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New Zealand Internship
Replete with natural wonders, interns in New Zealand will experience more than the beauty of the country’s many landscapes. Inventor of the bungee jump, home to the largest geothermal power source and the first country to give women the right to vote, New Zealand has pioneered incredible advancements in engineering, agriculture, environmental sustainability and social justice. An internship in New Zealand allows interns to experience firsthand the ingenuity and creativity that has made this country a global innovator and is an ideal location for creative minds seeking a cutting edge professional landscape particularly in the fields of engineering, architecture, veterinary science, ecotourism and adventure recreation. While Auckland is a popular destination as a business hub, other cities throughout the country also provide a variety of internships suited to meet nearly every degree or interest
Gain real world work experience with a full-time internship (minimum 32 hours per week) in pre-established positions for 8 weeks (summer) or 14 weeks (semester)
Further your professional development via interview preparation sessions and individualized feedback/coaching, along with an evaluation procedure including Goal Setting, Supervisor Evaluations, Self Evaluations and more
Live in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city and business hub. Or you can live throughout the country with placements available in locations such as Wellington, Dunedin and Palmerston North
Enjoy guaranteed pre-arranged housing in centrally located, fully-furnished apartments which include internet and utilities
Discover the North Island’s coolest spots during a 4-day Orientation that includes stops at some of the region’s most unique landscapes and even Hobbiton
Participate in cultural events and excursions included throughout the duration of the internship
Benefit from Resident Directors based in each city who support interns culturally, professionally and personally throughout their stay
Take advantage of our re-entry advising to assist in the practical application of skills learned (i.e. adding your experience to your resume or leveraging your experience abroad to increase marketability at home)
Students can indicate their location preference when applying to the program, subject to availability. Most internships are based in Auckland but through our extensive network we can source placements throughout the country, such as in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Palmerston North.
For some career fields students may be best served by being outside of Auckland. In these cases, locations will be discussed during your first interview with TEAN after an application has been submitted.
Internship CAREER FIELDS
TEAN offers summer (8-week) and full semester (14-week) unpaid internship placements in a variety of positions in exciting industries across New Zealand. There are no industry limitations – if your field is not listed below please contact us to check availability!
Accounting & Finance
Intern for an organization in their finance department or for an accountant who is an accredited mortgage consultant or tax agent. You may be involved in updates and reconciliations for special events within an organization, and will work directly with a finance or accounting unit on projects.
Art, Photography and Design
Intern at a gallery, museum, boutique art center or a design studio. Placements range from local boutiques to community museums and can include working with local or international artists with the chance to assist with coordinating events or displays.
Animal Care & Wildlife
Work with native animals of New Zealand and domestic animals in local vet centers, or even wildlife centres and rehabilitation zoos, assisting veterinary surgeons with consultations and treatments, as well as working closely with zoologists conducting research on sustainability.
Business internship placements are available in a wide range of local, national and international companies. You’ll work with and learn from managers or directors who will show by example how to manage a team and information correctly. You’ll also be assigned projects and tasks, as well as be involved in company meetings.
Develop as an educator through experience in the classroom or exposure to a school environment, such as an educational camp or other organization. Work closely with students, learn from experienced educators, observe the process of identifying learning needs, develop specific programming techniques to best cater for these needs and practice applying different teaching strategies. Due to the difference in academic calendars of New Zealand and the U.S., educational opportunities in the classroom are seasonal and not always available while you’re abroad.
Engineering placements are extremely competitive with an array of opportunities. Past students have received mentorship from prestigious engineers in different engineering fields such as mechanical, civil and environmental engineering. Placements are often in an extremely competitive environment and provide invaluable hands-on experience.
Choose an internship placement in a variety of sectors including policy and procedure, conservation within botanical gardens, conservation of wildlife and habitats, atmosphere and community projects.
Learn more about Environment internships.
Learn how to successfully plan a commercial or local event from start to finish, such as music festivals, media events, marketing award ceremonies, corporate conferences and school graduations. Tasks can include organising tables, seating charts and guest lists, preparing audio-visual materials and helping with setup/take-down.
Healthcare is a competitive field that allows successful interns to work alongside healthcare professionals within fields such as research, neuroscience, optometry and more. We work with hosts from all different areas to ensure you can gain as much practical experience as possible in a lab or clinical setting.
Intern in a human resources department managing a number of roles to help support the company or organization. Some of the functions carried out may be strategic planning, forecasting labor requirements, recruitment, selection, induction, motivation, performance appraisal and rewarding employees, along with assisting with managing redundancy, employee grievances and complaints. Placements are at international companies, as well as New Zealand-based businesses of all types, sizes and fields.
Work in a respected local or national law firms. Our host organizations all have incredible legal reputations and are consistently making a great impact in hearings as well as in the national news. Tasks may involve researching local legislation legal research, legal drafting, attending court hearings or interviews with clients, and providing draft legal advice to solicitors for approval. Indigenous legal work can be completed as well.
Get the opportunity to work across many aspects of marketing including social media, digital marketing and developing web content. Roles vary with placements at both agencies and in-house, and cover a range of fields or marketing initiatives including potentially working on major TV commercials, advertising campaigns, webinars and online radio interviews.
Work directly for national or local charities on projects that will truly make a difference. Past interns have worked on important research and have prepared numerous reports for issues that have been presented to government organizations to lobby for new legislation. There are also opportunities developing sustainable approaches to the environment and assisting on community projects.
Work alongside healthcare professionals within agencies or non-profits that are trying to reach certain health goals within the New Zealand community. Opportunities are highly competitive, but may be available in a number of areas such as mental health research, obesity and drug usage.
Work in a boutique PR firm that embodies the professionalism, efficiency and trustworthiness you would expect from a larger public relations agency. Our host organizations operate with a certain flair and willingness to push boundaries, and you’ll likely be involved with brainstorming, monitoring media coverage, drafting media materials, preparing clients reports and supporting product launches. Work in a colourful and friendly environment on exciting PR projects and achieve outcomes throughout your internship and see the different you can truly make in this fast paced industry.
Expand your skillset with opportunities to work in sales, leasing, accounting and property management. Past placements have included with estate agents and property agencies working with both residential and commercial properties.
Work directly with New Zealand universities on research projects focused on a range of topics, such as anxiety, pediatrics, psychology and engineering. Work alongside professionals in a lab setting or research unit whilst gaining valuable training from your peers.
TEAN offers unique opportunities to intern with our leading partners in sports medicine including working as an athletic trainer in fitness and rehabilitation or even with a with a local sports team. Train from experts in specific methods of taping, fitness testing and coaching. Sporting involvement ranges from basketball and baseball to rugby.
SPORTS MANAGEMENT & MARKETING
TEAN offers a range of opportunities in sports management and sports marketing with tasks involving developing business plans, sports operations, player management, sponsorship sales/servicing and ticketing/memberships. We have opportunities with national and local basketball and baseball teams as well as with sports organizations that work in major leagues both nationally and internationally. Our interns have gone on to get jobs in major organizations such as the Los Angeles Lakers.
THEATRE & MUSIC
TEAN interns in theater and music have a number of opportunities to get involved with the local arts scene ranging from working with local radio stations, to being placed in theater companies for both training and work experience. Interns may have the opportunity to be involved in productions or production management, in terms of stage and lighting or sound, and in various theatrical styles such as Shakespeare and mime. Students may also assist with delivery of workshops, marketing and advertising.
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
Work in the local tourism and hospitality industry creating new excursions, working within marketing and advertising, looking at tour trends and doing market research.
TV & FILM
TEAN television and film internships give you the opportunity to help produce a variety of media, including videos and web-based content for various platforms and companies, such as TV stations, tourism and travel organizations, and national and international corporations. Projects that interns complete often focus on post production and require research and creative development, client liaison, budgeting, production and delivery across various media platforms.
Past interns have also helped with shoots and received extensive guidance and instruction on filming, lighting and planning techniques, as well as editing and the overall production process.
Academic Credit Through TEAN
TEAN has partnered with Elmhurst College, located in suburban Chicago, to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 upper division internship academic credits for TEAN’s 8-week summer and 14-week semester internship programs. Credit awarded will be based on the successful completion of learning goals and objectives (set with a supervisor), weekly reflections, employer evaluations and an activity report. Interns will be enrolled at Elmhurst as visiting students and will be in contact with an Elmhurst faculty member for all assignments.
The additional cost for academic credit is $350 total, and includes an electronic transcript with a Pass/Fail grade from Elmhurst College. Elmhurst College is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois, as well as The Higher Learning Commission, A Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Learn more about Elmhurst College at www.elmhurst.edu.
Home University Credit
Participants may be able to arrange academic credit for the internship placement directly through their home university by speaking with their academic department and the study abroad office. At the time of application to the program, students choosing this option will need to provide TEAN with the details of the credit and any special requirements as it relates to the internship placement. Students are responsible for paying their home university for any tuition or fees associated with the credit.
TEAN encourages participants to discuss the academic credit options with their home university early in the application process. Academic credit for internships must be approved and arranged before the internship begins, as credit typically cannot be retroactively arranged.
Our team works with you start to finish through the internship process. Our staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
HOUSING IN INTERNSHIP LOCATIONS
TEAN interns are guaranteed housing in secure, fully-furnished apartments in the host city. Apartments are centrally located within walking distance of public transport. A homestay with a local Kiwi family may be possible for students interning in smaller cities.
Orientation & Excursions
There are few places more scenic than your new host country, and during your 4-day Orientation Program we take you to some of the most unique spots on the North Island. Designed to set you up for a successful internship by introducing you to Kiwi culture, including local business etiquette and internship best practices, while also getting to know your soon-to-be friends, the experience kicks off with a welcome dinner overlooking Auckland.
The following day, visit a local marae – a sacred meeting area in the Maori community – to get your first taste of Maori culture before making your way to the stunning Rotorua. Known for its natural landscapes and geothermal activity, this region is filled with interesting activities, excursions and destinations including the iconic Hobbiton. Even if you’re not a hardcore LOTR fan, the private tour of the 12-acre Hobbiton is fascinating with the chance to stroll through some of the movie’s most recognizable sets and learn more about how the films were made. Other activities throughout your Orientation include heading to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland where you can see some of the country’s most impressive landscapes and natural attractions (like a 20-meter-high geyser up), relaxing in hot springs and learning the traditional Maori haka.
On the final day of Orientation, travel to your host city where you’ll move into their housing for the duration of the program.
EVENTS AND EXCURSIONS
Even though you are traveling abroad to intern, it’s important to take time to enjoy the local culture. The TEAN Internship Program includes a minimum of three unique and engaging cultural activities, such as concerts or sports events, during your time in New Zealand. Past events have included; touring Waiheke Island with a Maori guide, going to a rugby match, and whale watching along the coast, in addition to coffee catch ups with the TEAN staff.
- All New Zealand Internship Program applicants are expected to have an appropriate academic background related to the internship placement duties.
- Students who have completed at least one year of university work and have grade point averages above 2.5 will be eligible for most internships.
- Applicants must be eligible to apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday visa.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from January for Summer and Fall applications and from June for Spring applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Summer (May start)||Jan 15|
|Summer (June start)||Feb 10|
|Application Deadline||Jan 15|
|Arrival Day||May 22|
|Orientation Excursion||May 22||May 25|
|Internship Starts||May 27|
|Internship Ends||Jul 19|
|Program Ends||Jul 20|
|Application Deadline||Feb 10|
|Arrival Day||Jun 12|
|Orientation Excursion||June 12||June 15|
|Internship Starts||Jun 17|
|Internship Ends||Aug 9|
|Program Ends||Aug 10|
|Application Deadline||Sept 30|
|Arrival Day||Feb 13|
|Orientation Excursion||Feb 13||Feb 17|
|Internship Starts||Feb 18|
|Internship Ends||May 17|
|Program Ends||May 19|
|Application Deadline||May 1|
|Depart USA||Aug 30|
|Arrival Day||Sept 1|
|TEAN Orientation||Sept 1|
|Internship Starts||Sept 3|
|Internships Ends||Dec 7|
|Program Ends||Dec 9|
Fees & Inclusions
Program Fee and North Island Excursion: $3,540
Accommodation for 9 weeks: $3,000
Program Fee and Orientation: $4,725
Accommodation for 14 weeks: $6,650
Program Fee and 1-Day Orientation: $4,725
Accommodation for 14 weeks: $6,500
- Internship Placement
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet and utilities
- Four-day North Island Orientation Excursion with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Services of local TEAN support staff
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Cultural events and catch ups during the program
- Pre-departure preparation including flight booking, visa and insurance advising
- Airport pickup and reception upon arrival
- Professional development exercises both during the pre-departure period and upon re-entry, including reimbursement for registration to a Lessons From Abroad conference
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International airfare ($1,200 – $1,800)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
- Meals during the semester ($1,995) or summer ($1,000)
- Travel Insurance
- Cost to commute to/from the internship site
- New Zealand Visa (varies based on nationality)
- Elmhurst credit and electronic transcript (optional $350)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
How it works
How it works
Take a look through the above information including career fields, program fees and dates. If you have any questions contact us. The TEAN Internships Team will guide you through the entire process – from application to after you return home.
Apply online when you are ready. Make sure to meet the application deadline. See Program dates above.
2. PHONE/SKYPE INTERVIEW
Once TEAN receives your application we’ll be in contact to have an interview with you. We’ll also provide some guidance on preparing your resume and cover letter that will be used to introduce you to possible internship placements.
3. CONFIRM YOUR PLACE WITH A DEPOSIT
After your initial conversation with one of the TEAN Internships team you’ll be requested to pay your program deposit. Once your deposit is paid TEAN will begin the process of securing your internship placement. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in an internship. Read the full internship refund policy.
4. INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT
Our placement team will collaborate with you to ensure we secure a suitable role in your career field. Upon securing a placement, you will be provided with an Internship Placement Profile that includes a list of duties.
You will confirm your place by submitting your signed Internship Profile Placement by the given deadline. At this point, TEAN will work with you to provide pre-departure information including flight booking information, visa guidance and housing details.
Study and Intern
STUDY AND INTERNSHIP COMBINED PROGRAMS
Students who would like to combine a semester studying abroad with a part-time internship in New Zealand should consider the following study abroad programs. These semester programs offer internships for academic credit as part of their study abroad programs.
AUT University, Auckland – Internships available in most fields.
Massey University, Palmerston North / Massey University, Wellington – Communications internships available
University of Canterbury, Christchurch – Internships available in a variety of fields.
“I enjoyed being able to research the diurnal wind cycles, as well as the temperature profiles for an experiment. It was a fantastic experience being able to work with professionals in the field.”
“My supervisor completely catered my research work to my interests. I had an individual research project and also had the opportunity to help a graduate student on a hands-on project.”
“The animal care skills that I learned in Wellington vastly exceeded my expectations. I was able to watch many incredible surgeries firsthand and see how the entire organization worked as a whole.”
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After interning abroad you then need to focus on how best to market your new skills to future employers: be ready to speak about your improved interpersonal skills and provide examples.
What is your role at TEAN?
I manage our internship programs in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. I work as part of an incredible team and love to find each student the perfect internship opportunity to further their careers.
What are some of the top reasons why students should consider an internship abroad?
Personally, I interned abroad many years ago and my initial reasons for considering an internship were to broaden my experiences as well as gain exposure to a different culture. Along with developing a new skillset, getting introduced to the professional working world and personal growth, you also get to travel! I couldn’t agree more with the saying that travel is one of the only things you can buy that makes you richer. Following an internship abroad, you truly come back from your host country having had the most incredible experience as well as skills for your future career.
What advice can you give for interns to make the most of their time abroad?
I recommend for each intern to make the most of every opportunity that they are given. Time is a valuable thing, don’t waste it! There are so many different experiences and people that they can learn from in Australia, and it’s a great way to be exposed to different ideas, cultural influences and attitudes. The students that excel at their internships are real go getters and make sure that they are always willing to put their hands up for additional tasks. Showing willingness and dedication can lead to some really exciting opportunities and experiences.
What helps set up a student for a successful experience abroad?
A positive attitude and an enthusiasm for the work are the most important tools for success for an internship. Doing what is asked of you and showing an interest in the work will result in being rewarded with an overall positive experience. Initially tasks may seem minor to some students until they realize the overall requisites of each task or how the fit into the bigger picture for the company, but by doing them to the best of their ability and with a positive attitude, an intern will surely find themselves with more meaningful tasks down the line.
What are some of your favorite hidden gems in Sydney?
I love strolling from Chowder Bay to Taronga Zoo. This walk leads you along the coastline and goes past Bradley’s Head Amphitheatre where you can see a skyline view of Sydney’s buildings as well as the harbor. It’s best to do this walk in the afternoon and time it so that you get to the amphitheatre around dusk to see the sunset.