April 2020 @ Orion

Calling all Wahine Toa! 

GirlBoss New Zealand, Orion, and Connetics have joined forces to bring you the GirlBoss Advantage Programme: Powered by Orion, Hosted by Connetics. 


If selected, you will intern with Orion Group, which owns Connetics. Orion are one of the biggest companies in Christchurch and are leaders in the fight against climate change, supplying largely renewable electricity for the entire Canterbury region.

When: April 20th to April 24th 2020

            Mon - Thurs: 9:30 am - 3 pm

            Friday: 9:30 am - 6pm

Where: Connetics Offices, Islington, Christchurch.

Who: Māori & Pasifika young women aged 15 - 18.

Cost: If selected you will receive a Scholarship, worth $1000, to cover your Programme fee. 

This 5 day Accelerator Programme is most suitable for young women who are passionate about at least one of the following:

- Engineering

- Sustainability 

- Innovation

- Entrepreneurship 

- Leadership

 - Science

- Technology

- Maths / Finance 

- Construction 

- Building & Trades

- Renewable Energy 

If your career interests are not listed above we still strongly encourage you to apply. We are committed to accepting interns with a range of career interests.

This initiative is proudly supported by the RUIA whanau.  

Applications have closed

Frequently asked questions

Is this a residential programme?

No. The GirlBoss Advantage programme is within the hours of 9:30 am and 3 pm. With the exception of the Graduation ceremony on Friday from 4 - 6 pm. You will be required to have your own accommodation in/near Christchurch

I have finished high school, can I still apply?

Yes! This programme is open to any young woman aged 15 - 18.

I am not interested in Science/Technology/Engineering/Building etc. Can I still apply?

Yes. The GirlBoss Advantage Programme is open to any young woman with any career interests.

What will I do on the programme?

The programme is highly interactive and is designed for young women who are keen to actively participate and execute on their learning. This programme is designed to enable you to practise your networking and interviewing skills in a real life corporate environment. You will take part in intensive leadership and career training. You will develop interviewing, networking and personal branding skills. You will have a quick-fire entreprenuership challenge where you will gain CV worthy experiences. You will recieve one-to-one and group mentoring. You will be involved in site visits to a range of Orion Group companies. The GirlBoss Advantage Programme has been created in order to empower you to reach your full potential. Further information can be found on this website: See 'The Programme' and "The Benefits"

Do I have to attend the entire Programme?

Yes. Attendance is required for the full 5 days to successfully graduate from the programme. Monday - Thursday 9:30 am - 3 pm and 10 am - 6 pm on Friday.

How much does it cost? How is it funded?

GirlBoss New Zealand works with sponsors to ensure that our programmes are free and accessible to all New Zealanders. The cost of your participation in the programme is $200/day ($1000 in total.) This cost is 100% subsidised by RUIA Fund and the Orion Group. We do require a bond of $125 to secure your place on the programme. This is to ensure that each successful applicant takes full advantage of this opportunity. On successful graduation from the Programme your $125 will be returned.

Where can I read the terms & conditions?

You can read the terms & conditions here.

What will I need to bring?

We will supply morning tea and lunch each day. A laptop would be useful. If you don't have one we will be able to supply a suitable device.

Is there transportation available?

You will need to arrange your own transport to and from the Connetics offices. The offices are located at 11 Islington Avenue, Islington, Christchurch 8042. It is close to public transport routes. Free carparking is also available on site.

Am I "Maori/Pasifika enough"/ I am only part Maori/Pasifika. Can I still apply?

Absolutely. In fact, we strongly encourage you to apply. Your cultural identity is personal to you. There are many ways to be Māori or Pasifika and all should be celebrated. GirlBoss New Zealand is committed to including young women who identify as Maori or Pasifika as part of their wider cultural identity. It does not matter "what percentage Maori/Pasifika" you are and we will never make you "prove" your ethnicity in the application process. We are commited to absolute inclusivity and acceptance. From a Māori worldview, your ancestors are part of you, and you are linked to the mountains, rivers, seas and lands of Aotearoa through them. You can’t have a fraction of that connection, it exists no matter what. Here is a great article from The Spinoff which echos our viewpoint on the matter: https://thespinoff.co.nz/atea/02-03-2018/cheat-sheet-how-to-tell-if-youre-maori/


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"Before the program, I didn't think I deserved to be there and now I realise I did deserve to be there.

I have become 100 times more self-assured and confident in my own abilities."

- Ariana

GirlBoss Advantage Scholarship Recipient 

"Being around 27 other intelligent girls who shared my interest in STEM and the very supportive GirlBoss staff created such an empowering, welcoming, and inclusive environment. 

I really noticed a change in my attitude towards public speaking and self branding after graduating from this once in a lifetime experience. I graduated from this programme feeling empowered and confident in myself to reach my goal in becoming a future Civil Engineer.

I felt blessed to have met the GirlBoss team and the other incredible girls in the programme.

I have made life long friends. "

- Tufou

GirlBoss Advantage Scholarship Recipient