Become a Global Citizen

Gaining international experience during your time at Massey University will strengthen your CV and benefit you throughout your career.  Businesses and companies look for applicants with a global mindset to work with their culturally-diverse employees and overseas clients.

Studying overseas on exchange for a semester or two as part of your Massey degree can propel you along your path toward Global Citizenship. Other options, such as study tours, internships, and international conferences, provide valuable experiences as well. Global Citizen is a Massey University initiative to assist you with taking up these opportunities.  Contact Craig Lyons to find out how you can become involved in the programmes below.


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Massey University’s membership in the ISEP consortium gives you access to semester and Northern Hemisphere summer internships in eight countries through their partner, Global Experiences. Internship placements are in English, except for Paris where French fluency is required.

Your internship can take place during your time at Massey or after you graduate. There are options for earning credit that may transfer back to your Massey degree.

The Intern Group

This award-winning company can significantly improve your skills and employability through their international internship programmes. Options are available in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.


This placement company offers internships and language programmes in Barcelona, Spain. They have a range of internships, particularly in the business sectors and most of them are available to English speakers. Staff members based in New Zealand and Spain are available to support you throughout your experience.

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New Zealand citizens or permanent residents can apply for a 10-week language and internship experience in China. You will spend the first two weeks in an intensive Chinese language school and work for a company related to your area of interest for your eight-week internship. The programme fees, flights, accommodation, and living allowances are covered by funding through the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

22 July 2018 is the application deadline. The programme will take place between 26 November 2018 and 3 February 2019. The 2017 participants have great things to say about their experiences.

A business consultancy internship at the New Zealand Consulate in China is also available through InternChina.  Application close 20 August 2018.

Group Study Tours

Massey in India Global Studios 2019

This study tour to India in January and February 2019 offers ten students an opportunity to develop professional competency through liaising and working alongside artisans, business and design practitioners in the Indian fashion and textile industry. Funding support is provided through the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

Students will take up internship positions at Jaipur Rugs, an international award-winning knotted rug company, and at Bhu:sattva, a leading eco fashion company. They will learn global approaches to design business within a sustainable practice framework.

Conferences and Events

APEC Voices of the Future Forum

This annual programme brings team of young people together to expose them to the real-life deal-making process of world leaders and inspire them to do the same with their own ideas.  Massey University provides a scholarship to attend this Forum each year.  

Anne-Sophie Page is the most recent winner of the scholarship. She joined the New Zealand delegation taking part in the week-long 2017 Forum in Da Nang, Vietnam, involving 115 youth delegates from around the world.

APEC 2017 Anne-Sophie with PM.jpg “The opportunity to listen to the thoughts of leaders in both politics and business on some of the key issues facing the modern world was one of the most valuable aspects of the APEC Voices of the Future programme. The summit consisted of panel discussions, with some keynote speakers that focused on topics like the Future of Globalisation. The main keynote addresses came from President Rodrigo Duterte, President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping.

On the final morning of the Summit, the opportunity to have breakfast with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, along with the rest of the New Zealand delegation attending the summit was made available. The table arrangements saw youth delegates seated at different tables amongst some of the most influential economic leaders in New Zealand. It was a humbling experience to be included in conversations with such prominent people and have our opinions heard and valued.

The week spent in Vietnam wasn’t all politics and business though, we were given time to explore the city and the countryside. As a group, we visited orphanages, villages and the attractions that surrounded Da Nang and Hoi An. We indulged in the local cuisine, immersed ourselves in the Vietnamese culture and spent the nights getting to know the fellow 16 economies.  

APEC Voices of the Future was an incredible experience. The topic of international relations has been a long-held interest of mine and belonging to the NZ delegation has given me a strong perspective and insight on the collaborative approach needed to address the Asia Pacific region’s issues. I took full advantage of this opportunity, and I encourage any future Massey delegates to do the same.”

Details about how to apply to attend the 2018 Voices of the Future Forum in Papua, New Guinea will be posted here when they become available.

Northern Hemisphere Summer Programmes

Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia

UCAM offers a wide range of specialization courses over two or three weeks in July. All courses are taught in English. Subjects include:

  • Big Data Fundamentals and Applications in Bioinformatics
  • Fundamentals of 3D Digital Design
  • Fundamentals of Smart Cities: Planning, Design and Management
  • Intelligent Management for the Tourism Industry Media and Communications
  • Spanish Language and Culture Intensive Course
  • Sports Management
  • Video Technology and Applications in Events

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