New Zealand Internships2022-05-09T16:50:03+12:00

New Zealand Internship Program

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Our New Zealand Internship Program is designed to provide you with real-world experience, ensure your resume stands out and to give you an advantage in your career. The majority of our internships are based in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, however opportunities are also available in many other locations when they are not possible in Auckland or on request.

Below, you can read up on your field of interest to learn about the kinds of internship opportunities available and when you’re ready to book, our Auckland-based team will set up an online interview with you and start the placement search to find the right internship for you.

Internships are available in nearly all industry fields excluding human medicine. We have a range of vacancies where previous interns have been placed however as companies are always evolving and few internship are ever the same we take a “designed for you” approach, offering tailor-made internships in almost every industry sector.

Internships may be part-time or full-time depending on your preference and can be in small, medium or large organisations.

Once you’ve booked with us, we’ll send you all the information you need to start your placement and if you are traveling to New Zealand or need to travel from another part of New Zealand we can support you with accommodation, travel advice, social activities and everything else you need to get sorted when you arrive at your placement location.

Key Details

  • Internships available in nearly all fields, excluding medicine

  • Start dates every Wednesday between the third week of January and the last week of November

  • Placements in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Nelson, Queenstown and other locations on request

  • Placement durations from 4 – 40 weeks and may be part-time (16 hours per week) or full-time (40 hours per week), or as required to satisfy any university requirements or schedule

  • Airport transfers, Arrival Packages and accommodation services available on request

Internship Fields

Business

Business Administration

Design

Education

International Trade

Information Technology

Marketing and Communications

NGO, Not for Profit and Charity

Sports and Recreation

Travel and Tourism

Other Industries – Tailor-made internships

Application Process

We’ve made this as simple as we can. Firstly, start your application here. You’ll receive an email with the next steps to complete your application, upload the required documents (resume, letter of motivation, reference letters, pictures etc) and agree to our terms of service. After you’ve paid your deposit you’ll then be prompted to book your Zoom consultation with one of our Placement Supervisors.

After your application has been processed we’ll seek out a suitable Internship placement for you. You’ll receive a program confirmation, pay your outstanding program fees and hold any additional Zoom/Skype interviews with host organisations as required. We’ll then send you your placement details and you will be ready to start your journey.

If you’re travelling from out of town or overseas, once you’ve received your placement details you then need to book your travel and let us know your arrival dates/times so we can send you your custom travel itinerary and arrival package details. It’s then time to pack your bags!

Internship FAQs

How long is the internship?2022-04-04T13:44:41+12:00

Our internships generally last between 4 and 24 weeks, although longer placements can be made if your university requires it. 

An internship of 4-8 weeks is usually long enough to observe and participate in an organisation’s basic processes, learn about its business philosophy, and begin helping out on various projects.

An internship of 8-16 weeks is usually enough time to participate in and start to master basic business processes, to become an integral part of the team, and to start managing your own projects and becoming involved with larger team projects.

An internship of 16+ weeks allows you to master business processes and even start improving those processes, to become a fundamental part of the team, and to take on more complex projects both independently and as part of a team.

What is an internship in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:18:38+12:00

An internship is a period of supervised, unpaid, practical  training or experience for qualified students and professionals. It can take place remotely or onsite within an organisation and is a time-limited, not permanent, role.

What’s in it for you? A taste of real-world experience in your chosen academic or professional field, giving you a leg up on your peers.

What organisations can i be placed with in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:18:40+12:00

We offer internships in private, public, government, non-government, charity, and not-for-profit organisations.

Each of our placements has specific requirements, and we’ll place you depending on your individual background, experience, level of English, and length of stay. In most cases, you’ll need to have an interview or two with your prospective host organisation.

What is the duration of an internship in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:18:22+12:00

Our internships generally last between 4 and 24 weeks, although longer placements can be made if your university requires it.

An internship of 4-8 weeks is usually long enough to observe and participate in an organisation’s basic processes, learn about its business philosophy, and begin helping out on various projects.

An internship of 8-16 weeks is usually enough time to participate in and start to master basic business processes, to become an integral part of the team, and to start managing your own projects and becoming involved with larger team projects.

An internship of 16+ weeks allows you to master business processes and even start improving those processes, to become a fundamental part of the team, and to take on more complex projects both independently and as part of a team.

How is my internship selected in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:18:09+12:00

We’re dedicated to choosing the right placement for you – one where you’ll be comfortable but also challenged in all the right ways. We carefully select your internship based on factors such as your individual background and experience, your level of English, and the length of your stay.

After you apply for our internship program, you’ll be assigned a placement supervisor, whom you’ll meet via a video conferencing tool. In this meeting, you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have about the program and voice any preferences you have. Following the meeting, your supervisor will start your placement search and find a suitable organisation to host you.

You may need to have an interview or two with your potential host organisation, which your supervisor will organise.

Once we’ve found the perfect organisation for you, we’ll send you a placement agreement outlining some key information about your internship, such as your tasks and responsibilities.

What will my internship tasks be in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:18:09+12:00

Your activities and/or projects during your internship will all be clearly outlined in your placement agreement. These will be in accordance with your preferences, your host organisation’s projects at the time, and any requirements your university may have. In general, you’ll have a range of tasks. You’ll start with fairly simple things, but as your internship progresses and your confidence in the role develops, you’ll be given more responsibilities and complex tasks.

What hours do i attend my internship in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:15:48+12:00

We offer both full-time (up to 40 hours per week) and part-time internships (as few as 16 hours per week), so you can manage your internship around your studies and other commitments. Your weekly hours will depend on your preferences, the needs of your host organisation, and any requirements your university might have.

Will i get time off during my internship in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:15:34+12:00

Internships do not usually have a built-in holiday break, however we can arrange these on a case-by-case basis. If you have a set holiday date (as many local university and study abroad students do) or you have family visiting, for example, let us know during the interview process and we’ll arrange this time off with your host organisation when we negotiate your placement. Remember also, that once your placement agreement is in place, you’ll know your expected hours to be working and can plan your weekly time-off away around this.

If you’ve booked accommodation with INTERNeX, please note that you are not entitled to refunds on your accommodation fees if you are not staying in the accommodation during your any break from the placement. For this reason, we recommend you take holidays either before your internship starts or after it ends.

We’re partnered with several local travel organisations so you can book a travel package within New Zealand before you depart your home country and will discuss travel plans and options in your initial consultation and can book these for you when you confirm your arrival and departure dates.

Can i earn course credit for my internship in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:15:35+12:00

In short, yes. We can make all internship placements are made in accordance with any requirements your university has. You should check with your university or faculty head that your placement can receive course credit and whether your university has any requirements you must meet – e.g. number of hours worked; length of placement etc. We’ll take these into account when we make your placement.

Any students from our local or international partner universities will automatically get course credit applied on successful completion of your placement and submission to your University. If your University is not a partner of INTERNeX we are happy to provide any feedback or ensure reporting standards that are required for your University.

How long will it take to get to my internship in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:15:18+12:00

In Auckland, host organisations are located all over the city, so your travel time will depend on where you live. However, we aim to keep travel time as short as possible, and if you book accommodation via INTERNeX, we’ll ensure that your travel time is no longer than an hour each way (which is an average Auckland commute).  Outside of Auckland, travel times tend to be shorter than an hour.

What visa do i need to take an internship in New Zealand?2022-04-04T12:10:52+12:00

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia you may need an NZeTa visa, visitor visa, student visa, work visa, or working holiday visa to participate in placement, Please see our visas section for more information.

Why should I choose Internex?2022-07-14T18:00:40+12:00

The team at Internex have worked in the youth education and travel industry for over 20 years, so we know how to make your overseas experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible.  Our team have all lived, worked, and studied overseas and know firsthand the challenges of moving to a new country and will be there to support you every step of the way. 

We’ll make sure you know what to expect and how to prepare, we’ll take care of any practical difficulties you may have, and our local representatives will ensure you are happy and looked after while you’re away. 

Internex is also dedicated to providing the best quality programs at affordable prices. Accommodation and meals (where included) make up the bulk of a program’s cost. Remaining fees are for our local representatives who ensure you’re taken care of in every country we represent.

We meet all our participants on Zoom or in person to learn more about them.  We personally visit our hosts to ensure the highest standards and when you live with one of our hosts in homestays or farmstay we collect criminal records and have them complete an application form to ensure they understand the expectations of our participants. 

We are not a search engine, we are real people that ensure this real experience is as good as it can be and all stakeholders are satisfied with the outcome.

We want you to be safe and happy while you learn and have fun abroad!

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