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: Expression of interest

Express your interest to join our Movement.


*If you have applied for a Summer Clerkship this is considered equal to an expression of interest, there is no need to complete both forms.

Step 2: Phone Kōrero/Talanoa

An opportunity for one of our Navigators to connect with you.

*Eligibility criteria applies

Step 3: Kōkiri Workshops

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

Step 4: Video Interview

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.

Step 5: 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 opportunities are made available through our partners.

Step 6: Interviews with Partner Organisation

Once you are matched, it’s time to meet the partner for an interview. TupuToa will provide interview tips and tricks along the way.

Step 7: Offers

Successful candidates will join the TupuToa movement.


As a member of our TupuToa movement, you will be invited to our Onboarding Day events. 

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