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Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure

Your chance to make a real difference to health infrastructure in Aotearoa.

The Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure is a two-year pilot that provides University of Auckland students with paid traineeships while studying a Master of Engineering Project Management, Health Projects specialisation (MEPM-Health).  Trainees will work on a wide range of projects, supported by experienced Project Managers at Te Toka Tumai Auckland, Counties Manukau, Te Tai Tokerau and Waitematā. 

"There really is no better place to kick-start a health project management career and start making every day better in our communities," says Allan Johns, Director of Facilities & Development at Te Toka Tumai Auckland. "The aim is to provide trainees with a well-rounded work experience in health infrastructure – one where they are supported, nurtured and challenged and able to use their health project management studies in a live environment. We want to see our trainees thrive and ultimately pursue careers in an industry that ticks all the buttons when it comes to job satisfaction and making a difference." 

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About the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure

Do you only accept MEPM-Health students?

Yes, for our pilot project we are only accepting MEPM-Health students for internships.

When do applications open and close?

Applications are now open.

How long is the internship?

The internship will span over 18 months, between March 2022 and November 2023. That means you will study 50% towards your MEPM-Health specialisation, and work 50% within the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure.

Where will I be working?

To ensure you get the best experience possible, you will get to work on projects at Auckland DHB, Waitematā DHB and Counties Manukau Health.

Will I be required to work in the holidays?

Possibly. This will depend on project commitments and deadlines.

What will I do as an intern? 

We believe the best way to learn is a blended approach combining tuition and on the job experience, so expect to work on some diverse projects right from the start. You’ll get ongoing support and development opportunities from experienced mentors.

How much will I get paid? 

Your intern salary will depend on your experience, year of study and any extra qualifications. But don't worry - it's a competitive market rate.

What kinds of interns does the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure take?

Firstly, you need to be an MEPM-Health student to apply. We would like to hear from students from Engineering and Health backgrounds as health project management requires a diverse range of skills. In line with the DHBs equity goals, we encourage Māori and Pasifika students to apply and take advantage of the scholarships on offer.

Why should I choose the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure?

We’ve got some experienced gurus working here, so you'll have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the health industry. You will gain invaluable experience from our multidisciplinary support network. Plus, you will get exposure to a huge range of health projects, from services and infrastructure to ‘built environment’ works, working from concept phases and planning through to design & construction.

Can I still enrol in MEPM-Health without joining the Centre of Excellence - Health Infrastructure?

Yes, you do not have to join the Centre of Excellence - Health Infrastructure to complete this course.

Are scholarships available?

If you are enrolled in MEPM-Health at the University of Auckland and are applying for an internship role with the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure, you could be eligible for a scholarship. This can help you financially, while you are studying and working.

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About us - Te Whatu Ora

Te Toka Tumai Auckland

Auckland DHB provides health services to the nearly 542,000 residents living in the Auckland district as well as regional services for Northland and Greater Auckland and specialist national services for the whole of New Zealand. We have more than one million patient contacts per year and are the fourth largest and one of the fastest-growing DHBs in the country. Over 11,000 people work here.  


Waitematā DHB provides secondary hospital and community services from the North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals, and an additional 30 community centres throughout the district. Our regional services include child disability, forensic psychiatric services, school dental services, and alcohol and drug services. Waitematā DHB is both the largest (more than 630,000 residents) and fastest-growing, DHB in New Zealand with a population that is demographically diverse.  Improving equity within our district is an important consideration for our service and facility planning. Over 130,000 people access our Emergency Departments and over 380,000 access our outpatient clinics each year. More than 8,600 people are employed by Waitematā DHB. Find out more.

Counties Manukau

Counties Manukau Health provides and funds  health and disability services to an estimated 569,4001 people in 2019 who reside in the local authorities of Auckland, Waikato and Hauraki District. It is one of the fastest growing district  health board populations in New Zealand with simultaneously a youthful and ageing population.

Counties Manukau is home to New Zealand’s second largest Maaori population, largest population of Pacific peoples, as well as fast growing Asian communities. Its population is diverse and vibrant with strong cultural values.  Find out more

Te Tai Tokerau

Te Tai Tokerau, came into effect on 1 January 2001. Te Tai Tokerau, serves the Far North District, Whangarei District and Kaipara District (which equates to the Northland Region).