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Environmental Sciences in New Zealand | Various locations within 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 environmental science. NZI matches students to internships based on industry interest, professional and academic experience, and personal goals. Interns should consider the local season, diverse environments, species, types of organizations, and desired professional duties at the time of application to facilitate the identification of a relevant opportunity.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Flexible start dates at the beginning of any academic term.

Duration of Internship:

  • 10-12 weeks, minimum

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 environmental science. Some may have a specific focus, while others may provide exposure to many different areas of study. Some typical tasks include:

  • Assist and create projects
  • Use reports to influence environmental policy
  • Offer expert advice to engineers, architects, and members of the public
  • Educate local communities about environmental issues
  • Keep up to date with new environmental policies and legislation

Interns working with wildlife or in environmental placements should consider the best season for application. Many field-based wildlife placements or visitor centers/tourist facilities will be busiest during the local summer season (winter in the US).

Academic Background:

  • Interns with a background and experience in fields related to environmental science are encouraged to apply.

Skills / Experience:

  • Interns are expected to demonstrate responsibility, professional motivation, flexibility, and effective communication skills.
  • Ecological and environmental internships require interns to have competence in understanding and using statistics or other ecological data, and use computer software for recording, analyzing, and presenting data and reports.

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: $50* (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

The host site fee from NZI includes:

  • Personalized internship placement
  • Pre-departure information
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Arrival orientation (Auckland only)
  • Welcome package (including SIM card)
  • 24/7 Helpdesk throughout the internship
  • Local advice and travel discounts
  • Certificate of Participation (if requested)
  • Invitations to social activities, trips, and events
  • Newsletter
  • Luggage storage

NZI can also arrange airport pickup (Auckland Only), additional insurance for recreational activities, assistance with Student Trainee Visas, and first-day introductions to the host company (Auckland only) at additional cost to interns.

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.


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