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Frequently asked questions for the Intern Programme

General recruitment

Am I eligible to apply for the intern programme?

We hope so!

If you can answer 'yes' to each of the following statements, we look forward to receiving your application:

  • I am a student currently residing in the Wellington Region - due to Covid related alert level uncertainties we are only accepting applications from students currently residing within the Wellington region
  • I have a B or higher grade average from the previous 12 months study
  • I am a second year student or higher
  • I am available between 17 November 2021 and 6 February 2022

Do I need to upload a cover letter or resume?

No, you do not. We run a CV anonymised process for our intern recruitment, and rely on the information you submit in your application form. We do not refer to any additional information, even if you have referenced it.

However, if you are setting up a new personal profile through the Central Agencies website it will prompt you to upload a resume. This is a standard requirement for the system, and cannot be removed for our application process. You can upload a resume or blank document at this stage.

What do you consider work experience?

The work experience section is a chance for you to share what transferable skills and behaviours you have gained from previous roles. They do not have to be specific to the public sector or policy, and can include part-time work throughout study; however, you must be able to demonstrate how these skills would translate to your role at the Treasury. This could include time management, problem solving, building relationships, showing initiative, working in a diverse group, etc.

I haven’t studied economics, finance or policy. Can I apply for intern roles at the Treasury?

Yes! We take students from a wide range of backgrounds for the Summer Intern programme.

Our marketing is focused towards students of finance, accounting, policy and economics; however, we are interested in hiring interns from varied backgrounds who can then bring diversity of thought to our advice.

I have already finished my studies - can I still apply?

Yes! If you have finished your studies within the last 2 years, we welcome your application for the intern programme.

What are the opening and closing dates for applications for the 2021-2022 Summer Intern Programme?

Applications for 2021 - 2022 Summer Intern programme are currently open and will close on Wednesday 6 October at 11.55pm.

Can I apply for the Summer Intern programme even though I am a first year or high-school student?

Unfortunately, we need you to be in your second year of tertiary education to apply for the Treasury Summer Intern programme. We ask candidates to provide an academic transcript with your previous 12-month grade average – something you can only do from your second year onwards.

Do you offer a Winter Intern programme?

We only offer a Summer Intern programme which runs between Nov – Feb each year. Based on our key organisational cycles, this is the best time for us to welcome Interns.

What is involved in the recruitment process?

Recruitment for the intern programme is a 3-step process:

  1. Online application and screening – we will assess your application and review whether you have met the eligibility criteria for the programme.
  2. Online psychometric testing and video interview – this stage of the process helps us to identify whether you have the key skills and behaviours we look for in our interns.
  3. Offer – we aim to make all of our offers within 3 weeks of the application closing date! 

When can I expect to hear after submitting my application?

We will not review any applications until after the closing date. You will be contacted within 3 weeks of the closing date to confirm whether or not you have been successful in gaining a place on our Summer Intern programme.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

If we have not been able to answer your question, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Last updated: 
Monday, 27 September 2021