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Business, Social Work & Personalized Internships in New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand

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IE3 Global collaborates with New Zealand Internships (NZI) to provide high-quality, personalized internship opportunities for students interested in business, social work, and a variety of additional fields. NZI matches students to internships based on industry interest, professional and academic experience, and personal goals. Interns should consider relevant previous experience and desired professional development at the time of application to facilitate the identification of a relevant opportunity.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Flexible start dates each term.

Duration of Internship:

  • 10 – 24 weeks

New Zealand Internships (NZI) has been coordinating internships with a focus on exceptional service and a well-rounded experience for each intern since 2007. By working with students personally, the NZI team tailors internships and services to each individual. Based in Auckland, NZI places students across the country in 3 or 6-month internships. In addition to a varied internship portfolio, NZI provides additional support for participants on-site, including travel and social activities.

New Zealand Internships works with a variety of host organizations that offer internships working in business, social work, and several additional fields. Please note that healthcare/medical internships are not available in New Zealand. Placements depend on current needs, intern experience, and length of commitment. Past internship placements include:

Business & Communications (Accounting, Advertising, Events, Finance, Human Resources, Journalism, Logistics, Marketing, Public Relations, Real Estate, Retail, Sales)

  • Customer and Relationships Assistant for a gallery in Christchurch, maintaining relationships with clients
  • Strategic Marketing with a company focused on ethnic media in New Zealand, support marketing research and strategy, sales programs, and visit potential clients
  • Marketing Media Assistant for a media company, work with the editor and director to sell advertising for magazines
  • Finance Associate with a professional services firm, support Transaction Services with acquisitions, divestures, and strategic alliances through the due diligence process and negotiation of sale and purchase agreements
  • Finance for a not-for-profit, promote and advocate for filmmaking in New Zealand, reconcile monthly statements, file for GST, invoice, audit, and prepare budgets
  • Industry Research for an import/export company healthcare company, support market research, coordinate with clients, and communicate with medical book distributors

Education/Teaching, Development, and Social Work

  • Leadership Services for a leadership development training organization, support quality control, set up an online learning facility, develop of an online instrument, collaborate with university researchers.
  • Teacher Assistant for a medium-sized elementary school, support classroom lessons and sport and art activities

Hospitality, Tourism, and Travel

  • Tourism Research for the largest tourist attraction in the Bay of Plenty focused on kiwifruit, develop new excursions, website materials, sales analysis, collateral marketing material analysis and research
  • Marketing Implementation for a major tourism provider in the Bay of Plenty, research and implement a new attraction for cycling
  • Tourism Service and Research for a multi-activity venue on the island of Waiheke, support all four areas of operation (beer/wine tasting room, retail area, marketing, and operations)

Law and Legal Fields

  • Legal Practice for a team of lawyers specializing in family law and civil/criminal matters, support client communication, liaise with other agencies, organize and file of documents, legal research, draft documents
  • Immigration Services for a lead team in Auckland, support market research, communications, prepare presentations, and draft applications
  • Forensic Science for a service provider in Auckland, assist with forensic casework, research related topics, assist with inspections, and review of evidence for criminal cases

Sports and Training

  • Sports Management with a leading New Zealand sport team, assist with event management at home games, community programs, marketing, and corporate hospitality

Academic Background:

  • All majors may apply. Interns with a background and experience within their chosen industry are preferred. Additional requirements may apply and depend on your desired internship field.

Skills / Experience:

  • Interns are expected to demonstrate responsibility, professional motivation, flexibility, and effective communication skills.

Language Requirements:

  • English is the language of communication. Interns must be capable of written and spoken communication at a near-native level in professional settings.

Visa Requirements:

  • Interns must be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa for their country of citizenship (for example: USA). For more information, visit the New Zealand Department of Immigration website. Applicants are expected to complete an preliminary review of visa requirements to ensure their eligibility before submitting their application.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3Global Program Fee: $3,450
  • Host Site Fees (see details below): $650 ($325 deposit)*
  • International Travel: $1,500
  • Recommended Immunizations: $400
  • Visa fees: $265* (Working Holiday Visa)

Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing: $860 - $1,200
  • Food: $500
  • Local Transportation: $140
  • Utilities, Phone, Internet: $150

*Fee amounts are calculated with an exchange rate from New Zealand dollars at the time of posting.

Host Site Fee Details

  • Arrangement of the personal tailored internship placement
  • Help finding long term accommodation (this can be advice or actual offers of accommodation)
  • Airport transfer (optional for Auckland candidates only - and at a small charge)
  • New Zealand Arrival pre-arrival advice
  • Online pre-arrival orientation
  • Invites to events and activities (where possible)
  • Introduction to other interns (if multiple candidates are at location)
  • Certificate of Participation (upon request)

NZI-Assisted Housing

NZI offers assistance in locating and securing accommodation in New Zealand. Payment for accommodation is due to the local landlord/provider.

  • For Auckland placements, interns may choose from city apartments (downtown), intern houses in local suburbs, or homestays. All housing options are furnished and offer private bedrooms.
  • For non-Auckland placements, accommodation options depend on location and availability.

Independent Housing

Interns may arrange their own housing if they do not choose NZI-Assisted housing.

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Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: January 25
Fall: April 15
Winter: September 1
Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

- Open to all majors; relevant experience in chosen industry preferred (coursework or volunteer and professional experience)
- Sense of professionalism and strong work ethic
- Must be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa