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Graduate policy analyst programme 2018-19

Applications for the 2019/20 programme are now Closed.

However, Graduates can also apply for Assistant Policy Analyst positions. Assistant Policy Analyst roles are advertised as they become available through the year.

Graduate Policy Analysts are part of an 18 month development programme (ending in a permanent placement) to kick start their career in policy. The programme includes rotation between policy teams and education subject areas.

The Education Graduate Policy Analyst programme gives you the opportunity to help shape New Zealand's education system. The Ministry's focus is on delivering excellent and equitable outcomes for our increasingly diverse population. From early childhood education, to kaupapa Māori education and tertiary education, your knowledge and skills can help us make a difference to New Zealanders' futures.

We're on the lookout for candidates who will:

  • have completed within the last two years (or be in the final year of) an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification with an excellent academic record,
  • be able to demonstrate a range of experiences and diverse interests outside of study such as paid or voluntary work, community involvement, or cultural activities,
  • be flexible and able to work effectively in a fast-paced policy environment,
  • have an understanding of the values of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how they can be applied to support education success for Māori,
  • have an analytical mind and be able to support arguments with research and evidence,
  • be able to effectively work as part of a team to achieve great results; and
  • be passionate about supporting all New Zealanders to succeed through education.

See what our past graduates have to say about the programme

Maraea Mullane-Ronaki: Policy Analyst, Māori Education

Maraea Mullane-Ronaki

Policy Analyst, Māori Education

I was always interested in policy. I did an undergraduate degree in social policy and geography and a Masters in demography with a focus on Indigenous populations. After joining the graduate programme two years ago, I'm now a policy analyst in the Māori education team. I work on a range of things, from early learning through to tertiary education policy.

I feel privileged to be working in an area with a focus on making the education system equitable and enabling for Māori learners. My work is very personal, despite the focus on the macro. To me, Māori learners are my Whänau, my little brother and sister I see the potential benefit of my work for my Whänau and iwi Māori.

Policy isn't just a process. There's the importance of representation and a diverse workforce when you're working on policy informing big decisions for society.

You need to engage with others and work collaboratively. It's quite a change from university where you're focused on individual performance. It's all about our collective performance and us working together to get the best outcomes.

There are lots of opportunities ranging from high level strategic thinking to operational community engagement, and from writing cabinet papers to analysing data. The diversity in my work is really appealing.

Clara Morrell: Policy Analyst, Governance, Legislation and Accountability

Clara Morrell

Policy Analyst, Governance, Legislation and Accountability

I really loved the graduate programme. I worked in two different policy teams, I've been really well-supported with professional development and mentoring, and was able to spend a week in a regional office seeing how my work on interventions in schools worked in practice.

Policy analysts solve problems. We look at the issues, challenges and opportunities in the education system, evaluate possible solutions to these, then advise decision makers who, in our case, are Ministers and the Ministry's senior management on the best course of action.

My current team works on the way schools are run, and making sure schools are doing their job well. The work is reasonably technical because it's about school governance and management, board of trustees elections, and school accountability to parents and government.

But it's also really important because it's about making sure that we've set up are helping schools to be safe and inclusive and deliver high quality education to learners.

The reason I love working here is because I believe I do really meaningful work. I also get to be involved in developing and advising on policies which will impact all New Zealanders at some stage of their life.

I work with people who are genuinely passionate and committed to making a positive impact. Plus, they're really fun and there's a very supportive collaborative culture here.