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.

Positions for the 2018/19 summer will launch from 30 July 2018.


You can 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.

Programme dates

Studentships begin on Monday 19 November 2018 and run through to 22 February 2019. Students are employed full time during this period working Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

What past students have to say

"I'd like to say this is a brilliant programme for students of all levels, Plant and Food Research is a great work environment and the experience and knowledge gained will be invaluable in the future." (Georgia Wakerley)

"... I feel privileged to have been a part of it and Plant & Food Research has done a great job in organising the programme... I've gained so much and would love to be a part of the programme again!" (Leonie Etheridge)

"... The programme is such a huge opportunity and more should be produced more in the future to allow more students at university to see what is out there after the degree, and what they should be prepared for..." (Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu)

"I have had an awesome ~3 months at PFR. I have had excellent support from my supervisor and the whole bioinformatics team, I have learnt a lot from them... Overall an excellent experience, I hope to be back." (Ben Warren)

"Having really supportive supervisors and mentors made my summer a fantastic experience... The programme is fantastic! I will definitely be recommending it to my friends at university." (Charlotte Robertson)

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