Interns on a tramping track.
Image: Ash Krynen


Tertiary students with an interest in conservation can gain skills and experience to complement their study in this summer's internship programme.

The DOC Summer Internship Programme is an opportunity for full time students to get work experience with us, and play a part in the conservation work that we do.

It's your chance to bring what you've learnt in your study to a real work situation. The team you join will trust you to complete the tasks and provide you with opportunities to use your analytical skills, creativity and initiative.

When is the internship?

Internships take place in the university summer break. This year it's between 20 November 2017 and 23 February 2018 for 14 weeks.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for an internship you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident; and
  • be a full time student in 2017 at one of the following universities:
    • University of Auckland
    • Auckland University of Technology
    • Massey University
    • University of Waikato
    • Victoria University of Wellington
    • University of Canterbury
    • Lincoln University
    • University of Otago
    • wānanga (for specific intern roles)

Preference will be given to students who have completed at least two years of study.

You cannot apply for an internship if you are studying outside of New Zealand.

If you are not eligible for an internship, you can still gain experience by volunteering with DOC.

How do I apply?

Intern roles are advertised on the NZUniCareer Hub as well as the DOC Careers Centre.

Register at our Careers Centre to be notified when intern roles are advertised. All applications must be made online through our Careers Centre.

This year internship roles will be advertised early September, and applications will close mid September.

What sorts of roles?

Roles depend on the teams at DOC who have a suitable project for an intern. This varies from year to year.

We have placed interns in business teams including Legal, Marine, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Organisation Development, Transformation and Threats, Partnerships, Marketing, Recreation and Historic, Visitor Monitoring, and Risk and Assurance.

How are interns chosen?

The recruiting teams set their own criteria, and select applicants for interview. You may be interviewed face to face, by phone, or on Skype.

Tip: If you are applying for more than one position, you should tailor each application to the skills required.

Applicants will be informed if they have been selected for interview by 30 September 2017.

Why become an intern?

Apart from gaining work experience, you will also:

  • have a chance to apply theory to a real work situation
  • enhance your work ready skills to show you can communicate and adapt to meet the requirements of a real business
  • contribute to DOC's conservation role in New Zealand
  • earn some money over the summer break.

DOC was voted the Most Attractive Employer at the 2016 and 2015 Randstad Award.

Summer internship 2016/17

Hear what our 2016/17 interns have to say:

View the 2015/16 intern video.

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