Intern in New Zealand

Explore your career track, gain practical skills, and enjoy living in an amazing, scenic country! Intern anytime, specifically during your winter or summer break, for as short as a month or as long as a year. It’s so close to home, why not?

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! During your free time, you’ll also get to explore New Zealand beautiful landscapes and alluring towns.

Start getting excited about:

Living in an adventure capital of the world – yes 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:

  • Diverse and unique placements
  • Flexibility on your start date
  • On-site orientation and support
  • Live and work in what Lonely Planet has described as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ – Wellington (other locations also available)
  • Overseas work experience without the language barrier


The CISaustralia Intern in New Zealand program offers custom designed internships predominantly in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington.

Year-round placements are available and are typically taken in month long increments. 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*:

Aerospace Engineering
Agricultural Research
Aircraft Maintenance
Architectural Engineering
Arts Administration
Aviation Management
Brand Management
Business Analysis
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Civil Law
Clinical Chemistry
Construction Management
Creative Therapy
Criminal Law
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
Hydraulic Engineering
Information Technology
Landscape Design
Leadership Development
Marine Biology
Market Research
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Research
Museum Curating
Nutrition and Dietetics
Pharmaceutical Research
Plant and Food Science
Radio Production
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
Turf Management
Urban and Town Planning
Veterinary Science
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. While there are no excursions included on this program, there are a number of cultural activities that you can choose to visit at your own expense:

  • Visit the Te Papa Museum for everything ‘New Zealand’
  • JRR Tolkien fans rejoice with behind-the-scenes concept design and prop production workshops
  • Walk Mt Victoria and get a taste of New Zealand’s beautiful scenery with multiple lookouts showing Wellington in all of its glory
  • Hike Mt Kaukau – the tallest mountain visible along the Wellington city skyline
  • Head to Oriental Bay, Scorching Bay or Lyall Bay for some dazzling beaches


The CISaustralia Intern in New Zealand program offers placements predominantly in Wellington, which Lonely Planet has described as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’.

As the capital of New Zealand, Wellington is located on the southern tip of the North Island. With a population of around half a million, it is compact and easy to get around while boasting a modern, lively personality.

Other locations for an internship may be available based on the customised program requirements.


Interns will have their own single, private bedroom in either a self-catered, shared accommodation or homestay option. Please let CISaustralia know your accommodation preference.

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 - Year round
Application deadline is 90 days prior to commencement. Arrive on the Friday before your internship begins. Depart the Friday after your internship ends. See the "More" info box below for upcoming program dates.
Application FeeA$ 95
Program Fee A$ 5,399 - 8,799
OS-HELP A$ 6,913


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 accommodation in self-catered, shared accommodation or homestay option
  • On-site orientation
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)

What is not included:

  • Program application fee
  • Flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Public Liability insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • 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 the $750 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 $750 deposit is part of your overall program payment.

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