We have put together this FAQ page to answer the most common questions from applicants and the general public about the Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme. If you have questions that are not covered below, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as soon as possible.
If your work visa is valid for the entire 18-month programme placement, your application will be considered. We will need evidence of the validity of the visa.
At this stage, all placements will be based in Wellington.
The placement will be a 40-hour, full-time, paid work placement based onsite.
Applications for the Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme are now closed.
This will be at the discretion of the host agency, but we are committed to working with each host agency to identify employment opportunities for our graduates after their 18-month placements.
There is no age limit for applying to the Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme.
Yes. Some host agencies will be involved in the recruiting process. You will be notified of this should you get through to the next stage of the selection process.
Graduates will be supported by the Ministry for Ethnic Communities' Graduate Programme Team with an 18-month training programme and by their host agency team with on-the-job training.
Flexible working is at the discretion of the host agency.
We will work with the successful candidates to ensure that we get a suitable mentor for them during their placements.
To be successful in this programme you will:
GPAs are important, but your ambitions, skillset, experiences and commitment to public service will be the key considerations.
There are other early in career programmes (graduate and internship) available that take graduates from all levels.
Here is a list from the Public Service Commission’s website(external link).
The following websites provide information about graduate and internship programmes across both the public and private sectors: