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Summer Intern (Policy)

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Summer Intern (Policy) (Fixed Term), National Office, Wellington


Kahore tetahi o tatou, taea te mahi, nga mahi e taea o tatou katoa Not one of us alone can do the job as well as all of us working together

Are you motivated to make a difference for all New Zealanders? Come and join the Ministry working for justice – Tāhū o Te Ture.

The Ministry of Justice is looking for interns to work in Policy Group over the summer (25 November 2019 – 14 February 2020, which includes two weeks of leave over the Christmas period). We are looking for people from a range of backgrounds and fields of study, who are in their second to last and final years of tertiary study and who have an interest in justice issues. Recent graduates are also welcome to apply.

The internship is full-time (40 hours a week). The rate of pay is $46,000 per year, on a pro rata basis.

What is Policy Group?

Policy Group researches issues and provides advice to Ministers that shape the Government's justice policies. We're ranked highly in the public sector for quality policy advice. Our work is diverse and broad-ranging, with opportunities to shape thinking and drive change across our justice and social sectors. We consist of three units: Courts and Justice Services (with teams working on courts and tribunals and access to justice policy), Criminal Justice (with teams working on sentencing and rehabilitation, criminal law, and cannabis policy), and Civil and Constitutional (with teams working on civil law and human rights, and electoral and constitutional policy).

What will you be doing as an intern?

You'll be placed in one of our Policy teams, and will be working alongside advisors:

  • providing research and developing advice on interesting, varied, and complex policy problems
  • participating in team meetings and discussions, with the opportunity to shadow senior team members
  • bringing new perspectives and contributing to a workplace that respects and values diversity and innovative thinking.

We are looking for people who:

  • want to make a difference
  • bring strong communication and problem-solving skills
  • are approachable and can build strong working relationships
  • enjoy working as part of a team as well as independently
  • are quick learners who can manage their time and seek guidance when needed.

We are actively seeking a diverse applicant pool, with a variety of life experiences. An understanding of Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the ability to apply this to your work, is particularly valuable.

What can you expect to get out of your internship?

  • Insight into, and hands-on, experience with policy development and justice sector research
  • Being part of the intern cohort includes a comprehensive induction and on-the-job learning opportunities, and support and coaching from more senior policy advisors
  • Public service experience in a Government department committed to making a real difference to all New Zealanders.

And the internship is in Wellington, WORLD-renowned for its exciting winds, coffee and political-mindedness!

The process from here

If this sounds like an opportunity you'd be interested in, please apply by:

  • Completing the application form
  • Attaching your CV
  • Completing and attaching the assessment questionnaire

Please do not attach a cover letter. Instead complete the questions in the assessment questionnaire.

The assessment questionnaire forms a key part of our shortlisting process, and applications that do not include a completed assessment questionnaire will not be considered.

Applications close on 12 August 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact

Interviews will take place between 16 - 30 September 2019 in Wellington, so you will need to be available during those dates. If you are not Wellington-based, you will need to have access to Skype for the interview. Your referees would also need to be contactable during and following this period.

Following the interviews, we will let you know whether or not we can offer you a place in the internship programme by 21 October 2019.


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