Summer policy internships

We’re looking for energised, engaged students from all walks of life to join us as interns over the summer as policy interns.

About our summer internships

Our next round of summer internships run November 2019 – February 2020.

Applications have closed for the 2018/2019 summer period and will reopen in 2019.

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 in 2019 or, you have graduated within the last 2 years
  • 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

  • Online application form including a Situational Judgement Test.
  • Competency-based video interview.
  • Written assessment.
  • Full-day assessment centre (in Wellington) including:
    • Watson Glaser assessment.
    • Group exercise.
    • Competency-based interview.
  • 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 want to register your interest then email our Graduate Recruitment team at: grad.enquiries@mbie.govt.nz