Internships - Ngā kaupapa tauira

We’re excited to announce that applications for our Aorere and Vaka Policy Internships are now open! Closing Sunday, 1st August 2021.

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As a summer intern, you’ll work within a structured program to gain hands-on experience in of the public sector and the work we undertake within MFAT.

We’re welcoming Māori and Pasifika tauira to join us this summer in Wellington for our Aorere and Vaka Policy Internship programmes.

What can an Aorere and Vaka internship offer you?

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

Former MFAT intern — Claudia Prasad.

As an Aorere(external link) or Vaka(external link) Intern, you will gain valuable work experience and development opportunities, as well as an insight into the world of foreign policy and diplomacy. Our internship is an excellent way to prepare for a graduate role with MFAT, or the wider public service.

You may find yourself working on areas such as our relations with other countries, climate change, development and humanitarian activities, the UN and human rights, trade negotiations or international security & arms control. These are all kaupapa which are important to the safety and prosperity of Aotearoa whānui including Te Iwi Māori and Pasifika.

Who are we looking for?

MFAT is passionate about growing a diverse talent pipeline and the Aorere and Vaka internships are part of the Ministry's work to achieving this and ensuring that our foreign ministry and its advice reflects the full diversity of Aotearoa.

The nature of our work is broad-ranging, so we’re looking for students with a range of skills, experiences and backgrounds. We’re looking for people who are curious about global challenges and other cultures — people who are keen to help make positive changes for Aotearoa.

We value the cross cultural and language skills that you can bring to the world of diplomacy. Because relationships are at the heart of what we do, your intrinsic ability to navigate between cultures and build relationships is vital.

Read about the experience, study path and career options of some of our current Policy Officers.

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

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