Kaitlin Douglas-Gray

Summer Intern
Kaitlin Douglas-Gray

Team: Policy Research & Development

University: University of Auckland

Studying: Economics, Politics, and History

Why I chose to apply for a RBNZ summer internship

I wanted to gain practical experience applying the knowledge from my studies, and pave the way for a future career in the public sector.

What work I’ve been doing as a summer intern

My work revolved around creating a tool to visualise labour market conditions. This involved a lot of data analysis and coding. The tool, a radar chart, is designed to be used in the assessment of whether the labour market is operating at the maximum sustainable level.

What else I’ve been involved in at the Bank

I had the opportunity to take te reo Māori lessons which involved learning correct pronouciation, greetings and farewells, and my Pepeha.

This summer has been memorable because

Attending many different meetings meant I was able to learn about how the Bank operates and even had the opportunity to be involved in active policy discussions. I also enjoyed meeting so many like-minded people and made some life-long friends.

Why I would recommend the internship to others

Working at the Bank allows you to understand how the economy works and be at the centre of the action. There is so much to learn, and being able to see how the things you have studied actually apply in the real world is really exciting. It is also a fantastic opportunity to surround yourself with brilliant people and soak up as much knowledge as possible.