Intern in New Zealand

Explore your career track, gain practical skills and enjoy living in an amazing country! NZ is a wonderful option for a custom-designed internship available in a wide range of professional fields. Enjoy the scenic beauty and Kiwi culture while still being close to home.

Program Overview

With program start dates throughout the year, and specifically during your summer and winter breaks, you can immerse in the Kiwi workplace culture and gain relevant career experience whenever you’re keen! Internships are based primarily in Auckland. During your free time, you’ll also get to explore New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes and alluring towns.

Start getting excited about:

Your new home – Auckland has a rich cosmopolitan mix of people. It is New Zealand’s largest city and is the centre of the country’s retail and commercial activities. Its harbourside location is known as the “City of Sails” because of the great number of yachts that sail in the harbours and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.

Living in an adventure capital of the world – Many people consider NZ to be one of the most adrenaline-pumping countries to visit. Kayak down rapids, skydive, surf, river board, snowboard, hike, canyon… you name it, New Zealand probably has it – and once you are there, it’s all only a short road trip away.

Spectacular landscape like no other – NZ can offer what few countries can. The compact size means you can be visiting beaches, mountains and rainforests all in the same day. It is now well-known for being the Lord of the Rings landscape, and in real life it lives up to the expectation.

A custom placement – We would not expect you to head over the ditch to help the Kiwis pour coffee and sharpen pencils. Our internships are unique and customised to your career aspirations, hobbies, interests and skills.


Here are a few highlights of the CISaustralia internship program in New Zealand:

  • Custom, diverse and unique placements
  • On-site orientation and support
  • Overseas work experience without the language barrier
  • Live and work in a country famous worldwide for its incredible scenery – explore sweeping mountains, vast underground cave systems, gigantic glaciers, boiling hot springs, golden-sand beaches and rugged coastline

COVID Safe Travel

The health and safety of our students is our highest priority. We take our duty of care for our students, their families and our Australian University partners seriously. For all of our program locations, we have developed a site-specific COVID-19 risk matrix and risk management and emergency response plans so that health and safety response protocols are monitored, managed and communicated.

We have also developed a flexible COVID-19 Refund Policy that limits the financial impact on students should CISaustralia (or one of our overseas partners) have to cancel or suspend a program due to COVID-19.

In preparation for your overseas program, it’s important that you carefully read and understand information related to COVID-19 Travel Safety and Insurance Requirements.

CISaustralia monitors Smartraveller and reliable news feeds to keep up to date with the latest COVID information and any associated travel restrictions and entry requirements for all destinations where we have programs. Due to the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation, Government travel advice can change quickly. For the most up to date information on New Zealand, visit the Smartraveller website.


Our Intern in New Zealand program offers custom designed internships available for 8-14 weeks. We encourage students to immerse themselves in the local culture and make the most of their international contacts by staying as long as possible.

Internships are generally available in the following fields*:

Agricultural Research
Architectural Engineering
Arts Administration
Brand Management
Business Analysis
Construction Management
Data Journalism
Education – Pre-School, Primary, Secondary
Event Management
Fashion Design
Fashion Industry
Film Production
Food Innovation
Food Technology
Graphic Design
Hospitality Management
Human Resources
Human Rights Law
Information Technology
Landscape Design
Leadership Development
Market Research
Mechanical Engineering
Nutrition and Dietetics
Research and Development
Search Engine Optimisation
Social Work
Software Development
Software Engineering
Software Testing
Sports Management
Supply Chain Management
Sustainable Business
TV Production
Theatre Studies
Tourism and Leisure
Urban and Town Planning
Visual Merchandising
Web Development

*Please note that due to changing business conditions and needs of local businesses, we cannot guarantee that all these internships will be available.


Make the most of your time in New Zealand and get out and explore the beautiful country you will be living in! As a part of your orientation you will get to know the local neighbourhood, learn the city and local transport options.

There will be plenty of time to hike, travel, enjoy the city on the weekends and see this amazing country. NZ is the home of snowboarding, adventure travel, extreme sports, hiking and hot springs. Our on-site can give recommendations for excursions in and near Auckland or elsewhere in the country.

There are also a number of cultural activities and places of interest you can choose to visit on your own (at own expense). Some suggestions in Auckland and NZ include:

  • Sky Tower Auckland
  • Waitemata Harbour
  • Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • Albert Park
  • One Tree Hill
  • Waiheke Island
  • Viaduct Harbour
  • Auckland Zoo
  • Various museums, art galleries, aquarium, sculpture gardens and beaches
  • Whale watching
  • Hobbiton
  • Lake Taupo
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown


Also known as Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland is New Zealand’s most populous city. It is also the largest Polynesian city in the world and the most multi-cultural, with over 180 different ethnic groups. The city is a hub for food, music, arts and culture that spreads over volcanic hills and around twin harbours, offering an exciting mix of natural wonders and urban adventures.

Home of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, New Zealand is an amazing place of natural beauty and the epicentre of adventure travel. NZ is made up of two large Islands – North and South, plus numerous smaller islands, and has over 15,000 km of beautiful and varied coastline. The country is located 1,500 km east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and approx. 1,000 km south of Fiji.

Maori were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaii about 1,000 years ago. A Dutchman named Abel Tasman was the first European to sight the country, but it was the British who made NZ part of their empire.

Over thousands of years, much of the NZ landscape has become submerged. The Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland are examples of high mountain ranges that have ‘sunk’ into the sea creating spectacular sounds and fiords. NZ has some spectacular geothermal areas and relaxing hot springs – Rotorua is the hub, with mud pools, geysers and hot springs in active thermal areas.


Interns on this program will live in furnished, self-catered apartments shared with 2-4 other people. Each intern will have their own private, single bedroom with a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room. All apartments are close to major transport routes, clean, safe, secure and conveniently located to your internship placement. Utilities and WiFi are included.

Linen, pillow and bedding are not included. A bedding package can be purchased in advance (for an additional fee) that includes a fitted sheet, duvet cover, duvet inner, pillow, pillow case and towel, or students can provide their own.

Academic Credit

An added bonus to your CISaustralia internship is that many universities in Australia will recognise your internship and grant you academic credit. Many progressive universities recognise high-quality internships as part of an elective course, a practical experience element of your degree studies and/or a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.

If you are interested in gaining academic credit for your internship towards your degree at your university in Australia, you should apply for pre-approved academic credit at your home university. Contact your International Office, Academic Advisor/Head of Department or Careers Office to see if this option is available.

CISaustralia will work with you, your university’s Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.

CISaustralia can provide a certificate of participation for every placement. Please contact us for more information.

Program Fee & Dates

Customised Internship (8-14 weeks)
This program is available on set start dates (only). Programs start on a Sunday and end on a Friday. Application deadline is 90 days prior to commencement. Please see specific start dates below or enquire for upcoming availability.
Application FeeA$ 95
Program Fee A$ 5,599 - 7,599
OS-HELP A$ 7,100
July 2022 (8-14 weeks)
Interns must start on the specified start date and can choose from 8 to 14 weeks. Arrive on the Sunday before your internship begins. Depart on the last Friday of your internship.
Arrival Date03 July 2022
Application FeeA$ 95
Program Fee A$ 5,599 - 7,599
OS-HELP A$ 7,100
November 2022 (8-14 weeks)
Interns must start on the specified start date and can choose from 8 to 14 weeks. Arrive on the Sunday before your internship begins. Depart on the last Friday of your internship.
Arrival Date27 November 2022
Application FeeA$ 95
Program Fee A$ 5,599 - 7,599
OS-HELP A$ 7,100
January 2023 (8-14 weeks)
Interns must start on the specified start date and can choose from 8 to 14 weeks. Arrive on the Sunday before your internship begins. Depart on the last Friday of your internship.
Arrival Date15 January 2023
Application FeeA$ 95
Program Fee A$ 5,599 - 7,599
OS-HELP A$ 7,100


Program fees include the following:
  • Internship placement and supervision
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • Accommodation – Single room in self-catered, shared apartment
  • On-site orientation
  • Program risk matrix and COVID-19 risk assessment
  • Risk Management and Emergency Response Plan
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)

What is not included:

  • Program application fee
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Flights (CISaustralia travel support)
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Public Liability insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Bedding package (approx. A$150)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Please note that no internship placement is ever guaranteed, even after acceptance into the program. CISaustralia is in constant communication with each candidate providing ongoing updates on final placement confirmation and associated organisational opportunities.

Please do not book flights until you have received the dates in your acceptance paperwork and you are confirmed on the program.

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


1. Is a passport or visa required? How and when do I apply for my passport and visa?

It is a requirement of entry to any international destination to have a valid passport. It is important to remember that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months PAST your return date. To apply for a passport visit Australia Post to collect an application or learn more at:

Passport application forms can be filled in and printed online, but not lodged. You will need to sign the completed application form in black ink and lodge it at the time of your personal interview, together with all of the supporting documentation listed on the application form. In Australia most forms are lodged at Australia Post outlets.

Visas are specific to the destination, please check with trained counselling staff at CISaustralia for further information.

2. Where will I be staying during my internship?

Accommodation is provided as part of your internship. This is often shared accommodation or a single room in a shared apartment. Please see the ‘Accommodation’ tab of the internship you are interested in to learn more.

3. Will there be other students with me in the program, and if so, how many?

CISaustralia programs are a great way to not only meet local and international students but also others from Australia on a similar intern journey as you. We often have U.S. students on intern placements through our partners in the United States. Depending on the year, intern program sizes will vary. Often flexibility is the key! If you need more information on specific program sizes, please contact us.

4. Will I be paid during my internship?

You won’t get paid but the experience is priceless. Your resume will look outstanding and you will open up a whole new world of opportunities. Professional internships are invaluable experiences, and educational and resume-building programs that will greatly enhance your employment prospects when you return home. Some universities will also offer academic credit for your internship. Check with your home university in Australia.

5. How do you match me with businesses and organisations?

Matching you to the best available internship is crucial to the success of the program. We take a detailed look at your interests, goals and skills and match you accordingly with businesses and organisations that fit your needs. This is why the application process is so crucial. Here you will nominate your top two areas of interest and we will also conduct an interview with you through our Program Coordinator or on-site team to help us achieve the best placement. Once you have paid your internship deposit, our team will move ahead with placing you with the best match in one of your two chosen fields of interest.

6. I am thinking of an internship in my major – is this possible?

It is possible and wherever possible, we go even further to individualise your placement to truly match your major. For sample placements take a look at the ‘Placements’ tab.

7. Is the internship matching deposit necessary?

It is necessary for one very important reason. It shows your commitment to the program, not just to us but also potential businesses and organisations that we are approaching on your behalf. When you’ve paid the deposit we can confidently approach these businesses on your behalf to find the best possible match. It is not an extra fee – the internship deposit is part of your overall program payment.

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