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Three partners are needed for a community internship:

  1. The 'host' for the internship is a non-profit community organisation, hapū or iwi organisation that wants to improve what it does and grow stronger. It is the host organisation that requests the grant, with the agreement of the other two parties.
  2. The 'intern' is a skilled, experienced person who leaves their own workplace to work for the host organisation during the internship. They earn their usual salary during this time.
  3. The 'home agency' is the intern’s usual workplace before and after the internship. A home agency may be a business, iwi authority, government department, local authority or non-profit community group.

Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund

Community Internship Programme grants:

  • may only be used for covering the intern's normal salary during the internship
  • must match the intern's salary at the time of requesting the grant.

Ngā Hua / Outcomes

The parties or partners requesting a community internship grant need to show how they will benefit and achieve outcomes that:

  • develop the host organisation or improve the work it does 
  • build relationships between the host organisation and home agency
  • share their skills, expertise and points of view.

Requests need to show how a community internship will:

  • meet a need for developing the host organisation
  • involve a host organisation, intern and home agency working together
  • provide the intern with new experiences, and help them to build new networks or learn from the community
  • build relationships and understanding between the organisations
  • use the intern’s experience and new ideas when they return to work at the home agency.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

Internship requests are more likely to be funded if the host organisation shows:

  • it has robust management and controls
  • it can be a good employer
  • it can meet the planned outcomes for the internship.

A home agency may want to:

  • build stronger ties with a community, hapū or iwi organisation, or gain a better understanding of how it works
  • learn more about a community or build stronger links with it
  • give an employee an opportunity to share their skills or develop in a community setting.

When planning a community internship request, think about:

  • why the internship is needed and what will be achieved
  • how the internship will improve the host organisation’s ability to do its work and make it stronger
  • the amount needed to pay the intern (this should be the same as their current salary)
  • ways to support the intern during the internship
  • what systems the host organisation has in place to manage an internship
  • how the host organisation will achieve the internship outcomes
  • the benefits and outcomes from the internship, even after it is over
  • ways to share knowledge after the internship is over.

Ngā kaupapa kāore e tautokona ā-pūtea / What we don't fund

The Community Internship Programme does not fund:

  • requests from individuals
  • requests from community organisations that do not have a legal entity
  • day-to-day business activities between host organisations and home agencies
  • permanent jobs or start-up wages with a host organisation
  • internship requests or interns from outside New Zealand
  • requests for consultants, contractors or self-employed people to be an intern if there are no or few benefits for the host organisation
  • students or people wanting practical experience to meet study needs
  • work experience for new graduates
  • the costs of running or supporting an internship (grants are only for paying an intern’s salary) 
  • internships for people working as volunteers with the home agency
  • requests where someone could personally benefit, but the possible conflict of interest has not been stated or dealt with properly
  • community internships that have already taken place or start before a grant is made
  • debt repayment or debt servicing
  • internships to develop commercial, political or religious activities, including political advocacy, employment and/or business initiatives and commercial enterprises
  • internships specifically intended to generate a profit, though profits are allowed if the purpose is to achieve ongoing sustainability for the host organisation.

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