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  • Locations: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
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:

Internship Placements at Massey University

Australia, Summer 

Massey, Wellington, NZ 2
Global Internship 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


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.

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.



This program is open to all undergraduate students who meet the GPA requirement and who have 45 undergraduate credits completed by the start
date of the program. Students from all universities are eligible to participate. Graduate students should contact the to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.

Internship Placements:

The internship component involves students working five days a week for two months at non-profit or for-profit organization for approximately 35 hours per week. Once accepted by the Global Education Office, students will work closely with a Global Experiences placement officer to identify areas of interest so as to secure an internship for their time abroad. Students may inquire about the type of internship opportunities in their area of study as well as about the complete support services offered during the program to their Global Education Office Program Administrator. Within your inquiry, please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience. 

To lean more about the internship placement timeline, click here

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.

Program Cost

Summer 2019: $6,671

Summer 2020: Coming Soon!


  • Tuition 
  • Internship placement
  • Internet access during internship
  • Accommodation
  • Course-related activities and excursions
  • Welcome and farewell dinner and breakfasts during the 2-week National Expedition
  • George Mason University Pre-Departure Orientation 
  • International Insurance
  • Massey University online pre-departure orientation
  • Pick-up from airport (based on which program you choose)
    • Agriculture Track: Queenstown, NZ International Airport
    • Communication and Marketing, Creative Expression and Digital Media, and Disaster Risk and Emergency Management: Christchurch, NZ International Airport
Not Included
  • International Airfare
  • Meals
  • Visa processing
  • Expedited visa processing
  • Personal Expenses
  • Public transportation

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received in early March in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due in early April. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:

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.


GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2020 programs open: September 1, 2019 
Application Deadline: Early March 2020

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Personal Statement:Your personal statement is a letter given to a potential internship host along with your resume. A personal statement is your chance to describe and give examples of the skills you possess and to give a potential internship host a better idea your goals and interests. As you are writing your statement, think of your audience - your potential employer abroad. 

Resume/CV: Your resume (Curriculum Vitae or CV) is given to a potential internship host along with your personal statement. 

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Links and Resources

Travel and Visa Links

Mason Links

GEO Global Internships

Phone 703-993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.