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.

Conferences and Events
Group Study Tours
Study Abroad

Visit Global Citizen Student Experiences to see what past participants have to say about these opportunities.

Conferences and Events

APEC Voices of the Future Forum

This annual programme allows young leaders from around the Asia-Pacific region to experience the APEC CEO summit, to meet international leaders and to network with other delegates from across the Asia-Pacific.  The Massey University International Relations Office provides a scholarship to attend this Forum each year.  The 2018 forum took place 12 – 18 November in Papua New Guinea. The selection requirements were:

  • Delegates must be between 18 and 24 years old. 
  • Delegates will need a valid passport and are able to obtain an entrance visa to Papua New Guinea.
  • Students should be undertaking studies in a relevant academic area.
  • Sometimes the event can overlap with exams in November. That means any students with exams scheduled at this time will need to arrange to take the exam in advance.
  • After attending the event, delegates will be required to provide a report on their experience, as well as to identify opportunities to share their experience with others on their return, for example through speeches or media.

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia and Latin America

The Prime Minister’s Scholarships are for undergraduate or postgraduate students who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents wanting to undertake study or research in Asia or Latin America. Successful candidates will have their tuition costs paid for, and receive a significant contribution towards flights, accommodation, insurance and a living allowance.

Past recipients have participated in Student Exchange, Study Abroad, internship and language programmes.  Some of these experiences are described on our Global Citizen Experiences page.


ISEP logo.jpg ISEP and Global Experiences

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 its international internship programmes. Options are available in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.

Five-Month Paid Internship in Chile

The Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence is offering a paid internship working with the Chilean APEC Business Advisory Council team from 1 July to 1 December 2019. The intern will gain global business experience in a Latin American context while supporting the implementation and delivery of the APEC Forum in Santiago, Chile in November 2019.  Applicants must be an NZ citizen or permanent resident, be a final-year undergraduate, recent graduate, or Master’s student, and have a minimum B+ GPA.

Students Go Abroad

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. Students Go Abroad can give you access to other opportunities, such as those offered by Si-Internships.

InternChina.jpg Pagoda Projects

New Zealand Citizens or permanent residents can apply for internships in China, Vietnam, and Mexico. The programme fees, flights, accommodation, and living allowances can be covered by a successful funding application via the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America. A business consultancy internship at the New Zealand Consulate in Chengdu, China is also available through Pagoda Projects.

NASA internships and New Zealand Space Agency scholarships

The NASA International Internship is an opportunity for New Zealand tertiary students to work collaboratively on research with a NASA mentor. The programme will take place at NASA’s Ames Research Centre in Silicon Valley, California from June to August 2019 and is designed to enhance your international and intercultural understanding and skills by working on NASA research or NASA related mission or project. Opportunities for collaboration with a diverse range of other interns will be provided both in formal and informal settings.

Centers for Asia-Pacific Excellence internship in Colombia

This scholarship provides you with a fully-funded internship in Medellín, Colombia in a workplace that aligns with the areas of art, film, television, media production, communications, radio, newspapers, museums, and more. This 12-week internship will enable you to have a better understanding of work roles you might like to explore in the future in the cultural industries, practice speaking Spanish every day, and bring a fresh perspective back to New Zealand about the importance and value of Latin American culture.

Asia New Zealand Foundation - Genesis Burson–Marsteller internship, India

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites final year undergraduate/postgraduate students, and recent graduates in public relations, communications, business, marketing and/or media studies to apply for an internship in India with Genesis Burson-Marsteller (GBM), over the 2018/2019 summer. GBM is a corporate communications firm with a range of high-profile global and Indian clients across a diverse range of sectors, including New Zealand clients seeking to raise their profile in the important Indian market.

CRCC Asia Inclusivity Scholarships

Five fully-funded scholarships were available to take part in a CRCC Asia 2019 Inclusion Initiative Scholarship.

  • CRCC Asia & AHEAD - Students with Disabilities Scholarships
  • CRCC Asia & KAHAL Abroad - Scholarship for Jewish Students
  • CRCC Asia’s Symone D Sanders Scholarship for Black Communities
  • CRCC Asia - Indigenous Communities Scholarship
  • CRCC Asia - LGBTQ Scholarship

CRCC Asia is committed to inclusion for all. They will accept applications and motivation statements from any student that has a genuine need, even from individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and are not represented in the groups above.


The Massey University Global Citizen programme and CRCC Asia are pleased to offer an eight week Japanese Studies Cultural Experience internship beginning in December 2019.  Students will be placed in internships relevant to their field of study.  Business, marketing and NGO/charity placements are areas of focus. The programme dates are 12 December 2019 to 8 February 2020.

The programme will begin with a week of business and cultural activities, followed by a seven-week internship placement. Students will be allocated to their internship placement based on an interview process with CRCC Asia. Participants will be supported by an English speaking supervisor throughout the internship. A good grasp of Japanese language is not required, but it is preferred.

Five Massey students will be selected to receive a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia to fund their participation. The value of the scholarship is over $11,800 per student and includes a contribution towards travel and living expenses. Students are required to contribute financially to participate, estimated at $1,000 plus other minor expenses.  Complete the Global Citizen - CRCC Asia Business Internship Programme 2019/20 - Tokyo form by 11 August to register your interest.  The eligibility requirements include:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application
  • Be a New Zealand Citizen or hold a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa
  • Be eligible for the appropriate Japanese working or holiday visa
  • Hold a valid passport

Design Internship Programme - 5 weeks

The objective is to provide students from Massey University and Auckland University of Technology with the opportunity to spend time exploring the Design industry in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Students from each university have the opportunity to attend this five-week programme, running 2 November - 7 December 2019.  Eligibility requirements include:

  • Enrolled in Year 3 or Year 4 of a relevant Design degree in 2019
  • Meet the Student Exchange eligibility requirements
  • Submit a completed application (covering letter, short CV, portfolio of work (fewer than 10 pages or online) and 1 academic reference) by the deadline

The Design Internship Programme has an approximate programme cost of $5,900. Students are expected to meet their own programme, travel and meal costs during the internship. The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia funding can be used to support participants. Applications are now closed for this programme.

Design Internship Programme – 12 weeks

Massey University College of Creative Arts teamed up with Next Step Connections to create an amazing opportunity for Visual Communication Design students to participate in a 12-week internship. The internship sees students partner with a design company based in Hong Kong during Semester 1 2020. Students needed to meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of the internship:

  • Have successfully completed Year One and Year Two and will be entering Semester 1 of 300-level of the Bachelor of Design (Hons) – Visual Communication Design programme in 2020
  • Meet the Student Exchange eligibility requirements
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application
  • Be eligible for the appropriate Hong Kong visitor or working visa
  • Hold a valid passport

Students are expected to complete academic projects during the internship, as well as social media commitments. For this, students will earn 60 Massey credits towards their Bachelor of Design (VCD) programme. Successful applicants would ideally complete Semester 2 of Year 3 and all of Year 4 in the School of Design upon completion of the internship.

Students are expected to meet their own programme, travel and meal costs during the internship programme. The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia funding can be applied for to support participation in this programme.  Students must register their interest by completing the Global Citizen - Next Step Connection Internship - Hong Kong 2020 form by 31 August 2019.


This company provides quality work-based internships in Asia to students and professionals from New Zealand. Concentrating on Technology/Digital, Tourism & Hospitality, Business and Creative/Design placements, Globalink Internships is well established in China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia and partners with a growing number of exciting and reputable host companies. Complete the Global Citizen - Globalink Internship form if you are interested in participating in an internship.

Group Study Tours

Massey University in India Global Studios 2019

This study tour to India in January and February 2019 offered 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 was provided through the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

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

Tertiary Market Immersion Programme 2019

The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (SEA CAPE) invited undergraduate university students from across New Zealand to apply for a place on our 18-day Tertiary Market Immersion Programme (TMIP). The programme ran 8 - 26 January 2019.

The purpose of the TMIP was to broaden understanding of and engagement with Southeast Asia among New Zealand university students through the development of a relevant business concept. Travelling to Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore, participants learned about business environments and opportunities in the region. They were also be introduced to social, cultural and political dimensions of life in Southeast Asia.

Working in teams and guided by academic and industry mentors, students developed their business ideas throughout the programme and presented their final concept at the end of the programme in Singapore.

Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence Study Tours

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa tours aim to increase students' understanding of the North Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin American business and economic environments and the cultural differences in these regions, as well as building New Zealanders’ understanding and ability to engage successfully in these environments.

These tours are being run through the University of Waikato on behalf of the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence. Students from all eight New Zealand universities are encouraged to apply.

Massey University - Bridging New Zealand and China

This programme is sending fifteen Massey University students to study Mandarin and participate in a series of hands-on business activities for six weeks at Peking University, China. It aims to deepen understanding and the cultural, linguistic, and economic ties between New Zealand and China through offering New Zealand students first-hand language, cultural, and business experiences.

Applications have closed for this programme, however, additional opportunities through Massey University will be posted as they become available.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – Global Student Mobility Partnerships

This programme invites international students to join local students in a study tour around Malaysia. It promotes awareness about sustainable ecology and multiple unique cultures around the world within its Building Bridges for International Understanding and Friendship theme. You can attend either Indigenous Communities of Malaysia or Sustainability of Tropical Heritage in June or July.

15 May 2019 was the application deadline for both courses. Each course costs US $2,200, which includes accommodation, meals, course materials, field trips and transportation during the programme.

Study Abroad

Huawei NZ Seeds for the Future Programme for ICT Undergraduates

Huawei New Zealand is sponsoring 20 Information Communication Technology undergraduates from leading universities across the NZ to participate in an all-expenses-paid trip to China from 1 - 12 July 2019 featuring cultural, technical and business training. Students will spend an initial period in Beijing where they will receive Mandarin training from one of the best universities in Beijing and learn about Chinese culture. There will also be group tours of cultural sites such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China and the 2008 Olympic Park. 

The group will then be flown to Huawei Head Quarter in Shenzhen, where they will learn about Huawei’s international business culture and values and spend time learning about Huawei’s products and solutions. At Huawei HQ students will also receive technical training from some of the finest professionals in the industry. All travel expenses (including the return air tickets, meal and accommodation in China, visa application and transportation within China, plus travel insurance etc.) will be covered by Huawei.

Students must hold an NZ passport, be studying ICT or a related major, and have a B+ GPA across all their undergraduate courses. They should submit a CV and Covering letter stating how they would be a good Ambassador for Massey University why they should be considered for this programme. Applications closed for this programme on 24 May.

Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain

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

Universidad de los Andes, Chile

The university's Global Opportunities programs provide unique experiences for students to learn about Chile’s economy and its role in the Latin American and Asia-Pacific Region.  Options focusing on the APEC Summit that will be hosted by Chile, learning Spanish, and Chilean culture are available in July 2019.  The programmes range from two to four weeks in length.

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Students will have the opportunity to live and study for four weeks on different campuses across Mexico. This will give them the chance to learn about different parts of the country without ceasing their studies. Subject areas include Aeronautics, Global Business, Culture and Identity, Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, Music, Memory, and Identity, and Insights to Love Mexico.

Each program includes two courses, accommodation (hotel and campus residence), breakfast (6 days per week), transportation for all activities during the program and between cities, tickets for all the programme’s events, and a Student Kit. The programme costs $1,600 USD and the application deadline was 24 May 2019.  Tecnológico de Monterrey has very generously offered scholarships for two Massey students to participate in the programme of their choice.

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