Graduate policy analyst programme

Applications for the 2018/19 programme have now closed. The 2019/20 programme will be advertised around May 2018.

Graduate Policy Analysts are part of an 18 month development programme (ending in a permanent placement) to kick start their career in policy. The programme includes rotation between policy teams and education subject areas.

During their development Graduate Policy Analysts make valuable contributions to our work programme to positively impact their community and the New Zealand economy. They support policy development from early childhood to tertiary education, provide advice for Ministers that informs Government education policy, draft speech notes, and coordinate Official Information Act responses.

Graduate Policy Analysts are involved in a variety of policy areas, ranging from funding policy to curriculum support; kaupapa Māori education to international education.

Most of all, they have the opportunity to shape our vision of lifting aspiration and raising educational achievement for every New Zealander.

We're on the lookout for candidates who will:

  • have completed within the last two years (or be in the final year of) an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification with an excellent academic record,
  • be able to demonstrate a range of experiences and diverse interests outside of study such as paid or voluntary work, community involvement, or cultural intelligence,
  • be flexible and able to work effectively in a fast-paced policy environment,
  • have an understanding of the values of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how they can be applied to support education success for Māori,
  • have an analytical mind and be able to support arguments with research and evidence,
  • be able to effectively work as part of a team to achieve great results; and
  • be passionate about supporting all New Zealanders to succeed through education.

See what our past graduates have to say about the programme

“The Ministry provides great opportunities to grow personally as well as grow a career. I’ve been able to work on things I really believe in, and that makes all the difference.”

Patrick Lindsay, Early Childhood Education Policy.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to work collaboratively with other government agencies to address some of the key challenges facing the social sector.”

Vicky Grant-Ussher, Education System Strategy.

“The Ministry has provided me with a range of experiences to grow my knowledge and skills in a really supportive working environment.”

Emma Bailey, Schooling Policy.

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