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​Summer Interns 2018 – 2019 Announced

News 7 Nov 2018

Nine New Zealand-sponsored Pacific and Timor Leste undergraduate scholars will find themselves immersed in real-life situations spending their summer interning in some of New Zealand’s and Pacific reputable organisations. The Summer Internship programme, now in its fourth year is an initiative facilitated by the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

PCF Programme Development Manager Linda Kaua, who led the selection process is pleased with this year’s selection.

“I am impressed with the quality of the scholars we had interviewed, and I look forward to learning about all the exciting projects they will be involved in with their host agencies,” she said

“I want to stress to them, that this internship requires a lot of professional expectations and will strengthen their work experiences which will be valuable once they graduate and return to their home countries.”

Participating host agencies have also been confirmed and have been matched with interns who have relevant skills and interests.

The internship will commence November 19, 2018 and will finish February 11, 2019.

Congratulations to our Summer Interns for 2018 – 2019!



Programme of study

Country of origin

Host agency

Sela Maka

Massey University

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)



Talie Mundia

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)


Pacific Engineering Projects

Sonia De Oliveira

AUT University

Bachelor of Business


Pacific Trade & Invest

Jack Philip

University of Waikato

Bachelor of Electronic Commerce


Waikato Innovation Park

Esmond Siope


Bachelor of Computing Systems

Solomon Islands


Lania Temahua


Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)

Solomon Islands

Auckland Council

Siosifa Sifa

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Science


Waitemata & Auckland District Health Board (DHB)

Merari Nelson

Lincoln University

Bachelor of Commerce



Tiueti Fangupo


Bachelor of Engineering Technology


Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency