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Film, Art, and Media Design 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 film, art, and media design. 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 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 film, art, and media design. Some may have a specific focus, while others may provide exposure to many different areas of study. Some typical areas and relevant tasks include:

  • Art: contact and maintain contact with clients, assist artists as needed, work in an art gallery or museum
  • Music: edit music into digital assets, collaborate with performers and/or music-related firms
  • Videography and photography: assist with lighting, take photos and edit them, learn how to use and work with light effects and optical illusions.
  • Media and web design: write copy/articles for print publishing, basic web development and website set-up, social networking, posting on blogs, updating database, etc.

Academic Background:

  • Interns with a background and experience in fields related to film, art, and media design are encouraged to apply.
  • Interns in film, art, and media design placements should be prepared to share a portfolio in addition to standard application materials.

Skills / Experience:

  • Interns are expected to demonstrate responsibility, professional motivation, flexibility, and effective communication skills.
  • Ideal interns have the ability to self-direct work and manage independent deadlines.
  • Specific software and hardware experience is beneficial and may be required for some placements.

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.

“Working in the industry itself taught me a lot about how to communicate with clients, the process of a product from brief to video, and the variety of work that can be completed for clients. I did four interviews while I was there to gain a different perspective of each of my coworkers working at the company. I gained very insightful tips about what they did to get to the position they are in today and what they wished they would have known before working in the industry. As a videographer, I now would like to work with corporate clients and create videos for companies that are in need of short informational videos that are going to be internal or even training videos.”

-Angeles, University of Oregon


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

-Sense of professionalism and strong work ethic

-Must be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa