Motu Wellbeing and Sustainability Maori Internship

Closing date: 01/04/2022
01/04/2023
Applications closed 1 Apr 20
Value of Award: All domestic interns at Motu receive a stipend.
No. of awards: One.
Tenure: Our internships are for researchers starting their careers to work with high calibre research and policy experts. Summer internships are paid full-time positions that usually run for 8–12 weeks between November and February. Applications for summer internships are now open, and you can apply here.

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The internship is funded through a Marsden Fund grant received by Motu from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

The programme funded by this grant investigates the validity of wellbeing and sustainability indicators for New Zealand, including Maori perspectives on wellbeing and sustainability.


Selection criteria:

  • Eligible applicants are Maori tertiary students (at any level of tertiary study) keen to explore new ideas and who have good written and oral communication skills. Some study in one or more of economics, social sciences or sciences is desirable but not necessary. A working knowledge of tikanga Maori will be helpful.  

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applications for research analyst and intern positions for the 2021/22 year will open on 30 January 2021. Motu currently funds two scholarships: the Motu Thesis Scholarship for students of Māori descent, and the Motu Doctoral Scholarship. The Motu Research and Education Foundation also offers a cash prize for the top economics undergraduate student in New Zealand. The Frank Holmes Prize is awarded every year in October and is only available by nomination by university heads of department.
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Decision makers
Motu Research and Education Foundation.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Motu’s internship programme is designed to apply and extend students’ empirical skills and assist with their development as researchers. Its underlying aim is to build research capability, improving the skills of young researchers and the quality of New Zealand research. Motu interns work on research projects led by one of the Senior Fellows, and are encouraged to think critically about the public policy and research issues involved. Internships build students’ skills, as well as providing our researchers with useful research assistance.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
• The intern will work with an experienced academic at Lincoln University and with a Motu Senior Fellow, gaining invaluable research skills. • A working knowledge of tikanga Maori will be helpful. • The intern will work with an experienced academic at Lincoln University and with a Motu Senior Fellow, gaining invaluable research skills. The topic will relate to biowastes management and will be embedded in a larger research programme and research centre (Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research). • The intern will preferably be located at Lincoln University in Canterbury, although location at Motu Research in Wellington will be considered.

Additional information
Ultimately we hope our interns will be better equipped to consider a career in research or public policy analysis.

Who else has information about this award?


For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

PO Box 24390


Email: recruitment@motu.org.nz

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