What students have to say about the National Expedition and Internship

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Student blogs from 2017 and 2018

All of the 2017 and 2018 student blog posts are collected in one place, just for you.

Student blogs from 2016

Want to know what the tracks were really like for the 2016 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

Agriculture and Environment

Jena Johnson.jpg Jena Johnson
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The best learning experience for me was the hands-on tasks assigned to me during my internship, as well as simply living and functioning as an adult in a new country. I have never been abroad, and it is comforting to know that I can adjust and even become comfortable in a country that is not my own. I learned how to depend on my peers for help, and to offer help in return whenever I could.

The internship gave me career-based experience that fine-tuned skills I already have and that also introduced me to brand new skills/concepts as well.

Alexa Kapla.jpg Alexa Kapla
University of Nebraska – Lincoln

I got super lucky to be able to work with the Department of Conservation. DOC has such a broad expanse of projects that they work on that I learned about all aspects of the environment, direct and indirect values, in a hands-on manner.

I had amazing opportunities such as flying in helicopters, working with kiwi, and visiting a marae.

Kenny Nguyen.jpg Kenny Nguyen
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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.

Erika Suessmith.jpg Erika Suessmith
Iowa State University

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.

Communication and Marketing

Rebecca Sherman.jpg Rebecca Sherman
Hendrix College

Massey's National Expedition & Internship was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to explore a country that I never thought I would ever get the chance to visit. During the expedition, we visited a variety of foreign industries and explored each company's image and identity to see how effectively they are communicated. This allowed me to gain cultural insight and apply what I have learned to my studies at home.

I was also provided an amazing internship opportunity with the Ministry of Education where I was able to work closely with Ministry personnel to help enhance the learning support system utilising many different communication strategies. I have learned so much in this programme, and I would highly recommend other students to experience what New Zealand has to offer.

Alexis Whitted.jpg Alexis Whitted
George Mason University

Attending the National Expedition and Internship was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

I made amazing friends, got to travel all over one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and gained such valuable work experience at my internship.

Six weeks was surely not enough time in this wonderful country!

Amanda White.jpg Amanda White
Miami University

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.

Jeanine Goodall.jpg Jeanine Goodall
College of Charleston

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.

Creative Expression and Digital Media

Peter Fields.jpg Peter Fields
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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.

Madeleine Olson.jpg Madeleine Olson
Mount Holyoke College

This program immersed me into a multitude of meaningful collisions.

There is no better way to grow as an artist than to be continually exposing yourself to new environments and shaping your practice in the process with other creatives.

Skylah Rachel.jpg Skylah Rachel
Iowa State University

Being able to explore so much of the country while building upon my creative side was the best combination I could have asked for.

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management

Nicole Jones.jpg Nicole Jones
Western Illinois University

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.

Charlie Daab.jpg Charlie Daab
Eastern Kentucky University

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.

Lisa Wier.jpg Lisa Wier
Eastern Kentucky University

I learned so much about disaster management in New Zealand during this trip! The first weeks we spent traveling around the country, exploring places such as Christchurch, Aoraki/Mt Cook, the Bay of Islands, Auckland, and Wellington. I ended up interning for Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and worked on mercury spill kits and various other tasks.

My time in New Zealand has been an eye-opening experience filled with new experiences and adventure. Through hands-on activities throughout New Zealand and classroom assignments, emergency management became a new interest. As a Nursing major, I also got to experience things in my own field by reaching out to contacts through my supervisor and instructor.

Madison Newberry.jpg Madison Newberry
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Your expedition and internship will be what you make it, and I ensured I made mine one to remember.

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