NZ Embassy Berlin Internship Programme

The Embassy of New Zealand in Berlin offers an internship programme. We have appointed the next round of interns for 2024. Check back in mid-2024 for news about the next rounds.

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Mō mātou - About us

The New Zealand Embassy in Berlin is the New Zealand Government’s representation to Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. The Embassy is responsible for strengthening political, trade and economic and people-to-people relations with its accredited countries and pursuing New Zealand’s interests through building and enhancing relationships and cooperation with government, NGOs, business and other stakeholders.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role 

Interns at the New Zealand Embassy have the opportunity to help bring New Zealand’s foreign policy to life and is aimed at graduates who are looking for an introduction into public sector employment. The aim of the internship is to give interns some exposure to all areas of the Embassy’s activities, including administration, political and economic research and analysis, public diplomacy events and consular issues. The role includes working with other New Zealand agencies, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise(external link) and Education New Zealand(external link) who are located at the Embassy.

Six-month Internships

Applicants for this role are expected to have an advanced level of German.

These positions are open to graduates, those in the early stages of their career, or post-graduate students nearing the end of their studies. The New Zealand Embassy seeks New Zealand citizens for the six-month programme positions. Consideration to candidates of non-German citizenship is available provided you have proof of your ability to live and work in Germany.

For more information read the position description and frequently asked questions [PDF, 607 KB].

Visa Requirements

Any prospective applicants must be on an appropriate visa enabling them to undertake and work in Germany. New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for Germany.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - To apply/express interest?

You can send an Expression of Interest by email with the subject line “Internship” to the recruitment mailbox. Applications should include a covering letter setting out the applicant’s interest in, and suitability for, these internship opportunities, accompanied by a CV. These documents must be combined into one attachment. Candidates who make the interview stage will be required to provide the contact details of two referees, and may be required to provide proof of study (e.g. copy of transcript, degree). 

All the documents listed below must be in English as this is the working language of the Embassy:

Criminal Record Check

Before commencing work, successful applicants will be required to provide a criminal record as part of our security requirements.

We encourage applicants to apply for these documents when submitting their application. The processing time in Germany for a criminal record check is 2-3 weeks. For New Zealand(external link) it is 20 to 25 working days.


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