What students have to say about the National Expedition and Internship

Social Media and Student Blogs

Connect with us and the other students on our Facebook page.  See what past students did while they were here and keep up with what is coming in 2018.

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Student blogs from 2017

All of the 2017 student blog posts are collected in one place, just for you.

Student blogs from 2016

Want to know what these tracks were really like for the students?  Read on.

Alumni Spotlights

We asked past students to tell us what they got out of the programme, personally and professionally.  As you’ll see, the NE&I will impact you far beyond your six weeks here in New Zealand.

Agriculture and Environment

Communication and Marketing

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management

Quotes from Students

Erika Suessmith.jpg Erika Suessmith
Iowa State University
Agriculture & Environment 2017

It was amazing to see all the similarities and differences that exist between our culture and way of life and that on the other side of the world. New Zealand is a gorgeous country with a vibrant people and history and I believe that the lessons I learned here have helped me confirm what I'd like to do with my career.

Experiencing another culture for so long taught me a lot about who I am and what I value in life, and I am grateful for this program for that reason alone. Journeying here only made the travel bug more intense and I can't wait to start my next adventure.

Kenny Nguyen.jpg Kenny Nguyen
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Agriculture and Environment 2016

By having an expedition alongside an internship, it gave me more of an incentive to be able to immerse myself in another culture whilst gaining international work experience.  New Zealand is an agricultural powerhouse and being in the College of Agriculture and Consumer Economic Sciences means that the program fit directly into my curriculum and therefore I qualified for school credit back at my home institution.

This was a very unique experience as Kate from Gourmet Direct allowed us to gain hands-on experience and generate a marketing plan as well as implement promotions to help Gourmet Direct increase their customer base and grow into a much larger business.

Jeanine Goodall.jpg Jeanine Goodall
College of Charleston
Communication & Marketing 2017

I’ve always been interested in traveling to New Zealand for its incredible beauty. Now that I’m here, I cannot believe my eyes. This is by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

I’m also stoked about having an internship in Wellington.

Amanda White.jpg Amanda White
Miami University
Communication and Marketing 2016


The structure of the National Expedition and Internship is a unique “best of both worlds,” in that I saw that I would be able to both travel throughout New Zealand and get to know one city very well. I wanted a vibrant internship experience and time abroad, which Massey was able to provide through this program.

The tour environment on our expedition has been phenomenal.  We made random stops along the way at the most incredible little towns or natural wonders, and so many moments on the tour were standout experiences.

Peter Fields.jpg Peter Fields
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Creative Expression & Digital Media 2017

For me, this program was a once in a lifetime opportunity and everything gained was completely unexpected. Our travels were breath taking and beautiful, my internship was stimulating and challenging, but most importantly I cultivated bonds with complete strangers and became a family by program's end.

For my future, I will undoubtedly rely on my internship experience at Huia Publishers as a point of difference between myself and other applicants, and I'll carry the fond memories of New Zealand with me for the rest of my life.

Charlie Daab.jpg Charlie Daab
Eastern Kentucky University
Disaster Risk & Emergency Management 2017

I did not go into this expecting to see all these different places, and I thought that was pretty interesting and awesome.

Going into this I thought I knew a lot about emergency management, but I didn’t realize how specific it was to the US. So just to see a whole other way of going about emergency management, or getting to the same goal, but just in a whole different format, I thought was pretty cool.

Nicole Jones.jpg Nicole Jones
Western Illinois University
Disaster Risk and Emergency Management 2016


I learned about running emergency management offices from the very top of the civil defence office in Wellington all the way down to communities with less than 50 people. The various kinds of areas in New Zealand give an experience that make it so that I am better prepared in any area I choose to work in throughout the U.S. The most standout experience has been my interaction with the various professionals in the field. They are very open to questions and genuinely want you to learn about what they do, how they do it, and why they do it.

The Ministry of Health has been awesome. They have sent me to different offices and they even sent me out on a day trip to another region to ensure that I got the most out of my experience. Their commitment to learning has given me much more knowledge than a classroom would.

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