Summer studentships

Our summer studentship programme creates a special “career experience” for high calibre candidates. Our unique programme includes a full induction training day, a career planning session identifying potential pathways, a specific research project - designed for you, as well as a final farewell and awards function.

If you want to get a taste of research and gain hands-on work experience over the summer period, a studentship with Plant & Food Research will give you the opportunity to undertake research that benefits New Zealand whilst working alongside world-recognised scientists. Your time as a summer student with Plant & Food Research will give you that first key step in starting your research career.

All our summer studentship positions are advertised on our job search website so make sure you register.

Opportunities for the 2020/21 summer studentship programme will be posted from 30 July 2020. 


You can potentially earn up to $188.64 gross per day (depending on experience and year of study).

Who should apply?

Applications are open to all science-focused undergraduates, graduates and Masters or PhD students. All applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand (citizens, residents, student visa holders) and be currently enrolled in a New Zealand university (other disciplines supporting science could also be considered). Scholarships are available for Māori and Pacific students.

Programme dates

Studentships begin on 16 November 2020 and run through to 19 February 2021. Students are employed full time during this period working Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

What past students have to say

"This programme is such a great insight in what our future jobs may look like. It was really good for me to start thinking about what areas in my field I do and don't like. Overall really thankful for my opportunity to be here!"

"I loved this programme even more the second time around! I've gained invaluable experience and connections. I hope this programme continues for years to come".

Listen to a podcast with past Summer Students Michelle Joeng and Karangawai Paringatai-Hare

Watch past Summer Student Waka Paul talk about his project on Te Ao Māori News