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Internship Programme


About The Treasury

Applications for our 2021-2022 Summer Intern Programme will open in July

  • Do you want to help build a more sustainable, inclusive and progressive Aotearoa?
  • Do you share our vision of higher living standards for all New Zealanders?
  • Are you forward-thinking, inquisitive and eager to learn?
  • Are you ready to be part of a bespoke 12-week programme?
  • Have you completed your first year of tertiary education?

Being an Intern at The Treasury

As a Treasury Summer Intern, you will enjoy a specially designed intern programme, a supportive environment and a project that hones your technical, research and data analysis skills - building your future career capability. We look for interns from a wide range of academic, cultural, and social backgrounds.Working in one of our policy teams from mid-November until early-February, you will get first-hand experience and exposure to what we do, and how we do it.

Unlike other internships, the work you do will be directly related to the priorities of our agencies, the New Zealand Government, and our wider New Zealand community. The exact nature of your work will depend on your background, experience and interests, in addition to your team placement and project scope.


About the programme

Even though you are with us for a short time, we want to make sure you have a memorable experience – for all the right reasons. While you are focusing on a technical or research project, our 12 week programme ensures that you are offered as many additional opportunities as possible.

These opportunities focus on three key areas:

Welcoming you

Your intern cohort will connect with one another other well before your first day at the Treasury! You will also be introduced to your manager, supervisor and buddy gaining some insight into your project, as well as the team you will join. We want to make sure you feel supported, excited and enabled from day one. Once you arrive, there are various induction activities that aim to bring you into the fold, give you an overview of all areas of the organisation and make you feel welcomed (your first day will begin with a special Pōwhiri).


As a Treasury intern, you will receive specific development opportunities that focus on your short – medium term needs. We provide a personal project supervisor and team buddy, offer various educational workshops, and aim to give you as much experiential learning as possible.


From sitting down with our Chief Executive to attending the Intern Welcome Day: Spirit of Service at the State Services Commission (SSC), we make sure that you are constantly growing your network. Going back to our Māori proverb, we know that our most valuable asset is our people – so we try to connect you with as many diverse, knowledgeable and insightful people as possible.


Meet Mariam

Intern Analyst in Economic Strategy and Productivity

I started my role at Treasury through the Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector Internship Programme. As a Summer Intern, I was involved in all aspects of life at the Treasury. I was welcomed instantly and found that staff members were really friendly and always willing to meet with me, share resources and discuss projects I was working on.

Alongside working on the Living Standards Framework and the Future of Work in the Economic Strategy & Productivity team (ESP), I was also able to get involved in Pacific capability and strategy initiatives – matters that are close to my heart. This made my time at Treasury feel even more meaningful – I knew the work I was doing was important and would give back to our communities.

Working as a Summer Intern at the Treasury is a great opportunity for anyone who isn’t afraid of a little responsibility and feels passionately about making a difference towards a better, more inclusive New Zealand.