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Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector Summer Internship Programme

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Auckland, Canterbury, Christchurch, Invercargill, Nelson, Otago, Northland, Queenstown, Rotorua, Southland, Taranaki, Thames, Waikato, Wellington, Whangarei, Dunedin



Qualification Requirements:

Pacific descent and allowed to work and live in New Zealand


2 months ago

Application Open

1st Jun 2020 08:00pm

Application Close

12th Jul 2020 11:59am

Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector Summer Internship Programme

Join the growing tide of Pacific peoples working in public policy in Aotearoa. Gain work experience in an 11-week internship over summer.

 Applications open 2 June and close midnight 12 July.

Click here (tuputai.govt.nz) for more information


Our Tupu Tai programme is a paid 11-week summer internship offered to Pasifika tertiary students and recent graduates interested in a career in the public sector.

 'Tupu' means 'to grow' and ‘Tai’ means 'tide' in a number of Pacific dialects – referring to the growing tide of Pacific peoples in policy roles in the public sector.


Tupu Tai is an interagency government initiative that offers you opportunity for you to;

  • gain policy experience
  • build professional networks
  • build confidence as a Pasifika professional
  • see what it’s like working for government
  • helps prepare you to enter employment after completing your studies


Who we are looking for

This programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as alumni of up to two years. You:

  • have completed at least one year’s equivalent of full-time study (two semesters)
  • have a minimum B grade average
  • are of Pacific descent and allowed to work and live in New Zealand
  • You must be available to complete the internship full-time from 16 November 2020 to 29 January 2021
  • Tupu Tai alumni can re-apply up to two years after their graduation from university.


If you have any further questions the Tupu Tai internship, please email grace.taylor@mbie.govt.nz


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