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.
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
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.
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 be available to complete the internship full-time from 15 November 2021 to 28 January 2022.
Graduates and Tupu Tai alumni can re-apply up to two years after their graduation from their studies.
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:
- Apply online
- Questionnaire about your judgement in different situations
- Written assessment
- Video interview
- Two reference checks
You will receive full instructions before each stage of the process. If you have more questions, email email@example.com
Our partner agencies
The Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector internship programme includes a growing number of government agencies. In 2020/2021 the following agencies participated, offering 39 internships:
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
- Commerce Commission(external link)
- Department of Conservation(external link)
- Department of Internal Affairs(external link)
- Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet(external link)
- Housing New Zealand / Kāinga Ora(external link)
- Ministry for Pacific Peoples(external link)
- Ministry for the Environment(external link)
- Ministry for Women(external link)
- Ministry of Defence(external link)
- Ministry of Education(external link)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade(external link)
- Ministry of Health(external link)
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Development(external link)
- Ministry for Primary Industries(external link)
- Ministry of Social Development(external link)
- New Zealand Police(external link)
- Oranga Tamariki(external link)
- Public Services Commission(external link)
- Reserve Bank of New Zealand(external link)
- Statistics NZ(external link)
- Tertiary Education Commission(external link)
- The Treasury(external link)