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Business Internship

115.388 Internship in Business (30cr) and 115.389 Business Internship (15cr) provide students with real-world experience in business and linking theory to practice, all while earning credit towards your degree!

Both courses consist of a period of supervised study and practical experience in an area related to individual disciplinary and professional interests. Both courses are 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. 115.389 is also additionally available to distance students. 
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 list of offering, course descriptions and coordinator details for 115.388 Internship in Business and 115.389 Business Internship.

You can find information on the 115.388 Internship in Business by visiting the Manawatu Internship in Business Public Facebook Group.

There is additionally a video explaining the entry requirements, description and expectations for 115.389 Business Internship:

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 115.388 Business Internship in the past:

How to get into the 115.388 Internship in Business (30cr)

  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

How to get into the 115.389 Business Internship (15cr)

Students who wish to apply for the Business Internship must:

  1. have completed 240 credits in a Massey undergraduate qualification and be entering the final 120 credits of their study (GradDipBus students must have completed at least 45 credits from 200 level).
  2. have achieved a minimum B- grade average (GPA 4) over the first 240 credits of their qualification.
  3. be deemed suitable for entry into the course by the Head of School or delegate.
  4. contact the course coordinator to obtain an application form and apply directly to the course coordinator.
  5. Organisations and projects must be approved as being suitable to the learning outcomes of the course.
  6. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the following cut-off dates apply: 
  • Last day of November for Semester 1 internships
  • Last day for May for Semester 2 internships

Placement Details Template:  115389 Placement Details (25 KB)

What's involved

Assuming you meet the above requirements, you will then need to find a host organization that is able to provide you with the opportunity to work on a defined project linked to your business degree, ideally your major, and can be completed within either one day a week over 12 weeks or approximately 120 hours. Our preference is that you are not paid for the internship as this means you are then in an employment relationship, rather than one purely focused on learning.

The host organization needs to be able to provide you with a supervisor, who can support you during this time and will be required to sign a formal contract with Massey University once your project has been approved by the course coordinator. You need to make sure you have completed this step before the cut off date. This will be by the last day of November for Semester 1 internships and by the last day of May for Semester 2 internships.

Your supervisor will be asked to complete an online evaluation of your work during the internship at the end of the semester.

If you already work within the organization, or are in full-time work, so cannot be in another organization, you can still do the internship in business. You will need to find what a ‘stretch’ project that is not part of your current KPIs and is supervised by someone other than your line manager.  This is so we can separate out your employment relationship from the learning opportunity that this internship provides.

Learning outcomes & assessments

There are no classes for this course, as your learning is based within your host organisation. We run a ZOOM information session just before the Semester starts so you can meet me and Megan and we can answer any outstanding questions you may have.

The assessment for this course is guided by a reflective practice approach, with 50% of the final grade based on your reflections which link theory to practice.

The remaining 50% consists of a learning contract which sets out your objectives for the internship and is signed by your host supervisor, yourself and the University, the supervisor evaluation at the end of the term and a final report based on your personal and professional learning from the internship.



Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Participate in and establish professional learning goals.
  2. Apply theories and concepts learned from their own previous study to a practical work situation.
  3. Evaluate their own practices with respect to theory, using new information, tools and methods from the organisation.
  4. Develop ability in workplace problem-solving using skills and/or knowledge from their own study.


  1. Written Assignment: Project Plan
  2. Field Recording/Collection
  3. Observation
  4. Written Assignment: Project Report

For more information on the internship programme, please contact the course coordinator: Professor Sarah Leberman