Industry Internship Programme Applications Open - Deadline Extended to 7 January

December 18th 2021
The Music Commission’s Industry Internship Programme for 2022 is now open for its second intake, with 15 music sector roles available for a February start. Applications close on 7 January 2022.

With huge thanks to Manatū Taonga for their support to expand the programme, a total of 22 internships will be available in the Music Commission’s Industry Internship Programme for 2022. A cohort of seven November internships is already underway.

The goal of the Music Commission’s Industry Internship Programme is growing the knowledge, networks and career potential of emerging music professionals. The internship roles are generally suited to recent graduates, or people wanting to kick start a career in the music industry. The expansion of this programme is part of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme, to support initiatives that build skills and knowledge, and provide access to advice, services, tools and resources.

Applications to be an Intern in February 2022 are open until 5:00pm on Friday 7 January 2022.

For this intake, there are 15 exciting Internships available across Aotearoa. While most are Auckland-based, there are also roles in Wellington, Christchurch, New Plymouth and Golden Bay.

All Internships are paid positions at the increased living wage rate of $22.75 per hour.

Applicants need to identify which of the roles they would like to apply for, and can apply for a maximum of three Internship positions total across both intakes – i.e. if you already applied for one internship position in the November intake, you can apply for up to two further internship positions in this intake for February. 

You will need to provide a cover letter and CV with your application. For guidance on what makes a good cover letter, you can have a look at the resource here. If you’d like to read additional information about the Programme, there is an FAQ on our website here.

To apply for any of the below roles, please fill out the application form available here (


The Industry Internship Programme Intern roles available for a February 2022 start are: 


1. Music Industry Org Intern, Auckland

Part-time (24 hours per week including Wednesdays)

From music licensing and assisting the membership team with research and onboarding new members, to working with the Comms & Events team on NZ Music Month and other events, this is a highly varied role where you’ll have the opportunity to support New Zealand artists. A passion for music and knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 Suite is essential, while an appreciation of copyright would also be helpful.


2. Music Manager Assistant, Wellington

Part-time (16 hours per week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays preferred but flexible)

You will be supporting the music manager with day-to-day tasks and a range of projects, including marketing strategies, social media promotion, tour planning and merchandise development, so the ability to multi-task and work to deadlines is essential. Motivated and hard-working, you will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and have a good knowledge of social media (including TikTok). Basic knowledge of Canva and Wix would also be helpful. You will need your own laptop for this role.


3. Artist Management Assistant, Auckland

Full-time (40 hours per week)

Assisting the team to develop sustainable careers for artists under management, you will be involved with marketing and social media, data management, and other general management activity. A creative thinker, you will have a great eye for detail and the ability to juggle multiple projects. You should also have a high level of IT proficiency, including Google Suite. Music industry experience in any field would be a bonus.


4. Operations Assistant, Auckland

Part-time (16 hours per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Working with a boutique music company, you will be assisting with the planning, marketing and production of tours across New Zealand as well as updating and creating social media content. You’ll be a confident communicator and a fast learner who’s comfortable in a fast-paced environment and stays calm under pressure. Knowledge of the NZ music industry is essential, as is knowledge of Google Suite, event listing platforms (e.g. Under The Radar) and social media is essential. Some experience of live events and event operations is also highly desirable.


5. Studio and Venue Administrator, Auckland

Part time (16 hours per week)

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new music venue and recording studio space, assisting with office administration, social media and website management, event planning, and venue and studio bookings. You will be highly organised, have excellent communication skills and be passionate about music, helping people and being part of the music community. Due to the nature of the role, some flexibility with hours will be needed. Experience in marketing/social media, office admin, events, graphic design or music engineering/production would also be helpful.


6. Label Admin, Digital & Project Management Intern, Auckland

Part time (24 hours per week)

A creative thinker who can be ahead of the curve, you will be supporting the team to deliver artist releases and label projects. You won’t be afraid of tackling multiple tasks – whether it’s content creation, social media management, or data input and catalogue management – thanks to your strong organisation skills. You will need to be confident using Google Suite, Dropbox and all social media platforms. Experience in DISCO, Discord, Twitch and Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Photoshop and Premiere Pro) would also be preferred.


7. Promotions and Creative Assistant, Auckland or Wellington

Part-time (16 hours per week)

Helping to get more NZ music out in the world, it’s likely that you already have some experience either playing or attending gigs. Your main duties will include content creation and social media, reporting on marketing and promotional activities, and copy writing, so you will need excellent communication skills and be confident with using social media and digital platforms including YouTube and Bandcamp. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite would also be helpful. This role can be based in either Auckland or Wellington, but a passion for New Zealand independent music is a must.


8. Promotions Assistant, Auckland

Part-time (24 hours per week)

Working with both the marketing department and production team of a large New Zealand company, you’ll be assisting with tour launch plans and tour advances as well as helping with research projects and other day-to-day admin tasks. A motivated self-starter, you will be comfortable working individually and as part of a team. Social media experience is also a bonus.


9. Digital and Events Assistant, Auckland

Part-time (16 hours per week)

Working with the Operations and Events Manager, you will be assisting with the organisation of seminars and events as well as helping across digital communications and marketing. You’ll be planning and implementing social media campaigns, updating website content and functionality, and creating EDMs – so you’ll have excellent communication skills, be tech savvy and be comfortable using social media and software such as Mailchimp. You will need to be a self-starter, highly organised and pro-active. A driver’s licence is also needed for this role.


10. Production and Programming Assistant, New Plymouth

Part-time (16 hours per week)

Working with the breakfast show team, you'll be assisting with all things radio station-related - including the production of ad spots and trailers, show hosting, scheduling, content management, music selection and tagging library tracks. Ideally you will be familiar with Reaper, but training can be given to the successful candidate. Passionate about the Kiwi alternative music scene, you will have excellent people and problem-solving skills, strong attention to detail, a positive attitude and be computer savvy.


11. Membership Administration Intern, Auckland with some remote working

Part-time (16 hours per week) 

Providing support to the executive committee, you will be the first point of contact for this organisation. As you will be dealing with memberships, the disbursement of contracts and software licences, you will have excellent organisational and communication skills, and be familiar with both the Microsoft and Google programmes suite. Knowledge of the role of a music producer and the structure of the Aotearoa music industry is important, while music production skills would be a bonus.


12. Assistant Editor, Auckland

Part-time (24 hours per week)

This creative opportunity will see you mainly focused on content creation and the running of a magazine. You will learn how to curate to fit a format, interviewing, writing, content management systems, EDMs, how the industry works overall, how to spot a great press release, and (hopefully) to keep an open mind about new music. Initiative, a great eye for detail and excellent spelling and grammar are essential with any technical aspects able to be taught on the job.


13. Content Creator, Christchurch

Part-time (16 hours per week)

Working alongside the Social Media Manager, you will be photographing and filming music sessions, development artist events, and live events to create quality content. You will have excellent attention to detail and a good understanding of what makes engaging and appealing social media content. You will also have strong communication skills and be able to work to deadlines. Experience in live performance photography and videography, and graphic design / copywriting skills is preferred, and you will also ideally have your own laptop, editing software and camera.


14. Gig Assistant, Golden Bay

Part-time (16 hours per week, likely Saturdays and Wednesdays)

You will be involved in all aspects of planning and hosting live music at this family friendly venue. From liaising with musicians and promotion, to sound engineering and lighting during performances, you will be confident using document software as well as social media platforms. An understanding of sound and some knowledge of PA gear is essential, but a formal qualification is not required. Some flexibility with hours and your weekly schedule will be needed due to the nature of the role.


15. Gig Guide and Membership Intern, Auckland

Part-time (16 hours per week, Mondays and Wednesdays)

Working across various aspects of the business, you will be a music lover who loves live gigs. You have great attention to detail, and, thanks to your good organisational and communication skills, have experience of using Google Analytics, Adobe Photoshop and Slack and/or Trello. You’re comfortable with social media, and have the ability to self-manage. You will also like plants and having a drum kit in the office.


Applications for the above February internship positions close at 5:00pm on Friday 7 January 2022.

No late applications will be accepted.

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