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Summer Intern Programme

Page updated 23 Dec  2016

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Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā!

E kī ana te kōrero, 'Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi'

Make a contribution that counts


Are you passionate about making a difference in your community? Joining the Treasury as an intern will give you a unique insight into the New Zealand public sector and the chance to contribute toward the goal of higher living standards for New Zealanders. We are looking for people from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds and life experiences.

As the government's lead economic advisor the Treasury works with public sector agencies to help the government of the day make informed decisions on a wide range of areas.  These include for example:

  • Economic growth and what drives business performance
  • Social housing and housing affordability
  • Water rights, resource management, climate change and other natural resource issues
  • Education and skills
  • Welfare, justice and health issues

What we are Looking for in a Treasury Intern

We are looking summer interns (preferably in their 2nd or 3rd year studies) from a broad range of disciplines - economics, finance commerce and/or other social and public policy, mathematics, law, science, statistics, operations research and arts and more.

The degree you are currently undertaking is not critical - what counts for us is that you can:

  • think critically about problems and explore broadly for solutions
  • relate well with others to understand and influence outside perspectives
  • take risks and push boundaries
  • adapt to change
  • communicate clearly
  • perform at a high level

What to Expect

Our interns enjoy a supportive environment with a focus on developing skills and building capability during their internship. Working directly in one of our policy teams 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 and used by the team to help them with their wider objectives. The exact nature of the work will depend on the individual's background, experience and interests.

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 to Apply

Applications for our 2017-2018 Summer Internship open from Monday 9 January 2017 until Wednesday 29 March 2017.

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.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!

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