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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.

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.

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