Intern, graduate opportunities

Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health recognises the importance of engaging those who are early in their career and the valuable contributions these people can make to achieving Pae Ora, healthy futures for all New Zealanders.

The Ministry engages with people early in their career through internship, graduate and univeristy work experience placements with the aim of:

  • Giving promising talent and potential future employees the opportunity to match their knowledge and skills with a structured workplace experience
  •  Developing a pipeline of future talent interested in working with the Ministry
  • Taking a deliberate approach to engaging diverse talent that contribute fresh ideas, perspectives and knowledge to the Ministry
  • Enhancing the reputation of the Ministry through providing engaging employment opportunities

Summer Internship Programme

Every year between November and February we welcome a cohort of interns to carry out interesting work across our organisation. These roles usually are established during August and are advertised either by the Ministry or through one of our partner programmes.

Intern roles fixed term employment positions that pay the living wage and include an interesting development programme and a supportive environment to ensure you are set up to succeed.

How we find our interns

Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health

The Ministry engages a variety of intern roles through its own recruitment channels using our brand. We also partner with other intern programmes in specific areas to ensure we are welcoming a cohort that reflects the communities we serve.

Tupu Toa

The Internship Programme is an employment pathway that provides professional opportunities for Māori and Pacific tertiary students in corporate, government and community organisations through a 12-week internship.

Analytics & Research in Government (ARG)

The Analytics & Research in Government (ARG) internship programme is a 12-week internship opportunity, placing interns within a government agency alongside some of Aotearoa’s leading data analysts - working on real data and looking for real insights.

Tupu Tai

The Tupu Tai programme is an eleven-week internship offered to Pasifika tertiary students and recent graduates interested in a career in the public sector. The programme creates opportunities to gain policy experience, build professional networks, and helps prepare interns to enter employment.

Work and Income | Te Hiranga Tangata

The Mainstream Employment Programme has been helping disabled people to gain work with State sector employers since 1976. A Mainstream Internship provides an opportunity for a disabled student to gain valuable work experience in their chosen field.

Summer of Tech

Summer of Tech Internships are entry-level IT & Design & Marketing roles. Regardless of what you're studying, or what stage of your qualification you are at, you just need to be interested & excited about kick-starting your tech career.

University Work Experience

We partner with universities in a variety of programmes to give tertiary students the opportunity to gain practical experience while completed their studies.  Some examples of the programmes we have engaged with include;

Victoria of Wellington | Te Herenga waka

  • Bachelor of Health – HLWB 302 Internship
  • Master of Philosophy, Politics and Economics – PHPE 590 Internship
  • Summer Research Scholarship Programme

University of Otago | Te Whare Wananga o Otāgo

  • Pacific Opportunities (POPO) Programme
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy - PHCY410 Elective Studies
  • Medical School - 6th Year Medical Degree
  • Summer Research Scholarship Programme

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates interested in working at Manatū Hauora, often find they are successful in gaining positions such as Assistant Policy Analyst, Assistant Policy Advisor, Policy Analyst or Policy Advisor. We encourage graduates to consider these roles when searching for an opportunity.

We also participate in the Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme.

The Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme provides a meaningful first employment opportunity in the public service for skilled graduates from ethnic communities. It directly addresses inequities in the representation of ethnically diverse employees and the barriers they face to access employment in the public sector.

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