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libraryMotu offers internships to excellent students who are interested in further study and research. We offer three main types of internships, but are flexible about timing and stage of study in some cases. The key characteristics we are seeking are intelligence, motivation, and interest in the issues we study. 
Download printable info sheet including past interns’ experiences at Motu (687KB).


Internships we offer (click on each internship to

Summer internships

Maori internships

International internships 

Stanford University SEEPAC Fellowship for environmental economics internship at Motu

To apply for any of the following internships, please send your cover letter, CV and academic record (with contact details for at least two academic referees) to Adam Jaffe at .

Summer internships

Applications are currently closed (applications for the Māori internships remain open). Applications will re-open in early 2015.

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

Who are we looking for? We are looking for smart students who are interested in further study and research. While we mostly do economic research, we are not necessarily seeking economics students. Students should have a strong background in economics, mathematics, statistics, geography or a similar field. Internships typically last around twelve weeks over the summer months, though this is flexible. Interns work a paid 40 hour week at our Wellington office. 

Current recipients of summer internships: Over the 2013-14 summer Motu had three summer interns: Nathan Chappell, Victoria Larsen and Campbell Will.  Nathan joined Motu from the University of Canterbury, and worked with Izi Sin on a project looking at  how social networks affect labour market outcomes, and in particular the effects of iwi-ties for Māori. Victoria worked with Adam Jaffe on a project examining how Marsden grant recipients compare to those who applied but were denied a grant. Campbell is working with Suzi Kerr on her project “Understanding the relationship between household characteristics and GHG emissions from consumption”.  Both Vicky and Campbell returned to the University of Otago to complete their honours degrees in economics in 2014, while Nathan will complete his at the University of Canterbury before rejoining Motu as an RA in 2015. 

Past recipients of summer internships (click on the names to see more info about their time at Motu, including any publications): Alex Olssen, Andrew McCarthy, Darian Woods, David Kennedy, Emma BruntonGemma Wills, Hugh McDonald, Jasmine LawrenceJosh Pemberton, Katy Bergstrom, Kerry Paps, Michelle Poland, Morag McDonaldNicholas Tarrant, Oliver BrowneRiddhi Gupta, Robert Sourrell, Ruth Pinkerton, Stephen Hutton, Wendy Pottinger, Zack Dorner



Māori internships

Applications for 2014/15 are currently open. See our Vacancies page  for more information and to apply for the 2014/15 summer. 

Poutama Trust Māori Internship

The internship is funded by the Motu Research and Education Foundation in association with Poutama Trust. It is envisaged that the intern will work with a Motu Senior Fellow (Dr Arthur Grimes) on aspects of Māori Business relevant to the vision and mission of Poutama Trust.  

Eligible applicants are Māori tertiary students (at any level of tertiary study) who have undertaken some study in economics, commerce and/or mathematics or statistics. The intern will work with an experienced Motu Senior Fellow, gaining invaluable research skills. 

Applications for the Poutama Trust internship are currently closed.

Wellbeing and Sustainability Māori Internship

Applications for this internship are currently closed.

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, New Zealand’s leading independent economic research organisation, is currently accepting applications for a Māori intern. 

The internship is funded through a Marsden Fund grant received 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 Māori perspectives on wellbeing and sustainability. 

We are looking for a Māori tertiary student (at any level of tertiary study) who is keen to explore new ideas and who has good written and oral communication skills. Some study in economics, commerce and/or other social sciences is desirable but not necessary. The intern will work with an experienced Motu Senior Fellow, gaining invaluable research skills. The exact nature of the work will depend on the background of the intern.

All domestic interns at Motu receive a stipend. 

Current Motu recipients of Māori internships: Over the 2013/14 summer the recipient of Motu’s Māori internship was Fraser McKay. Fraser worked with Arthur Grimes and will complete his Honours degree in statistics in 2014. 

Past recipients of Motu Māori internships (click on the names to see more info about their time at Motu, including any publications): Bobby BrooksDale Warburton, Renee Tipene, Simon Ngawhika


International internships

Motu also brings students as interns to Motu from abroad. Interns work on one of our major research projects led by a Senior Fellow, and in some cases may be hosted at Motu and work on another project. We do not have any international internship opportunities at this time (other than the Stanford SEEPAC programme directly below).  We will likely have openings for interns in the period June-August 2015.  Information on such possibilities will be posted in late 2014. Currently, Motu hosts Alejandro Vergel as an international intern.

Past Motu international interns (click on the names to see more info about their time at Motu, including any publications): Carl RomanosMohit Thukral, Madeline Duhon, Juliette GrangierEric Karpas, Jason Funk, Maribeth Todd, Marie-Laure Nauleau


Stanford University SEEPAC fellowship for Motu environmental economics internship

Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC) and Motu are collaborating to bring a Stanford student to New Zealand. SEEPAC are providing funding for a Stanford student to come to Motu as an intern in environmental economics as part of Motu’s building capability programme. 

Read more and get application details on this website…

Read more about SEEPAC on the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research website…