and community?
  • Want to use your problem solving skills, mana and positivity to influence government?
  • Keen to explore how the digital world can improve society?
  • Want to be part of a supportive, tight-knit community of graduates?

To be considered for this programme, you must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be living in or willing to relocate to Wellington.
  • Have graduated with (at minimum) a bachelor's degree within the last 24 months or be due to graduate before starting work.
  • Be available to work from February.

Positions are Wellington based.