Internships - Ngā kaupapa tauira

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

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Applications for our Aorere and Vaka Foreign Policy Internships have now closed. Thank you to all who have applied. Due to changes within our team and people going on leave we are short staffed so we will be in touch in mid to late September.

Our application process:

Recruitment for our intern programmes is a 3-step process:

1. Applications – closed 21 August 2022

2. Online Assessments – will start mid to late September

  • The online assessments helps us to identify whether you have the key skills and behaviours we look for in our Interns. If your initial application is successful, you will receive an email invite to complete the assessment. These online assessments (which may include cognitive tests and a written exercise) will be completed over two weekends.
  • If you aren't selected to progress to the next assessment, we will let you know via email. If you choose to opt-in for job alerts you can see when new roles are advertised – who knows, you might be the perfect candidate for a different role!

3. Online Interviews – early October

  • Those selected will be invited to complete a competency based interview via Zoom. This is where it gets exciting, we want to know more about you, what you like to do outside of university and why you want to join MFAT! 

Offers made – late October/early November

We'll contact you as soon as a decision has been made to let you know your application has been successful. If you’re offered an internship, we will complete a reference and Ministry of Justice check and then send your formal offer via email.  


If you need a hand with some of the assessment components above, please let us know - we're here to help – mā mātou koe e āwhina! Email us at:

Got any questions?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email us at

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 such as Geneva or New York. The opportunities are advertised by the post in the respective country offering the opportunity. These internships will be advertised on our vacancies page.

Good luck! 

My internship was incredibly valuable and set me up to come back through MFAT’s Foundations Programme.

Former MFAT intern — Claudia Prasad.

Intern Sarafina Tipene talks about her internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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