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Community Internship Programme


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

Applications for the second round of 2005-6 funding closes on Thursday 23 March 2006.

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 as a result of the internship;
  • providing the intern with the opportunity to gather new experiences, build new networks and gain a new community perspective; and
  • enabling the intern’s home organisation to draw on the broadened experience, renewed energy and new ideas of the intern; thereby completing the circle of benefit between the three parties.

Applications to the Community Internship programme should clearly demonstrate how the outcomes of the internship will:
  • benefit and be of value to the host organisation, the intern and the home organisation; and
  • encourage the development of relationships between the three parties across public, private, community and/or voluntary 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 authority, a corporation, a partnership or a non-governmental organisation. For more details refer to: Information for Employers/Home Organisations.

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. For more details refer to: Information for Interns.

Please note: The Community Internship Programme is not designed to cater for individual internship proposals from overseas, nor for students wishing to complete a course of study or fulfil practical experience course requirements.

The host organisation
A host organisation is a not-for-profit community organisation that acts as a host and temporary employer of the intern for the duration of the internship. 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 host organisation will have a specific hurdle to its development which the intern’s skills will assist them to overcome. 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. Please refer to Information for Host Organisations for more details.

For more information on any aspect of the Community Internship Programme please email internship@dia.govt.nz or phone 04 495-7266 OR Freephone 0800 824 824 (x 5266). * This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.

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Last updated: 30/03/2006