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Internship in New Zealand
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Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
  • Gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in your field during this 8-week summer program
  • Build your resume and expand your professional network
  • Internships are conducted in English so there is no language requirement
  • Earn KU credit for your internship
  • Explore New Zealand during weekends
  • Learn about the placement process here and view sample placements here.
Program Summary: 

Participation in an international internship allows students to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience. Only a small percentage of students study abroad – and even fewer intern abroad - so participation in an internship overseas can give you the professional advantage you need to succeed by giving you in demand global skills.

The University of Kansas (KU) has partnered with ISA, an internship and study abroad program provider, to offer high-quality placements in New Zealand. The internships, for which you earn academic credit from KU, are unpaid. They are available in a wide-range of fields including architecture and urban planning; arts and humanities; business and marketing; communications, media, and PR; education; engineering; environmental and sustainability studies; health; hospitality, events and tourism; information technology and computer science; legal studies and advocacy; performing and visual arts; political science; psychology and social work; research; sciences and math; and Sports and Exercise Science. Other fields are available on a more limited basis so if your field is not listed, please contact ISA directly to discuss your interests 

ISA strives to place students in internships that directly relate to their course of study, thus ensuring the quality and academic relevance.  Placements are based on student skills, interests, and professional goals as well as the project needs and work cycles of internship sponsors. The companies and organizations selected as internship sites are carefully monitored by site visits and student assessment.

Learn more about the placement process here and view sample placements here.


New Zealand offers an emerging global market, a growing global interest, state-of-the-art research, amazing environmental industry, and insight into Pacific and Maori culture.

Interns are placed throughout New Zealand; in large cities, suburbs, and in smaller towns on both islands to give you the chance to discover new adventures and challenges in one of the world's most unique countries. Participants should be open to living and working in the location where the most suitable placement is found in order for the participant to gain the best career-building experience available and complete their personal and professional goals during their internship abroad.


Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, is made up of high-rise buildings and top-ranked universities for students seeking a close-knit community in a thriving Pacific city. In addition to its outstanding academics, Auckland offers an abundance of museums and cultural centers as well as excellent dining and shopping options throughout the city. If you are looking for a bit of adventure, Auckland is a short distance from three harbors, two mountain ranges, and over 50 islands to explore. As a transportation hub, this city is an ideal jumping off point for all that New Zealand has to offer.


In addition to serving as the center of government, Wellington is the artistic and cultural capital of New Zealand and is surrounded by rolling, green hills and a beautiful harbor. This quirky, compact capital city brings together the upbeat atmosphere of a large city and the stunning scenery of New Zealand's North Island. Further, Wellington also caters to nature lovers, as it is only a short distance from biking trails, hiking tracks, and vineyards, making this city a great place to live no matter your interests.

Academic Information: 

In addition to interning, students will take ISA’s Global Internship Course, which is taught in an online learning environment alongside the 8-week, full-time internship. Participation in the integrated academic seminar is mandatory for all participants. It is designed to prepare students for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce. Credit has been pre-approved to transfer to KU in the following ways and will post to each student’s KU transcript after the conclusion of the program.

Please Note: Some academic departments offer departmental internship credit not listed below so students are encouraged to check with their department about credit options.  Past students have received internship credit through ACCT, ADS, EVRN, FMS, HNRS, HSES, SPLH, etc.

  • LA&S 490 – Internship Exploration (5 credits)  Open to students of any major and level.Fulfills KU Core Goal 6.1 Integration and Creativity.
  • GIST 495 – Global Internship (3 credits) Open to students of any major and level. 
  • BUS 300 – Topics in Business: Internship (3 credits)  Open to Business/Pre-Business majors who have taken ACCT 200 and completed at least 30 hours of college-level credit prior to the start of the program.
  • JOUR 507 - Practicum in Journalism (3 credits) Open to journalism majors who have completed either JOUR 415 or JOUR 560 (or Jour 435) with a grade of 2.0+, and at least eleven hours of journalism with a GPA of 2.5+, both overall and in journalism.
  • PSYC 483 – Undergraduate Internship Psychology (3 credits)  Open to psychology majors and minors.



Interns can expect to be in long-stay hotels, student residences, or homeshares, depending on the location of their internship. Each type of housing will provide the intern with access to a kitchen and will be conveniently located near public transportation.

Life Abroad: 

Bridging Cultures Program:

Upon arrival, you will participate in the Bridging Cultures Program (BCP), a multi-day, in-country orientation that blends adventure, lecture, and culture into an exciting and informative introduction to New Zealand. Each Bridging Cultures Program is designed to:

  • Inform participants of the cultural and professional experience that lies ahead.
  • Guide each participant through a goal-setting activity to encourage them to reflect on their expectations for their experience abroad.
  • Introduce participants to the local culture, in and out of the workplace.
  • Prepare participants for health and safety issues in their host country.
  • Provide participants an opportunity to socialize with other ISA participants.

Interns will have a welcome meal together as a group, be given a city tour, and shown how to navigate the public transport system for their daily commute.

Professional Development & Cultural Activities

In order to maximize cultural immersion, ISA develops unique professional development and cultural activities. These activities invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings, as well as various aspects of the business culture of their host country. Cultural activities may include museum visits, attending sporting events, dance classes, cooking lessons, art and cultural festivals, etc. Cultural activities vary by site. Professional development events could may include company visits, teambuilding exercises, personal branding workshops, or guest speakers.

Identity Abroad: 

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Additional Resources

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.


ISA Internships are available to current students who are 18 years of age or older, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and are proficient in English.

Further Reading: 

Step 1: Complete KU application by February 15th. Below is a list of the required documents and questionnaires. 

        a.  Statement of Purpose Essay
        b.  GPA Requirement Questionnaire
        c.  Un-official Transcript or Advising Report
        d.  One recommendation - academic and/or professional
        e.  Authorization to Release Student Information
        f.  ISA Academic Plan & Approval Form
        g.  Student Conduct Verification
        h.  Financial Aid Questionnaire
        i.  Passport Information Required Reading
        j.  ISA Application Instructions Required Reading

Step 2: Complete ISA's New Zealand internship application by Feb. 15th. See the ISA Application Instructions in the Required Readings section of your Jayhawks Abroad account for details.



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