Lower Taxes, Less Waste,
More Accountability

Championing Value For Money From Every Tax Dollar

Student Interns

The Taxpayers’ Union is New Zealand’s largest political pressure group on the centre-right. We advocate for Lower Taxes, Less Waste and More Accountability across central and local government.

Through our grassroots campaigns, hard-hitting research, and 24-hour communications operation, we persuade decision makers to deliver better public policy.

We are looking for two part-time student interns based in our Wellington office to support our campaigns team. The roles are extremely varied and can be tailored to suit the individuals. In any given day, you could be:

* Filing OIAs and LGOIMAs with government departments or councils to expose examples of wasteful spending;

* Drafting media releases for our public spokespersons on breaking news stories;

* Writing briefing papers or short reports on public policy issues;

* Helping create videos and other content for our social media platforms;

* Contribute pieces to New Zealand’s largest political newsletter;

* Participate in our voxpops or stunts with Porky the Waste Hater or the Debt Monster; or

* Staffing our stand at external events such as Fieldays and agricultural shows around the country.

We are also looking for one intern to lead on compiling our annual Ratepayers’ Report (www.ratepayersreport.nz) that allows ratepayers to compare their councils’ performance with others around the country.

We cover topics across all areas of the public service, so whatever your university subject, there will be something of interest.

No prior work experience is required. This is a place to learn and grow your understanding of politics. Our team will train you with everything you need to get started.

We understand that students have a hard time juggling their studies with work, so hours and days are highly flexible to fit with your timetable.

Previous Taxpayers’ Union interns have gone on to work in government departments – including Treasury, DPMC, and DOC – as well as in the Reserve Bank, the leader of the opposition’s office, private financial companies, consultancy organisations, law firms, and advising current ministers.

If you have a keen interest in politics and want to gain some valuable experience in the field, we would love to hear from you!

To apply, please send a copy of your CV along with a cover letter outlining what you could bring to the role and why you would like to work at the Taxpayers’ Union to Callum Purves, COO and Head of Campaigns at [email protected] 



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