Internship and cadet opportunities

Note: Unfortunately the impact of COVID around the world has meant the programme has had to be paused. However, once a new normal is established WDC is likely to relaunch the programme as we believe it is a real opportunity to give students the opportunity to explore the world, live in and contribute to the community.

The Waitaki District’s internship programme offers New Zealand and international university and polytechnic students across a range of subjects the opportunity to gain project-based work experience that varies in length from 10 weeks to one year.

These are voluntary (unpaid) internships with accommodation in Oamaru being provided.

Opportunities will change from time to time and projects will sometimes be dependent on the availability of suitable supervisors and funding, so they may not always be available. 


If you have a great idea that you would love to pursue, and that you think would be a good fit for Council or the district, just pitch it.  Be creative!

Projects will be offered and managed by Council and its partners.

Who are we looking for?

Council is looking for driven, talented and passionate people who care about communities and improving the lives of those living here in the Waitaki District. You will bring skills from one of a very wide range of topic areas.

View our eligility criteria

Why Waitaki District Council is your number one choice

The Waitaki District is just a great place to live, work, play and study. If you love the great outdoors, Oamaru and the district provides plenty of action, from camping, tramping, cycling, skiing, hunting, fishing and all sorts of water activities.

How to apply

There are limited places for internships, so think of it like applying for a job, make yourself as competitive as possible. Applications for internships are open all year round for periods of 10 weeks, up to a full year.

In order to be considered, you must forward:

  • a covering letter giving an indication of the project or type of project that you might like to pursue
  • your curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé
  • your academic transcript
  • contact details for your Academic Advisor/Dean/Head of School

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the internship programme, please do not hesitate to contact us. Phone: +64 3 433 0300  | Email: