Grow our interns

About the Internship Programme

TupuToa leverages a proven model to support organisations in successfully engaging and onboarding Māori and Pacific interns.

Our innovative Internship Programme provides tauira pathway opportunities into corporate and professional careers.

We don’t just recruit interns on behalf of corporates. We work closely with talented tauira, and prepare them for success in the corporate world. This includes professional development workshops and wrap-around pastoral care.

We understand what it takes young Māori and Pacific students to succeed in a corporate environment while remaining true to their cultural identities.

We have placed more than 300 interns into corporate and public sector roles with more than 80 per cent securing graduate jobs after their internships. Many of our interns are the first in their whanau to study at tertiary level and we support them to become the first to work in a corporate too.

A TupuToa internship is not just a placement, it is a programme. It is not just for interns. It is for partners also. We also host cultural competency workshops and provide cultural assistance and/or services where appropriate. We support the diversity and inclusion strategies of our partners in a very tangible way.

Together we are building a powerful, national network of Māori and Pacific leaders who excel in their careers and who are strongly connected to their cultures and their communities and more equitable outcomes for all.

The Process
Tukanga

The TupuToa selection process has been carefully designed to allow applicants the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for the programme and prepare them for success in this and any other selection process.

Step 2: Applications Open Early March

Application closing dates:
Law clerks 31st of March 2020
All other applications close 31st May 2020

 

If the applicant is eligible they will be invited to attend an intern ready workshop.

Step 3: Intern ready workshop

This is a half day workshop focussed on building confidence in addition to CV and interview preparation to support your application to TupuToa and other organisations.

If the applicant is eligible they will be invited to attend a Discovery Centre.

Step 4: Discovery Centre

This is the TupuToa version of an assessment centre and is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate a range of competencies while also developing their ability to effectively tackle this type of assessment process in the future.

The Discovery Centres take approximately 3 hours and includes interviews and group activities.

Offers

Successful candidates will be offered a place on the TupuToa Internship Programme. This means that they have been shortlisted – 90% of the applicants who are shortlisted will secure an internship. Internships are dictated by the opportunities received by Partners. 

Being offered a place on the Internship Programme does not guarantee an internship opportunity; applicants must also successfully interview and secure a role with a partner.

Partner Interviews with Applicants

Candidates will meet and/or interview with partner organisations and, if successful, will be offered an internship.

Pre-Checks

Some organisations may require applicants undergo a pre-employment background check and/or drug and alcohol test.

Internship

Majority internships commence in November.

Partner Expectations
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