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.


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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.

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.

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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.

A business consultancy internship at the New Zealand Consulate in China is also available through InternChina.

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.

Design Internship Programme - 4 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. Approximately five students from each university will attend this four-week programme, running 2 to 31 January 2019.  Eligibility requirements include:

  • Entering Year 3 or Year 4 in 2019
  • Meet the Student Exchange eligibility requirements
  • Submit completed application (covering letter, short CV, portfolio of work (fewer than 10 pages or online) and 1 academic reference) by application deadline
  • Prepared to cover the participation costs

The Design Internship Programme is supported by funding from the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia. Students are required to cover a portion of the costs from $1,850 to $2,500.

Design Internship Programme – 12 weeks

Massey University College of Creative Arts have teamed up with Next Step Connections to create an amazing opportunity for five Visual Communication Design students to participate in a 12-week internship. The internship will see students partner with a Hong Kong based design company during Semester 1 2019. The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia funding covers the cost of the internship and accommodation.  Students need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students need to meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • 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 2019
  • Meet the Student Exchange eligibility requirements
  • Hold a “B” grade average across all of their grades in Year 1 and Year 2
  • 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 Hong Kong visitor visa
  • Hold a valid passport

Students will be expected to complete academic projects during the internship, as well as social media commitments. For this, students will gain 60 Massey credits towards their Bachelor of Design (VCD) programme. Students are expected to meet their own travel and meal costs during the internship 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

The application deadline is 17 December 2019. Contact for further information.

Group Study Tours

Massey University 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.

Tertiary Market Immersion Programme 2019

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

The purpose of the TMIP is 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 will learn about business environments and opportunities in the region. They will 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 will develop their business ideas throughout the programme and present their final concept at the end of the programme in Singapore.

Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence Study Tours

Three 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.

Study Abroad

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.  Three options, focusing on the APEC Summit that will be hosted by Chile in 2019, learning Spanish, and Chilean culture are available in January 2019.  The programmes range from two to four weeks in length.

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