Program Overview

Enhance your resume, explore career interests, and broaden your horizons in one of the most fascinating countries in the world. New Zealand has exceptional appeal for adventure-seekers and culture vultures alike. Whether you prefer to admire the scenes from Lord of the Rings on a screen or you’d hike hours or even days to visit them in person, New Zealand is an amazing backdrop to your intern abroad experience. You’ll likely be placed and live in Wellington, considered the “San Francisco” of New Zealand – albeit perhaps a bit more quaint and charming, as is typical of New Zealand.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: February 15 | March 1
Fall: May 15
Spring: September 15 | October 15
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
  • Diverse, custom internship placements
  • 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
  • Abundant travel options with short, inexpensive flights to Asia, Oceania, and Australia
  • Comprehensive orientation and on-site support
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

Below are a few sample art and design internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
Contact an advisor to learn more!

Radio Production Intern at Campus Radio Station
Do you have a passion for music? Always dreamt of having your own radio show? This internship is your chance to see behind-the-scenes of a bustling campus radio station. You'll work at one of Wellington’s universities, helping with the radio station’s production and programming, collaborating on marketing campaigns for the station and events, and attending and assisting at live music events.
Photography Intern at Photography Studio and Gallery
Photography interns can boost their career experience with a hands-on opportunity in picturesque New Zealand. You'll assist with the operations of a gallery and studio focused on commercial, portrait, and wedding assignments, and you'll attend and help at photography shoots. This internship can be combined with another opportunity to take on photography assignments for Live NZ hosts looking for a skilled photographer.
Dance Intern at Creative Arts Center
Put your dance background and organization skills to work as an intern for a national dance organization. Your role includes researching participation levels and recreational dance, and creating links to international dance resources. You'll write marketing copy for our in-house materials, and you'll help to promote our annual Shakespeare festivals.
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Life in Wellington

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Wellington, New Zealand like where to go out, how to stay safe and how to get around and where the best places to buy food are. You’ll also learn some helpful Kiwi and Maori sayings and gain some insights into Kiwi culture. As we know students love food, we will also treat you to a yummy welcome meal showcasing some of the modern Asian food that Wellington is known for.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can take some adjustment. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, and strategies for coping with reverse culture shock. Plus, relive some highlights of your time abroad and, in true Kiwi style we will feed you more ‘kai’ as part of our farewell.

Housing Options

While housing amenities may vary, most participants live in self-catered apartments with other interns in a single room. Most apartments are located in downtown Wellington (central business district) and within a reasonable walk or public transit route of your placement.


  • Single room in a shared apartment
  • Kitchen that includes cooking utensils, a stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, and dishes
  • Linens, blankets, and towels are provided
  • Wireless internet access
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Local Life

  • Attend a play: Wellington is also known for its amazing art scene. Sample a play at “Bats Theatre” – a theatre that showcases the work of up and coming actors and directors.
  • Weta Workshop: Go behind the scenes and experience Wellywood in action. Even if you don’t like films, you will enjoy seeing the creativity that goes into making them.
  • Night market: Wellingtonians love food - almost as much as coffee. Sample some street food at one of the lively night markets.
  • Sports events: No trip to NZ would be complete without seeing a rugby match. Put on something yellow and blue and get along to see the local Wellington team, the Hurricanes, play.
  • Sailing: Head out onto Wellington Harbour. You’ll be on the tiller before you know it.

More About Wellington

Wellington is a compact, walkable city likened to San Francisco. Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Wellington is the political, business, and cultural capital of New Zealand. You'll join nearly 500,000 other people who live in Wellington, but the city truly feels like a close-knit community.

Kiwis in Wellington are enthusiastic about living a good life, and they want to celebrate with great music, delicious food, and exciting film, culture, and art festivals. You'll find more restaurants and cafés per capita than New York City! Spend a day at Te Papa national museum of New Zealand or ride the cable car up to the space observatory or botanical gardens. Additionally, you can feel like you've traveled back in time at the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary. "Windy Wellington" has all the sophistication and modernity of a major city, but still has the charm, safety, cleanliness, and friendliness of a small town. It’s no wonder Wellington was recently ranked 12th in the world for best quality of living!

You'll be in awe of Wellington's natural beauty. The city is known for its picturesque harbor views and rolling green mountain sides. The harbor’s three islands offer an abundance of bush walks and reserves so you can get a break from the city. Jump on a tour bus to explore the volcanic, desolate Tongariro National Park. Or travel farther north so you can sunbathe on the sub-tropical beaches of Northland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, and Auckland. If you feel really adventurous, hop on the ferry and set sail for New Zealand's magnificent South Island. Wellington's airport can quickly connect you to the rest of the country, to Australia, and beyond!

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Michelle Everard
Internships Program Manager

Travel Tip: Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Learn more about Michelle

Helena Henare-Coolen
Site Director of New Zealand

Travel Tip: Leave the umbrella at home as it is no match for the capital known as ‘Windy Wellington”. Make sure you pack a good raincoat and some warm socks.

Learn more about Helena

Student Feedback

Pack an open mind with you! When traveling, you are faced with so much ‘new’ all at once that uncomfortable often becomes the new comfortable. No worries though – it keeps things exciting!

Ali Mowers, Intern in New Zealand, Shippensburg University

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    September 15
    January 19 (Estimated)
    March 14 | April 11 (Estimated)
    $5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)
  • Spring 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    February 16 (Estimated)
    April 11 | May 9 (Estimated)
    $5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 15
    May 4 (Estimated)
    June 28 | July 26 (Estimated)
    $5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 1 (Estimated)
    July 26 | August 23 (Estimated)
    $5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)
  • Fall 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    August 31 (Estimated)
    October 25 | November 22 (Estimated)
    $5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)
  • Fall 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    September 28 (Estimated)
    November 22 | December 20 (Estimated)
    $5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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
  • La Vida Local cultural program