Virtual Global Internship in New Zealand

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Master remote working while adding international experience to your resume.

Remote work isn’t the future way global business will function – it’s the present. With a virtual internship in New Zealand, work on projects for an international organization from your home base while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. Apply your in-class knowledge to real-world projects, gain hands-on experience, expand your skill base, and learn what it’s like to work remotely across time zones and cultures. Although not a substitute for a traditional on-site experience, virtual internships can serve as an important stepping stone to build up your skills, resume, and cross-cultural understanding – a great foundation for future internships on site.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 140-290 contact hours | U.S. credit may be available
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Visa Requirements: NONE Required!

Highlights:

  • Gain international experience without leaving your home - and earn up to 3 credits!
  • Flexible schedule - complete your desired hours over 8 weeks
  • Virtual La Vida Local experiences to connect you to New Zealand
  • Regular check-ins and support from CIS Abroad and your Site Director
  • Innovative Pre-Departure and Post-Program Seminars to build professional skills

Internship Placements

Biology & Ecology - Virtual internships available in New Zealand

Below are a few sample Biology & Ecology - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Biology & Ecology - Virtual internships
<h4>Geospatial Science Research Intern</h4>

Geospatial Science Research Intern

Gain experience with a prominent New Zealand university research department in geospatial science, ecosystem management, and spatial ecology. You’ll develop your skills in the areas of data acquisition, development, maintenance, mapping, and basic geospatial analysis.

<h4>Conservation Research & Data Analysis Intern</h4>

Conservation Research & Data Analysis Intern

Investigate at a university research institute in New Zealand and learn about the impact of climate change and on calcifying taxa, especially coralline algae and corals. This work will support planning for shallow reef systems in the years to come. Data-based research can be used to make species-specific predictions of their responses to ocean acidification and warming, as well as quantifying reef growth under climate change.

Business & Economics - Virtual internships available in New Zealand

Below are a few sample Business & Economics - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Business & Economics - Virtual internships
<h4>Business Analyst at a Data Science Company</h4>

Business Analyst at a Data Science Company

Let your communication skills and knowledge of Excel shine while you gain professional experience at a company in New Zealand. You’ll conduct structured market research and analysis and produce basic graphic design, such as putting together pitch decks for product and research presentations.

<h4>Fundraising Intern for a Mental Health Charity</h4>

Fundraising Intern for a Mental Health Charity

Work closely and help the CEO at a mental health charity in New Zealand. You’ll prepare fundraising applications and compliance, as well as support development of corporate partnerships, help research, and track grant funding.

<h4>Business Intern at a Not-for-Profit Charity</h4>

Business Intern at a Not-for-Profit Charity

As an intern at this New Zealand charity, you’ll be providing business and marketing support, helping the CEO with marketing strategies and delivery of projects, including business analysis, data entry, financial processing support, and compliance work.

Education - Virtual internships available in New Zealand

Below are a few sample Education - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Education - Virtual internships
<h4>Education Assistant at an Early Childhood Center</h4>

Education Assistant at an Early Childhood Center

Work in an early childhood education center in New Zealand that focuses on infants to 5-year-olds. You’ll assist the team and contribute to creating learning experiences, programs, researching skills through play and activities, health and safety, and learning objectives while taking part in weekly and monthly meetings with the team and school.

Health - Virtual internships available in New Zealand

Below are a few sample Health - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Health - Virtual internships
<h4>Cognitive Neuroscience Intern at University Lab</h4>

Cognitive Neuroscience Intern at University Lab

Work at a vision and cognition laboratory in the School of Psychology at a well-known New Zealand university. You’ll contribute to research on the human visual system, with a focus on the face processing system. You’ll start by assisting ongoing research and gradually developing your own project and running your own experiments. Undergraduate-level background in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and other related fields are required.

Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning - Virtual internships available in New Zealand

Below are a few sample Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning - Virtual internships
<h4>Digital Strategy & Web at Tourism Company</h4>

Digital Strategy & Web at Tourism Company

Support a luxury tour operator in New Zealand as they change focus from international travel markets to domestic ones. You’ll conduct market research and update the website and social media platforms with new content, with the overall goal of increasing customer engagement.

<h4>Tourism Development at Private Operating Company</h4>

Tourism Development at Private Operating Company

Gain experience in one of New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed and award-winning tourism businesses. You’ll help with researching and developing domestic tourism initiatives. You’ll build an understanding of the operations within a successful and dynamic tourism business.

IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships available in New Zealand

Below are a few sample IT & Computer Systems - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships
<h4>Web Development and CSS Coder at Pet Database Company</h4>

Web Development and CSS Coder at Pet Database Company

Roll up your sleeves at get involved with website development and CSS coding upgrades at this New Zealand pet database company. In particular, you’ll identify speed issues with the website and implement changes to improve speed to current standards.

<h4>Game Development at Info Tech Company</h4>

Game Development at Info Tech Company

Support your new team in New Zealand to develop game-based learning activities for their HTML5 / JavaScript game editor. This work requires a solid understanding of JavaScript web technologies and game design, as well as Github and SOLID programming methodology. You’ll be researching technology and writing documentation, as well as working on experimental enhancements to the behind-the-scenes game engine.

Journalism & Media - Virtual internships available in New Zealand

Below are a few sample Journalism & Media - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Journalism & Media - Virtual internships
<h4>Journalism and Social Media for Online Media Company</h4>

Journalism and Social Media for Online Media Company

Tackle social and environmental issues in New Zealand through creating and distributing engaging written or graphic content via social channels. You’ll stay up to date with current and emerging technologies and trends in social media, design tools, and applications as you develop and expand community and influencer outreach efforts.

<h4>Journalism Intern at NZ Print and Digital Magazine</h4>

Journalism Intern at NZ Print and Digital Magazine

Bring your passion for writing about a variety of subjects, interviewing people, and writing questions! You’ll work on a magazine publication in New Zealand that covers local news and events, personalities, fashion, food, health and beauty, entertainment, travel, real estate, and much more. You’ll also be able to grow the company’s social media pages.

Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships available in New Zealand

Below are a few sample Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships
<h4>Advertising Intern at Digital Marketing Agency</h4>

Advertising Intern at Digital Marketing Agency

Learn about all aspects of the digital marketing experience, including working alongside leading brands in New Zealand as you develop and implement digital strategies, research and write content, then promote it. You’ll learn about driving traffic to client websites, engaging with target audiences and building relationships through targeted campaigns, tactics, and strategies.

<h4>SEO Intern at Online Pet Subscription Service</h4>

SEO Intern at Online Pet Subscription Service

Bring your experience with Google Adwords, Google Analytics, and Webmaster to shine in New Zealand! You’ll work on and learn about reviewing, reporting, and updating current SEO performance while also being involved in creating new content for the company’s websites.

<h4>Digital Marketing Intern at Business Consultancy</h4>

Digital Marketing Intern at Business Consultancy

Learn more about digital marketing while you intern for a business consultancy firm in New Zealand. You’ll focus on work like increasing customer engagement, enhancing brand awareness, and marketing through meaningful content and engaging digital media channels.

Social Work - Virtual internships available in New Zealand

Below are a few sample Social Work - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Social Work - Virtual internships
<h4>Research Analyst at Mental Health Service Provider</h4>

Research Analyst at Mental Health Service Provider

Assist with research that supports a busy non-profit mental health service to provide high quality care in New Zealand. Your work will include assisting the clinical team with research and analysis and supporting community education projects. Work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist and learn about the different roles of a psychologist in an organization.

<h4>Psychology Intern at Non-Profit Org</h4>

Psychology Intern at Non-Profit Org

Work with a team of specialist psychologists, doctors, peer support facilitators, and helpline workers to help thousands of children, adolescents, and adults in New Zealand build resilience and recover from anxiety, depression, OCD, and phobias. Support the operation of the clinical services through online projects such as administrative activities, supporting community education projects, and assisting with day-to-day operations. Work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist and learn about the different roles of a psychologist in an organization.

Program Details

Your Virtual Experience

Your Virtual Experience - New Zealand

The Experience

Once you apply and submit your $90 deposit, you’ll have a Skype interview with your CIS Abroad Program Enrollment Coordinator to learn more about your work experience and goals so we can start looking for the best-fit internship placement for you. We’ll also make sure you get pre-departure support to ensure you’re feeling great about your virtual experience. 

Online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship. CIS Abroad teaching assistants, under the supervision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, provide ongoing support, guidance, and reflection sessions that help you understand your work experience in a cross-cultural context.

About Our Partner

SUPERVISOR CHECK-INS

Look forward to “face-to-face” meetings with your host organization supervisor at least once a week to ensure you’re on the same page and get additional feedback and direction on your project. This will also help you practice key skills like facilitating a remote meeting and working with remote colleagues in a cross-cultural setting. Additional, daily communication with your supervisors is expected – you’re already a pro at technology platforms, so this will be second nature to you.

Itinerary

Online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship. CIS Abroad teaching assistants, under the supervision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, provide ongoing support, guidance, and reflection sessions that help you understand your work experience in a cross-cultural context.

SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONS


The curriculum is structured around seven main elements:

1. PRE-PROGRAM CULTURAL ORIENTATION
5 contact hours

You’ll participate in an online, interactive cultural orientation with CIS Abroad staff located in New Zealand, where your internship organization is based. This orientation will focus on topics such as the impact of the local culture on business etiquette, improving cross-cultural communication skills, and adapting work styles accordingly, giving you tools for success working within that culture.

2. PRE-PROGRAM SEMINAR: OWN WORKING REMOTELY

10 contact hours

You’ll explore each of the four Remote Work modules individually, learning the fundamentals of working in a remote environment and across cultures at the same time. The seminar is followed by an online reflection session with other virtual internship participants, facilitated by a CIS Abroad teaching assistant. You’ll reflect on your learning, share your progress and challenges, and discuss what cultural differences you’ve encountered to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your virtual internship experience. The modules include:

  • Remote Roles & the Future of Work
  • Communication & Client Management
  • Productivity
  • Work-Life Balance

3. MENTORED, HANDS-ON LEARNING
Session 1: 120-240 contact hours | Session 2: 90-180 contact hours

Guided by your on-site supervisor, you’ll work on tasks and assignments that meet the needs of your internship organization. Deliverables are specific, relevant to the industry, demonstrate application of classroom learning, and can be shared with potential future employers. Upon completion of your virtual internship, you’ll produce a final video, presentation, or similar deliverable (to be determined in consultation with your internship supervisor) which presents the outcomes/results of your internship.

4. INTERNSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: BUILD YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
Minimum 10 contact hours

This online seminar offers an opportunity to reflect on your personal drivers, values, and how you want to be perceived as professionals entering the workforce. You’ll also be exposed to the critical skills necessary for the dynamic future of work, including communication, networking, and technology.

5. INTERNSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: WORKING ACROSS CULTURES
Minimum 10 contact hours

While we’re familiar with our own culture, what happens when we shift across cultures and the rules suddenly seem to change? From the entrepreneur seeking to launch a product in a different country, to the U.S.-based engineer working on product design with counterparts in India, to the social worker assisting individuals from a range of backgrounds – the exposure to other cultures is all around us. To be successful in navigating both international and domestic cultural differences, you need an understanding of what culture is, how it affects your interactions with others, and what skills you must develop in order to be successful intercultural leaders.

6. CROSS-CULTURAL DEBRIEFS
10 contact hours

CIS Abroad site directors will facilitate live cross-cultural debriefing sessions each week via remote learning technology. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss in real time, with staff in-country, what is happening in your virtual internship placements; come to understand the whys behind the culturally-based interactions you’re having; and learn what other virtual interns are working on and experiencing.

7. POST-PROGRAM SEMINAR: OWN YOUR CAREER
Minimum of 5 contact hours

CIS Abroad teaching assistants will guide you in individual reflection, utilizing the STARR framework: Situation, Task, Action, Result, Relates*. This process shows you how: a) to translate your experience into content for your digital profile and augment your self brand; b) to frame your experience for potential employers; and c) these experiences are transferable to other fields – helping you articulate your experience in order to increase employability.

Session 1: 170-290 total contact hours
Session 2: 140-230 total contact hours

Virtual Intern for Credit

Want to earn 3 credits for your virtual internship? We can do that!

A respected New Hampshire university, Plymouth State University is CIS Abroad’s accrediting partner for internship programs. Plymouth State University 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.

Learn more about interning for credit through Plymouth State University here.

Why Virtual Life in Wellington

Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Wellington is the political, business, and cultural capital of New Zealand. You’ll work with the nearly 500,000 other people who live in Wellington, but the city truly feels like a close-knit community – and will be ready to welcome you in person someday! “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. 

Even from afar, you’ll be in awe of Wellington’s natural beauty. Explore the volcanic, desolate Tongariro National Park by drone or see what it’s like to ride the cable car up to the space observatory or botanical gardens. Learn more about New Zealand’s history and indigenous life through the digital collection at Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand.

Live La Vida Local

  • Experience Wellywood

    Go behind the scenes and experience Wellywood. From LOTR to the Hobbit, you’ll enjoy seeing the creativity that goes into making global box office hits.

  • Watch Rugby

    No experience with New Zealanders would be complete without seeing a rugby match! Put on something yellow and blue and join a virtual watch party to see the local teams play.

  • Arts Scene

    Wellington is also known for its amazing art scene. Get a virtual tour of “Bats Theatre” – a theatre that showcases the work of up and coming actors and directors.

What's Included

Inclusions

  • CIS Abroad advising support throughout placement process and duration of internship experience
  • Support pursuing university credit (optional)
  • Pre-Departure and Post-Program seminars to set you up for success
  • Daily/weekly check-ins with host organization supervisor
  • Internship Placement Confirmation Guide, which lays out the project work and outcome of the remote internship
  • Opportunity to present end-of-program project results to supervisor and/or remote organization
  • Working Virtually Across Cultures digital credential
  • Access to Insta LIVE: On-Site Culture Sessions
  • Virtual La Vida Local Online Series

Site Director

Helena Henare-Coolen - Virtual
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About:

Helena was born and bred in Wellington, New Zealand, but a curious spirit and a former career took her to Australia and throughout Europe. Since returning to Wellington, she started “a pay it forward” social enterprise called the Steampunk Food Van that provides meals for people living on the street or in poverty. She is a passionate social entrepreneur who is forever exploring and learning new things about people, community and environmental sustainability. In her spare time, you’ll find Helena frollicking about the vast area of New Zealand that is protected national park, or enjoying a specialty coffee at one of the many cafes that are popping up.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Michelle Everard

Dates & Prices

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Additional Information:

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