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Internship Programme

Each summer Pūhoro runs an internship programme from November to February for rangatahi Māori alongside Aotearoa’s leading STEM organisations. 

The programme is  designed to provide an opportunity for rangatahi who are studying a STEMM qualification at tertiary a chance to gain-real world experience and network with STEM professionals and like-minded tauira. 

First formed in 2019, the programme is part of a suite of initiatives that seeks to address the lack of representation of Māori in STEMM careers. Since its inception, many of the rangatahi who have gone through the programme have gained employment in esteemed STEM careers or gone on to post-graduate studies.

Information for tauira

Our internship programme runs from November-February each year and start dates are flexible to work around your end of year exam schedule.

Applications open in June and Pūhoro will match you with an external organisation based on your your area of study and interests.

Internships are paid at minimum the living wage and include a break for the Christmas and New Year period.

To be eligible for an internship, you must be registered with Te Urunga Pae - Pūhoro's tertiary support programme. You must also commit to attending an intenrship noho (start of the internship period) and pō whakanui (end of the internship period). Travel to and from these events will be covered by Pūhoro.


Information for partners

As an intern partner you will host Pūhoro rangatahi on STEMM-related projects

Pūhoro partners with organisations who demonstrate a commitment to Te Ao Māori and have the systems in place to support our rangatahi throughout the internship period.

Project submissions will in June each year and Pūhoro will work with you to match your project/s according to our tauira's area of study and interest areas.

For a comprehensive guide to partnering with Pūhoro including key administrative criteria like cost and timings, please read through the booklet below. If you would like more information, you can book a time with our team here or send us an email on

Sign-up to our internship database below  to be the fist to know when submissions open.



"Before this experience, I didn't consider myself an outdoors person, but the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone has changed this and opened my mind to other career prospects."

Emma - Horizons Regional Council Intern


"We didn’t want this to feel like a stressful experience for them, we wanted to create a safe space where they were comfortable to ask questions, or ask for help when things felt like too much.”

Oriana - Horizons Regional Council Intern Host


“It’s so refreshing having young people in the workspace. If you’ve got the capacity and capability to bring a Pūhoro intern into your organisation there is so much you can learn from them."

Maree - Horizons Regional Council Intern Host


“Keeping an open-mind and building relationship with the rest of the organisation has meant I’ve been given lots of opportunities to explore new areas of interest.”

Sophie - Waka Kotahi Intern

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