Become an Intern



To be eligible for the Internship
Programme, you must be:

  • Of Māori or Pacific descent
  • Penultimate or final year of study
  • Studying a bachelor’s degree or higher at a tertiary institution
  • Available to work full time over the Summer break
  • Interested in pursuing a career in the corporate, community or government sectors; and
  • A New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Resident

What we look for in a candidate

Connection to culture

Connection to their whakapapa/culture/heritage now, or desire to connect

Commitment (to the Internship Programme)

Sees things through. Willing to commit and participate actively in the Internship Programme.


Sets aspirational goals and consistently works towards them;

Motivated to exceed expectations.

Perseverance and Resilience

Determined to reach goals/stick with a difficult task over a long period of time even when confronted by obstacles and challenges.

Humility, Empathy and Respect

Acts in a way that demonstrates the ability to understand another’s point of view. Is respectful in dealings with others and acts with humility (without arrogance).


The ability to identify things that need to be done independently and initiate them.

Being willing to act or take charge without being told to.

Strong communication skills

The ability to communicate (written and verbally) in an articulate and confident manner with others.


Open to change and open minded.

Willingness to learn

An orientation towards continued learning. Hunger for and appreciation of opportunities to increase skill, experience and ability.


Takes personal responsibility for their circumstances, their strengths and areas for development. Is self-aware and knows what holds them back.

The Process

The TupuToa selection process has been carefully designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the programme and prepare you for success in this and any other selection process.

Step 1: Apply

Applications for the Internship Programme 2021/22 will open on the 22nd of March at 6pm NZT and close on the 16th of May at 6PM NZT. 

If you are eligible, you will be invited to take part in our Kōkiri Workshops.

Step 2: Kōkiri Workshops

These are 1.5 hour workshops focussed on building confidence, developing your CV and cover letter as well as interview preparation to support your application to TupuToa and other organisations.

If you are eligible and have completed the Kōkiri Workshops you will be invited to take part in a Video Interview, otherwise you will proceed directly to an interview with your partner organisation.

Step 3: Video Interview

The Video Interview provides you with an opportunity to showcase yourself on camera and will support your application so that the team are able to match you to a suitable internship opportunity.

Step 4: Matching

Behind the scenes the TupuToa Navigators are working hard to match applications to roles within our partner network.

It is important to note that internships are not dictated by TupuToa but by the opportunities created by our partners.

Step 5: Interviews with Partner Organisation

A TupuToa Navigator will contact you to organise a time for you to interview with one of our partner organisations.

Step 6: Pre-Checks

Please note that organisations may require you to undergo a  pre-employment background check and/or drug and alcohol test. So be honest when completing your application form.

Step 7: Offers

Successful candidates will be offered a place on the TupuToa Internship Programme. It is important to note that internships are not dictated by TupuToa but by the opportunities created by our partners.


Most internships commence in November.

Please note: not every applicant is guaranteed an internship.

Ngā Whāinga

A TupuToa intern, is expected to –

  • Understand and comply with their employment agreement
  • Meet face to face with a TupuToa Navigator
  • Participate consistently in all TupuToa workshops and events
  • Contribute to the development of the wider TupuToa community; and
  • Become a role model for younger Māori and Pacific students.

Past Intern’ Experience

“TupuToa helped me in identifying my strengths and stringing them cohesively for an application process. The team lifted my confidence and are committed to helping you reach your personal goals by successfully placing you with a partner organisation, that is best for you.”

– Lourdaiz Ah Chong, Wealth Management, Forsyth Barr Ltd