Intern in New Zealand

Gain practical experience while immersing yourself in the Kiwis’ friendly workplace and lively, modern Pacifica culture. Month-long to year-long placements are available.

Have you ever wanted to work in New Zealand? We offer international internships tailored to your interests and aspirations. Whether you aspire to direct films or work in a think tank, our custom internships perfectly match your professional and academic needs.

We’ve worked abroad, so we can make your internship the best it can be. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied, lived, or worked abroad. We’re here to give you the tools and information you need to get the most out of your internship.

We're offering the most affordable internship in New Zealand. As fellow travelers, we understand the importance of high-quality, low-cost opportunities. Intern in New Zealand won’t break the bank. That means more money for traveling, exploring, and shopping.

Intern in New Zealand lets you gain practical international internship experience while immersing yourself in the Kiwis’ friendly workplace and lively, modern Pacifica culture. During your time abroad, you will work in New Zealand with an individual, organization, or company and be exposed to a harmonious blend of people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and skill sets. You’ll make some amazing friends. So start getting excited about:

Living in one of the world’s adventure capitals – Adventure and adrenaline-pumping sports were practically invented in New Zealand. You can bungee jump with the world’s original bungee company, tandem skydive over the ocean, or learn to surf, ski, or whitewater kayak.

The most spectacular, diverse landscape on the planet – A 3-hour drive will take you to pristine beaches or deciduous rain forests or mountain glaciers—just choose a direction! There’s a reason why New Zealand’s landscapes are featured in movies such as Lord of the Rings.

A custom internship in New Zealand  – We know you’re not traveling all the way to New Zealand to pour coffee and sharpen pencils. So don’t worry. Our internships are customized, meaning we take into account your career aspirations, hobbies, interests, and skills.

Sports – New Zealanders (aka Kiwis), eat, sleep, and breathe sports. Rugby and soccer are national pastimes, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn and play. But if team sports aren’t your cup of tea, there are countless options for hiking, biking, and climbing in stunning terrain.

360° Networking Toolkit - You will receive business cards, resume/interview coaching, and an internship completion certificate. You’ll also gain access to a seminar series on topics such as developing and maximizing a LinkedIn account, interview expectations, adding the experience to your resume, and more! Jump-start your career with the CISabroad global network!

If you've ever wanted an international internship in New Zealand then check out our Intern in New Zealand program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Diverse, custom placements for your internship in New Zealand 
  • Flexible start dates
  • Comprehensive orientation and on-site support
  • Life in a cosmopolitan city with a robust cultural scene
  • International work experience with people from all over the world
  • Custom housing options in the heart of the city
  • Ocean, beaches, and mountains practically outside your door
  • Extensive adventure opportunities
  • Abundant travel options with short, inexpensive flights to Asia, Oceania, and Australia


Intern in New Zealand offers custom internships mostly in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, located on the southern tip of the North Island. Placements are available throughout the year and are typically coordinated in monthlong increments. We encourage you to stay as long as possible so you can get the most out of your internship, make international friends, and really immerse yourself in the local culture.

Internships are available in the following fields*:

    •    Advertising
    •    Economics
    •    Event Planning/Management
    •    Finance
    •    Hospitality/Tourism
    •    Human Resource Management
    •    International Business
    •    Marketing
    •    Sports Management

    •    Communication
    •    Film and Television
    •    Journalism
    •    Public Relations

Health Science
    •    Nutrition

Social Sciences & Humanities

    •    Education
    •    History

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
    •    Animal Science
    •    Environmental Studies
    •    Information Technology

Visual/Performing Arts & Design
    •    Design
    •    Graphic Design
    •    Studio Art/Art History

Don’t see your field? Use the “Contact An Advisor” button on this page so we can help find the best internship for you!

*Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!

You may be able to receive undergraduate academic credit for your internship through CISabroad’s partnership with Plymouth State University or through your school. 

Option 1: Credit through CISabroad
Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed below. Note: the field is listed, the Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript, as well as the range of credits available. Contact an advisor to see if the the following fields are available in your study abroad location. 

Course Name/
Credits Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit
Art History AH 4880 3-6 Museum Studies, Curation
Anthropology AN4610 3-12  
Business  BU 4600 3-12  Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International 
Communications and Media Studies
CM 3950 3-6  Advertising, Communication, Film and Television, Journalism, Public Relations.

students must have taken "Intro to Media and Cultural Studies" and "Intro to Communication"
Criminal Justice CJ 4580 3-6  Criminology, Law, Political Science
Dance DN 4410 3-12      
English  EN 4950 3-12 English and Literature 
only offered as pass/fail. 
Environmental Planning  EPL 3960 3-6  Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
Geography GE 3960 3-6
Graphic Design
AG 4900 3-6  only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).
History HI 4000 3-6       
Music  MU 4410 3-12      
Philosophy  HI 4000     
Political Science PO 4010 3-12  
Social Sciences SO 3910 3-6 Psychology, Political Science.
Sociology SO 4601 3-12  
Theater  TH 4410 3-12      
Tourism Management  TMP 4000 3-12  Eco-tourism, Hospitality, Tourism, Recreational Management.

To receive credit from CISabroad through Plymouth State University, interns must have completed a minimum of 60 hours (approximately 2 full years) of college or university credit before going on the program and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.

GPA 2.5 

There is an $800 fee for interns who wish to receive credit from Plymouth State University. There is no price difference for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits.

How is credit given?
Credit will be assessed and given based on the successful completion of a variety of assignments. Assignments include an essays, journals, and evaluations and will be assessed based on the grading rubric.

  • Minimum 3 page pre-departure paper based on intern’s goals for the program
  • Directed, reflective internship journal completed by intern during the program (four entries)
  • Mid-term Online Evaluation completed by intern
  • Evaluation completed by internship supervisor
  • 8-10 page reflective essay on overall learning experience

Credit is given in letter grade format (A,B,C,D,F) in a specific academic discipline. The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours interned: 120 hours = 3 credits, 240 hours = 6 credits, 360 hours = 9 credits, 480 hours = 12 credits. Interns will receive a transcript 6-10 weeks after the program ends stating the grade and the number of credits earned. The number of hours that can be completed depends on type of internship and location.

Plymouth State University, CISabroad’s accrediting partner, is a NEASC accredited institution with over 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact both regionally and globally.

Option 2: Credit through your university

Many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Contact your study abroad office, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available at your school!

We’ve tried to make the internship application process as smooth and simple as possible to ensure a quality experience for you. Follow the steps below to a fantastic internship abroad!

Step 1: Complete the CISabroad Online Internship Application to begin the application process. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.
Step 2: Pay the $200 application deposit and have your pre-acceptance interview with a member of our staff. This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee.
Step 3: Complete all application pieces in your portal. After being introduced to your Program Coordinator, your Program Coordinator will add program-specific application pieces to your portal. (Please note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)
Step 4: Complete a Skype or phone interview so our US based CISabroad New Zealand program coordinator can learn about your skills, interests, and ideal placement to determine which placement may be the best match.
Step 5: After all of your materials have been received at CISabroad, wait for your acceptance decision! Once accepted, you will be sent an online pre-departure orientation with more information about your program and the placement process.
Step 6: Submit the $500 internship deposit within 2 weeks of interview. This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee. Matching process will then begin.
Step 7: As your internship departure date approaches you will receive confirmation of your internship placement.
Step 8: Off you go and the fun begins. You’ll be greeted at the airport by a local staff member and begin your New Zealand adventure!

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? Scholarship and grants are awarded for everything from applying early to blogging about your intern abroad experience to taking photos of the fabulous scenery on a weekend excursion or volunteering with a local green organization!

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

On Intern in New Zealand, you’ll get outstanding support, including academic advising, personal help, and cultural counseling. We’re with you every step of the way to ensure that when you arrive in New Zealand, you hit the ground running. 

When you arrive in New Zealand, you will be greeted at the airport by a CISabroad representative who will take you to your housing. Shortly after you arrive, you will take part in an onsite orientation covering important aspects of living in New Zealand. You will learn about health, safety, and general cultural differences so you can acclimate as quickly as possible to your new home and work environment.

Intern in New Zealand guarantees housing for all of its participants. The exact location will depend upon your internship placement but the majority of students will live in self-catered apartments with other interns in a shared double room. All of the apartments will come fully furnished with a kitchen that includes cooking utensils, a stove, dishwasher, refrigerator and dishes. Linens, blankets, and towels will also be provided to all interns. Wireless internet access is not guaranteed for all apartments however you will be able to rent a USB stick from the CISabroad staff located in New Zealand.

Wellington is located on the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s the political, business, and cultural capital of New Zealand, and is the southernmost capital city in the world. The city has a population of about 500,000, but is still compact and easy to get around. Wellington also boasts a bustling and lively populace- it has more restaurants and cafés per capita than New York City! You can enjoy lots of art, music, film, drama, and more in this varied city. Despite its size and modernity, Wellington still has the safety and friendliness of a smaller town.

Besides its inviting city life, Wellington also has some of the most amazing natural beauty in the world. It has a picturesque harbor view, rolling green mountains, and 190 square miles of parks and forests. Wellington was recently ranked as 12th in the world for the best quality of living!

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Intern in New Zealand can be found on the Price and Dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program Fees for Intern in New Zealand are due based on the start date of your program. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms, and you will have a pre-acceptance interview with an advisor from our Global Advising Center. 

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. Applications deadlines can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For Intern in New Zealand, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Intern in New Zealand, you will need a visa. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Intern in New Zealand, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

Intern in New Zealand guarantees housing for all of its participants. The exact location will depend upon your internship placement, but the majority of students will live in self-catered apartments with other interns in a shared double room. 

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. Are the internships paid positions?

No, the internships are not paid positions, but they are an irreplaceable way to build your resume! If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your internship, you should contact your academic advisor or education abroad advisor to see if your university offers course credit for internships. 

9. What is the internship matching process?

We custom match each intern with the organization that best meets the interests, skills, and goals of the intern. To best accomplish this, all interns must go through the application process, which includes indicating their top two fields of interest. Interns will also interview with the CISabroad Program Coordinator and/or the On-Site matching team. Once the $500 matching deposit has been paid, the On-Site team will move forward to match the intern with an organization in his or her top two fields of interest.

10. What is the difference between an Intern Abroad and a Study Internship program?

The difference between an intern and a study intern with CISabroad is that a study internship allows you to take classes, earn credit, and participate in an internship in the same program! The intern abroad program is solely focused on your professional experience and may or may not include credit.

11. Can I intern in my major?

Yes! It is possible to intern in your major. The process is highly individualized so that your placement is the best match! For Intern in New Zealand, check out our placement and credits page to see sample placements.

12. Why do I have to pay a $500 internship matching deposit?

The $500 internship matching deposit is an extremely important part of the matching process and is part of the program fees. It is not an extra fee. The deposit represents a commitment from you to participate in our internship program, which allows CISabroad to confidently contact organizations on your behalf in order to find the best match possible!  

CISabroad’s Site Director in New Zealand:

Alexandra Hill (Alex) was born in Perth, Western Australia and spent the first two years of her life in Lae, Papua New Guinea before returning to Australia. Although born in Australia, she considers herself more a Kiwi, as she has lived in New Zealand for most of her life and now calls Wellington home. 

Alex has worked in international education for twelve years, nine working directly with US study abroad students and more recently with scholarship students. She feels privileged to have also supported students from Africa, South East Asia, Central and South America and the Pacific. At the start of 2014, Alex commenced a Masters in International Development at Victoria University of Wellington and is particularly interested in scholarship programmes and the role international education plays in development.

In 2011, Alex and her family moved to Singapore where they lived for two years. Living and working cross-culturally furthered her understanding of the challenges that international students face when studying overseas. Although demanding at times, living and travelling in Asia, sampling amazing food and making friends with people from all over the globe was a fantastic experience, which like studying abroad, has had a marked impact on Alex, her husband and children’s lives.

Travel is one of Alex’s favourite activities, but even when she is not travelling she furthers her knowledge of other cultures through reading, listening to current affairs, meeting international students, volunteering and through cooking international dishes. Having two boys keeps her active and as a family they enjoy wharf jumping, swimming, day walks and exploring the outdoors. 

Alex looks forward to welcoming the CISabroad students intending to study in New Zealand and will be on hand to provide support during the semester, as well as hosting a range of excursions that will give students a real taste of New Zealand’s unique culture and landscape.

Term: Spring 2017
Arrival Options Jan 13 | Feb 10
Application Deadline Sept 1 | Oct 1
Term: Summer 2017
Arrival Options May 19 | June 16
Application Deadline February 15 | March 1
Term: Fall 2017
Arrival Options September 1 | October 6
Application Deadline May 15 | June 15
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $5,690 - $7,990 more info
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $6,390 - $8,290** more info
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $6,390 - $8,290* more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

8-week, 12-week, and 15-week options available

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  •     Internship placement and supervision
  •     Housing
  •     Medical and accident insurance
  •     Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  •     Financial aid counseling
  •     Assistance with travel arrangements
  •     Airport pickup service
  •     On-site support
  •     Carbon offset of travel

The accommodation portion of our program fee assumes self-catered, shared accommodations. Students choosing single accommodations or homestay options are subject to additional charges as described in the price breakdown.