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Graduate Opportunities

Page updated 5 Mar 2018

By joining The Treasury as a Graduate Analyst, you are embarking on a journey into the heart of public sector decision making, with meaningful responsibility on relevant issues in a stimulating environment. You will be a part of an award winning 18 month Graduate Development programme, interact with some of New Zealand’s top political leaders, ministerial advisors and policy talent, and learn the skills needed to build your advisory career.

Apply Now to realise a true sense of accomplishment by helping to raise living standards for all New Zealanders.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

Maori proverb


Our Graduate Programme

We were awarded the #1 Best Graduate Programme in NZ in 2016 (awarded by NZAGE)

During the 18 month programme, 2 performance and remuneration reviews occur for graduates

87.5% of 2017 graduates  personally met with a Minister within their first 6 months

There 2017 graduate cohort organised more than 20 lunch hangouts to keep in touch with one another

Since 2015, 53% of our graduates arrived with an economics major before their first day. 47% have learnt it once arriving

1,053 economic and accounting Year 6-7 students visited our office for a behind the scenes, graduate run workshop in 2016

We use the 70/20/10 Development Model for all staff development. 70% (learning by experiencing), 20% (learning from others), 10% (structured/formal learning)

984 slices of pizzas were consumed at Treasury Hosted university networking events in 2017


Who is a Treasury Graduate?

A Treasury graduate is someone who can both progress the small details of a day-to-day role while remaining focused on the big picture – raising living standards for all New Zealanders.

A Treasury graduate is a conscientious individual who:

  • Can successfully adapt to an ever changing political and economic environment,
  • Has a desire to continue growing their professional and technical talents,
  • Has a capacity for working with numbers (all our graduate roles work in the detail of the numbers that influence policy advice),
  • Has the ability to relate well with others, and can understand and influence outside perspectives,
  • Clarifies areas of ambiguity and filters irrelevant or distracting information,
  • Thinks critically and analytically about problems and their solutions,
  • Thrives under pressure and can juggle multiple priorities, and
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing for a wide range of audiences.

We remain committed to employing talent that represents the New Zealand community in which we serve. We make sure we build a diverse and competent workforce by hiring graduates from many different academic disciplines, backgrounds, locations and life experiences.


What does a Treasury Graduate Analyst do?

Role Agility

As the needs, priorities and functions of our government and internal teams change, our graduates need to stay agile and respond to different needs with different skills. Our Treasury Graduates are all advisors, data analysts, researchers, accountants, advocates, representatives, students and team mates.


The workplans that graduates are given are varied and extensive. Within the first few weeks of joining our team, you will enjoy the challenge of working on significant pieces of work across large and influential portfolios. Most of our graduates find themselves working as Vote (or Budget) Analysts on the national budget: supporting government agencies to meet their responsibilities under the Public Finance Act 1989, and providing advice to the Ministers of Finance.  Other graduates work closely on regulatory priorities and the changes in our law, whilst another portion of our graduates have a more macroeconomic focus to their work. Having to operate with a high level of responsibility and accountability is a daily reality. Few graduate roles offer this kind of influence and exposure. This is all achieved by providing extensive support and development.


Health, Wellbeing and Valuing Our Maori Culture

Our statistics below speak for themselves, but you can also listen to the story above to hear how much we value our people and our culture. In addition to all this, we provide each staff member with $500 every year towards the cost of gym or sporting activities, provide free flu vaccines, run multiple sports competitions, raise funds for employee-driven charities, and provide eye and health check subsidies.


In 2017, we had 53 staff working part-time or flexible hours. That’s over 10% of our workforce!

All permanent employees are encouraged to spend 1 day volunteering each year. Teams often do this together

Once a week there is an employee-ledm boot camp at lunchtime. Just to get there, participants run 2.6k return. That's equivalent to swimming the Cook Straight nearly 6 times each year

We welcomed 87 staff in 2016 with a Powhiri in our very own Wharenui

If you want a cardio workout, there are 252 steps from our building foyer to the top floor

Between 2016 and 2017 we had over 50 staff take formal Te Reo and Tikanga training

In 2017 there were around 88 lunchtime yoga sessions

Our kapa haka group – Te Puna Wai, supported 14 Powhiri’s in 2017 and have a membership of 36 staff


Find Out More about a Career with the Treasury

In Person

We will be visiting a number of universities and hosting various events over the next few months and would love to meet you.

For information on each event including time and location details, Click here to download a PDF timetable.


Follow us online to see staff testimonials, new videos, event updates, and learn more about the life of our treasury graduates.


Apply Now

Applications for our 2019 Graduate Programme open from 15 January 2018 and will remain open until 25 March 2018.

To apply, please register your interest by creating a profile on our online e-recruitment system. All applications must be made through our online system.

Important Note

For Graduate and Intern recruitment, the online application form is the screening tool used to shortlist all candidates (as we do not review cover letters or resumes). Please take your time filling in this form. It is recommended that you provide as much information as you can to help us accurately review your application.

Should you be shortlisted, skype interviews and a Wellington based assessment day will be held mid-April/early May 2018.
If you have any questions, please email

Application Criteria

To apply, you must:

  • be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • have attained a B+ or higher grade average from your previous 12 months study
  • be ready to start on 22 January 2019.


Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!

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