Be. Employed Internship Programme

With the University year coming to an end, now is the perfect time to consider the fabulous opportunity for tertiary students to register for the Be. Employed paid internship.
We spoke with Jake and Sarah from Be. Employed team and asked them what are the questions that students ask most frequently. This is what they had to say.
What is the Be. Employed Internship Programme?
The Be. Employed Internship programme is unique in New Zealand.  It connects tertiary students with access needs to meaningful, paid work placements. The Be Employed team builds relationships with students and employers to facilitate a great match for both parties. The programme includes: career development, advice and support for each intern; mentoring; a programme of support for employers and a 16-week fully funded internship in a business or organisation that complements the students’ area of study.  We maintain contact with students at the conclusion of their internship to follow up with other potential employment opportunities.
Who can apply?
It is specifically designed for students with access needs in their penultimate or final year of tertiary study for a Bachelor degree (or higher).  The eligible student must be registered with the disability services office and have New Zealand residency.
What can I expect to happen?
Once an application has been received the Be. Employed team will assess the candidate’s eligibility against established criteria.  When eligibility is confirmed, the Be. Employed team will arrange an interview with the student to determine areas of professional interest, availability and potential employment opportunity.
When the Be. Employed team has all relevant information they will match the intern with a host organisation who will provide a meaningful employment experience. Students receive ongoing support throughout and after the placement.
Students attend a pre-employment programme called PepTalk, are matched with an external mentor, receive CV and cover letter and interview training, goal setting advice, exit- interview and post placement feedback. Students also receive post-placement career pathway support
What qualities do you look for in a student?
We look for students who are: motivated; ongoing learners; hard-working; reliable; self-aware and focused.  Employers have told us that they value interns who have can-do attitudes, who appreciate their opportunity to learn and contribute and who positively engage with staff and customers.
How do I apply?
You can apply on our website.  You’ll need to fill in a registration form which you’ll find here.
When applying please also submit a current CV and a cover letter supporting your internship application. You will receive assistance to further develop your CV, letter writing and interview skills when you meet the criteria and are accepted as a Be Employed intern!
Why is Be. Accessible doing this and what does Be Accessible seek to achieve?
Our vision at Be is to invest in budding young professionals with access needs by creating a pathway to meaningful employment and career opportunities.  Here are some statistics: One in four New Zealanders has an access need; 60% of people with disabilities are un or under employed; 75% of people with disabilities need no additional support to work.
We want to close the gap between the employment rates of people with and without access needs and create opportunities for young talented New Zealanders to reach their potential in meaningful careers. We’d love to work with you to find a placement for the summer or beyond, so get in touch today!