Hosting an intern through the National Expedition and Internship

Massey University has close relationships with a range of business and organisations who host our student interns.  We add new placement sites as the National Expedition and Internship expands.  Please review the following information if you would like to be considered as a potential host organisation.  

Programme structure

The National Expedition and Internship is a study abroad programme offering undergraduate international students, primarily from the United States, the opportunity to explore, learn and engage with New Zealand culture and industry. It is made up of a two-week study tour of New Zealand, a four-week internship placement, and online course work.

Students enrol in one of four separate tracks, based on what they are studying at their overseas institution.  The six-week tracks run between the end of May and the beginning of August.

  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Communication and Marketing
  • Creative Expression and Digital Media
  • Disaster Risk and Emergency Management

How interns benefit their host sites

Past interns contributed toward the short and long term goals of their hosts through a clearly defined scope of work provided by the organisation.  They are managed by the host’s on-site internship supervisor.  Previous interns were involved in the following initiatives.

Hawkes’ Bay placements

Agriculture and Environment

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Care of animals
  • Habitat restoration and conservation
  • Assistance with day-to-day running of agribusiness operations

Wellington placements

Communication and Marketing

  • Production of marketing collateral, including photography and video material
  • Creation of websites and social media profiles and content
  • Market research and development of a social media strategy
  • Preparation of press releases, news articles and media briefs
  • Events management and support

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management

  • Assistance with public messaging and community response plans
  • Revision of evacuation plans
  • Research of recovery plans
  • Assessment and revision of response document templates

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