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: October 1 | November 1
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 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.

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.

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.

Jessica Aharon
Internship Enrollment Coordinator - Internships

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! 🙂

Learn more about Jessica

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

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 15
    May 15
    July 10 | August 7
    $5,690 - $7,490
    8 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
  • Summer 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 12
    August 7 | September 4
    $5,690 - $7,490
    8 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
  • Fall 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    August 31 (Estimated)
    October 25 | November 22 (Estimated)
    $5,690 - $7,490
    8 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
  • Fall 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    September 28 (Estimated)
    November 22 | December 20 (Estimated)
    $5,690 - $7,490
    8 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
  • Spring 2021: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    January 8 (Estimated)
    March 15 | April 16 (Estimated)
    $5,690 - $7,490 (Estimated)
    8 week internship: $5,690 12 week internship: $7,490
  • Spring 2021: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    February 5 (Estimated)
    April 4 | May 2 (Estimated)
    $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.

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