Spectacular vantage from one of the lookouts on Matiu/Somes
Image: Victoria Ward | DOC


Tertiary students with an interest in conservation can gain skills and experience to complement their study.

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

It's your chance to bring what you've have learnt in your study to a real work situation. The team you join will also benefit from your new ideas and skills.

When is the internship?

Internships take place in the university summer break. This year it's between 21 November 2016 and 24 February 2017.

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 2016 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, Enterprise Systems, 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 a number of positions you should tailor each application to the skills required.

Successful candidates will know by 30 September 2016.

Why become an intern?

Apart from providing you work experience, an internship also:

  • gives you a chance to apply theory to a real work situation
  • enhances your work ready skills to show you can work in, communicate and meet the requirements of a real business
  • enables you to better understand DOC's role in conservation in New Zealand

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

Hear what our 2015/16 interns have to say:

2015/16 Summer Interns transcript

Juliette: Hi my name is Juliette Irwin and I am a Recreation Analyst and I work in the National Office.

Jessica: Hi I'm Jessica Danby and I am a Threat Science Intern in the Hamilton office.

Gavin: Hey I'm Gavin Poole and I am the Marketing and Comms Intern in the Tamaki Mataura office here in Auckland.

William: Hi I am William Bannister and I am the GIS intern from Christchurch.

Michelle: Hi I am Michelle Barnes and I'm one of the Geospatial Summer Interns.

Nicole: Hello my name is Nicole Sturgess and I'm a Marine intern in the Westport office.

Victoria: I'm Victoria Ward and I'm the communications intern working at the National Office in Wellington.

Baylee: Hi I'm Baylee Smith Historic intern in National Office.

What key things have you learnt during your internship?

Gavin: I have developed so much more knowledge about the role and what skills I need to go into a fulltime job in Marketing and Comms.

Nicole: Through this internship I have become more familiar with relevant legislation surrounding marine reserve management. I have also become more confident and efficient with my communication skills.

Victoria: I have learnt through this internship that it is great to see contributions from other people because their knowledge can make your work a whole lot stronger.

William: Key things that I have learnt during my internship have been the power of building in Arc and vast applications of ArcGIS tools at DOC.

Juliette: The key things I have learnt at my internship here is that it is really important to take all the opportunities that you get and that you should also try and find opportunities for yourself instead of waiting for them to come to you.

What have you enjoyed most during your time at DOC?

Michelle: I found it quite rewarding having been able to try my hand at a variety of different GIS jobs within the role that I have been doing.

Jessica: I have enjoyed getting to chat to people outside the team and the shared lunches and just being a part of something so big and widely recognised throughout New Zealand.

William: I have really enjoyed seeing how GIS works in the real world versus that seen at university.

Baylee: Everyone is so friendly and helpful and is able to get work done and have fun at the same time.

Juliette: Whilst working here at DOC I really enjoyed the people that I have been working with, everyone's really friendly and it's just been really great.

Nicole: I have really enjoyed being with a group of like-minded people who not only like to work in the outdoor environment but who also like to be outdoors in their own time.

What is the one thing that you'll remember from this experience?

Baylee: I'll remember all the people I have met at DOC who have taught me important skills that I will use in life and it's been a really fun time.

Juliette: The interns went on a field trip to Matui Somes Island and when I was there I got to hold a baby blue penguin which was really, really cool!

Nicole: The most memorable experience of my internship was my first dead whale stranding because it gave me the opportunity to put the knowledge I gained through updating the marine mammal strategy plan into practice.

Our advice for future interns

Gavin: If you ever want to apply to do an intern here just do it, it's an absolutely incredible experience and you'll get so much out of it.

Victoria: The insights you will gain about yourself and where you are headed are invaluable for the future.

William: My advice for any future interns would be to jump at any opportunity that comes your way.

Jessica: Talk to as many people as you can, you soon realise that everybody has many fascinating stories to tell.

Baylee: Its ok to ask for help when you need it, everyone has their own unique skills and expertise and are more than willing to help you produce the best product you can.

The interns would like to say thank you to our wonderful supervisors who helped us to find our feet and were so supportive during our experience.

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