Do you have a spirit of service? Do you want to influence and drive positive change for the benefit of people and communities across Aotearoa New Zealand?

Through the Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme, you will enjoy a meaningful first employment opportunity in the public service. For 18 months, you will contribute to your host agency's important mahi, learn from experienced public servants, and receive the support that will set you up to pursue an impactful career in the public sector.

Your role will be focused on either public policy, policy-related functions, or the delivery of high-quality and efficient public services.


We anticipate that most of the positions will be Wellington-based.

Our applicant criteria:
  • Identify their ethnicity as Middle Eastern, Latin American, African, Asian, or Continental European;
  • have obtained a qualification at the bachelor’s (intake 1) or post-graduate (intake 2) level in New Zealand or overseas within the last 2 years;
  • have the right to live and work in New Zealand; and
  • are looking for their first employment opportunity in the public service.
To be successful in this programme you will:
  • Have skills in problem-solving, communicating, and building and maintaining strong professional relationships;
  • be a team worker;
  • be action-oriented;
  • strive for excellence; and
  • demonstrate the functional and technical skills required for the job.

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