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Summer studentships 2022/23

Summer studentships 2021-22 : Jack Dakin

Summer studentships 2022/23

E ngā iwi, e ngā karangatanga maha huri noa o te motu, tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou katoa. He karanga tēnei ki a koutou. Haere mai, tono mai mō tētahi o ngā turanga ki Rangahau Ahumara Kai.

Our summer studentship programme creates a special “career experience” for high calibre candidates. Plant & Food Research is offering up to 40 student placements in locations throughout Aotearoa. All placements offer co-designed projects to suit your strengths and interests, and are supported with mentoring and development opportunities.

If you want to get a taste of research and gain hands-on work experience over the summer period, a studentship with Plant & Food Research will give you the opportunity to undertake research or contribute to a project that benefits New Zealand whilst working alongside world-recognised scientists, and benefiting from the mentoring and career support available. Your time as a summer student with Plant & Food Research will give you that first key step in starting your science, research or business support career.

All our summer studentship positions are advertised on our job search website, so make sure you register and click the 'apply' button to submit your application.

Māori Career Pathways Cohort (Te Rito)

Our unique programme includes a Māori Career Pathways Cohort (Te Rito) with specific placements for Māori students. The aim of these paid summer internships is to support rangatahi to gain exposure to Plant & Food Research careers in science, research and business pathways. Up to 20-25 Māori specific placements are available based across Aotearoa, New Zealand in our science and business support teams.

The cohort ensures Māori students are supported through a strong tuakana/tēina mentoring framework and operates with Te Ao Māori values (whanaungantanga, manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga) in mind.

If you would like to get in touch for an informal and confidential kōrero (conversation) with a member from our Māori Strategy and Engagement team email to arrange a phone call and learn more about this opportunity.

Who should apply?

Applications are open to all science-focused undergraduates, graduates and Masters or PhD students. All applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand (citizens, residents, student visa holders) and be currently enrolled in a New Zealand university (other disciplines supporting science could also be considered). Scholarships are available for Māori and Pacific students.

Programme dates

Studentships begin on 14 November 2022 and run through to 10 February 2023. Students are employed full time during this period working Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

What past students have to say

"This programme is such a great insight in what our future jobs may look like. It was really good for me to start thinking about what areas in my field I do and don't like. Overall really thankful for my opportunity to be here!"

"I loved this programme even more the second time around! I've gained invaluable experience and connections. I hope this programme continues for years to come".


You can potentially earn up to $188.64 gross per day (depending on experience and year of study).

All our summer studentship positions are advertised on our job search website, so make sure you register and click the 'apply' button to submit your application.

Past summer Students Michelle Joeng and Karangawai Paringatai-Hare talk about their experience.

Past Summer Student Waka Paul talks about his project on Te Ao Māori News.


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