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Community Internship Programme Open for Applications Until 26 September 2012

Community Internship Programme: Te Tahua Whakahaerenga Tauira Hapori

The 2012/13 funding round for the Community Internship Programme will close Wednesday 26 September 2012 for internships planned to begin in January or February 2013.


The Community Internship Programme (CIP or the programme) funds hapū, iwi or community groups with identified development needs to employ skilled professionals from the public, iwi, private or community sectors as interns for three to six months.

The programme is designed to achieve specific capacity-building outcomes for host hapū, iwi or community organisations, and relationship-building outcomes between the public, private, iwi or community sectors.

The programme focuses on skill-sharing and the exchange of knowledge between sectors, while building ongoing relationships which continue after an internship ends.

Who is involved?

Community internships work as a partnership between the host community organisation, the intern and the home organisation (the intern’s usual employer). Interns work for the host organisation for three to six months on agreed work programmes designed to improve the effectiveness of the organisation.

There are three partners required for a community internship:

An established, not-for-profit community or hapū/iwi organisation, which has clearly identified an area for development, is known as the host community organisation and is the applicant for the CIP grant (the Host) An experienced and skilled professional who temporarily leaves their paid position within a public, private, iwi or community and voluntary sector organisation to work as the intern for the host community organisation for three to six months fulltime (the Intern) The home agency that is the regular place of work for the intern before and after the internship. A home agency can be a private business, iwi authority, government department, local authority, or a non-profit community organisation (the Home).

What is funded

A CIP grant is a salary specific grant to the host organisation to cover the full amount of an intern’s salary for the period of the community internship.

For more information go to http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/

  • Click on ‘Apply for Grant Funding’
  • Click on ‘Crown Grants’
  • Click on ‘Community Internship Programme’


Ruth Tamihana-Milne

  • Community Operations, The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
  • Ph:09 3625188 – Mobile: 0272322504
  • Level 1, 20-24 Lambie Drive, Manukau, Auckland 2241
  • www.dia.govt.nz

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