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.


Gain real-world work experience with a full-time (minimum 35 hours per week) internship 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 Supervisor Evaluations, Self Evaluations and individual Learning Objectives Worksheet

Experience living in an interesting New Zealand city that is best suited to your internship placement, such as Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch

Enjoy guaranteed pre-arranged housing in centrally located, fully-furnished apartments which include internet and utilities

Get your bearings with a comprehensive three-day orientation upon arrival including airport reception, business etiquette and internship best practices session, cultural activities and group dinners. Additional cultural events and activities are also included throughout the duration of the internship.

Resident Directors based in each city support interns culturally, professionally and personally throughout their stay

Re-entry advising is also available to assist in the practical application of skills learned (i.e. adding your experience to your resume; leveraging your experience abroad to increase marketability at home)

Internship Details

Internship Placements

TEAN offers Summer (8 week) and full semester (14 week) internship placements. Our Internships Director works to secure placements that match your career and academic objectives. Upon applying to the program, you will provide information that allows us to match you with a potential employer in the field or profession you desire.

TEAN offer a variety of positions in exciting industries including the below. There are no industry limitations so please apply even if your field of choice is not listed. 

  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Veterinarian Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Accounting
  • Education
  • Business Analyst
  • Human Resources
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Anthropology
  • Event Management
  • Non-profit/Community Outreach
  • Law

Study Abroad 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 study abroad programs at AUT University and the University of Canterbury. Both these semester abroad abroad programs offer internships for academic credit as part of their study abroad programs for a variety of majors.  Massey University also offer communications internships for students with a strong background in communication, journalism, or marketing. In addition, Massey offers the option to intern in their international office on their campus in Palmerston North.

Program Details

Placement Location

During the application process you can provide your location preference, however your host city/town in New Zealand is usually determined by the best location for your internship placement. Most placements are located in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

Academic Credit

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 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 a transcript with an A – F letter 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

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.


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.

Events & Excursions


TEAN’s specially designed orientation program allows you to learn about the host culture and be well prepared to maximise your international internship. During the three-day orientation you will learn the local business etiquette, acquire tips on navigating your host culture, and experience a number of cultural activities.

Activities & Events

Even though you are travelling abroad to intern, you need some time to enjoy the local culture. The TEAN Internship Program includes a minimum of three of fun, engaging cultural activities during your time in New Zealand.

Eligibility & Application Process


  • All New Zealand Internship Program applicants are expected to have an appropriate academic background related to the internship placement duties.
  • The amount of required coursework will vary for each placement.
  • Students who have completed at least two years of university work and have grade point averages above 2.5 will be eligible for most internships.
  • Other students are encouraged to apply as many other non-academic factors are taken into consideration.
  • Applicants must be eligible to apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday visa.

Application Deadline

Because of the necessary lead-time, we require applications to be submitted at least 2-3 months prior to the program start date. The actual lead-time to source internships can vary from 1-3 months or more, depending on a variety of factors for each applicant. See the Program Dates for upcoming deadlines.

Acceptance Details

Once your internship placement is finalized, TEAN will send you a confirmation letter which will provide you with the details regarding your placement (e.g. company name, address and contact details).

A pre departure guide will be provided that includes information on many topics including:

  • Information on working in New Zealand including business etiquette
  • Internship placement protocol and options
  • Credit transfer procedures (if applicable)
  • Visa (immigration) procedures and applications
  • Housing and travel options

The process will continue with the following steps:

  • Student signs offer letter – this is sent to the intern once a placement has been agreed upon by TEAN, the intern and their academic advisor (if necessary)
  • Credit transfer finalized with academic advisor
  • Intern submits visa application to New Zealand Embassy (under TEAN’s guidance)
  • Student arranges Personal Liability Insurance (instructions provided)
  • Final payment due 4 weeks prior to departure
  • Pre departure and housing sent to student 2-4 weeks before intended start date
  • Travel plans finalized (including flight and other independent travel options)

Please note that the order may vary depending on a variety of factors, including internship type, date of application, and location.

Program Dates

Spring 2018

Date of Departure TEAN Orientation Internship Starts Internship Ends Return to the USA Application Deadline*
Spring  (14 Weeks)*** Feb 2 Feb 4-8 Feb 12 May 11 May 13 Sept 30

Fall 2017

Date of Departure TEAN Orientation Internship Starts Internship Ends Cairns Excursion Return to the USA Application Deadline*
Fall (14-weeks)** Aug 12 Aug 14-16 Aug 21 Nov 24 Nov 26-29 Nov 29 May 15

Summer 2017

Date of Departure TEAN Orientation Internship Starts Internship Ends Return to the USA Application Deadline*
May Intake (8-weeks)** May 15 May 17-19 May 22 July 14 July 19 March 1
June Intake (8-weeks)** June 19 June 21-23 June 26 Aug 18 Aug 23 April 1

*Late applicants are encouraged to call to check availability.

**Please note that these dates are for students participating in the optional Great Barrier Reef excursion.If you chose to return home immediately upon the conclusion of your internship program, your return dates will be July 16 for the May-start program, August 20 for the June-start program, and November 26 for the fall semester.

***For Spring 2018, the program orientation will take place in Cairns, Australia and will include the Great Barrier Reef Excursion as part of orientation. You will fly to New Zealand on February 8.

Fees & Inclusions

Program Fees

Fall 2017 (14-week Program)

  • Program Fee: $4,725
  • Mandatory Program Housing Fee: $5,810

Spring 2017 (14-week Program)

  • Program Fee: $4,725
  • Mandatory Program Housing: $5,810

Summer 2017 (8-Week Program)

  • Program Fee: $3,325
  • Optional Program Housing Fee: $2,560

Staying in TEAN housing is only optional for the Summer Internship program.

What’s Included

  • Internship Placement
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Four-day Great Barrier Reef excursion
  • Services of local TEAN support staff
  • Three-day Orientation Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
  • Pre departure preparation including flight booking, visa and insurance advisement
  • Airport pickup and reception upon arrival
  • Extensive professional development exercises both during the pre departure period and upon re-entry


  • International airfare ($2,250)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,900)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost to commute to/from the internship site
  • New Zealand Visa (approx $400)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

 Financial Assistance

Because of visa regulations, all internships are unpaid. Loans, scholarships and grants may be available depending on the type of internship program you undertake. In addition, check with your home institution for the availability of financial assistance and whether any current financial aid can be applied to this program.


A USD$500 program deposit will be required to begin the internship allocation process. This deposit will be credited towards the final program fee.  In addition, all participants using TEAN housing will be subject to a refundable housing deposit of USD$350 (less damages and/or cleaning fees.)

Payment Deadline Requirements

To participate on TEAN’s Internship program, students must pay all fees in full by the set deadlines. Deadlines will be outlined throughout the enrollment process, with final payments due no later than one month (four weeks) before the program start date.

Internship Refund Policy

  • If the applicant cancels after they have paid the program deposit and both before they are offered an internship placement and before the application deadline: $100 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels after they have paid the program deposit and before they are offered an internship placement, but after the application deadline: $200 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels after they are offered a placement and more than 60 days prior to the program start date: $500 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels more than 48 hours after they are offered a placement, 35-60 days prior to the program start date: $1,000 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels more than 48 hours after they are offered a placement, 17-35 days prior to program start date: 60% of the program fee and corresponding housing fee is non-refundable.
  • Sixteen days or less prior to program start date, or after program start date: 100% of the program fee and corresponding housing fee is non-refundable.

We Love Internships

Julie Tuman

Internship & Special Projects Coordinator

Global Experience

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.

Rachel Fenton

Resident Director - New Zealand

Auckland Tip

If you’re looking for some cheap eats, the kebab shops on K Road in Auckland offer some awesome Mediterranean food for around the NZ$10-$15 mark – Betsia Kebabs at the top of City Road or Little Turkish on K Road are my favourites.

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