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Ngāi Tahu Internship

The Ngāi Tahu Internship is a two-year paid internship at the Ngāi Tahu offices in Christchurch, allowing interns to get an inside look into the diverse range of roles across Te Rūnanga Group.

Interns will finish the internship with an understanding of potential future pathways, real-world experience and a strengthened sense of their Ngāi Tahutanga.

At the end of the two-year internship, there will be the opportunity to secure a role within the group, depending on where your newfound passion and interests lie; or we will provide financial support and guidance to develop your skills further through tertiary study.

In addition, you will take part in a programme of targeted cultural development. This is about igniting a passion for more young Ngāi Tahu to further their education or to immerse themselves in specific areas across Te Rūnanga Group.

“When I began everyone at TRoNT was so supportive and they quickly became my family away from home. The networking opportunities this internship has given me have been invaluable. Meeting new people, especially people who are passionate about Ngāi Tahu, has been awesome. Having this exposure so early in my career provides such valuable learning and is an experience that not many people my age have had. My personal development has also been immense over the past year and I feel blessed to have such an awesome job!”

Sean Bragg (Ngāi Tahu – Awarua Rūnanga), Ngāi Tahu Intern

Key Information

Biennially, there are two internships on offer, both for a period of two years full-time. Interns will need to be based in Christchurch at Te Whare o Te Waipounamu (the Ngāi Tahu offices) Applications are taken in August/September biennially for the following year. The next recruitment period will be in 2018 for a 2019-2020 placement.

Applications (CV and cover letter) will be taken at mahi.ngaitahu.iwi.nz at this time.

We welcome applications from young Ngāi Tahu who:

  • Are a registered member of Ngāi Tahu
  • Are a recent school student or those wanting to explore new career options
  • Have a passion to work for their iwi
  • Show energy and commitment, and have a desire to learn!

In return we offer:

  • Real-life experience working in a corporate environment
  • Tailored professional development plans
  • Cultural development opportunities
  • Mentoring and pastoral care
  • The opportunity to work in a vibrant, passionate and enthusiastic office full of great people

To enquire please contact 0800 KAI TAHU (524 248) or email [email protected]

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