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Join our graduate programme

Jump start your career with our 18-month graduate programme. It offers fantastic opportunities for personal and professional development.

Group of graduates sitting on Parliament lawn

“My second day at the Treasury, I went to a meeting with the Minister of Finance. If you're the person who writes the advice, you are given a seat at the table. That’s not the case at some agencies... But here you’re trusted and empowered right from the beginning.

You’re given the space to grow. You've got support when you need it - you're 100% backed. But it's also an environment of learning and discovery, and you're encouraged to go and find out things for yourself and take risks and grow and develop for yourself.”

Hamish, Analyst, Macroeconomic and Fiscal Policy, two years at the Treasury


As the government’s lead economic and financial advisor, the Treasury is one of the most influential agencies in the public sector.

You will hit the ground running. Within the first few weeks of joining us you’re likely to be working with your team on nationally significant pieces of work that span across large and influential portfolios.

This is your opportunity to start making your mark on real-world issues that really matter to New Zealanders while getting an unparalleled behind-the-scenes view of the government policy process.

Having the chance to operate with a high level of responsibility and accountability is a daily reality – few graduate roles offer this kind of influence and exposure at the heart of government.

Previous graduates sitting on deck sharing meal




“I think what brings me the most joy at work is the friendships and the people that I get to work with. I'm always happy and excited to get to work with kind people, people who care, who are passionate, who are smart.”

Jinal, Analyst, Natural Resources, two years at the Treasury





But don’t worry! The Treasury is a collegial and supportive workplace, you will have a mentor and a buddy, and you’ll quickly make a lot of new friends. Many people have found that friendships forged on the graduate programme last a lifetime.

We want to employ people who represent the New Zealand communities we serve. We encourage applications from graduates who come from all walks of life, with different academic disciplines, personal backgrounds and life experiences.

If you are a graduate with an analytical and enquiring mind, and want to work in an inclusive, diverse workplace where you are encouraged to bring your whole self to work, join our graduate programme!

Our graduates work in one of three 'streams' when they first join us. Read about those streams here: Graduate Programme Streams

Here’s a taste of what your first nine months on the programme will look like:

Graduate internships - key dates
January – March Onboarding, Mihi Whakatau, buddy support, wide range of technical and government training courses, on-the-job learning, wide range of meet and greets.
April – June: Experience the excitement of being behind the scenes for the Government’s annual Budget process, start focussing on your policy development with one-on-one coaching sessions and continue to build your professional networks across the organisation.
July – September Reflect on the journey you have been on and plan the next development steps as part of your first performance and remuneration review.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the graduate programme or the application process, please email us at [email protected]

Last updated: 
Friday, 2 December 2022