Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector Summer Internship Programme

Join the growing tide of Pacific peoples working in public policy in Aotearoa. Gain work experience in an 11-week internship over summer.

Apply online

Applications open on Tuesday 27 April.

This internship will run full-time from 15 November 2021 to 28 January 2022.

For more information on the selection process: 

Who we are looking for

Selection stages

Why you should apply

Our Tupu Tai programme is a paid 11-week summer internship offered to Pasifika tertiary students and recent graduates interested in a career in the public sector.

'Tupu' means 'to grow' and ‘Tai’ means 'tide' in a number of Pacific dialects – referring to the growing tide of Pacific peoples in policy roles in the public sector.

This is an opportunity for you to gain policy experience, build professional networks, and helps prepare you to enter employment after completing your studies.

"Tupu Tai is unlike any other internship, it provided growth beyond my career aspirations. I found myself surrounded by a team that was creative, caring and exceptional. When I entered TT I was hoping that I'd get some experience and maybe a few friends along the way. What I received was a whānau and a greater sense of confidence in myself as a Māori and Pasifika wāhine in the public sector."

Akasha, Tupu Tai alumni 2019/2020

Find out more about training and skills development with Tupu Tai 

Meet our Tupu Tai alumni

Tupu Tai internship 2020 cohort outside Parliament grounds

Tupu Tai Pasifika internship 2020/2021 cohort outside Parliament

About the programme

Tupu Tai is an interagency government initiative that offers you the opportunity to explore career pathways, build confidence as a Pasifika professional, and see what it’s like working for government.

As a Tupu Tai intern, you will also share diverse Pacific perspectives on important policy issues that affect all New Zealanders.

The programme supports MBIE’s commitment to improving Pacific economic outcomes by building more sustainable job opportunities for Pacific peoples.

Find out more about our Pacific policy team

Who we are looking for

This programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as alumni of up to two years.

To apply, you:

  • have completed at least one year’s equivalent of full-time study (two semesters)
  • have a minimum B grade average
  • are of Pacific descent and allowed to work and live in New Zealand
  • must include a cover letter 
  • must be available to complete the internship full-time from 15 November 2021 to 28 January 2022. 

Write your cover letter

Your cover letter must include: 

  • Your motivation for joining the Tupu Tai policy summer internship programme
  • Why policy and a career in the public sector appeals to you
  • How you would like to contribute to the wellness of our Pasifika communities 

Graduates and Tupu Tai alumni can re-apply up to two years after their graduation from their studies.

Meet our Tupu Tai alumni

Selection stages

The selection process helps to identify key skills and qualities that will enable you to be successful on the programme and in policy internship roles. There are five stages:

  1. Apply online 
  2. Situational judgement questionnaire
  3. Written assessment
  4. Video interview with two assessors including a case study discussion
  5. Two reference checks

You will receive full instructions before each stage of the process. If you have more questions, email tuputai@mbie.govt.nz

Last updated: 29 May 2020