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Our interns

A Treasury intern is very similar to a Treasury graduate – the only difference is our interns are still enrolled at University and are therefore on fixed-term agreements. Like a Treasury graduate, a Treasury intern is someone who can both progress the small details of a day-to-day role, while remaining focused on the big picture – raising living standards for all New Zealanders.

At the Treasury, we remain committed to employing people who represent the New Zealand community we serve. We value diversity and are interested in working with interns from all walks of life, academic disciplines, backgrounds, locations and life experiences. We want you to share your unique perspectives and bring your whole self to work.

Our interns are conscientious individuals who:

  • Driven to enhance own personal and professional development
  • Enjoy and have the capability to work with numbers
  • Build trusted, collaborative and constructive relationships
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, for a wide range of audiences
  • Are critical thinkers and have analytical ability
  • Are conscientious, curious and broadminded
  • Value diversity and demonstrate inclusive practices
  • Have personal integrity, sound judgement and an honest and ethical approach.

Hear from some of our past interns:

Caleb: Graduate Analyst, Tax Strategy
Caleb: Graduate Programme - Tax Strategy

Caleb: Graduate Analyst, Tax Strategy

I chose the Treasury internship programme because it hit most of my interest areas.

I studied economics at University and the Treasury seemed like a fantastic high-level place to get involved and do some practical analysis.

During my time in the Treasury, I worked on two projects. One was helping my team prepare for the Future of Work Tripartite Forum which involved a lot of research and report writing. My longer term project was completing a literature review examining the role distance plays in affecting trade and productivity outcomes. It was a super interesting experience.

The Treasury summer internship is a great opportunity to work in one of the most important public sector institutions in the country surrounded by incredibly intelligent people. You may feel a little out of our depth at times but it is a rewarding experience.


Mariam: Intern, Economic Strategy and Productivity
Mariam: Intern - Economic Strategy and Productivity

Mariam: Intern, Economic Strategy and Productivity

I started my role at Treasury through the Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector Internship Programme. As a Summer Intern, I was involved in all aspects of life at the Treasury. I was welcomed instantly and found that staff members were really friendly and always willing to meet with me, share resources and discuss projects I was working on.

Alongside working on the Living Standards Framework and the Future of Work in the Economic Strategy & Productivity team (ESP), I was also able to get involved in Pacific capability and strategy initiatives – matters that are close to my heart. This made my time at Treasury feel even more meaningful – I knew the work I was doing was important and would give back to our communities.

Working as a Summer Intern at the Treasury is a great opportunity for anyone who isn’t afraid of a little responsibility and feels passionately about making a difference towards a better, more inclusive New Zealand.


Rose: Graduate Analyst, Economic Strategy and Advice 
Rose: Graduate Programme - Tax Strategy

Rose: Graduate Analyst, Economic Strategy and Advice

At the Treasury, you are given a lot of responsibility. Your views and opinions are valued and considered equal.

You can speak up in a meeting and people will listen to you. I was a part of the Office of the Chief Economic Advisor working on developing the Living Standards Framework’s dashboard including choosing the indicators and gathering submissions.

I had an amazing opportunity: I met ministers and senior officials from Treasury and other agencies and wrote Treasury reports and a cabinet paper.  Writing the first Wellbeing outlook section of the budget policy statement was one of the highlights – pulling it all together for the first time for the Minister of Finance and my work being used in the final version.

You come in and you do not realise the work that you are doing has such an impact on people. One thing that I love about the Treasury is that you are working as part of an organisational and part of the machine that improves and helps people.

Every day is very different. You are not doing the same thing every day. In terms of like the internship – you do not realise the variety of work the Treasury does, it is cool being exposed it all and the awesome talks that happen and forums that you can go to. Everyone wants to help you with your learning and development.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 30 July 2020