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Planning and Public Policy in New Zealand | Various locations in 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 planning and public policy. 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 planning and public policy. Some may have a specific focus, while others may provide exposure to many different areas of study. Two types of placements and some related tasks are:

Non-governmental organization (NGO)

  • Promote our NGO partners through community-based journalism, marketing partnerships, and social media
  • Verify organizational financial information and prepare financial and narrative reports and on-going project
  • Prepare logistics for workshops and field visits

Non-profit organizations: A variety of focus areas is available, including education and development, women’s rights, healthcare, animal protection, and nature conservation.

  • Develop non-profit management skills by contributing in a variety of capacities
  • Plan and execute fundraising events while learning funding strategies for non-profit organizations
  • Network with business leaders in the community
  • Facilitate community presentations and promotional work
  • Provide excellent customer service through phone, mail and face to face interactions with supporters

Academic Background:

  • Interns with a background and experience in fields related to public policy, organizational leadership, and community engagement are encouraged to apply.

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.

Learn more about past interns' experiences below:


“I would say that overall, my internship experience has been an incredible learning opportunity and rather than presenting me with alternate career choices, it has helped me to narrow down my choices into more specific areas…

I have loved working with the planning department the most, as it is what I am interested in as a career path. However, having the ability to edit policies and present my findings to the council, complete with statements of proposal, community engagement plans, council reports, and policy recommendations has been excellent as well, as it has given me a deep insight into the public sector world.”

-Dominic, 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