The Treasury

Global Navigation

Personal tools

You are here: Home > About Treasury > Careers at the Treasury > Summer Intern Programme


Summer Intern Programme

Page updated 14 Feb 2018

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

Summer Intern Programme - 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.

Working in one of our policy teams from mid November until early February, you will get firsthand experience and exposure to what we do on a daily basis. Unlike other internships, the work you do will be directly related to the priorities of our agency and the New Zealand Government. The exact nature of your work will depend on your background, experience and interests, in addition to your team placement and project scope.


The Summer Internship 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 cohort will connect with one another other well before your first day in the office. You will also meet with members of your team to discuss your project and how to settle in. We want to make sure that from day one you are feeling supported, excited and enabled. Once you arrive, there are various induction activities which aim to bring you into the fold, ranging from a formal Powhiri to a three month peer buddy. 

  • Development

    The development we focus on is specific to your short – medium term needs. By having a personal project supervisor and team buddy, and attending various lunchtime workshops, we aim to give you as much experiential learning as possible.

  • Networking

    From participating in a graduates vs interns summer challenge to sitting down with our Chief Executive, we make sure that you are constantly growing your network. Going back to our Maori proverb, we know that our country’s most valuable asset is its people – so we try to connect you with as many diverse, knowledgeable and insightful people as possible.


Interesting Facts about Our Intern Programme


100% of our 2016 interns surveyed would recommend a Treasury internship to other university students Of the 2016 intern cohort, 2/3 were not from  Wellington and relocated for the summer 29 interns were hired for our 2017 summer projects that spread across 27 teams There were 26 different opportunities available to our 2017 interns to participate in learning, personal development, networking or relationship building activities as part of our intern programme

Our Treasury interns connected with 118 other public sector interns at events in 2016 100% of 2016 interns surveyed said the Treasury Internship increased their desire to work in the public sector Each summer, our intern and graduate cohorts participate in 5 inter-cohort challenge. This is to meet new people, have fun, and enjoy some health competition 92.8% of teams used or progressed the content from their 2016 team intern project, showing the ongoing value of the project


Who is a Treasury Intern?

A Treasury intern is very similar to a Treasury graduate – the difference for us is our interns have remaining study to complete and are therefore on fixed-term agreements. So like our graduates, what we look for in our interns is someone who can both progress the small details of a day-to-day job while remaining focused on the big picture – raising living standards for all New Zealanders.

A Treasury intern 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 interns from many different academic disciplines, backgrounds, locations and life experiences.


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 2018-2019 Summer Intern 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 will be held mid-late April 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 in your second year of tertiary education (or higher) at time of application
  • be able to participate from mid November 2018 until early February 2019.


Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!

Summer Intern Programme - The Treasury

Page top