Internships

Each year we offer several student internships at NIWA. As an intern, you will participate in a defined research project under the guidance of a senior scientist and gain valuable work experience. In addition, you will have a personalised induction, a career planning session and exposure to other science/support areas within NIWA.

The internships are usually full-time, fixed-term employment for approximately 15 weeks over the university summer break. To be eligible you must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand at the time of your application, and preference will be given to those with an exemplary academic record.To view current internships opportunities at NIWA, or to register your interest in future positions make sure you check out Science New Zealand - NIWA Jobs.

NIWA Māori Graduate Internship Programme

Applications for the August 2020 intake are now closed.

The second intake for our graduate internship programme will provide one recent Māori science graduate (BSc or MSc) with an opportunity to learn and engage in the delivering of Māori environmental research.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to engage, conduct research, and operate at the interface between science and Te Ao Māori by contributing to and working across a wide range of active research projects led by Te Kūwaha, NIWA’s National Centre of Māori Environmental Research.

They will gain experience in freshwater, marine and estuarine science, fisheries, aquaculture, climate change and hazards, social/humanities research and mātauranga Māori, while learning how to communicate effectively with Māori and work collaboratively across disciplines. They will assist researchers in their daily tasks and be mentored in collaborative and multidisciplinary research methods, literature reviews, developing fieldwork plans, collecting and analysing data and presenting their findings.

BLAKE NIWA Ambassador Programmes

Applications for the 2020 BLAKE NIWA Ambassador Programme are now closed.

NIWA is proud to partner with The Sir Peter Blake Trust to provide opportunities for young New Zealanders (18 – 25 years)  through the Blake Ambassador Programme.

There are four BLAKE NIWA Ambassador Programmes available encompassing climate, atmospheric, aquaculture, ocean and freshwater sciences. The Ambassadors work alongside our scientists to advance our understanding and address some of the big environmental questions and challenges facing society.