The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade offers internships during the summer period in New Zealand from November to February.

Aorere Internships

Applications open 6 August 2019 and close 1 September 2019


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is once again seeking interest from people who would like to apply for our Aorere Internship work programme during the summer of 2019/2020.  The Aorere programme targets applicants of Māori descent. 

As an intern, you’ll learn what it takes to work at the Ministry and gather valuable insights into what may ultimately lead to a permanent job opportunity. The Ministry will provide a basic salary and an interesting role with the opportunity to network and develop your skills.

As we are Wellington based, you’ll need to relocate to the capital during your internship. There may be an opportunity to work in the Auckland office, but this will only be offered to candidates with certain challenges in temporarily relocating, for example, candidates with dependent children.

To be considered you’ll need:

  • at least one year of completed tertiary study for a degree in any discipline 
  • participation skills showcased through cultural, community, church,  sports or paid activities
  • New Zealand citizenship and to be of Māori descent

We’re accepting applications from people of any age, as long as it's understood the roles given to interns over the summer will be at entry level, and are not intended for people with prior experience in policy work.

If you have family responsibilities, high needs, health issues, live rurally or are experiencing any other barriers that make you hesitant about considering this opportunity, please still apply. We’ll ensure you are assessed only on the skills and behaviours you can demonstrate, and will support your application as best we can.

What you can expect:

  • A paid internship of 11 weeks between 18 November 2019 and 14 February 2020
  • A role within a business unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the opportunity to acquire a letter of reference
  • Support and guidance from our wider team including an induction into the Ministry
  • Reasonable travel costs to and from Wellington at the start and end of the internship
  • Housing guidance if required
  • Networking opportunities!

Application process:

We’re looking at a balance of attitude and aptitude, and want you to bring your ‘whole self’ to MFAT. To apply you must complete an online application. Please note:

1. The application needs to be done in one sitting, it can’t be saved!

2. You’ll need your Grade Point Average before you apply. You can calculate it here. (external link)

3. You’ll need your latest academic transcript. It can be a non-official transcript.

4. You’ll need to upload your CV at the end of the application, so have it ready.

APPLY HERE (external link)

If you’re successful in being shortlisted, there is a further assessment stage from 2 September – 14 September, with an interview following in late September.

Offers made               30 September
Start and end date   18 November 2019 to 14 February 2020
Location                     Wellington, New Zealand
Questions?                Text us on 021 560 151 or email

Other internships

We have other opportunities for people to join areas of our Ministry as interns:

Internships at posts

At times, MFAT will offer internships for New Zealand students at an overseas post. The opportunities are advertised by the post in the respective country offering the opportunity.