Tailor-made Internships in any Industry New Zealand2022-04-06T10:34:19+12:00

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Tailor-made Internships

New Zealand

The motto of our internship programs is “designed for you”. What this means is that we offer tailor-made internships in any industry in New Zealand except human medicine and will search for internships that meet your unique expectations and requirements.

Over the 20 years of placing interns we have placed in almost every conceivable area and often a placement in the same company as a previous intern will need to be designed for you based on the projects that organisation has available at the time.

Tailor-made internships are intended to supplement your education in a particular area of interest and are an excellent way to gain practical experience in even specialised areas. Placements can often be made in an area you have an interest in if you are looking for a change of career but you need to be realistic as many professions require certain previous education and experience.

If you’re interested in a particular area, please indicate so on your application form and in our first consultation with you, we’ll let you know whether this is possible.

Placements are primarily made in Auckland but are possible in other cities when requested or when opportunities do not exist in Auckland. Placements range from 4 – 40 weeks depending on the visa you are on and any university requirements. If you require a shorter or a longer internship please make a special request in your application form. Internships may be either part time (starting at 16 hours per week) or full time (up to 40 hours per week). We can negotiate a set number of hours per week in advance that satisfies your schedule and any University requirements. Most internship placements are Monday to Friday however some hosts may requires some assistance on evenings and weekends. If you are planning to study or work part time we can plan your internship hours around your schedule.

What’s Included?

  • Online interview

  • Placement Supervisor

  • Placement agreement

  • Orientation

  • Travel & local advice

  • Social community

  • 24-hour support service

  • Certificate of completion

Tailor-made Internship Fields

Art & culture, biology, business, communications, education, engineering, environment, event management, fashion, graphic design, human resources, import/export, information technology, insurance, logistics, marketing, media, politics, psychology, real estate, science, social work, travel and tourism, web development, and much more.

We work with hundreds of organisations throughout New Zealand and have placed interns in every possible internship type.

Tailor-made Internship Requirements

  • High school leavers are eligible for entry level office administration, customer service, or education-oriented internships only

  • Current undergraduate degree students or graduates (and higher) are eligible for a wide variety of areas/fields

  • Relevant education/experience in the area of interest

  • Skills relevant to your area of interest

  • Excellent organisational and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to prioritise workloads

  • Ability to effectively communicate in English with clients/co-workers

  • 4 weeks minimum, 52 weeks maximum (certain industries may have certain requirements)
  • Available for multiple digital interviews as required

  • Completed online application form and uploaded documents

    (resume, motivation letter, references)

Media Internship Example

Our host is one of New Zealand’s leading radio networks. It is a contemporary radio station which is targeted primarily at women 25-44 and plays a range of popular music. There are 22 stations across the country which all have their own local breakfast and daytime shows and then generally take network programming from the Auckland station. The staff are motivated people who are passionate about delivering great radio and promotional events for their listeners. Your internship you will primarily be working with the Auckland Manager and as this is a very dynamic environment, we expect the activities you will be doing to change and evolve throughout your placement.

Funeral Assistant Internship

Our host has been in business for 80 years helping New Zealanders create personalised goodbyes. They have beautiful Auckland based funeral homes, professional funeral directors and years of experience and they support their clients through the entire process, helping to make this emotional time as simple as possible. The internship role is to assist the funeral director with all aspects of the funeral from assisting with the transfer of the deceased, logistics, dressing of deceased, making of caskets and assisting on funerals. This rewarding internship will provide you with a sound knowledge of the funeral industry and give you a broad and transferable range of skills.

Fashion Internship Example

Our Client is a distributor, agent, designer and producer of top international and local fashion labels, catering to women selling into New Zealand and Australia. The company is at an exciting stage having built foundations to capitalise on and realise it’s true potential. This great internship opportunity will give a chance to gain practical experience that simply cannot be obtained in the classroom. Working closely with fashion designers will equip you with valuable skills that will give you the much needed edge when entering today’s highly competitive job market.

Mechanical Engineering Internship Example

Our host company is a mechanical engineering company who specialises in the design and manufacturing of industrial food, beverage & pharmaceutical equipment. Our company started 18 years ago, and have built long term relationships with all of my customers such as Cadburys and Pernod Ricard Winemakers Ltd. The company is capable of a wide variety of disciplines including complete turn-key projects, which involve designing equipment and processes. The equipment is manufactured in their carbon free workshop prior to the installation, and manage sub-trades, and commissioning. They are constantly involved in a variety of smaller projects, as well as developing new products, and product literature. As the intern you would be involved in working with both trades staff in both the workshop and onsite, learning about fabrication techniques, site and shop safety, as well as in the office working with engineering staff on aspects of design and project management. I may also have the opportunity to assist the engineer undertaking some drafting (on AutoCAD or similar) as well as some technical writing for product specification sheets. You will leave with a broad range of exposure to all the disciplines we practice. Apply for a tailor-made internship like this one today

Arts and Culture Internship

Our client has a group professional staff and volunteer board of directors, and is a unique not-for-profit organisation offering educators, artists, parents and students a broad range of programs, services and resources to promote arts and creativity among young people. If you are interested in advertising, arts, music, photography we have a placement where you can grow and learn within your field. The tasks will vary depending on your area of interest however we have previously seen interns helping with roles and projects such as greeting visitors and answering questions in person and on the phone, community engagement, communications with members, assisting with special events and projects, exhibition openings, take down, and installation, preparations for annual events and building and maintaining customer relationships.

Contact us today if you are interested in a designed for you, tailor made internship.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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!

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.

Click here for more information about our application and placement process

Internex provides the following additional services; 

  • Pre-departure support
  • Flights and visa assistance
  • Insurance booking
  • 3 night Arrival Package
  • Airport transfer
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Hostel accommodation
  • Multiple placement bookings

Additional services can be added to your booking during the application process.

“I’ve had the best time here in New Zealand! I just finished up my research with the geckos yesterday and I’m still volunteering for the conservation department. I’ve met some incredible people here and the rangers treat me like I’m one of them. I’ve had an amazing experience and it’s going to be really hard to walk away from this park”

Berlin, USAEnvironment and Conservation Internship New Zealand, March 2019

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