Internships are one way that organisations can help GIS students enter New Zealand’s geospatial industry.

One of the recommendations from the July 2016 University of Victoria report 'Graduate pathways: Support for Young Geospatial Professional in New Zealand' is "Create a repository of entry pathway opportunities (for example, internships, graduate development programmes, part time or short term opportunities) for students."

Read the Graduate pathways: Support for Young Geospatial Professional in New Zealand report

The Department of Conservation, Environment Canterbury, Eagle Technology and Interpret have kindly supplied the Geospatial Capability Committee with copies of their Geospatial/GIS Intern Job Descriptions that other organisations can use as example templates to develop their own Geospatial/GIS Intern Job Description.

Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has offered paid geospatial internships previously over the Summer tertiary break. Ian Harrison, LINZ Senior Spatial Analyst, says that “Internships are a great way for us to progress useful work that we otherwise may not have the resources to do. As well as giving the Interns work experience, we’ve found their fresh perspectives and the skills they bring are of real value to LINZ.”

The following industry people are available if you'd like first-hand feedback about the hiring and managing of geospatial interns:

Norm Thornley
Capability Development Lead at the Department of Conservation
027 333 3388

Ian Harrison
Senior Spatial Analyst at Toitū Te Whenua LINZ
04 495 6205

Scott Campbell
Head of GIS Technology at Eagle Technology
021 272 1015

If your organisation is advertising a Geospatial/GIS Internship opportunity, then email a link to and we can promote it on the Geospatial Capability Committee’s Grow GIS NZ Facebook page.

If you are also aware of any graduate development, part time or short-term opportunities for GIS students or part time/full time employment opportunities for GIS Graduates email us and we can do a Grow GIS NZ Facebook post!

If you are a Graduate or Intern looking for a GIS work opportunity then a number of relevant job websites are given at Geospatial Specialist on the Careers NZ website.

Last Updated: 31 August 2021