Are you naturally curious?

Want unique challenges and loads of variety?

Want to know you are helping keep our country safe? 

The New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC) is a community of government agencies working together to build a safer and more prosperous New Zealand. We are committed to doing beyond the ordinary work everyday to keep New Zealanders safe. We investigate, we analyse and we advise.

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) forms part of the NZIC and has an exciting Graduate Programme for those looking for something different.  We look for intelligent and enthusiastic graduates to join us in keeping New Zealanders safe, while also looking after the economic and wellbeing of New Zealand too.

The graduate programme has two streams: an analyst steam for one year where you will have an aptitude for, and interest in, problem solving, and a specialty in languages or research. And a Technical stream for 16 months for those with strong skills in cyber security, software engineering, systems engineering and network engineering. Both streams will learn more about our industry, while using your strong analytical and problem solving skills across a number of different parts of GCSB.

Successful graduates from previous years have studied maths, science, engineering, languages, law, commerce, international studies, IT and psychology to name but a few – but they all demonstrated the following:

  • Strong critical and analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A commitment to integrity and able to be discrete and diplomatic
  • A team player attitude
  • Proven academic success and broad life skills
  • A strong desire to keep New Zealand and New Zealanders safe

Graduate Programme Overview

Challenge that is beyond ordinary

A supportive team environment – we have a friendly, collegiate and inclusive culture where you can focus and learn and differences are respected.

Unique work - which involves thinking outside the box and coming up with original creative and analytical solutions. While we can’t tell you too much at this stage, we can tell you it won’t be like any other opportunity you can find in New Zealand! 

Variety with customised rotations – you will gain a broad industry understanding before deciding which area you want to specialise in.  You will then have access to an amazing career pathway across a number of areas without the need to change employers.

Extra benefits – flexible hours for work/life balance, a fun social club, in-house gym, extra annual leave, health insurance and eye checks are just some of our everyday perks.

A permanent position at the end of the graduate programme.

Working with us also entails being comfortable about not talking to friends and family about what you do at work, or in some circumstances not even telling them where you work. Our organisation does protect state secrets and we take our roles seriously, so confidentiality is mandatory for everyone.

So if you are up for the challenge and want a career, not just a job, where no two days are ever the same … check out our website for more information to see if this is the career for you! Where else can you find a career which has great work stories which you can’t share … that takes a special sort of person to feel that pride – but say nothing!

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Government Communications Security Bureau



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