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Rua Bioscience internships chance to join team

Medicinal cannabis company Rua Bioscience has launched an inaugural internship programme and is seeking two people to join its 30-strong team with both a winter and summer internship.

Rua Bioscience chief executive Rob Mitchell said He Ara Ahumahi (An Industry Pathway), was a key component of the company's commitment to create employment opportunities in Te Tairāwhiti, this time by inspiring the next generation of East Coast scientists, researchers, communicators and entrepreneurs.

“Positive social and economic impact is part of Rua's DNA. We recruit extraordinary people who embody our kaupapa and relish the idea of sharing their expertise. So, as a team, we're excited about opening this opportunity and welcoming emerging local talent into the company,” Mr Mitchell said.

Each year, Rua will offer internships across key areas of its business.

“The first cultivation internship is an exciting opportunity to work with our Ruatorea-based team, learning what it takes to grow pharmaceutical-grade medicinal cannabis from the ground up.”

The second will be a summer internship. Further details of this will be released soon.

He Ara Ahumahi is seen as an important part of Rua's Community Capability Development Programme, funded in part by Trust Tairāwhiti.

“The trust is proud to support these internships that provide poutama for hard-working Māori rangatahi to pursue their academic goals in STEM vocational areas,” said trust chief executive Gavin Murphy.

“The intent of the internships aligns with the trust's wellbeing framework, He Rangitapu He Tohu Ora, and delivers on Ttrust aspirations to have more rewarding career pathways.

“It helps build diversity and resilience in our regional economy.”

Applications for the cultivation internship, which lasts for 12 weeks, close on May 20. The internship starts in June. Applications should be made directly to Darylene.rogers@ruabio.com