Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Why MBIE?

Do you want to play a role in shaping the Aotearoa of tomorrow?



He kitenga mahi kaupapa māu

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE.




TO MĀTOU ARONGA:

WHAT WE DO FOR AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

At MBIE, we put people at the heart of our mahi. Our work is underpinned by one clear aspiration, to Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All. Based on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, we are committed to upholding authentic partnerships with Māori. Our work touches on the daily lives of New Zealanders. We grow opportunities (Puāwai), guard and protect (Kaihāpai) and innovate and navigate towards a better future (Auaha) for the communities that we serve.

By joining MBIE as a Graduate Policy Advisor or Intern, you will gain the opportunity to shape and influence New Zealanders standard of living and quality of life through policy.

Policy professionals provide the evidence and information that government ministers need to make informed decisions on public policy issues.

We consider graduates and interns from all backgrounds. 

It’s exciting and challenging work that could see you looking at a range of interesting and high-profile issues including government priorities and hot media topics. 

Mā tāu rouroa mā taku rouroa ka ora ai te iwi - When we're sucessful, Aoteroa New Zealand is sucessful.

Tō mātou ahurea me ngā uara:

Our culture and values

Our values help guide us to be the best organisation we can be, both as a place to work and for the people we serve.

  • Māia – Bold & Brave
    Tāwhia tō mana kia mau, kia māia
    Retain and hold fast to your mana, be bold, be brave
  • Mahi Tahi - Better Together
    Mā mahi tahi, ka ora, ka puāwai
    By working together we will flourish and achieve greatness
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build Our Future
    Ka huri taku aro ki te pae kahurangi, kei reira te oranga mōku
    We turn our attention to the future, that’s where the opportunities lie
  • Pono me te Tika – Own It
    Ā mātou mahi katoa, ka pono, ka tika
    Taking responsibility to commit to doing things right

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment Values

Ō mātou tāngata:

Our people

All our people are talented and unique, they are at the heart of what we do. We work towards creating a workplace environment where you belong, and enables and allows you to do what you do best. We support diversity, and empower our differences so that together we can do work that positively impacts the lives of all New Zealanders.

Our people are connected by our common goal of sustainably growing New Zealand’s economy for the benefit of our people. No matter the role, the department, or the purpose, across MBIE the outcome remains the same – in everything we do, we’re improving the lives of New Zealanders.

Ruia te kanorua kia puāwai:

Inclusive and diverse

At MBIE we believe an inclusive environment recognises, values and respects the differences of our people, allowing everyone to do their best work. We want MBIE to be a safe and inclusive place to achieve, where people have a strong sense of belonging and are comfortable bringing their unique selves to work.

In the Policy Graduate Programme you can bring your whole self to work and everyone is encouraged to share in a safe and supportive environment. We have lots of ways of doing this including our induction where one of the main themes is whakawhanautanga, which is the process of connecting and establishing strong relationships. We stay connected during the programme informally too – we have regular coffee drop sessions and we share what we’ve been up at work and at home on our chat page.

Whanaungatanga:

Our people value connection

MBIE supports and encourages connection. We have a variety of different MBIE People-led networks, all helping to create an inclusive environment where everyone is supported to succeed. Some of these are:

  • Te Aka Matua - Māori Staff Network
  • Ngāi Kahukura – The Rainbow Network
  • Pasifika Komiti – Pasifika Staff Network
  • Te Aumangea - Mental Health Network
  • Arahanga Wāhine - Women's Network

We hire students studying

Policy and Governance
Arts & Humanities
Law
Business and Commerce
Accounting
Human Resources & Management
Sciences

Available Positions

The Policy Graduate Programme

Do you want to play a role in shaping the Aotearoa of tomorrow? We are looking for recent or soon to be graduates who are interested in making a difference for all New Zealanders. 

Secure a place on our highly sought-after Policy Graduate Programme to kick-start your career in the best possible way. The programme is a 16 month-long development and training programme that builds the skills and knowledge necessary to step into a career in policy.

Through our programme, you will gain experience across a broad range of areas and access development opportunities to quickly advance your career. You’ll be exposed to a wide range of perspectives, with opportunities to work closely with other government agencies, senior officials, ministers and key influencers outside of government.

Applications for our 2023 Policy Graduate Programme and 2022/23 Summer Internship are closed.

“I wanted to work for MBIE as I heard from others that it had a supportive environment and a good work culture. Working in immigration policy was an exciting opportunity to work in a highly dynamic policy area that is directly linked to New Zealand’s economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19”. 
Sam, Graduate Policy Advisor

Our robust, structured training programme, will give you:

  • a supportive induction program to help get you up and running quickly
  • on-the-job learning opportunities designed to expose you to a wide range of policy issues
  • an intensive development program designed to develop your policy craft
  • ongoing support, feedback, and direction to help you progress your policy career
  • a great cohort of up to 30 graduates to support and grow alongside you

Plus, the role’s based in Wellington, the coolest little capital in the world! You’ll never be short of things to do in this vibrant city. It’s easy to get around, filled with sporting and cultural events, and what’s more - it’s New Zealand’s political, scientific and cultural heart.

“I joined MBIE because policy is a great opportunity to make a positive change in the world. Being a Māori policy advisor, I can provide intelligence and information to our Ministers that highlights the gaps for Māori that are often overlooked and combining knowledge from both my Māori and tauiwi sides allows me to create novel opportunities for my people.
One thing I like about the grad programme is the structured training. As a grad, not only do you have to become an expert in your team’s subject matter, but also an expert in the policy craft. I found these courses very helpful as a crash course for the policy world”.
Neihana, Māori policy advisor

E rapu ana mātou i a wai:

Who are we looking for?

You must have a genuine interest in working in policy and/or government and making a difference for New Zealanders.

What is policy?
Policy professionals provide the evidence and information Ministers need to make informed decisions on public policy issues. It is exciting and challenging work that could see you looking at a wide range of issues; how do we make NZ businesses more internationally competitive? How do we solve the gender pay gap? How do we enhance economic development in rural New Zealand? How do we regulate space-related activities at the New Zealand Space Agency? A range of exciting opportunities are waiting for you at MBIE.

Applications for our 2023 Policy Graduate Programme and 2022/23 Summer Internship are now closed. 

If you have more questions, email grad.enquiries@mbie.govt.nz.


The Graduate Programme has been an excellent opportunity to get a head start in policy. During the programme I have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and have been trusted and well supported to take on significant responsibilities in my team.

I was placed in the Innovative Partnerships team in the Science, Innovation and International branch. One project I have been closely involved in is the Airspace Integration Trials Programme, which supports the testing and development of drones in New Zealand for uses including conservation, environmental monitoring, agriculture and medical deliveries. Through my work I have had the opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, take the lead on advice provided to Ministers and learn a lot about topics I was not previously familiar with. 

I appreciated being part of a cohort that gave me exposure to a range of subject areas across MBIE and helped me to develop a network of people that I will stay in touch with for years to come. Being in a group of people at a similar early career stage made the transition to working life much smoother.

The programme has given me the skills and experience needed to hit the ground running as a Policy Advisor. The breadth of training and work I have experienced as part of the programme have given me the confidence and transferrable skills needed to step into a new area of policy and take on a new challenge.”
Sasha, Graduate Policy Advisor

SUMMER POLICY INTERNSHIPS

Explore the policy profession and get a taste for what it is like to work in government.

The applications for the November 2022 – February 2023 cohort will open on 1st March 2022.

The Summer Policy Internship is a paid three month programme, suitable for students in their penultimate year. 

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.

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


Ngā whakaritenga:                        

Minimum requirements


  • You must be currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification, and continuing your study after the summer months.
  • You must have achieved at least a B average (Please confirm your GPA using the Victoria university GPA calculator).
  • You must be eligible to live and work in New Zealand.
  • You must pass all other employment vetting and approval standards we require.


Mahi konei:                                                   

Work at MBIE

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, 37.5 hours 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.

Procurement Graduate Programme

Join our two-year programme in one of Australasia’s fastest-growing professions.

Procurement is the planning, sourcing, and buying of goods and services for an organization.

Each year, government agencies spend approximately $41 billion, around 18% of GDP, procuring a wide range of goods and services from third party suppliers. Getting procurement right is important. It can help government agencies to deliver better public services for better value.

E rapu ana mātou i a wai:

Who are we looking for?

We need great communicators, passionate collaborators, big-picture thinkers, and driven problem solvers.

If you want to make a direct impact on helping government agencies achieve their strategic and commercial outcomes and deliver value for New Zealanders, the Procurement Graduate programme is the one for you.


Programme details

  • Two-year programme with four placements across our partner government agencies
  • Access to mentoring opportunities, a buddy programme, networking events, training and support towards professional qualifications
  • Opportunities in both Auckland and Wellington

Benefits

  • Fast track programme growing your expertise in procurement, commercial and relationship management skills
  • Work on interesting projects and gain a breadth of practical experiences in procurement across different sectors (ICT, infrastructure, health, etc.)
  • Exposure to a wide network of experienced procurement professionals
  • Competitive salary

Our partner agencies

We partner with a growing group of agencies to offer placements. Some of the government agencies our graduates have had placements include:
  • Auckland Transport
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Housing New Zealand
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • NZ Health Partnerships
  • Pharmac

Who should apply

We are open to students from a variety of degrees and tertiary backgrounds. You need to be a recent graduate or a student in your final year of study in 2020 and have the right to live and work in New Zealand.

We are looking for talent who:

  • can easily adapt and work fluidly in fast-paced, ever-changing environments
  • are engaging, dynamic and eager to learn
  • can demonstrate leadership skills and is a solutions-focused thinker

Selection Stages

There are four stages to our selection process; you will only be progressed to the next stage should your application meet our predefined criterion. The selection stages are:

  1. Online application form (you’ll be asked to upload your CV, cover letter, official/unofficial academic record and answer some competency-based questions.)
  2. Competency-based video interview.
  3. Written assessment.
  4. Face-to-face interviews in Auckland and Wellington.
  5. In your covering letter, please outline your motivation for joining the Procurement Graduate programme and describe why it's appealing to you as a profession.rocurement right is important. It can help government agencies to deliver better public services for better value.

What is policy?

Policy professionals provide the evidence and information that government ministers need to make informed decisions on public policy issues.

In a policy role no two days are the same. It is exciting and challenging work that could see you looking at a wide range of issues; how do we make NZ businesses more internationally competitive? How do we solve the gender pay gap? How do we enhance economic development in rural New Zealand? How do we regulate space-related activities at the New Zealand Space Agency?

Why should I choose to work for MBIE?

As the New Zealand Government’s lead business-facing agency we have the opportunity to directly influence the way business is done in New Zealand; through face-to-face contact with our Ministers, influence over legislation and day-to-day interaction with our stakeholders.

We work in a way that makes the most of our size and scope and takes advantage of our strengths. We use our extensive presence across New Zealand and around the world to expand and deepen our understanding of businesses and markets and leverage domestic and global connections.

Celebrating our everyday wins is an important part of our culture – it’s what makes MBIE such a great place to work. Our teams, branches, and groups regularly get together to recognise and celebrate colleagues who go the extra mile to make MBIE successful.

Our graduate programme is designed to give you the experience and skills to become a top policy professional. You will gain experience across a broad range of areas and access development opportunities to quickly advance your career.

What do you look for in candidates?

You must have a genuine interest in working in policy and/or government and making a difference for New Zealanders.

  • skilled writers who write clearly, accurately, and logically
  • critical thinkers who use well-reasoned logic to solve problems
  • evidence gatherers who research, identify, and make use of relevant information
  • nimble learners who are flexible and responsive to change
  • supportive team players who build partnerships and work collaboratively.
  • persuaders and influencers who gain the trust and support of others
  • purpose driven actioners who take on new opportunities and tough challenges
  • decision makers who make sound decisions, even in the absence of complete information

What kind of academic background is MBIE looking for?

We consider applicants from all academic backgrounds.

What learning and development is included in the Policy Graduate Programme?

The graduate programme offers an exciting introduction into the world of policy - where grads can affect real change to the lives of New Zealanders. It is challenging work, but we provide an intensive learning and development programme and a supportive cohort to learn and grow alongside you.

The learning and development programme follows the 70, 20, 10 model, providing a mix of on the job experience and challenges, learning from others, and formal training courses. A key highlight is a two day Graduate Retreat that focuses on your personal and professional development.

The programme has been designed to develop your policy craft with ongoing support, feedback and direction to help kick start your career in policy.

Are MBIE Graduate Policy Advisors offered permanent roles or fixed term contracts?

Our Graduate Policy Advisors are offered permanent roles from day one. You’ll be placed with a policy team as a Graduate Policy Advisor and at the end of the 16-month graduate programme you will be promoted to Policy Advisor.

You are given the option to choose where you go next, whether that’s staying in your team to finish off a project, or moving into a different team to gain some experience in a new policy area.

Where will I be based?

You’ll be working in our beautiful, modern and central offices in Stout Street, Wellington - handy to buses and trains.

What hours will I work?

You’ll work Monday to Friday - 37 hours and 55 minutes per week.

When do internships start and finish?

Our internships are full-time positions over summer, from mid-November to the end of February. There is some flexibility in this if you need.

Do I get time off over Christmas if I’m an intern?

MBIE has a three day close down period between Christmas and New Year. You’ll need to take these days as leave without pay or use any annual leave you have accrued.

I have already graduated. Can I still apply for an intern position?

To be considered for our summer policy intern programme you must be a current student and continuing your study. For the TupuTai programme, we also accept applications from those who have graduated within the last 2 years.

Can I apply for both the Tupu Tai Pasifika Internship and the Summer Policy Internship?

Yes – if you are eligible then you are welcome to apply for both. However, please do let us know.

To whom should I address my cover letter?

The Graduate Recruitment Team

Do I need to attach an official academic transcript to my application?

No – an unofficial transcript is sufficient for your application. However, any offers made will be subject to verification of your academic record.

I have additional questions. Who can I ask?

Feel free to email grad.enquiries@mbie.govt.nz.

Jahnavi Manubolu
Commerce, Consumers & Communications - Building, Resources and Markets

What did you study?
I studied a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Auckland.

Why did you apply for the Graduate Programme at MBIE?
I was drawn to MBIE because it was the one government agency that kept popping up in a lot of my courses through university. It was clear to me that MBIE was involved in a wide range of policy areas and I thought this would be the best place to start a career in.

What is your favourite thing about the Programme so far?
The best part about the Graduate Programme is the support you get from the entire Ministry to help you transition into your role. Everyone from the General Manager to the ‘buddy’ I was assigned took an active role in welcoming me and helping me transition. I was lucky enough to be a part of a large cohort which means there are a lot of people to bounce ideas off and share experiences with, which has been amazing!

What is an interesting piece of work you have been doing?
I have been working on a number of corporate governance projects. Each project is in a different stage of the policy process so it has been interesting to be a part of the various work streams to get a full picture of what working in policy is really like.

What do you hope to get out of the Graduate Programme?
The Programme is great because it is designed to help you grow and provides you with opportunities to develop skills that will be transferable to other teams or roles, both within and outside the Ministry. I am eager to learn as much as I can about the world of policy as well as the various subject matters in my branch. I am not sure if I will stay in policy forever, but I have already developed a lot of transferable skills through this Programme.

Tayla Sumner
Trade & International - Labour, Science and Enterprise

What did you study at University?
I completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Pacific Studies, Political Science and International Relations at the University of Auckland.

Why did you apply for the Graduate Programme at MBIE?
I wanted a career that would allow me to combine my interest in politics and passion for my Pasifika community. Policy was not on my radar until I attended a Tupu Tai event at the University of Auckland and heard about how Pasifika are underrepresented in policy roles across the public sector. After learning more about MBIE, and how I could use my experiences to shape policies to better serve our communities, I was sold!

What is your favourite thing about the Programme so far?
I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to work on a diverse range of work projects and collaborate with like-minded people in my team and within the graduate cohort. Graduates are given a lot of responsibility which can be daunting, but it means that we get a lot of development opportunities and get to work on really interesting projects from the get-go.

The graduate programme has also been invaluable in connecting me with colleagues around MBIE who work tirelessly to ensure that the lived experiences and perspectives of all communities in New Zealand are heard and represented.

What is an interesting piece of work you have been doing?
I’m in the Trade and International team, and one of my projects at the moment is working on MBIE’s participation and preparation in the lead up to New Zealand’s host year of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC). The APEC21 event creates opportunities for New Zealand to promote its economic interests with trading nations and will be the largest event ever hosted by the NZ Government. It’s exciting to be a part of that!

What do you hope to get out of the Graduate Programme?
I hope to come out of the graduate programme with the tools and confidence to address the problems faced by our communities, in order to create a more prosperous New Zealand.

Reuben McLaren
Building System Performance - Building, Resources and Markets

What did you study at University?
I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, and Anthropology at the University of Auckland.

Why did you apply for the Graduate Programme at MBIE?
I wanted to work in Government but I wasn’t entirely sure in what capacity. When I took an Indigenous Sovereignty and Public Policy paper, I developed a keen interest in policy. I initially started with MBIE as part of the Tupu Tai internship and managed to be selected for the Graduate Programme.

MBIE as an organisation also looked like a great place to work due to the range of portfolios and range of issues I could potentially be working on.

What is your favourite thing about the Programme so far?
A lot of responsibility has been given to me early on. Over the past few months, I’ve been the lead author on a Cabinet paper, so I’ve had to go the Cabinet Committee a few times which was really exciting.

What is an interesting piece of work you have been doing?
I have been working on a set of proposed regulations for dams, which aims to establish a nationally consistent approach to dam safety. As an example of what can go wrong - the catastrophic failure of the Brumadinho dam in Brazil really highlights the importance of this work.

What do you hope to get out of the Graduate Programme?
Considering that Pasifika are overrepresented in negative social indicators, and underrepresented as policy advisors, I hope to develop my policy craft in order to help deliver better outcomes for my people.

Ruby Sands
Housing policy - Housing Systems and Performance

What did you study at University?
I studied a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and International Relations with Honours in Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington.

Why did you apply for the Graduate Programme at MBIE?
I applied for the Graduate Programme at MBIE and HUD because there were a wide range of interesting areas in which you could work and also take part in group sessions that support you to develop into a Policy Advisor. I indicated that I was interested in Housing, as I am really passionate about how housing links in with wellbeing in our society - particularly for our Tamariki.

What is your favourite thing about the Programme so far?
My favourite thing about the Programme has been learning about all the different mechanisms of government. We have had some really interesting sessions on Select Committees. These were particularly useful to me as I am currently working on a departmental report on a Select Committee session.

What is an interesting piece of work you have been doing?
I have been working on a broad range of housing policy areas including housing affordability. I mapped the different progressive homeownership schemes that are currently available to first home buyers to assist with our analysis of how we can best assist people into homeownership.

What do you hope to get out of the Graduate Programme?
I hope to gain transferrable skills to become an effective Policy Advisor. The best thing about this Programme is that by the end, you should be able to apply the skills you have learnt to any policy topic. Whatever subject area takes your interest - you should be able to turn your hand to!

Megan Gill
Energy & Resource Markets - Building, Resources and Markets

What did you study at University?
I studied a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University in Public Policy, Political Science and International Relations, with a minor in Development Studies.

Why did you apply for the Graduate Programme at MBIE?
It was specific to what I studied, offering opportunities to put my public policy and political knowledge into practice. The programme was highly attractive to me in its focus on practical learning and providing graduates with hands-on experience. The extra support the programme offered through workshops and ‘buddies’ also appealed to me to help transition smoothly from a full-time student into full-time work.

MBIE as an organisation also looked like a great place to work due to the range of portfolios and range of issues I could potentially be working on.

What is your favourite thing about the Programme so far?
I have really valued the large responsibility I have been given since the very start of me joining the team. I have been trusted with a range of tasks, including bigger projects that contribute to the team’s overall work programme. This has helped me learn quickly and feel like a valued member of the team.

What is an interesting piece of work you have been doing?
I am involved in reviewing the Crown Minerals Act (1991) to ensure it remains fit-for-purpose for New Zealanders. My role specifically focuses on analysing iwi engagement under this regime, and identifying opportunities to better involve Māori in decision making processes. It has been a challenging but insightful work stream to be leading and has involved directly meeting and speaking with iwi groups to gather their views.

What do you hope to get out of the Graduate Programme?
I would like to work on a range of projects that I feel make a tangible impact on wider society. I hope my work can positively contribute to the lives of New Zealanders to make our country a more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous country to live in.
Fisher&Paykel Healthcare

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We want to hear from you if you are a student or recent graduate with:

  • A strong interest in research, evaluation
  • Passion for data and analytics
  • Desire to make a difference in the lives of New Zealander’s

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop insights that will help steer strategic, operational, and policy decisions in Aotearoa that will bring real change!

Join the ARG Internship and Graduate Progrmame today!


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Why you should apply

The ARG programme gives students an opportunities to learn and grow through work experience. You will be recruited by public service managers to deliver specific data and insights projects – with the help of a mentor and supportive team. A wide range of training is offered – including how to plan a project for success, how to further developing analytical and problem-solving skills, and a crash course on the bureaucratic machinery of government. It gives students a chance to apply the theory and skills learned at university at a government agency in a way that leads to meaningful outcomes for New Zealand.

For many ARG interns, this has been an eye-opening experience that has led to continued work in the public service. MBIE’s ARG interns have worked on projects ranging from understanding NZ’s renewable energy market, to visualising NZ’s public science funding data, to analysing labour market barriers and opportunities for Māori. Interns have many opportunities to get to know each other and form strong networks.

ARG graduates work on more complex projects, have increased involvement in the day-to-day work of their team, and get a broader exposure of the varied work going on at their agency and around the NZ government. The graduate programme is designed to fully equip you for a permanent analytics and research role in any NZ government agency.

The importance of data and insights for effective government decision making has never been greater. MBIE is a critical player in the NZ government’s data system – we are accountable for providing data and insights to a huge range of stakeholders spread over more than 17 regulatory systems. Data is the lifeblood of MBIE – it connects our diverse responsibilities, enables decisions based on proof and keeps us ahead of the curve.

MBIE is just one of many agencies in the ARG programme. If you want to help the New Zealand government tackle tough challenges through the power of analytics and research, then you should apply.

Who we are looking for

One of the most common questions that students ask about ARG is whether they need to have technical coding skills, e.g. in JavaScript, Python or R. If you have these skills, that is great and you should mention them in your application. Degrees in areas like mathematics, statistics, computer science or the natural sciences will be useful.

However we aren’t just looking for quantitative analytical skills, but also for qualitative research skills. Each approach is an equally important and valid way of developing useful insights. Degrees in areas like economics, history or psychology are also useful.

Other degrees that might complement your research skills could be areas like law, political studies, or commerce.

The ARG internship is designed for students who have one or two years of study remaining – however applications from students due to have completed their degrees will also be considered.

The ARG graduate programme is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Why you should apply

The ARG programme gives students an opportunities to learn and grow through work experience. You will be recruited by public service managers to deliver specific data and insights projects – with the help of a mentor and supportive team. A wide range of training is offered – including how to plan a project for success, how to further developing analytical and problem-solving skills, and a crash course on the bureaucratic machinery of government. It gives students a chance to apply the theory and skills learned at university at a government agency in a way that leads to meaningful outcomes for New Zealand.

For many ARG interns, this has been an eye-opening experience that has led to continued work in the public service. MBIE’s ARG interns have worked on projects ranging from understanding NZ’s renewable energy market, to visualising NZ’s public science funding data, to analysing labour market barriers and opportunities for Māori. Interns have many opportunities to get to know each other and form strong networks.

ARG graduates work on more complex projects, have increased involvement in the day-to-day work of their team, and get a broader exposure of the varied work going on at their agency and around the NZ government. The graduate programme is designed to fully equip you for a permanent analytics and research role in any NZ government agency.

The importance of data and insights for effective government decision making has never been greater. MBIE is a critical player in the NZ government’s data system – we are accountable for providing data and insights to a huge range of stakeholders spread over more than 17 regulatory systems. Data is the lifeblood of MBIE – it connects our diverse responsibilities, enables decisions based on proof and keeps us ahead of the curve.

MBIE is just one of many agencies in the ARG programme. If you want to help the New Zealand government tackle tough challenges through the power of analytics and research, then you should apply.

About the programme

Analytics and Research in Government is an interagency government initiative. It is co-led by the Ministry of Social Development and Stats NZ, and involves a wide range of government agencies including MBIE.

Our vision is for university students skilled in analytics and research to get a taste of working in government – over time building a pipeline of talent that lifts the quality of government regulation, policy, and decision making.

The summer internship runs for twelve weeks from November to February.

The graduate programme runs for 12 months starting in February.

Positions are generally Wellington based, however requests to work in other major centres may be considered.