Graduate Policy Advisor

Date:  27-Feb-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Help create a better Aotearoa for all
  • You’ll be supported to grow and develop as part of our MBIE whānau
  • Apply now to start in February 2024
  • Salary – $ 60,727 pa

Tēnei tūranga - About the role:


Join our highly sought-after programme to kick-start your career in the best possible way. The programme is a 12 month-long development and training programme that builds the skills and knowledge necessary to step into a career in policy. From week one you'll get stuck into real, meaningful work – researching topical issues, analysing key trends and helping us deliver new projects and programmes.  You will start your journey with a 4-day induction and opportunity to connect with your cohort and graduates who will share their experience and support you on your journey.  From week two you'll get stuck into real, meaningful work – researching topical issues, analysing key trends and helping us deliver new projects and programmes.


Our New Policy Professional (Graduate) Programme is a paid 12 month-long development and training programme that upon successful completion will transition into a Policy Advisor role.

As a graduate on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment MBIE) Policy Graduate Programme, you'll be tackling real-life problems and make a lasting difference in the life of New Zealanders.

Policy professionals provide the evidence and information Ministers need to make informed decisions on public policy issues. Policy at MBIE involves exciting and challenging mahi that could see you looking at a wide range of issues; how do we make New Zealand businesses more internationally competitive? How do we solve the gender pay gap? How do we regulate space-related activities at the New Zealand Space Agency? How is Aotearoa New Zealand responding to climate change? A range of exciting opportunities are waiting for you at MBIE


We're looking for passionate people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds, who love an intellectual challenge and who want to help create a better New Zealand.  


We value our people and reflect the communities we serve. We want people to bring their unique identities into the way they work. We invite diversity and harness our differences to “Grow New Zealand for all”.  Our staff-led networks include Ngai Kahukura – Rainbow Network, Te Aka Matua – Māori Staff Network Forum, Te Aumangea - Mental Health Network, Pacific Staff Village, and Arahanga Wahine – Women’s Network. 

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and experience required:


  • Skilled Writers who write clearly, accurately, and logically
  • Critical Thinkers who use well-reasoned logic to solve problems
  • Evidence Gatherers who research, identify, and make use of relevant information
  • Nimble Learners who are flexible and responsive to change
  • Supportive Team Players who build partnerships and work collaboratively
  • Persuaders and Influencers who gain the trust and support of others
  • Purpose Driven Actioners who take on new opportunities and tough challenges
  • Decision Makers who make sound decisions, even in the absence of complete information


Minimum requirements:

  • You can have no more than one-year post-graduation full-time work experience
  • You must have graduated, or will finish your study, before February 2024
  • You must have the ability to legally live and work in New Zealand
  • You must pass all our employment vetting and approval standards 

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - About MBIE:

MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It

Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono - How to apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process.  Email Jimmy McOscar at quoting ref MBIE/10303 if you have any further questions.

Your application will need to include:

      • CV
      • Cover Letter 
      • Current academic transcript (official or unofficial)
      • You will also be asked to complete an application form to confirm you meet the minimum criteria


Here are the proposed dates for the selection and screening process which could include one way video interview (Friday 14 - Monday 17 April), situational judgement and written test (Sunday 30 April – Tuesday 2 May) and an online  panel interview (Monday 22 May – Thursday 25 May).

To promote equity and equality, we will take all appropriate steps to ensure that reasonable accommodations are provided with regards to flexibility and diverse needs. Please contact us to explain what accommodations you need during the selection process and how they will assist you.


Applications close at 5pm, Sunday 2 April 2023.