DOC intern Nicola Carter with supervisor Nicki Fuller. Photo: Lisa Whittle.
DOC intern Nicola Carter with
supervisor Nicki Fuller

What is the Summer Internship Programme?

The Department of Conservation (DOC) Summer Internship Programme offers tertiary students with an interest in conservation the opportunity to develop skills and gain experience that complements their course of study.

Past interns have worked in varying roles in GIS, Marine, Legal and Organisational Development and have come from different educational pathways.

DOC internships depend on suitable work programmes and available funding.

Interns are paid during their internship.

2014 summer internships

Applications for the 2014/15 summer internships will be available in September 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the internships, please contact:

How interns are supported

Interns are supported during the programme by:

  • A supervisor who provides you with your project outline, encouragement, constructive feedback, advice, knowledge and effective learning opportunities.
  • A mentor.
  • An internship coordinator who provides you with support during your internship.

Application criteria

DOC intern Ollie Mace hunting in the Ruahine ranges.
DOC intern Ollie Mace hunting in the
Ruahine ranges

To be eligible for an internship you must be:

  • A New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a valid work permit.
  • A full time student at one of these New Zealand universities:
    • University of Auckland
    • Auckland University of Technology
    • University of Waikato
    • Massey University
    • Victoria University of Wellington
    • University of Canterbury
    • Lincoln University
    • University of Otago

Overseas students

DOC doesn't offer internships to students who study at overseas universities or other overseas education providers.

Overseas and New Zealand students ineligible for internships may be able to participate and volunteer in one of DOC's volunteer opportunities.


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