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Graduate and summer intern recruitment

Updated: 14 May 2015

The Transport Agency is committed to developing the next generation of professional leaders in the industry by offering opportunites for both graduates and summer interns.

The goal of our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) is to ensure that at the end of your time in the programme (typically 3 to 4 years), you'll be well on your way to becoming one of the most sought after professionals in your industry, and for our Highway and Network Operations graduates, a  professional member of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) . Our commitment to this goal has been acknowledged through our accreditation as a Professional Development Partner with IPENZ.

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Who we look for

In addition to a strong academic track record, we look for graduates who demonstrate:

  • energy and self-motivation for action
  • strong interpersonal skills to build positive relationships
  • commitment to doing the best job possible and to making their team a winning one
  • passion for what they do
  • passion for transport
  • good self-awareness
  • the ability to communicate clearly and confidently with different people
  • the ability to work flexibly and to cope with different work demands and timeframes.


The Transport Agency has responsibility for ensuring the highway network is operated safely and efficiently. We maintain and improve the network as well as plan and develop new highways. We manage some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country and work collaboratively with a wide range of contractors and consultants in order to achieve our outcomes. We look for graduates with a Civil Engineering degree which is Washington Accord recognised.


The Transport Agency promotes the integration of land use and transport planning across New Zealand. We work closely with local councils on regional growth strategies, regional policy statements, long term council community plans, district plans and land use planning. We also work with approved organisations to invest in their delivery of transport outcomes. We look for graduates with a Planning degree, preferably recognised by the New Zealand Planning Institute.


The Transport Agency invests in land transport services and infrastructure through the National Land Transport Programme, which is focused on delivering transport solutions that will help communities across New Zealand thrive. To ensure we maximise our investment capacity in the future, we have been seeking to bring forward more innovation to our investment mechanisms, to those traditionally used by the Transport Agency. We look for graduates with a Commerce/Business degree with majors in either finance, economics and/ or accounting.

Summer interns

We look for students with the same attributes and areas of study as the graduates we seek for the GDP. Our summer interns are students with the potential to join the GDP.

Why join the Transport Agency GDP?

Our GDP is tailored to support graduates in realising their potential. Being part of our GDP means we commit to your future as a professional. In return for your energy, passion, commitment and participation, our GDP will provide you with:

  • a dynamic and challenging environment where you can get client, contractor, consultant and council experience
  • the chance to work in different aspects of your profession, allowing you to broaden your experience and knowledge and discover where your talents lie and where you might like to specialise
  • support, including financial, in working towards professional registration in your field
  • coaching and mentoring for your ongoing career development, including around your next steps at the end of the programme
  • access to some of the country's leading experts in your field
  • exposure to some of the largest infrastructure projects in New Zealand
  • the opportunity to work in different offices or regions
  • a competitive salary starting from $50,000 per annum and an annual performance-based review.

We have 11 offices from Whangarei to Dunedin, so we may have a graduate role where you want to be.

Hear from our previous graduates

Andrew Rowe.

Andrew Rowe

Andrew Rowe - BE Civil (Hons) Graduate Engineer, Wellington Office

"I am in my second year as a Transport Agency graduate and have now worked in many different parts of the civil engineering industry.

"I have worked with transport planners, consultants, contractors, project managers and a procurement team. The programme has offered enough flexibility for me to explore the industry's work opportunities, which has helped me find, and focus on, my preferred area of work.

"At the same time, I have been able to attend professional courses as I work towards becoming a Chartered Professional Engineer."

Mark Read.

Mark Read

Mark Read - BE, Graduate Engineer, Palmerston North Office

"The Transport Agency graduate development programme has been a great first step in my professional career.

"In six months I've had the opportunity to work in a wide range of fields and on a variety of projects within the transport sector, which has given me a good grounding in the civil engineering industry. I have also had opportunities for further training relevant to my professional development.

"Within a month of being on the job I got to manage a design and construction project for the Manawatu region which has given me real opportunities to influence outcomes and manage a project to completion."

Adrienne Black.

Adrienne Black

Adrienne Black – Bachelor of Management Studies, Investment Advisor, Auckland Office.

"As transport investment is such a hot topic for Auckland there could not have been a more exciting time to be a part of the Auckland/Northland Planning and Investment team.

"Since joining the Transport Agency a year ago I have had the opportunity to review and approve a number of projects to be progressed in the Auckland region. This has given me an applied understanding of roading and public transport investment in New Zealand. It is exciting to know that the work I am doing will have a significant impact on the lives of people living in Auckland."

"As well as gaining an understanding of the traditional funding process, I am part of a National team which is looking for innovation in our Investment Development approach. This has provided a great learning opportunity and is a real eye-opener given the future funding challenges. I have also had the opportunity to attend many presentations in the wider business environment, which are aimed at helping to grow an awareness of the significant role the Transport Agency plays in New Zealand's economy."

"I am looking forward to further developing my investment and finance knowledge through my work at the Transport Agency."

How to apply

Keep an eye out in July, when we will advertise our GDP and summer internship openings for 2016 under current vacancies in the Transport Agency Careers Centre. By creating a Transport Agency Careers Centre account you can create job alerts so you can be notified of when we're accepting applications.

GDP selection process

Following the closing date for applications, we conduct a review of all the CVs, cover letters and questionnaires to select a longlist of candidates. We then hold assessment centres in Auckland and Christchurch (typically in July) in order to select our shortlist of preferred candidates. For the planning and investment graduates we will be looking to hold an assessment centre at the beginning of September. Sometimes we will hold final interviews in August prior to making our offers.