Internships

Student 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

Measuring cockles, Tauranga Harbour. [Photo: Dave Allen]

  • Based in Hamilton or Wellington
  • 12-month fixed term, full-time, paid position
  • Start mid-November 2019

Our graduate internship programme will provide two recent Māori science graduates (BSc or MSc) with an opportunity to learn and engage in the delivering of Māori environmental research.

The successful applicants 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.

These 12-month full-time fixed term internships will start mid-November 2019.

Applications now closed.

BLAKE NIWA Ambassador Programmes

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.

Applications for 2019/20 BLAKE NIWA Ambassador Programmes are now closed.