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Summer Internships 2020-2021

Every year we employ around 20 summer intern students from mid-November through to mid-February.

Our summer interns are some of the brightest university students out there, bringing their fresh ideas and enthusiasm to T+T offices and disciplines across the country.

T+T summer internship applications will open in August 2020 and this page will be updated with a link to apply.

Why T+T?

At Tonkin + Taylor (T+T), you’ll find much more than just a graduate job. You’ll find people: 1000 bright individuals who are committed to making a difference through positively impacting people and our environment. We’re passionate about what we do, we love a good challenge, we care about our planet and we’re fond of a good morning tea (or ten)!

T+T is a 100% New Zealand-owned specialist environmental and engineering consultancy. We shape the interface between people and the environment - earth, water and air - using science and engineering. Don’t just take our word for it! In March 2019, our clients voted T+T the ‘Best Engineering Consultancy in Australasia’ at the 2019 Beaton Client Choice Awards.

Ever wondered what a GIS or geo-spatial specialist does?

Putting in the Hard Yards with Jordy Hardacre

Learning never stops!

T+T is home to an array of award-winning engineers and scientists and you’ll have the opportunity to not just work with the best of the best, but learn from them too. To support your learning our graduate programme includes:

• A wide range of training sessions focussed on developing your expertise, strengthening relationships and best positioning you for business success

• Buddy support: pairing you up with an established T+T professional to provide you with invaluable support and accelerate your development

• 3/90 framework for deciding which skills you are looking to sharpen, how fast you want to learn and where your skillset will take you

• Professional membership funding with support and encouragement to become chartered

Everyone at T+T, from graduates to seasoned professionals, are always looking to improve and grow. We are firm believers that learning never stops!

Check out the rest of our website, social media accounts, YouTube and LinkedIn to get a greater understanding about who we are and what we do.


We are looking for around 30 graduates and 25 interns with inquisitive minds from a range of degree backgrounds who are looking for an exceptional, open environment to help them succeed.

Check out the job description for each role you are interested in as it will give you more information on eligibility requirements and what the job may entail.

Graduate Applications open on the 2nd of March 2020

Graduate Applications close on the 1st of April 2020

Intern Applications open in July 2020 (date TBC)

Interview/Assessment Days

At T+T we take a flexible approach to our recruitment process and we regularly interview and hire through skype / video. With everything going on with COVID-19, we’ll likely run interviews (with the option of skype) rather than assessment days to best enable this but we will remain as flexible as possible. Health and wellbeing absolutely comes first!

If you’re successful at the application stage, we will be giving you more information about the details of this day in our email communications.

Graduate Assessment Days/Interviews will be held in early May 2020.

Intern Interviews will occur in July/August 2020.


During our selection process we will be updating you as much as we can. We consider each application individually so it may take some time to let you know the outcome. We know that it is hard, but we thank you in advance for your patience as we consider numerous factors for each role.

Once our decision has been made, offers will be given in the May/June period.

Joining T+T

Our summer internship programme runs from mid-November through to mid-February. Our graduates tend to join in February although we are flexible and do our best to accommodate different start dates to suit our graduates.

When you turn up on your first day you will participate in our induction process where you will meet all the other graduates and get to know everything and anything about T+T.

On this day you will also meet your buddy. Your buddy will help to guide you through your first experiences and show you the ropes (such as where to get the best coffee)!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have already graduated, can I still apply for a graduate role?

Yep definitely, especially if you have taken a gap year, are completing an overseas experience or pursuing further study. If you have more than a year of relevant work experience or currently on a graduate programme, we’d recommend keeping an eye out for experience hire opportunities instead.

2. At what stage in my degree do I need to be to apply for a summer internship?

Most of our interns will be in their penultimate year of study at the time of their internship but we do employ students who still have 2+ years of study to go before graduating too. If you are in your final year of study or have already graduated then check out our graduate vacancies instead.

3. I am an international student, am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply for our graduate and summer internship roles if you are legally entitled to work in New Zealand on a permanent basis. For more information please visit

4. What are T+T looking for in graduates and interns?

We look for really well-rounded individuals (no, it isn’t just about grades!). This includes students with work experience, extra-curricular activities, achievements, sports or team experience, clubs, community or volunteering involvement, strong interpersonal skills and problem solving ability.

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