The Creative New Zealand National Publishing Internships Initiative

The internship is a structured programme of mentoring for interns, which offers mutual benefit to them and their employers. It gives talented newcomers additional training after graduation to develop their confidence and experience, and it allows publishers to try out a new employee or role in their organisation and can facilitate a one-off project.

Publisher applications are now closed

Who is it for?

Applications are open to members of the Publishers Association of New Zealand.

Criteria

Applications go through a rigorous assessment process. The primary criterion for selection of publishers is the quality of the role offered, which should do the following:

  • Show evidence of training and support for the intern
  • Include structured mentoring from a senior staff member
  • Be at an appropriate level for the intern’s existing skills
  • Outline a plan to develop the intern’s skills further
  • Outline how you will manage the programme at Red, Orange and Green settings in the COVID Protection Framework (traffic lights).

Applications are encouraged from a variety of PANZ members and all geographical regions. Educational publishers who produce a broad range of titles including picture books, early readers and junior fiction and/or books in te reo Māori as well as Pasifika and Asian languages are also eligible to apply.

It is not suitable for a publisher to apply for an intern in successive years for the same role.

Interns are selected by a panel put together by Whitireia (including a representative from PANZ and a Māori panel member).

It is our intention that one of the three intern places will be offered to a Māori applicant who meets the criteria.

Criteria for selection of interns are as follows:

  • Performance and quality of work on the course
  • Quality of application
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt quickly – able to jump in to new environments
  • Skills match with the role and organisation

How the interns are selected

Interns are selected by a panel put together by Whitireia (including a representative from PANZ and a Māori panel member).

It is our intention that one of the three intern places will be offered to a Māori applicant who meets the criteria.

Criteria for selection of interns are as follows:

  • Performance and quality of work on the course
  • Quality of application
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt quickly – able to jump in to new environments
  • Skills match with the role and organisation

Applications

Applications are open to members of the Publishers Association of New Zealand.

To be considered for the intern programme please provide the following:

1)   A letter of application that covers the following points.

  • What skills does the intern need?
  • What skills will the intern gain?
  • What difference will the funding make to the position?
  • What training, support and mentoring will the intern be offered?

2)     A job description for the internship position.

3)   An outline of the six-month programme that shows the structure of the internship and key milestones and specifies which senior staff member will mentor the intern.

4)    An outline demonstrating how you plan to manage the programme at different COVID alert levels including including specifics on work from home arrangements and remote mentoring.

5)   Agreement to/acknowledgement of the following conditions:

  • The intern will be employed by the publisher on a temporary, fixed-term contract of six months’ duration.
  • The intern will be contracted under the same terms and conditions as other freelance staff.
  • The intern’s fee will be a minimum of $52,000 per annum.
  • The subsidy the publisher will receive is capped at $19,500.
  • The intern’s fee is based on a maximum 40-hour week.
  • The intern will be regarded as a freelance contractor for the six-month period and their engagement will be on the basis of an individual contractor agreement pursuant to the relevant employment legislation.
  • Interns and publishers will provide feedback to PANZ and Whitireia after one month, ensuring the agreed programme of work is being followed, written feedback after four months, and a final report at the conclusion of the internship.

Send applications by 28th September 2022 to:

Katherine Shanks admin@publishers.org.nz

Key dates

Key dates

  1. Publisher applications open 7th September and close 28th September
  2. PANZ/CNZ assessment process selects three publishers to forward to Whitireia and informs unsuccessful applicants by 17th October
  3. Graduate applications for specific roles before 31 October
  4. Whitireia/PANZ panel selects top contenders, then makes the best match with publishers and roles from these contenders by 14 November
  5. Internship is set up in December to start work February 2023 or as agreed

Setting up the internship

  1. Whitireia contacts publisher to introduce the intern
  2. Meeting between publisher, intern and PANZ/Whitireia (or conference call)
  3. Publisher and intern sign contract committing to the internship for six months