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Start-up Interns

University of Auckland students are invited to gain hands-on experience in a start-up through the Start-up Interns programme. Lend your skills to an early-stage venture and learn new skills, geared to accelerate your future.

Applications for 2023 close on Sunday 19 March. Open to all current undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Auckland. Apply now, positions are limited!

About Start-up Interns

Start-up Interns (formerly Start-up Volunteers/VentureLab Volunteers) is a bespoke programme designed to give University of Auckland students work experience with a start-up. Participating ventures offering intern opportunities are part of CIE’s VentureLab incubator.

As a Start-up Intern, you will:

  • Gain insight into the skills and mindset needed to accelerate an early-stage venture
  • Play to your strengths and interests – you will be matchmade with a company based on whether there is a match between their needs and yours
  • Develop valuable skills, networks and experience to help with your future career
  • Be part of a small team, enjoying the camaraderie of working together to make amazing things happen!

Timing and commitment:
Intern opportunities will take place between April and July and are approximately 8 hrs per week (130 hrs total). Exact days/time of work are agreed upon between the start-up and intern.

Interns are paid at $22.70 an hour

Your participation in this programme will also be recognised by the University of Auckland’s co-curricular recognition programme and can earn you points towards achieving a University of Auckland Distinguished Graduate Award, recognised on your official academic transcript. 

Read about past participants’ experiences

“The internship has shown me the things I like to do and the things I don’t like to do. This is extremely valuable to me, as it taught me more about myself and has allowed me to create an even clearer path for what I want in the future.” – Kyle de Thier, Bachelor of Commerce student who interned for Fistbump, a venture developing a social media platform to enable people to make platonic friendships

“The internship was not solely a coding all day long experience. I was also encouraged to attend the mentor meetings with VentureLab Manager Ken Erskine. These weekly meetings have given me such wonderful insights on how to tackle problems in the real world and really made a feel like an integral part of the PrintGig team. The most valuable lesson I have learnt during my internship is that it is not just being the best but bringing out the best in others that makes a team successful. And I believe it is these learnings that have shaped me into a better professional.” – Simran Nayak, Master of Information Technology student who interned with 3D printing service venture PrintGig

“One of the benefits of working at a start-up is that there is no hierarchy, so it’s been easy for me to leave my comfort zone by not just focusing on the technical side of the business. I’ll be continuing my internship at Delta Waterways and my role will be to further develop, validate and improve the water quality algorithms so that we can successfully complete our upcoming trial run with the regional councils.” – Nicholas Lee, Bachelor (Hons) of Engineering student who interned for Delta Waterways, a venture who are using satellites for more efficient monitoring of water quality

“I plan to finish my studies this year and join the workforce in the area of international trade and foreign affairs. The market analysis role has better equipped me in the international trade space, which I am grateful for. The connections I made and the warm working environment we created was the highlight of my experience and will hopefully be connections that endure even after the internship’s completion.” – Max Johansson-Pugh, Bachelor of Commerce and Arts student who interned with MedTech venture SuperCarbon, whose ground-breaking technology has potential applications for stimulating cell growth and proliferation

Start-up Intern positions 2023




Apply via the form below.  Applications close on Sunday 19th March. For those selected, you’ll receive an email invite for an interview with a start-up, before you’re confirmed as a 2023 Start-up Intern. 

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email the Programme Coordinator at matthew.broughton@auckland.ac.nz