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Graduate Opportunities

Page updated 18 Jul 2017

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At the Treasury we don’t do anything by halves. By joining us as a new or recent graduate, you are signing up for a career that sees you working for the government's lead economic, financial and regulatory policy advisor, helping the government of the day make informed decisions across a wide range of areas.

In our 18 month Graduate Programme, you will be challenged with genuine responsibilities from week one in the office, participate in a professionally designed development programme, network with some of New Zealand’s top political and influential leaders, and realise a true sense of accomplishment by helping to raise living standards for all New Zealanders.

Make a Contribution that Counts

What Does A Treasury Graduate Look Like?

People assume that our graduate opportunities are for economics, finance and commerce graduates only, but this perception does not reflect our reality. We are interested in building a diverse and competent workforce with graduates from any discipline. We do need you to have an ability to work with numbers, but what really matters to us is that you are an innovative thinker who can:

  • Successfully adapt to an ever changing political and economic environment,
  • Relate well with others to understand and influence outside perspectives,
  • Clarify areas of ambiguity and filter irrelevant or distracting information,
  • Communicate findings clearly and precisely to a wide range of audiences,
  • Think critically and analytically about problems and their solutions,
  • Thrive under pressure,
  • See the big picture while being accurate with the small details,
  • Provide an excellent tertiary academic record.

What Development Will I Get?

Our 18 Month Graduate Programme encompasses a few different development areas:

What Will My Role Look Like?

Within the first few weeks of joining our team, you will enjoy the challenge of working on significant projects for large and influential portfolios. Having to operate with a high level of responsibility and accountability is a daily reality. Few graduate roles (if any) in the public or private sector can offer this kind of influence and exposure.

The projects we get graduates to work on are varied and extensive. You will find yourself developing policy frameworks, briefing managers and ministers, researching, collating, and evaluating complex data, and working with other public sector departments, private sector organizations and the general public.

Click the images below to hear some of our recent graduate and intern experiences.

"See policy in motion and work with the best economic and policy minds in New Zealand. You don't get that anywhere else."
Ben - Analyst

"If you are interested in the big picture for New Zealand and where it's going, this is the place to be."

Clare - Graduate

"Any idea you have is never a bad idea, you are always encouraged to share your thoughts and try new things."

Erin - Intern

"I feel like I'm doing something that's worthwhile, and I have the freedom to work how I want."

Ngahuia - Intern


What Are The Rewards And Benefits?

How can I hear more about Treasury careers?  

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

To be involved in our various recruitment events throughout the year, or to follow what we are doing as an agency, you can find us in the following platforms:

How Do I Apply?

Applications for our 2018 Graduate Programme open from Monday 9th January 2017 until Wednesday 29th March.

Please register your interest by creating your profile on our online e-recruitment system.

Important Note: Our candidate screening process only uses the information you provide to questions asked in the online application form. Please make sure you set aside time to fill this in completely as this application form represents a standardised cover letter and resume.

Any queries can be directed to

All applications must be made through our online system - we will not accept email or postal applications.

Interviews will be held in mid April 2017 and assessment day is the 5th May 2017.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!

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