Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector Summer Internship Programme

Our Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector Internship Programme is an 11 week summer internship programme offered to Pasifika tertiary students interested in a policy career in the public sector.

About the programme


The TupuTai Pasifika Public Sector Summer Internship programme is an interagency government initiative that supports Pasifika students to explore Policy career pathways within the public sector.

This is an opportunity for interns to gain policy experience in the public sector, build professional networks and support interns’ readiness to enter employment on completion of their studies.  The programme also provides an opportunity for interns to share diverse Pacific perspectives on important policy issues that affect all New Zealanders.

'Tupu' means 'to grow' and 'Tai' means 'tide' in a number of Pacific dialects – referring to the growing 'tide' or potential of Pacific people who make up a growing part of the New Zealand workforce.

In the 2018/19, 15 public sector agencies and eight teams within MBIE hosted 32 Pacific interns from across New Zealand. The programme contributes to MBIE’s commitment to supporting improved Pacific Economic outcomes by building more sustainable job opportunities for Pacific people.

tupu tai public sector internship cohort 2018

Who we are looking for

Passionate Pacific students with a range of experience, and from a variety of studies and disciplines, who want to create a better New Zealand. You will have academic promise, enjoy working collaboratively, have a strong work ethic, and you will be comfortable challenging yourself to think outside the box.

  • Strong academic record
  • Excellent character
  • Involvement in community activities and volunteer work
  • Submission of written work with a clear and compelling articulation of the applicant’s purpose in seeking an internship, as well as their academic and future professional goals

Selection stages

The 5 stage application process is as follows:

  1. Online application through the MBIE Career Hub(external link)
  2. Competency based video Interview
  3. Written Assessment
  4. Assessment Centre
  5. Reference checks

Our partner agencies

The Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector internship programme includes  a growing number of government agencies. In 2018 the following agencies participated, offering 32 internships:

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
  • Commerce Commission
  • Department of Conservation
  • Ministry for Environment
  • Ministry for Pacific People
  • Ministry for Women
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
  • Ministry of Housing & Urban Development
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • New Zealand Police
  • State Services Commission
  • Statistics NZ
  • The Treasury

How to apply for an internship

The next round of 2019/2020 summer internships will run from November 2019 – January  2020.

Online applications open Saturday, 6 July 2019 and close 5pm Monday, 29 July 2019

You can also register your details at careers.mbie.govt.nz(external link) to ensure you are notified when the application page goes live. If you have any questions about the programme you can also email TupuTai@mbie.govt.nz.

For any technical issues with the online application please contact grad.enquiries@mbie.govt.nz.

For more information, read our internship booklet:

Tupu Tai Pasifika public sector internship programme [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Roadshow events

Learn more about this paid summer internship at a roadshow:

University Date Time
University of Canterbury 15 May 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
University of Canterbury 16 May 2019 12 noon - 2:00pm
University of Waikato 16 May 2019 12 noon - 2:00pm
University of Otago 17 May 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
University of Victoria 22 May 2019 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Massey University 23 May 2019 12 noon - 1:30pm
Auckland University of Technology 23 May 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
University of Auckland 24 May 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm
Last updated: 10 May 2019