Summer Internships

In the summer of 2023/24, Mātai was able to offer local summer internships to 23 students. This was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Hugh Green Foundation, Te Puni Kōkiri, Tūranga Health, Trust Tairāwhiti, Vision Research Foundation, QUEST Enterprise Trust, EIT – Te Pūkenga, the JN & HB Williams Foundation, the University of Auckland, and our wonderful session leaders and collaborative network from around the world.

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


Selected interns are typically enrolled in health science, computer science, medical, or engineering programmes at a New Zealand university and are from Tairāwhiti or have strong ties to the region. The ten-week summer internship programme provides students with the opportunity to be involved with cutting-edge projects, 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 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, Mātauranga Māori, community engagement, data management, and how to work with computers.

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.

Applications are currently open, and close on JULY 21.


Attitude, reliability, commitment, and teamwork are crucial components of the Mātai Summer Internship programme. Due to the programme’s high demand and the significant time and investment required from others, we select applicants who can demonstrate these competencies. Please provide examples from your past experiences that showcase these qualities when answering the following questions.


Application Form