Internships and fellowships

As part of our mission to build and develop links between science, research and policy, the Office hosts and mentors interns and seconded fellows from research organisations into policy environments. We are happy to explore options and opportunities that build the capability for evidence based policy within government, but that also develops an awareness of policy needs and policy impacts for research organisations. In most cases, our office support is via mentoring, connectivity, travel funding and office space. 

Explore some of our interns’ work below and meet our past and present interns, fellows and seconded scholars here

Our latest intern report

One of the pleasures of working in the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor is getting involved with the interns on their projects. The projects provide opportunities for the interns to apply their knowledge in a policy area, build their skills and...

A busy year with our interns and fellows

Amidst the noise and haste of supporting the COVID response and delivering our infectious disease and AMR project (more on this in the New Year), we have had a busy and exciting year behind the scenes with our interns and fellows – 13 projects across the year.

Sunrise on Waikanae Beach, Tairāwhiti Gisborne, New Zealand.

Wading into mangrove research

Intern alumni Jacques de Satgé features on RNZ's Our Changing World, discussing his research into mangrove management in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Haere mai to our new fellows and intern

We’ve had an ‘on-again-off-again’ start to the year here in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, but that hasn’t stopped us kicking off an exciting new set of fellow and intern projects.

Why isn’t my professor Pasifika or Māori?

One of our interns, Dr Tara McAllister (Te Aitanga ā Māhaki), and her fellow researcher, Dr Sereana Naepi, joined RNZ to talk about their research into the stubbornly low numbers of Māori and Pasifika working at New Zealand universities.

Lecture hall