Summer Internships

In the summer of 2022/23, thanks to generous support from Te Puni Kokiri, Hugh Green Foundation, Turanga Health and the University of Auckland, Mātai was able to provide local summer internships for 16 students. In the summer of 2023/24, a similar number of internships will be available thanks to our supporters. This year a new internship opportunity is also available for a former Gisborne Girls’ High School student, thanks to the generous support of the QUEST Foundation.

Internships are open to undergraduate students from Year 1 to Year 4.  Priority will be given to students from Tairāwhiti. 


Interns selected will typically be enrolled in health science, medical or engineering degrees at a national university, from (or with strong ties to) Tairāwhiti. The ten-week summer internship programme provides students with the opportunity to be involved with cutting-edge projects in a region of need, working alongside a team of expert scientists, clinicians, research staff, PhD students, and Iwi health providers. A stipend of $6,500 will be provided over the ten-week period.


Mātai will aim to align the interns with their choice of research projects that closely fit their skill-set and interests, and that will empower the students to make a real difference in the community. This will help Mātai develop stronger links in the community through the work that they do, and then in their future careers.

Workshops and sessions will be given with top researchers, ranging from research design, medical imaging, bioengineering tools, ethics, data management, and how to work with computers. Mātauranga Māori is woven into all aspects of our work, with the opportunity to engage in kaupapa Māori.

The students are given the tools to help build their confidence as future leaders and role models. This includes leadership, science communication sessions, and opportunities to be involved with the media.


* Interns will work onsite at Mātai for the ten-week period, and interns supported under the TPK cadet programme will continue to receive mentorship support and ongoing involvement over a 6-month period.

Applications open until August 15. To apply, please fill in the form below.

Application Form