Summer Internship Programme at the Department of Conservation

  • Are you a tertiary student looking for meaningful work this summer?
  • Are you considering a career in the public sector?
  • Do you feel passionate about conservation?
  • Do you want to contribute to our purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives?

The 2021/22 Summer Internship Programme is now open for applications!

We are the government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. We want to ensure that New Zealanders gain environmental, social and economic benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and from living our history.

DOC is a great place to work (we’ve won awards!). As part of the internship programme you will work with a wide range of organisations and individuals to protect native species and special places, so they are here for generations to come, and help New Zealanders get involved in conservation.

We are looking for students with:

  • A high level of integrity
  • The ability to join the dots creatively
  • An aptitude for solving problems
  • A growth mindset who are always willing to learn new things
  • An infectious level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Insatiable curiosity

Not only will you get good solid work experience and be able to participate in our workplace culture, but you will get to work with one of our high performing, highly regarded, respected, enthusiastic, committed, prominent, leading, popular and trusted teams. Have we oversold this opportunity? No!

Internship Opportunities

We are happy to announce that we have 21 projects with 27 positions available! This year have positions available in Christchurch, Hamilton, Nelson, Palmerston North, Whangarei, Rotorua, Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington.

These opportunities are detailed in the attached bookletWhen you apply for one or more of these Internships, make sure to be clear in your cover letter which opportunity you’re applying for by including the SIP code and the title of the Internship. (i.e. SIP001 – Emergency Management)

What can you expect?

  • A paid internship of 14 weeks between 15th November 2021 and 18th February 2022
  • A role within a business unit of the Department with a specific outcome for you to achieve.
  • Support and guidance from both your workplace buddy and the Capability Development Team.
  • An induction programme welcoming you into the Department
  • Networking opportunities!
  • DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context. 


To be considered you’ll need:

  • At least one year of completed tertiary study for a degree in any discipline,
  • To be a full-time student (or have completed your degree in the last six months),
  • To be a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident
  • To be available to attend our Induction Programme on the 15th – 17th November in Wellington.

If you meet these criteria, then we’re looking forward to receiving your application!

Application process

To apply you must complete an online application. Please note:

  1. You’ll need to know what intern opportunity you’re applying for (check out the booklet!)
  2. You’ll have to indicate what Internship project(s) that you are applying for using this form
  3. You’ll need to provide your CV
  4. You’ll need to provide a cover letter
  5. You’ll need to provide your latest academic transcript (it doesn’t have to be an official transcript, a screenshot will do)

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre. Applications received via email will not be considered.

For any queries, please contact Ethan Hamilton – Capability Development advisor, eahamilton@doc.govt.nzquoting vacancy: Summer Internship Programme

Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 27th August 2021.

Interviews will be held over the period of Monday 13th September to Friday 30th September.

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