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Frequently asked questions for the Intern Programme

General recruitment

Am I eligible to apply for the intern programme?

We hope so!

If you can answer 'yes' to each of the following statements, we look forward to receiving your application:

  • I am a New Zealand or Australian Citizen, New Zealand Permanent Resident or Resident, or entitled to a three-year Post-study Open Work Visa (for degree Level 7 or above qualifications).
  • I have attained a B+ or higher grade average from my previous 12 months' study.
  • I am available between Wednesday 18 November 2020 and Friday 5 February 2021 for the Summer Intern programme.

Do I need to upload a cover letter or resume?

No, you do not. We run a CV anonymised process for our intern recruitment, and rely on the information you submit in your application form. We do not refer to any additional information, even if you have referenced it.

However, if you are setting up a new personal profile through the Central Agencies website it will prompt you to upload a resume. This is a standard requirement for the system, and cannot be removed for our application process. You can upload a resume or blank document at this stage.

What do you consider work experience?

The work experience section is a chance for you to share what transferable skills and behaviours you have gained from previous roles. They do not have to be specific to the public sector or policy, and can include part-time work throughout study; however, you must be able to demonstrate how these skills would translate to your role at the Treasury. This could include time management, problem solving, building relationships, showing initiative, working in a diverse group, etc.

I haven’t studied economics, finance or policy. Can I apply for intern roles at the Treasury?

Yes! We take students from a wide range of backgrounds for the Summer Intern programme.

Our marketing is focused towards students of finance, accounting, policy and economics; however, we are interested in hiring interns from varied backgrounds who can then bring diversity of thought to our advice.

I have already finished my studies - can I still apply?

Yes! If you have finished your studies within the last 2 years, we welcome your application for the intern programme.

I still have a question; how can I contact you?

If we have not been able to answer your question, please feel free to contact us at grad.enquiries@treasury.govt.nz

Intern programme recruitment

What are the opening and closing dates for applications for the 2020-2021 Summer Intern Programme?

Applications for the 2020-2021 Summer Intern programme will be open from Monday 13 July – Sunday 13 September 2020.

Can I apply for the Summer Intern programme even though I am a first year or high-school student?

Unfortunately, we need you to be in your second year of tertiary education to apply for the Treasury Summer Intern programme. We ask candidates to provide an academic transcript with your previous 12-month grade average – something you can only do from your second year onwards.

Do you offer a Winter Intern programme?

Unfortunately, we only offer a Summer Intern programme which runs between Nov – Feb each year. Based on our key organisational cycles, this is the best time for us to welcome Interns.

What is involved in the recruitment process?

Recruitment for the intern programme is a 3-step process:

  1. Online application and screening – we will assess your application and review whether you have met the eligibility criteria for the programme.
  2. Online psychometric test and video interview – this stage of the process helps us to identify whether you have the key skills and behaviours we look for in our interns.
  3. Offer – we aim to make all of our offers within 2 weeks of the application closing date! 

When can I expect to hear after submitting my application?

We will not review any applications until after the closing date on Sunday 13 September 2020. You will be contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date to confirm whether or not you have been successful in gaining a place on our Summer Intern programme.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

If we have not been able to answer your question, please feel free to contact us at grad.enquiries@treasury.govt.nz

Last updated: 
Thursday, 13 February 2020