Summer policy internships

We’re looking for energised and engaged students from all walks of life to join us at MBIE as summer policy interns.

About our summer internships

Applications for the November 2021 – February 2022 cohort have now closed. The application round for the November 2022 – February 2023 cohort is in March 2022.

You’ll be given plenty of guidance and support to tackle real life policy problems and find out what it’s like to be a policy professional.

We develop innovative solutions across a diverse range of policy areas including:

  • immigration
  • major events and tourism
  • science and innovation
  • skills and employment
  • energy and resources.

Who we are looking for

We consider interns from all backgrounds with a genuine interest in working in policy and/or government and making a difference for all New Zealanders.

Minimum requirements

  • You must be currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification, and continuing your study after the summer months.
  • You must have achieved at least a B average (Please confirm your GPA using the Victoria university GPA calculator).
  • You must be eligible to live and work in New Zealand.
  • You must pass all other employment vetting and approval standards we require.

Selection process

  1. Online application form
  2. Situational judgment questionnaire
  3. Competency-based video interview
  4. Written assessment
  5. Assessment centre (in Wellington) including:
    1. Aptitude tests (Abstract, Verbal, Numerical)
    2. Personality questionnaire
    3. Competency based interview
    4. Group exercise
  6. Reference checks.

Working for us

As a summer intern, you will be placed in a policy team at our modern and central head office in Stout Street, Wellington. You'll work Monday to Friday, 37 hours 55 minutes per week.

We have a close down period over Christmas and New Year comprised of the statutory holidays, and the 3 working days between Christmas and New Year. This can be taken as leave without pay, or annual leave you have accrued.

More information

If you have any further questions, or to register your interest, email our Graduate Recruitment team at:

Last updated: 26 March 2021