What is the TupuToa Internship Programme?
He aha a TupuToa
The TupuToa Internship Programme is an employment pathway that provides professional opportunities for Māori and Pacific tertiary students in corporate, government and community organisations.
We do this by securing 12-week paid-internships for tertiary students with our partner organisations – with the desire that the internship will convert into fulltime employment once our interns have graduated.
Why we do this mahi
Te kaupapa o ā mātou mahi
Māori and Pacific peoples comprise roughly 27% of the national population (higher in Auckland) and yet are largely invisible in corporate New Zealand, and especially so in leadership positions.
Many of our interns are the first in their families to undertake tertiary study and with the guidance and pastoral care of TupuToa Navigators, they are better equipped to succeed in a corporate environment.
Māori and Pacific peoples also represent a younger population, meaning our people will make up a significant proportion of the future workforce.
TupuToa is more than just an internship.
What is the Māori Cadetship Programme?
The TupuToa Cadetship Programme in association with Te Puni Kokiri. Ministry of Māori Development empowers rangatahi Māori to achieve their professional goals in the workplace, whilst highlighting the mana of connection to their identity, their whānau, hapū and iwi.
We do this by securing employment opportunities through our business and corporate partners
The cadet will receive a full-time permanent role for at least 6 months along with professional development workshops and support before and during the cadetship.
Are you interested in our programmes?
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.
An opportunity for one of our Navigators to connect with you.
*Eligibility criteria applies
These workshops focus on building confidence, developing your CV and cover letter, interview preparation to support your application to TupuToa and other organisations.
*Eligibility criteria applies
This is your time to showcase yourself on camera, it will support your application so that the team are able to match you to a suitable opportunity.
Behind the scenes the TupuToa Navigators are working hard to match applications to roles within our partner network.
It is important to note: that opportunities are made available through our partners.
Once you are matched, it’s time to meet the partner for an interview. TupuToa will provide interview tips and tricks along the way.
Successful candidates will join the TupuToa movement.
As a member of our TupuToa movement, you will be invited to our Onboarding Day events.
What we look for in a candidate
Connection to their whakapapa/culture/heritage now, or desire to connect
Sees things through. Willing to commit and participate actively in the Programme.
Sets aspirational goals and consistently works towards them;
Motivated to exceed expectations.
Determined to reach goals/stick with a difficult task over a long period of time even when confronted by obstacles and challenges.
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; taking responsibility.
The ability to communicate (written and verbally) in an articulate and confident manner with others.
An orientation towards continued learning. Hunger for and appreciation of opportunities to increase skill, experience and ability.
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