Internships and Volunteering

At Fairtrade, our volunteers, interns and staff work hard to improve lives through fairer trade practices. Search below to find out what positions and volunteer opportunities are available near you.

New Zealand

Producer Support and Relations Intern


Fairtrade ANZ is a full and active member of Fairtrade International and is the sole provider of producer support for groups in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the

Pacific islands that aim to achieve and maintain Fairtrade certification. Fairtrade ANZ’s mission is to support producer organizations and their networks, raise public

awareness of the need for fair trade, enable producers to access the Fairtrade market and improve their trading position to deliver sustainable livelihoods for the

farmers and their communities, and work with businesses, community groups and individuals to grow the demand for Fairtrade certified products.

Fairtrade ANZ empowers regional farmers through the Producer Support and Relations project (PSR), supporting producer organisations in Papua New Guinea, Timor

Leste and the Pacific Islands to develop strong and resilient businesses, with the objective of fostering the sustainable development of their communities. Through a

tailored approach, the team provides guidance on certification requirements, builds partnerships with national and international support agencies, facilitates access to

market, and promotes Pacific producers’ participation in the international Fairtrade system.


The two main objectives of the Producer Support and Relations intern programme are to provide opportunities for students or recent graduates to gain practical

experience in an interdisciplinary and international working environment while contributing towards the outputs of Fairtrade ANZ, and to promote a greater

understanding of the problems, challenges and opportunities that farmers in Asia-Pacific face and to provide opportunities for learning how Fairtrade is involved in

addressing these.


The intern will report directly to the Programme Manager who will serve as mentor and supervisor of the intern throughout the internship. 

The intern will be provided with an activity plan at the beginning of the internship which will serve as a guide for the duration of the program.

Main duties:         

The primary focus of the intern position with Fairtrade ANZ is to provide the intern with practical work experience in the field of development in Asia-Pacific and access

to markets in Australia and New Zealand.  The specific responsibilities of the Intern will be focused on assisting with the PSR team’s overall objectives to support

producers in the region to develop through the Fairtrade model. This includes monitoring, evaluation and learning, programme-specific projects, producer support

communications and other related work.

Education: University enrolment or degree in Economics, International Trade Law, International Development, Geography, International relations, Business,

Agriculture or related field.


  • Strong commitment to Fairtrade’s mission, vision and values
  • Some experience in community or agriculture-based development in the Pacific (desired)
  • Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Strong analytical skills applied to project support and review
  • Ability to organize work and collaborate effectively with a wide range of teams, and work with individuals of different national and cultural backgrounds, including networking across organisational boundaries
  • Excellent English writing and editing skills
  • Experience using MS Office particularly MS Word and MS Excel
  • Knowledge of Photoshop / Illustrator (desired)
  • Capacity to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


Location: Takapuna, Auckland

Duration: 32-38 hours, 4-5 days a week. Between 6-9 months

Financial Considerations:   All Fairtrade ANZ internships are unpaid, except for honoraria that will be provided to cover food and transport costs.

Starting Date:       June 2017

Application & Enquiries: Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter by 1st June 2017 to: Tanvi Bhatia, Fairtrade ANZ PSR and Strategic

Partnerships Intern at

Strategic Partnerships Intern

RESPONSIBLE TO: Strategic Partnerships Manager

DURATION: 6-9 Months

HOURS: 32 per week

LOCATION: Auckland, New Zealand

REMUNERATION: All Fairtrade ANZ internships are unpaid, except for an honorarium that will         be provided to cover food and transport costs.


Based on internationally recognised standards for sustainability and trade, Fairtrade ensures the payment of a fair price for globally traded agricultural products, enabling farmers to provide for their families and invest in local community development. The international Fairtrade system is delivering benefits to 1.5 million small producers throughout the developing world.

Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand is a not for profit, non-governmental organisation that links disadvantaged producers in developing countries with businesses and consumers in the Australia and New Zealand, through increasing the market demand for Fairtrade certified products in both countries, and by supporting Fairtrade certified and applicant smallholder organisations in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands to link to global markets.  Sales of Fairtrade certified products are growing at a rate of 14 percent per year in Australia and New Zealand with an increasing number of businesses signing up to use the Fairtrade Mark on their products. Fairtrade economic benefits to Pacific producers have increased a three-fold in average in the last 5 years.

To maximise benefits for smallholder producers in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands, Fairtrade ANZ wishes to increase its organisational capacity to support producer organisations’ efforts on liaising and partnering with governmental and non-governmental development agencies and improve their access and benefits from international trade.   


Based in Auckland, provide support to the Strategic Partnership Manager to maintain existing relationships with strategic partners; identify opportunities for new alliances with industry and sector organisations that support the economic and social development of Pacific smallholders, and develop strategies to foster a consistent and proactive framework for the development strategic partnerships in the region. 


The role covers the following main areas:
  • Support the development of strategic partnerships to improve Pacific Fairtrade stakeholders’ position in regional and international trade.

  • Raise awareness of Fairtrade ANZ’s work in the pacific among regional development actors by producing and promoting strategic communication materials targeting strategic partners

  • Support in facilitating liaison between smallholder farmer organisations, local and regional government, industry bodies and support organisations, with the objective of increasing collaboration and fostering economic benefits for smallholders.

Anticipated Tasks:

  1. Support the development of communication and educational materials suitable for smallholder farmers, about international and regional trade agreements and Fairtrade in the Pacific region;
  2. Support the partnerships team to liaise with local governments to increase awareness of Fairtrade as a tool for economic development and inclusion;
  3. Support the development of donor funding proposals as outlined in the fundraising strategy or as considered relevant;
  4. Maintain potential donors map
  5. Support the development of strategic projects including, but not limited to, cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, climate change, child protection, and living wage against work plans and budgets;  
  6. Identify opportunities to participate in high level public and private sector events and key industry conferences and assess benefits of Fairtrade ANZ’s participation;
  7. Provide support in organising networking platform events for Fairtrade farmer organisations, local and regional governments and private sector members, where smallholders can voice their challenges, put solutions forward to address challenges, and create long-lasting networks to put solutions into practice.

A Strategic Partnerships Intern reports will include inputs for:

  1. Monthly completed activities
  2. As required, expense report and invoice for service provided
  3. Other reporting tools as necessary


  • University enrolment or degree in Economics, International Trade Law, International Development, Geography, International relations, Business management, economics or sustainable studies;


  • Must have fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Working knowledge of other languages relevant to the Fairtrade system is desirable.

Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter by 1st June 2017 to: Tanvi Bhatia, Fairtrade ANZ PSR and Strategic Partnerships Intern at



There are currently no volunteer positions or internships available.

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We welcome applications from international volunteers, but we regret that we are unable to assist non-NZ / non-Australian residents with visa applications, flight costs or accommodation. 

You may also wish to consider volunteering with Fairtrade International.


Some general points about volunteering

Our offices are based in Docklands, Melbourne, and Takapuna, Auckland.

The type of work available is rarely suitable for volunteers to carry out from home.

Internship positions require a minimum commitment of one half-day per week for three months and may vary depending on the project or the requirements set by your university. Volunteer positions are negotiated on a case by case basis, depending on the project.

We refund expenses that are agreed by your supervisor and incurred outside of normal travel to and from the office.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.