Own Your Summer
Taking your first steps in the industry can be pretty daunting but it’s a chance to try out your skills and decide if working in contracting is right for you. The Downer Summer Intern Programme is a great way to try us out and we can see how well you fit with our business and vision. We will get you involved in real-world experiences so you get the chance to apply your knowledge.
Making choices about your first job isn’t easy, so it’s important to take time during your internship to ask questions, observe the jobs done by our people and seek opportunities to explore what a career with us could look like. Downer has projects across New Zealand so we are looking for people who are agile, willing to move to projects where their skill set is needed and keen to face any challenge to gain the right experience to take their career forward.
Our most successful interns go on to join our Graduate Programme so we expect interns to get out there and demonstrate their capability. Interns need to use their initiative by seeking out learning opportunities and look for positive role models throughout the internship to help them grow.
Havea started life at Downer as a summer intern and is currently working on the Chatham Islands.
"I’ve learned to be agile – when things don’t go to plan like traffic control hasn’t set up; excavators haven’t been delivered, or a member of the team is sick. Thinking on the fly is a must if I need to jump on the tools – I will!
My biggest personal development challenge so far is having confidence. Having the confidence to take charge and make crucial calls; have challenging conversations with subcontractors and owning the planning side of things. Even having the confidence to banter with the ‘bigwigs’ of the company. Being a graduate I’ve learned that I’m not just there to observe and learn from others. It’s very rewarding to step up."
Craig West, Young Executive of the Year, Deloitte Top 200
Craig started life with Downer as a summer intern!
“Every part of what you touch in New Zealand today has been influenced by Downer, you will meet some great people, get exposure to some fantastic projects, and have some fun – so go ahead and own your future by applying to our Young Professionals Programme.”