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Intern Programme

Applications for our 2023/2024 summer intern programme are closed

If you would like to express your interest in our 2024/2025 intern programme, click the expressions of interest button;

Be part of an award-winning law firm, invested in your future.
At T|W we know a thing or two about being a great employer, in fact, we've been awarded Employer of Choice at the New Zealand Law Awards for the past three consecutive years. It's recognition that we don't take lightly and we are genuinely invested in all of our people and their futures. As a summer intern, you'll see what makes T|W so special, we'll invest in you, just as much as you invest your time with us. We'll assign you a mentor to work closely with during your time at the firm, and pair you up with a buddy who will be your day-to-day contact. You'll get involved in community projects to gain real-life experience, attend our CPD lunches to supercharge your knowledge and learn how to build a bot with our legal tech software and training sessions. So what are you waiting for?



Not only will you develop your legal skills and your knowledge, but you'll develop lasting connections within your intern group, and the wider firm. 




Coming on board with us as an intern is the best way to grow the skills you're learning at University and put them into practice. You'll be surrounded by specialists who want to see you succeed, and you'll always have someone available to help you.



Knowing what to expect during your first legal job will give you the confidence to throw yourself into your first year. A lot of our current staff started at the firm as grads themselves! 

Our most recent recognition


  • 2022 NZ Law Awards Winner - Employer of Choice
  • 2022 NZ Law Awards Excellence Awardee - Large Law Firm of the Year
  • 2022 NZ Law Awards Excellence Awardee - Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year
  • 2022 NZ Law Awards Excellence Awardee - Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year (Tina Liu)
  • 2021 NZ Law Awards Winner - Mid-Size Law Firm of the Year
  • 2021 NZ Law Awards Winner - Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year
  • 2021 NZ Law Awards Winner - Employer of Choice
Awards for Intern Page

Key dates for 2023/2024 intake

Our summer internship program is open to students in their penultimate year or completing their studies in 2023.

9 March 2023
Applications Open
27 March 2023
Applications close
3 April - 6 April 2023
Invitation for further assessments
26 April - 8 May 2023
Virtual interviews held
From 9am 17 May 2023
Offers made
Due 26 May 2023
Acceptance team coffee dates

Hear what some of our past interns had to say

A summer internship with Tompkins Wake is a fantastic experience for any budding lawyer. The firm gets you straight into meaningful work, but always ensures you have the resources and support necessary to complete any tasks you're given. There's plenty of opportunity to get involved in the different components of legal practice, such as time in court or with clients. The internship leaves you feeling hungry to get into your legal career and you come away from the 11-week program with excellent practical experience that is hugely valuable for your development.

Dan McGillSummer Intern 2022/2023

The Intern Program at T|W has played a key role in furthering my professional development. Since day one I have been exposed to a diverse range of engaging work and have felt valued by my colleagues. I have enjoyed working with a passionate team who are always willing to help and understand the importance of mentoring. That paired with high-quality training and an abundance of resources fosters innovative thinking and robust collaboration. There is a strong emphasis placed on work-life balance which is reflected by the energetic and upbeat culture of the firm.

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Keeli McNicholasSummer Intern 2021/2022

I have had such an invaluable experience during my summer internship with T|W. The program was well structured to immerse ourselves into life at T|W and what the future would hold there as junior lawyers. The company culture at T|W is amazing, everyone truly is incredibly supportive and encouraging. My experience within the program, particularly with the educational workshops has prepared me well to step into my graduate role at T|W.

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Lucy EdmondSummer Intern 2021/2022

The company culture at T|W is unmatched. It was amazing to be a part of a collaborative environment where you were both challenged and supported. The program has definitely helped me with transitioning into the next step of my career. The skills I have learned and the mentoring I have received has helped me develop my legal skills significantly. The most valuable experience I have gained from the program was the ability to be a part of the work undertaken and to see how the skills I had gained from University transferred into the real world.

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Rebekah VercoeSummer Intern 2021/2022