Christchurch City Holdings (CCHL) is opening the door of its eight subsidiary companies' boardrooms to eight intern directors.
CCHL chair Bruce Irvine said the inaugural director internships were an opportunity for people who wanted to get a first experience on a board.
There had been an overwhelming response to the offer, with 170 candidates.
The unpaid interns will attend monthly board meetings, but will not have any decision-making power.
Claire Evans, a senior associate at Lane Neave specialising in corporate law, will join Lyttelton Port Company's board.
She said it was an exciting opportunity to enhance her career.
"All of us have different technical skills and we want to gain governance skills."
Shannon Goldsmith, an MBA student at the University who has worked for Ngai Tahu Property since 2004, will sit on CCHL's parent board. He said the internship would be a kick-start to anyone's career.
"I hope to bring my commercial strengths to the table and a Ngai Tahu perspective."
Institute of Directors chair for the Canterbury branch Janice Fredric said director internships were a "great initiative" to encourage future directors in Canterbury.
The successful candidates will take up their 12-month appointments from July.
Christchurch City Holdings Limited is the 100 per cent-owned infrastructure investment arm of Christchurch City Council. It owns completely, or is the majority shareholder of, Orion New Zealand, Christchurch Airport Limited, Lyttelton Port Company Limited, Enable Services, City Care, Red Bus and EcoCentral.
Christchurch International Airport: Elizabeth Kirby, a Microsoft NZ small and medium enterprises business manager.
City Care: Gabrielle Wall, a director of D&G Consulting Ltd which is involved in providing services to the education sector.
Enable Services: Jane George, a project director for Beca. Orion New Zealand: Donna Frew, the director of sales and marketing for Pay Global.
Red Bus: Leah Scales, a part time CFO of CropLogic and previously the interim COO of Powerhouse Ventures.
Lyttelton Port Company: Claire Evans, a Senior Associate at Lane Neave specialising in Corporate law, Mergers, Acquisitions and Securities.
Parent board, CCHL: Shannon Goldsmith, who has worked for Ngai Tahu Property since 2004, and Jonathan Lyttle, general manager of Colliers International in Christchurch, a director of two modest commercial investment entities and trustee of the Sovereign Community Trust.
- The Press