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Business Internship

115.388 Internship in Business provides students with real-world experience in business and linking theory to practice, all while earning credit towards your degree!

It consists of a period of supervised study and practical experience in an area related to individual disciplinary and professional interests. It is offered each year on both the Albany and Manawatu campuses, and is open to all BBus, BAcc, BC and BAgriCom students (as well as conjoint students) in their final year.
Students from other disciplines with an interest in work in the HR/Management area may also be accepted, following consultation with the course coordinators.

Click here to view the course descriptions for the Auckland and Palmerston North 2017 offerings.

You can also find information on the internship by visiting the Manawatu Internship in Business Public Facebook Group.

Internship Reflections

Francesca Webb

Sam Cameron

Caitlin Kooyman

Career Series - Internship Profiles

Career Flyer - Business Internship (3,326 KB)

Participant Companies

Below is a sample of companies that have participated in the Business Internship in the past:

How to get an Internship

  1. Students who wish to apply to the course must be in the final year of their business degree (BBus, B.Acc or conjoint) and have at least a B- grade average.
  2. Applicants will be required to submit an application (including a C.V. & cover letter) and present themselves at an interview with the course coordinator.
  3. If the interview is successful, students will be matched with and introduced to a participating business, where they will have to sit an additional interview. Assuming the interview is successful and the business agrees, the internship relationship is then established.

What's involved

Once a student has been introduced to the business, and both parties are happy with the placement, students will enter discussions with the placement company in order to develop a project within the organisation. The student will be assessed on their role in the organisation and their work on this project for their academic grade. 

The Internship in Business course is a double semester course. Placements require 8 work hours per week, along with attendance at compulsory lecture or lectures.

Learning outcomes & assessments

This course provides opportunities for your integrated learning, so that while on internship in the workplace or community organisation, you are enabled in your assignments to actively reflect on theory and practice, critiquing the theory you have learned throughout your degree in the light of what you see in the organisation; then similarly critiquing organisational practice in the light of good quality communication theory derived from your studies.


Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Establish personal and professional learning goals, objectives and performance criteria.
  2. Critically reflect on their own performance on a specific work related project.
  3. Apply theories, concepts and skills learned from previous study/experience to a practical work situation.
  4. Problem solve and analyse in a work setting


  1. Learning contracts & goals essay
  2. Reflective Journal
  3. Oral Presentation & Evaluation Report
  4. Business Evaluation

For more information on the internship programme, please contact the course coordinators:

Auckland: Dr. Kaye Thorn
Palmerston North: Dr. James Lockhart

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