Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector Summer Internship Programme


'Tupu' means 'to grow' and ‘Tai’ means 'tide' in a number of Pacific dialects – referring to the growing tide of Pacific peoples in policy roles in the public sector. This eleven-week internship over summer is an opportunity for you to gain policy experience, build professional networks, and helps prepare you to enter employment after completing your studies.

As a Tupu Tai intern, you will share diverse Pacific perspectives on important policy issues that affect all New Zealanders. The programme supports MBIE’s commitment to improving Pacific economic outcomes by building more sustainable job opportunities for Pacific peoples.

Our Tupu Tai programme is a paid summer internship offered to Pasifika tertiary students and recent graduates interested in a career in the public sector. The programme is managed by MBIE’s Pacific Policy team and placements are offered in policy teams at MBIE and in a range of Government agencies.

In 2020, the Tupu Tai programme won the Diversity Awards NZ Tomorrow’s Workforce Award as well as the Supreme Award.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for Pasifika tertiary students who are interested in a policy career. You will be driven to serve our Pasifika communities throughout New Zealand, and find reward in knowing that your work will directly impact the improved wellness of our people.

Applications are open now!

View the advert and apply here

Please include in your cover letter:

Your motivation for joining the Tupu Tai Policy Summer Internship.

Why Policy and/or a career in the Public sector appeals to you as a profession.

How you would like to contribute to the improved wellness of our Pasifika community.

Minimum requirements

This programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as alumni of up to two years.

To apply, you:

have completed at least one year’s equivalent of full-time study (two semesters)

have a minimum B grade average

are of Pacific descent and allowed to work and live in New Zealand

must include a cover letter about: 

Your motivation for joining the Tupu Tai policy summer internship programme

Why policy and a career in the public sector appeals to you as a profession 

How you would like to contribute to the improved wellness of our Pasifika communities 

must be available to complete the internship full-time from mid- November  to the end of January. 

Graduates and Tupu Tai alumni can re-apply up to two years after their graduation from their studies.