Te Puni Kōkiri has a Summer Intern Programme that runs from November to February providing opportunities for university students to put their academic teachings into real work practice at one of our 18 regional offices throughout New Zealand or at our Wellington-based National office.

Te Puni Kōkiri interns Stevie Hadfield and Hebe Daly.

How many positions are available?

Internship opportunities vary from year to year depending on the needs of our regional offices or National Office.

Click here to view the current internships available [PDF, 103KB].

Who should apply?

Preferably, you will have completed at least one year of studies and could be studying from a broad range of disciplines.

Intern positions vary each year depending on our needs so qualifications and skill requirements will change accordingly.

Previous interns have been required to provide support within our policy, legal, investment, human resources, communications, chief executive, and regional teams.

As employees of Te Puni Kōkiri you will be required to embrace our values and Te Ao Māori as you support the Ministry with achieving its vision of Māori succeeding as Māori.

You will also be required to:

  • think critically about problems and explore broadly for innovative solutions
  • relate well with others to understand and influence outside perspectives
  • be agile and adaptive to change
  • communicate clearly and concisely

Why become an intern at Te Puni Kōkiri?

Aside from gaining invaluable experience, an internship at Te Puni Kōkiri will give you a chance to:

  • apply theories from your studies to everyday working situations
  • enhance your ‘work-ready’ skills
  • teach you how to communicate and adapt to meet the requirements of a real business
  • work within a positive kaupapa Māori organisation

When is the internship available?

Internships at Te Puni Kōkiri run over the University summer holiday period between November and February.

Where is the internship?

Internship opportunities vary from year to year depending on the needs of our regional offices or National Office.

Our National Office is in Wellington and we have 18 offices within our six regions throughout Aotearoa.

  • Te Tai Tokerau (Kaitaia, Whāngarei)
  • Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland)
  • Waikato-Waiariki (Hamilton, Tauranga, Whakatāne, Rotorua)
  • Ikaroa-Rāwhiti (Gisborne, Hastings)
  • Te Tai Hauāuru (Whanganui, Palmerston North, Taranaki, Taumarunui, Lower Hutt, Nelson)
  • Te Waipounamu (Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill)

Internships in our regional offices provide opportunities to work closely with our communities within an operationally-focused environment.

How are interns chosen?

Recruiting teams compile a shortlist of applicants who are then invited to an interview or assessment hui. Successful applicants are notified shortly after.

How to apply?

Applications for our Summer Internship Programme typically open early August and close mid-September.

All applications must have the following completed:

  • A current CV
  • A cover letter that includes answers to the following questions:
    • What position are you applying for?
    • Why are you applying for this position?
    • An up-to-date academic transcript (this does not need to be an official transcript)

Any queries and all applications can be directed to graduate.programme@tpk.govt.nz

Key dates for the 2017-2018 programme are noted below; you can find more information on the application process here.

Key dates

Advertising closes

5pm Thursday 7 September 2017

Shortlisting for interviews

By Thursday 14 September 2017


By Friday 6 October 2017

Letter of appointments completed

Monday 16 October 2017

Start date

Monday 27 November 2017

Current internships available

  • 2017/2018 Intern Programme Opportunities
    • Strategy & Planning Intern*
    • Office of the Deputy Chief Executive – Organisational Support Intern*
    • Organisational Knowledge Intern*
    • Communications Intern*
    • Policy Intern (x4)*
    • Christchurch Office Intern

For a more information on each internship click here [PDF, 103KB].

* these internships are only available at our National Office in Wellington

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Introducing our Interns: Varshini Suresh

    • Date: 03 August 2017

    Varshini was a part of our 2015/2016 intern programme, joining Te Puni Kōkiri as part of the Economic Wealth team.  She now works for Deloitte as a tax consultant.

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  • Introducing our Interns: Lucy Pia

    • Date: 03 August 2017

    Lucy has spent two summers as an intern for Te Puni Kōkiri.  Her first internship was in the Te Tai Tokerau office for the 2015/2016 intern programme.  The following summer, Lucy joined the Policy Partnerships Team in our National Office in Wellington.

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  • Te Puni Kōkiri 2016-2017 Interns Get Inducted

    • Date: 03 August 2017

    Eleven interns and one summer placement have spent the last week in Wellington participating in induction, meeting their new teams, and attending the Machinery of Governance course in preparation for their three month internship at Te Puni Kōkiri.

    Read more

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