Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know!


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 Māori 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 3 year Bachelor’s degree, at a minimum.

You can find the key eligibility criteria on the Graduate Programme and Internship Programme pages.


What are your application dates?

Applications have now closed for the 2018 intern and 2019 graduate intakes.

Applications will open March 2019 for our next intakes, so watch this space.


How will I know if I’ve been successful?

We pride ourselves on getting back to you in a timely fashion after the closing date.  You can expect our team to be in touch with you within 10 working days from the closure of applications for each programme.

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 after the Assessment Centre, 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.


What is included in Auckland Council’s Assessment Centre for these programmes?

Our Assessment Centre involves participating in a range of exercises (eg. activities, a group discussion and/or a presentation) as well as an individual interview.

The purpose is to see how you work through a variety of situations, and to assess your suitability for a graduate or internship position with Auckland Council.


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.


What will the selection process consist of?


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.

Please feel free to reach out to us to discuss any requirements via careerpathways@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz prior to, or at your time of application so we can make reasonable adjustments in advance of the selection process.


Does Auckland Council cover any travel costs for me if I am successful to attend the assessment centre?

All travel costs to and from assessment centres are at the cost of the applicant.

During the Assessment Centre you will be provided complimentary refreshments.


I am currently working for Auckland Council and am interested in one of the early career pathway programmes. 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.


How long will I be on the programme?

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 early career pathways team and your mentor to transition into a role within Auckland Council.

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


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 with the option for an organised shadowing opportunity in a separate area of interest. This will be discussed and organised in conjunction with your Graduate Liaison Officer.


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.


Got a question we haven’t answered here?

The team can be reached at careerpathways@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for any additional questions.