Frequently asked questions

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Everything you need to know to start your journey with us.

As an organisation we support a diverse and vibrant city – so each year, we look for a diverse selection of graduates and interns that reflect our region’s population.

Specifically, you will:

  • Be driven and passionate, care about our city and improving the lives of our diverse communities
  • Want to share your thinking, solve problems and work through challenges as well as finding ways we can improve what we do
  • Be able to draw on your life experience – which could include formal work experience, leadership in a sporting capacity and volunteer positions right through to responsibility for caring for a relative
  • Be aware of and understand Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi and Te Ao M?ori and its relevance today
  • Work well with others and have great written and verbal communication skills
  • Want to be involved with your community

Both the Graduate and Internship Programmes are open to students completing a Bachelor’s undergraduate or Master’s degree.

Graduate Programme – you must be in your last year of study or have graduated in the last 2-years.
Internship Programme – you must be in your penultimate year of study.

Applications for the mid-year 2024 Graduate Programme round will open at the end of March 2024

Applications for the 2025 Graduate Programme will open mid-April 2024.

Application for Internship Programmes will open in July 2024.

There is a process for each programme and as you move through each stage the team will be in touch with regular updates.

If you are successful for one of the highly coveted spots on our programmes, you’ll receive a verbal offer, followed by a formal online offer.

We accept applications from all students; however you must be eligible to work in New Zealand or be eligible to apply for a post study visa.

For more information on this please visit the New Zealand Immigration website.

Absolutely – we have a team who not only support you through your professional qualifications but through your own professional development as well.

Many professional and personal development options are available to you as part of your programme.

We hold a number of professional memberships and accreditations across Auckland Council.

Depending on what is required to perform the role and for your professional development this can vary – make sure you ask this question if you progress through the selection process.

Auckland Council is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

Absolutely! Please note that you will still need to apply online, and your application will be considered via the selection process.

As an internal candidate, you will need to apply through our Tupu Careers Portal. Please do not apply via the external website.

All successful people who receive an internship position will be offered a fixed term employment contract for three months (November to February).

All successful people onto the Graduate Programme are offered permanent employment contracts.

You will be on the accelerated learning, rotational programme for two years and then you will work with the Graduate and Intern team and your Graduate Liaison Officer to support your transition into a role within Auckland Council.

You’ll complete up to four rotations, depending on what programme you are on.

As our Internship Programme is only for three months, you will be concentrating your time in one particular focus.

You can apply for as many positions you wish. We recommend that you read all the information available, all entry criteria and ensure that the business unit is of interest before making applications decisions.

Video interviews are a fantastic way for you to showcase your passion and enthusiasm for the role you have applied to.

We recommend finding a well-lit and quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

You’ll get a chance to practice recording a video response before answering the interview questions.

Technical and accessibility support is available around the clock to ensure it’s simple and easy for you to complete. 

If your application is progressed, you’ll receive an email advising you of the video interview format and topics we’ll cover, so that you can prepare beforehand.

Our virtual assessment centre involves participating in a range of exercises to see how you work through a variety of situations, and to assess your suitability for a graduate or internship position with Auckland Council.

Should you be successful, you will be required to attend an individual interview as well.

We strive to support the whole person at work. The majority of our roles offer hybrid working opportunities. This means that teams will have set days and/or times when they are co-located. We will discuss specific work arrangements and locations with you dependent on the type of role you have applied for. Some roles have quite specific requirements to be onsite with customers. All of our graduate and intern roles require some time working in one of our offices each week.

Am I the right fit for Auckland Council?

As an organisation we support a diverse and vibrant city – so each year, we look for a diverse selection of graduates and interns that reflect our region’s population.

Specifically, you will:

  • Be driven and passionate, care about our city and improving the lives of our diverse communities
  • Want to share your thinking, solve problems and work through challenges as well as finding ways we can improve what we do
  • Be able to draw on your life experience – which could include formal work experience, leadership in a sporting capacity and volunteer positions right through to responsibility for caring for a relative
  • Be aware of and understand Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi and Te Ao M?ori and its relevance today
  • Work well with others and have great written and verbal communication skills
  • Want to be involved with your community

Which programme am I eligible for?

Both the Graduate and Internship Programmes are open to students completing a Bachelor’s undergraduate or Master’s degree.

Graduate Programme – you must be in your last year of study or have graduated in the last 2-years.
Internship Programme – you must be in your penultimate year of study.

What are your application dates?

Applications for the mid-year 2024 Graduate Programme round will open at the end of March 2024

Applications for the 2025 Graduate Programme will open mid-April 2024.

Application for Internship Programmes will open in July 2024.

How will I know if I've been successful?

There is a process for each programme and as you move through each stage the team will be in touch with regular updates.

If you are successful for one of the highly coveted spots on our programmes, you’ll receive a verbal offer, followed by a formal online offer.

I am an international student. Am I still eligible to apply?

We accept applications from all students; however you must be eligible to work in New Zealand or be eligible to apply for a post study visa.

For more information on this please visit the New Zealand Immigration website.

Does Auckland Council support my ongoing education/development?

Absolutely – we have a team who not only support you through your professional qualifications but through your own professional development as well.

Many professional and personal development options are available to you as part of your programme.

Does Auckland Council support professional memberships/accreditations?

We hold a number of professional memberships and accreditations across Auckland Council.

Depending on what is required to perform the role and for your professional development this can vary – make sure you ask this question if you progress through the selection process.

I have a special requirement(s), who should I contact?

Auckland Council is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

I am currently working for Auckland Council and am interested in one of the Graduate and Intern roles. Can I still apply?

Absolutely! Please note that you will still need to apply online, and your application will be considered via the selection process.

As an internal candidate, you will need to apply through our Tupu Careers Portal. Please do not apply via the external website.

How long will I be on the programme?

All successful people who receive an internship position will be offered a fixed term employment contract for three months (November to February).

All successful people onto the Graduate Programme are offered permanent employment contracts.

You will be on the accelerated learning, rotational programme for two years and then you will work with the Graduate and Intern team and your Graduate Liaison Officer to support your transition into a role within Auckland Council.

How many rotations will I have on the Graduate Programme?

You’ll complete up to four rotations, depending on what programme you are on.

How many rotations will I have on the Internship Programme?

As our Internship Programme is only for three months, you will be concentrating your time in one particular focus.

Can I apply for more than one role?

You can apply for as many positions you wish. We recommend that you read all the information available, all entry criteria and ensure that the business unit is of interest before making applications decisions.

How do I prepare for a video interview

Video interviews are a fantastic way for you to showcase your passion and enthusiasm for the role you have applied to.

We recommend finding a well-lit and quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

You’ll get a chance to practice recording a video response before answering the interview questions.

Technical and accessibility support is available around the clock to ensure it’s simple and easy for you to complete. 

If your application is progressed, you’ll receive an email advising you of the video interview format and topics we’ll cover, so that you can prepare beforehand.

What is included in Auckland Council's virtual assessment centre for these programmes?

Our virtual assessment centre involves participating in a range of exercises to see how you work through a variety of situations, and to assess your suitability for a graduate or internship position with Auckland Council.

Should you be successful, you will be required to attend an individual interview as well.

Do Auckland Council offer flexible or remote working?

We strive to support the whole person at work. The majority of our roles offer hybrid working opportunities. This means that teams will have set days and/or times when they are co-located. We will discuss specific work arrangements and locations with you dependent on the type of role you have applied for. Some roles have quite specific requirements to be onsite with customers. All of our graduate and intern roles require some time working in one of our offices each week.