About the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the government’s lead business-facing agency. Our purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to help businesses to be more competitive, improving job opportunities for all and by ensuring good quality housing is more affordable.

We’re one of the country’s largest and most influential public sector agencies and we play a big role in shaping the New Zealand of tomorrow by developing innovative solutions to complex issues.

Become a change maker and play your part in shaping the future of New Zealand.

We offer policy internships and graduate programmes for policy and procurement.

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What benefits are there to working in the public sector?

You can make a real difference to Aotearoa and work on interesting and high profile issues – including government priorities and hot media topics.

It’s easy to gain broad experience across a range of different areas and access development opportunities to quickly advance your career.

You’ll be exposed to a wide range of perspectives - there are opportunities to work closely with other government agencies, senior officials, Ministers and key influencers outside of government.

And you might even get to travel for work – within New Zealand or overseas!

Why should I choose to work for MBIE?

We are a large and diverse organisation and there are plenty of opportunities for you to be challenged.

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 provide a positive work environment with an emphasis on career growth and progression.

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.

We set sharp, clear expectations; trust and empower our people to deliver; and hold ourselves to account.

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.

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. Please see our Graduate Policy Programme content for a more detailed description.

What kind of academic background is MBIE looking for?

We consider applicants from all academic backgrounds. 

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

Our Graduate Policy Advisors are offered permanent roles. You’ll be placed with a policy team as a Graduate Policy Advisor and at the end of the 16 month graduate programme, you’ll be placed in a new team as a Policy Advisor.

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 fulltime positions over summer, from mid-November 2018 to the end of February 2019.

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.

What training/development will I get while I’m on the grad programme?

You’ll have a structured training and development programme as well as coaching and mentoring, on-the-job training and lots of support.

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

To be considered for our summer policy intern programme you must either be a current student or have graduated in the last two years.

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

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.

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