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REA is a strong organisation with an exciting future. We are based in Wellington, and we employ more than 50 people across a range of roles. We are all 100% committed to supporting a real estate sector in which people confidently engage in fair transactions with trusted real estate professionals.

Current vacancies

  • Internship at REA

    • Opportunity for a tertiary student to gain experience working at the Real Estate Authority.
    • Make a difference to New Zealand by promoting high standards of conduct and consumer protection in real estate.
    • Work alongside REA’s teams to share your insights and learn new skills.

    About the Real Estate Authority

    The Real Estate Authority (REA) is the independent government agency that regulates the New Zealand Real Estate profession. Our purpose is to promote and protect the interests of consumers and promote public confidence in the performance of real estate agency work.

    REA is a high performing respected conduct regulator with a critical role in the real estate sector. We license real estate agents, oversee the code of conduct, continuing professional development and the complaints and discipline process. We are a proactive, evidence-led regulator committed to supporting high standards of conduct in the profession and protecting consumer interests. We strive to understand and serve the needs of New Zealand’s diverse communities in all of our work.

    REA offers a diverse and inclusive work environment. We welcome people who bring a range of perspectives, skills and experience including those who may bring a Māori and Pacific Peoples perspective. 

    The Role

    As an intern at REA, you’ll gain work exposure to working in a regulatory environment and help us to drive diverse thinking in our work at REA.  This will include supporting REA’s Māori Engagement Strategy and enhancing the design of REA’s internship programme for REA.

    The internship will also involve rotating within the different teams within REA and may involve supporting or undertaking administrative work across our teams. There will be some flexibility in the time spent in each team, and type of work depending on the intern's areas of study and interests. 

    The work may involve:

    • Supporting our regulatory services team, with quality assurance tasks to prepare for the Continuing Professional Development audit, and bulk renewal periods.
    • Coordinating meetings and taking minutes.
    • Reviewing networks to support vulnerable consumers.
    • Supporting the Legal team in legal research and maintenance of legal resource databases.
    • Supporting the implementation of our carbon reduction plan.
    • Supporting our procurement activities by updating our contracts register.
    • Supporting the update of our consumer facing website,
    • Support our work with diverse communities by maintaining or building databases of community groups. and contacts. This may focus on connections with the Māori, Pacific and Chinese communities.


    You’ll be supported in your time at REA, with a dedicated buddy in place, and plenty of mentoring and development opportunities. You will gain knowledge of a regulatory environment, the real estate profession and how the Real Estate Sector works for consumers as well as training on various systems and processes.

    About You

    We welcome applications from students who can bring a diverse perspective that will enhance our knowledge and workplace. 

    Our ideal intern will:

    • Be currently undertaking tertiary study within New Zealand, having completed at least two years of tertiary education
    • Have a genuine interest in working for a regulator or the wider public sector 
    • Have some administrative or customer service experience
    • Understand or have experience in working with diverse groups of people
    • Knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 
    • Ability to work as part of a team
    • Ability to work independently and take own initiative


    The REA team is welcoming, super friendly, collaborative and committed to making a difference for New Zealand.  You can expect rewarding and complex work in an exciting sector that is critical to New Zealand. A great central Wellington CBD location, commitment to staff professional development and an active social club are amongst many benefits of joining the REA team! 

    This will be a paid internship for a period of up to 6 weeks, based in our office in Central Wellington. There may flexibility in hours worked, within our standard office hours (as we want to ensure that you are fully supported).

    The internship commences on 15 January and ends on 23 February.  

    Please let us know if you have any specific access needs to allow you to participate in our recruitment process.

    To Apply:

    Please send your CV, Cover Letter and completed application form to

    Please include in your cover letter, your motivation for applying for the REA Internship, your current area of study and interests and how you would contribute to our work on diverse communities. 

    Read the REA Intern job description [PDF, 131 KB]

    Closing date 29 November 2023. Please note that we will be reviewing applications and interviewing on an ongoing basis, therefore we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as you can.

    Please note, you must have a legal right to work in New Zealand. Successful appointment is conditional upon police vetting and verification you are currently studying at a tertiary level within New Zealand.

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