Employers and Business

Graduate Trainees / Internships: Stepping Stones to Health Careers

At the School of Population Health we have been working to strengthen our links from our undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Health Sciences, to postgraduate study. These links enable graduates to find a foot-hole to launch up into their health careers.

Some areas of health are looking to develop pathways for suitable graduates to enter their workforces.

In order to support the health sector and address this issue, the School has been developing an internship/graduate trainee programme providing bright, enthusiastic, talented postgraduate students with a commitment to health, with pathway opportunities for long term careers in health.

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Our postgraduate students come from and are studying in a range of study pathways including

  • Health Systems (including health management and leadership)
  • Health Informatics (including data analysis and innovative technologies)
  • Health Promotion (including cultural and community development)
  • Population Health Nutrition
  • Addictions and Mental Health
  • Maori and Pacific Health


In 2015 we have had a total of seven interns placed in the health sector, two interns in mental health and addiction pathway, three in health promotion and two in health systems activities in district health boards. 

These internships are not for academic credit they are paid positions, either full time or part time depending on the internship providers requirements.

This initiative is on-going and we welcome any new organisation to discuss with us the advantages of employing graduate trainees.

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Student Testimonials

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Internship Providers Reflections

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Internship Opportunities

To find out more about our internship opportunities for students who are enrolled in postgraduate study at the School of Population Health and how you can apply.


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