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  • Locations: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.75 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment, Hostel, Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Marketing, Multimedia, Public Health, Public Policy and Management, Sociology, Theater, Tourism, Urban and Suburban Studies, Government and International Policy, Biology, Communication, Conservation Biology, Conservation, Creative Writing, Dance, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Film and Video Studies, Geography, Graphic Design, Health Administration, Health and Social Policy, Human Development and Family Science, International Business, Journalism Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: No
Program Description:
Massey, Wellington, NZ 2

Internships at Massey University

About National Expedition and Internships at Massey University

Most summer study abroad programs are based in a classroom. Not at Massey University.  You will travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, intern with a foreign organization, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning 6-8 U.S. semester credits over your summer break. The international experience you gain over these six weeks will make an impressive difference in your resume or graduate school application.  Massey University's internship track programs, which are unlike any other in New Zealand, combines a two-week national expedition with a four-week internship.

Massey University has created four "industry tracks" students can choose from for an internship experience. Students interested in this program may only choose from one track to apply for the summer program. The majors listed under each track are the best fits, but these aren't the only majors Massey will consider.  For example, Pre-Vet students who have an interest in native wildlife are welcome to apply for the Agriculture and Environment track.  The Disaster Risk and Emergency Management track has health care placements for Nursing and Pre-Med majors. If you are unsure as to where your major would fall or if it's not listed, please speak to your program officer in the Global Education Office before submitting an application. 

While admission into each track is highly competitive, for those students accepted, they will find themselves being presented the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a country completely unique in both it's economic and environmental infrastructure. 

*Please note, for Mason students from a non-native English speaking country, you will be required by Massey University to meet the English language requirements. If you have any questions about this, please meet with your program officer in the Global Education Office before completing this application. 

Program Details

Which track is right for you?

Agriculture and Environment Track (June 3 - July 12, 2019)

This track focuses on Agribusiness, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Wildlife Management, and other closely related subject areas. Students in this track will be based out of Napier, New Zealand rather than Wellington, New Zealand. 

Interns visit the South Island high country, debate the pros and cons of being the world’s largest dairy producer, and explore North Island volcanoes and geothermal areas during the expedition.  Interns will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between agricultural and environmental issues and how these shape a country. Throughout the expedition, each intern will benefit from on-the-ground expertise provided by Massey’s academic staff.

Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's top agricultural, food, and wine regions, making it the perfect location for your internship. It has a significant focus on environmental issues and offers many unique opportunities for visitors and students.  

Massey has ties to a large variety of wildlife, agricultural, and environmental organisations within the region.

  • Agribusinesses
  • Department of Conservation
  • Environmental education centres
  • Family farms
  • Governmental agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Organic food suppliers
  • Regional land management authorities
  • Wildlife sanctuaries
  • Wineries


You and the other interns within your track will live and cook together in a backpackers-style hostel in Napier. The hostel provides you with easy access to downtown and the beach.

Communication and Marketing Track (June 10 - July 19, 2019)

This track focuses on Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, and Communication, and other closely related subject areas.

Your expedition will take you across both Islands to delve into how successful the brands and images of the tourism industry are at capturing people’s attention.  Massey's academic staff will afford you an insider’s view of these organizations, the country, and its culture as you traverse New Zealand.  Stops along your trek will involve visiting iconic Kiwi locations.  You will explore New Zealand’s adventure capital, alpine towns and glaciers, historic settlements, and the country’s geothermal playground.  

Interns will be placed in a range of organizations across Wellington, a capital city renowned for its arts and culture. These organizations will provide you with rich insights into the diverse character of the Wellington community.  Your work will benefit the host and the communities they serve, as well as providing you with achievements that will bolster your resume or graduate school application when you return home.  

Massey University has strong relationships with many types of internship host organisations.

  • Children’s cancer support
  • Community arts agencies
  • Creative company start-up hosts
  • Food rescue and redistribution
  • Government embassies
  • Hospice
  • International trade aid organizations
  • Small business economic development agencies
  • Sports agencies
  • Support for people with disabilities
  • Tourism companies
  • Zoo and animal rescue organizations


You and the other interns within your track will live and cook together in the same backpacker-style hostel in Wellington.

Creative Expression and Digital Media Track (June 10 - July 19, 2018)

This track focuses on Theatre, Scriptwriting, Creative Writing, Publishing, Media Studies, Digital Media Production, and other closely related subject areas.

Through an intensive study of key works from seven locales including urban, rural and wilderness areas, you will discover the ways in which contemporary creative expression in Aotearoa/New Zealand reflects its people, culture and history. You will study some of the best examples of creative writing, feature film, documentary, and community theatre and produce original creative work under the guidance of experienced faculty. Your expedition will include screenings and attendance at rehearsals and performances.

Wellington will be your home over your four-week internship.  It is a fantastic location for this type of program due to its concentration of creative sector organisations.  Working side by side with creative practitioners in another country will enhance your knowledge and insights in a way that an internship in your own country cannot.  

Massey has ties to a variety of creative arts organisations and companies across Wellington.

  • Alternative arts and theatre venues
  • Arts festival organisations
  • Community arts centres
  • Film studios
  • Indigenous theatre companies
  • Literary journals/zines
  • Performance venues
  • Publishing houses
  • Screen production companies
  • Youth theatre companies


You and the other interns within your track will live and cook together in the same backpacker-style hostel in Wellington.

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management Track (June 24 - August 2, 2019)

This track focuses on Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Safety, Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Sociology, Geography, Health Sciences, and other closely related subject areas.

You’ll explore New Zealand’s varied hazardscape, debate the pros and cons of the world’s responses to significant hazards and emergencies, and work with local experts and community groups to understand the context, consequences, and management of risks. You will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between risk reduction/mitigation, resilience, readiness, response, and recovery.  Our subject matter experts will provide you with in-depth knowledge and real-world experiences as you travel across the North and South Islands.

Wellington is the seat of the New Zealand government and has been called the “coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet.  It serves as headquarters to a number of national organisations and the Disaster Hub, a governmental, community, and university collaboration launched by the Joint Centre for Disaster Research.  

Our internship hosts serve as the backbone of the New Zealand government’s response to dealing with large scale emergencies.

  • City and district councils
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management groups
  • Critical infrastructure providers
  • Emergency Management offices
  • Fire services
  • Governmental departments
  • Hospital and health services
  • National defence forces
  • News organisations
  • Police services
  • Regional authorities


You and the other interns within your track will live and cook together in the same backpacker-style hostel in Wellington.


You will be enrolled in two separate courses during the program, one for the National Expedition and the other for the Internship.  Both courses together are worth 30 Massey University credits, which equate to 6 - 8 U.S. semester credits. Interns will receive a Transfer Transcript upon completion of the program.

Visa Requirements

Students that hold citizenship from the United States with enter New Zealand on a Visitor Visa. Visitor visa applications can be obtained during your flight to New Zealand. You will complete the application card during your flight and submit it to immigration upon arrival to the airport in New Zealand. Students holding US passports do not apply for a student visa due to the short duration of the program while in country. If you are not from a visa-waiver country, you will need to check with Immigration New Zealand to determine which visa will best fit your situation.

Explore New Zealand Scholarship

Students are encouraged to apply to Massey University's "Explore New Zealand Scholarship". One scholarship is awarded to an individual in each track and is worth NZ $500. If you apply and are awarded the scholarship, the funds will be used to lower your total program cost.

Program Cost

(Summer 2019): $ 6,530


Experiential Programs Administrator

Whitney Morgan
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/03/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/03/2019 08/02/2019
NOTE: Agriculture Track - 06/03/19-07/12/19, Communication Track 06/10/19-07/19/19, Creative Writing Track 06/10/19-07/19/19, Disaster Risk Track 07/24/19-08/02/19

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.