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Community Internship Programme

The Community Internship Programme is a skill-sharing and capacity-building scheme through which the Community Development Group of the Department of Internal Affairs provides grants for placing experienced and skilled people from the public, private and community and voluntary sector on short or medium term internships with host community organisations.

Applications for the 2003-4 funding round closed on Friday 17 October 2003

Details for the 2004-5 funding round, including application forms and criteria, will be available from July 2004. Contact internship@dia.govt.nz with your mailing address to register to receive a copy of the Community Internship Programme application pack 2004-5 by post.

Goals of the programme

The main goals of the Community Internship Programme are capacity-building and relationship-building. These are achieved through:

  • importing new, and otherwise inaccessible, skills and knowledge to the host community organisation leaving the organisation stronger and more effective
  • providing the intern with the opportunity to gather new experiences, build new networks and gain a new community perspective
  • enabling the intern's home organisation to draw on the broadened experience, renewed energy and new ideas of the intern - completing the circle of benefit
  • encouraging the development of relationships between the three parties across public, private and community sectors.

Key participants

The home organisation
The home organisation is the regular place of work for the intern before and after the internship. The intern may be a paid employee or a voluntary worker for that organisation or be participating in some other significant way in its activities. A home organisation can be a private business, an iwi authority, a government department, a local body, a non-governmental organisation, etc.

The intern
An intern is a person who temporarily leaves their position with their employer / home organisation to work for a host community organisation for a limited time. The intern must have skills and experience that match the needs of the host organisation. At the end of the internship period the intern returns to their home organisation and shares the understandings gained during their internship.

Please note: The Community Internship Programme is not designed to cater for individual internship proposals from overseas.

The host organisation
A host organisation is a not-for-profit community organisation that acts as a host and employer to the intern for the duration of the internship. The host organisation will have a specific hurdle to its development which the intern's skills will assist them to overcome. Host organisations must be able to act as a good employer by honouring all legal employment requirements and providing an enjoyable working experience for the intern. The community organisation will be working towards the well-being of their community through, for example, social service provision, economic development, environmental work, cultural development or employment support services.

Workplace profiles: three examples of Community Interns in action. (315KB) A .pdf file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For more information on any aspect of the Community Internship Programme please email internship@dia.govt.nz or phone 04 495-9327.

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Last updated: 13/04/2004