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.
Fall: May 15
Spring: October 1 | November 1
- 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
- Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
- Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
- Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
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!
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.
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
- 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.
Your Support Staff
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.
Travel Tip: Leave everything you think you know about traveling, the country, culture, or people, behind you! You’ll most likely be surprised, so discover everything as new. Take public transportation and make friends with locals- they will show you the best places and usually hook you up. Most of all, stay present and enjoy! 🙂
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.
Spring 2020: Session 1
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 10OrientationJanuary 11-12DepartureMarch 16 | April 17PRICE$5,690 - $7,4908 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
Spring 2020: Session 2
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalFebruary 7OrientationFebruary 8-9DepartureApril 5 | May 3PRICE$5,690 - $7,4908 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
Summer 2020: Session 1
Application DeadlineFebruary 15ArrivalMay 4 (Estimated)DepartureJune 28 | July 26 (Estimated)PRICE$5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)8 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
Summer 2020: Session 2
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalJune 1 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 26 | August 23 (Estimated)PRICE$5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)8 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
Fall 2020: Session 1
Application DeadlineMay 15ArrivalAugust 31 (Estimated)DepartureOctober 25 | November 22 (Estimated)PRICE$5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)8 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
Fall 2020: Session 2
Application DeadlineJune 15ArrivalSeptember 28 (Estimated)DepartureNovember 22 | December 20 (Estimated)PRICE$5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)8 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
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
- 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