Summer Internship Programme

Summer Internship Programme


  • Looking for a stepping-stone into a rewarding career pathway?
  • Gain valuable paid work experience working alongside a passionate Health, Safety and Wellbeing team?
  • Contribute to work projects that support the mental and physical health of Aotearoa New Zealand


Our award winning Government Health and Safety Lead (GHSL) Summer Internship programme runs annually
and is in it's seventh year.

The programme is designed to build a pipeline of future passionate health, safety, and wellbeing professionals for the public sector. Our interns gain valuable insights, business experience and the opportunity first hand to see why health, safety and wellbeing is so important in our workplaces and everyday lives. Even though we can't guarantee employment at the end of the programme, we have been successful in seeing many of our interns go on to work in Health, Safety and Wellbeing roles across the public sector and beyond.

In 2019, the H&S profession identified a shortage of skilled health and safety professionals, with an estimated 2,100 health and safety professionals required across New Zealand (Building the Professions H&S Workforce Pipeline Report). The demand for skilled health and safety professionals is currently outstripping the supply within the market.

This presents graduates with an unique opportunity to consider a career in health, safety and wellbeing profession to develop their competence to be able to step into these in demand roles.  The H&S profession offers a multifacted and lengthy career pathway which can offer a multituide of roles, disciplines and opportunities across the public and private sectors which are well remunerated.


What we offer

Our internship programme is three months. Successful applicants will:

  • Gain an understanding of why health, safety and wellbeing is important and the wide array of areas it covers in government.
  • Be paid! Our interns are employed by a government agency in their health, safety, and wellbeing team.
  • Contribute to valuable pieces of work in a diverse and interesting organisation.
  • We’ll help you build a professional network.
  • Check out what the programme really like by watching our videos below or reading this article.


"We have hosted interns for the entirety of the programme. They have each, in their own way, added value to the work we undertake and the insights that we gain. They bring a fresh perspective, a glimpse into the future of leading a culture of wellbeing and safety and enrich our experiences as much as we enjoy showing them the scope of our work here at Customs. We thoroughly recommend joining the host- an- intern team and appeal to you to support the next generation of those who care deeply about this area and want to make a tangible difference." 
- Rachael Mason, Manager of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Customs New Zealand

Who should apply?


We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, motivated, and eager to learn about Health, Safety and Wellbeing. 

  • Be studying in New Zealand and a tertiary student and be in their final year of study, or going into their final year in 2024, studying one or more undergraduate degrees or diploma in health science, Pacific and Maori global health, environmental science, health promotion, public health, occupational health and safety, global health, psychology, human resources, or another area of study related to this programme.

  • Ideally, we would like to have students who have completed one or more papers in a related area of study to health, safety, and wellbeing. 

  • Who are genuinely interested in starting a career in Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

  • Demonstrate a good work ethic and communication skills.

  • Available to work full time from mid November to end of February (excluding the Christmas/new year holidays) for approximately three month programme. 

  • Eligible to live, study and work in New Zealand.

Application process

Stage 1

Online Application - Sending through your CV and cover letter 


Stage 2                                                                                                                         

Online video interview -  You will be asked a few questions under timed conditions to help us understand more about you, why you are interested in the health and safety, and what motivated you to select your preferred three agencies and their projects

Stage 3                                                                                                                             

Selection - In person or online interviews will be used. Second interview may be held if we have high volumes of candidates


Stage 4                                                                                                                         

Preferred candidates selected, and reference checks completed by each agency. Any travel and
                          relocation expenses are at the candidates cost.


Listen to what our past Interns have to say about the programme.

2023/24 GHSL Summer Intern Video - Using the programme to transition from University to Work life.
2022/2023 Summer Interns -Why You Must Apply? 
2021/2022 Summer Interns -Why you will be working on?



 2020/2021 Summer Interns - What's in it for you?

2019/2020 Summer Interns - What we've learnt.


2018/2019 Summer Interns - Sharing our insights.

2017/2018 GHSL Summer Interns - One year on!

If you have any queries, please contact the GHSL team at You can also follow us on LinkedIn.(external link)