Student Internships

Te Pūnaha Matatini Summer Internship Programme 2018-19

Applications are now closed.

Thank you for the excellent response to our call for applications for the internship programme. We had over 160 applicants for 30 places. We were overwhelmed by the quality of the applications and the commitment  of applicants to Aotearoa.

Whilst there is no perfect way to apply for an internship (or job!) there were a few common features in the successful applications. All these applications, particularly the cover letter, were clearly written with our programme in mind. They talked specifically about why they thought Te Pūnaha Matatini would be a good organisation to be involved with, they explained why a particular placement appealed to them and what skills they had that suited that placement.

In short, if you could send the same cover letter to a different internship programme (or job) with only minimal changes then you probably need to write a different cover letter!

We look forward to receiving applications from some of you again next year and have a great summer, ngā mihi nui.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence with researchers and students based all over New Zealand. We coordinate an internship scheme for partner organisations including iwi, Ministries, government departments, the defence forces and private companies.

In 2017, over 80 students applied and we placed over 20 students at 7 partner organisations. Most of our interns were placed in small teams of 3 students rather than as individuals. Students were from all over New Zealand, predominantly studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based subjects.

The feedback from last summer’s interns was very positive and you can read all about their experiences here.

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