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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 closed for this year.



About Start-up Interns

Start-up Interns 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 Venture Lab 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 $24.86 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, interned at Fistbump

“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, interned at 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, interned at Delta Waterways

“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, interned at SuperCarbon


Learn how student Bachelor of commerce student Sejal acquired the relevant experience to secure a full-time position and kick-start her career and how Start-up Interns creates a win-win situation for both companies and interns.

Start-up Intern positions 2024

Start-up They are looking for an intern who:
WasteXpert have a mission to revolutionise the waste management industry.
  • Is proficient with Microsoft suite 
  • Is self-leading 
  • Is independent
  • Has a driven passion for change.  
  • Has a business and growth mindset 
  • Is interested in sustainability towards Aotearoa, New Zealand

All degrees are welcomed.

Glowguard aim to create the next generation SPF50 that provides extended sun protection. 
  • Has a degree in Computer science with an ability specifically with Web Development and UI/UX design. 
  • Has great adaptability to evolving project requirements.  
  •  Has strong time management skills

It would be great if you had a good knowledge of: 

  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to drive web traffic 
  • A proficiency in Web development and design HTML, CSS, and JavaScript 
RESYS work on a tailored research project management system for researchers. 
  • Has great technical skills
  • Embodies the shared values of respect, community or reciprocity
  • Marketing

Relevant degrees: 

  • Business  
  • Computer Technology


Sabzika Ltd create a monitoring tool to help greenhouse growers detect plant diseases and pests in their initial stages. 

  • If from electrical engineering background:
    • embedded systems skills
  • If from a computer engineering background, has skills in:
    • Python
    • ROS
    • Robotics
  • If from a Business and Marketing background:
    • Has experience working in the agriculture sector
    • Is an active team member
    • Has great communication skills

Relevant degrees:

  • Electrical computer and software engineering
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Marketing

Smartbell develop smart learning-powered dumbbells that automatically track weight, reps and growth, which can be shared via the companion app and provide real-time feedback on form to prevent injury and muscle imbalances. 
  • Exhibits strong learning capabilities and can adapt in a quick manner.
  • Has practical experience in software development
  • Is currently pursuing a degree in computer science or software engineering, though other degrees are also welcome.

You will be contributing to the design and development of their app.  

There is the potential for a role after the internship period.

Cyclemate address the gender challenges in the construction industry through a self-managed sanitary disposal kit. 


  • Has great critical thinking skills
  • Is organised and has good time management skills
  • Has a great level of interest in period care

It’s a bonus if you have: 

  • CAD & Prototyping skills


Applications closed for this year.

For those selected, you will receive an email invite for an interview with a start-up, before you are confirmed as a 2024 Start-up Intern. 
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email the Programme Coordinator Maru Maxwell at