Hauora Māori Student Internship

19 September 2017

A summer student internship is available with Te Whare Tohu Rata o Aotearoa (The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners). 

The summer student internship is open to New Zealand based undergraduates, first year honours students, or master’s students who identify as Māori and have an interest in Hauora Māori and primary health. 

Remuneration for the summer student internship is $5,000 which will be paid in instalments. The internship is a 10 week tenure starting in November and continuing until the end of January, or mid-February (excluding Christmas and New Year public holidays).

It is preferred that the intern is based at the College’s Wellington office for the duration of the internship, however this can be negotiated.

The successful intern will be supervised by the College’s Māori and Health Equity team and the Policy team.    

Internship project

One of the outcomes of the College’s Māori strategy, ‘He Ihu Waka, He Ihu Whenua, He Ihu Tangata’ is to increase the numbers of Māori general practitioners.  

The purpose of this year’s internship will be to undertake a qualitative research project which involves surveying and interviewing a sample of the College’s current Māori GP registrars. The research should identify their motivations for training to become a general practitioner, what barriers they may have experienced, what has assisted them, what has been their experience of training, and what their training needs are.

A research report (between 15,000 and 20,000 words) with findings and recommendations will be produced at the end of the internship. 

Preferred skills

The ideal candidate will have:

a good understanding of te reo Māori both written and oral 
an understanding of Kaupapa Māori research techniques
an understanding of qualitative research techniques
clear and concise writing
strong communication skills both in te reo Māori and English
organisation and planning skills


How to apply

Applicants should submit a 1000 word essay to accompany their application form on the following topic:

The Late Dr Paratene Ngata (Ngāti Ira, Te Aitanga ā Hauiti, Ngāti Porou) said in his College 2002 Oration address, 

‘The human face of Aotearoa has changed significantly over the last 20 years. Amongst this Māori have had the opportunity to be and do things for themselves… But we can’t do it alone – the support and contribution of the College and our professional colleagues is essential to achieving better health outcomes for Māori.’

Discuss this statement and what support from professional bodies like the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners is required to enable a culturally and clinically competent primary health workforce which contributes to improving health outcomes for Māori. 


To apply

Please send a completed application form and your essay to Tengaruru.Wi-Neera@rnzcgp.org.nz. Application closing date has been extended to 5.00pm, Friday 20 October 2017.

If you have any queries please contact Tengaruru or phone (04) 550 8250.

Download an application form










Work type

Full time

Start date

November 2017