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 towards 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.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for graduates to participate in the first two intakes of this programme due to start in July 2021 and January 2022. Applications for the programme's second intake closed on 25 August 2021.

We anticipate that the positions will be mainly Wellington-based.

We welcome applications from graduates who:
  • 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 NZ 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.

If you care about communities and share our passion for effective public policy, there is a rewarding career waiting for you at the public service. Bring your whole self to this programme and contribute to challenging, fast-paced work that will make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders.


For more information please contact Jo Arnold at

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