Replete with natural wonders, interns in New Zealand will experience more than the beauty of the country’s many landscapes. Inventor of the bungee jump, home to the largest geothermal power source and the first country to give women the right to vote, New Zealand has pioneered incredible advancements in engineering, agriculture, environmental sustainability and social justice. An internship in New Zealand allows interns to experience firsthand the ingenuity and creativity that has made this country a global innovator and is an ideal location for creative minds seeking a cutting edge professional landscape particularly in the fields of engineering, architecture, veterinary science, ecotourism and adventure recreation. While Auckland is a popular destination as a business hub, other cities throughout the country also provide a variety of internships suited to meet nearly every degree or interest


Gain real world work experience with a full-time internship (minimum 32 hours per week) in pre-established positions for 8 weeks (summer) or 12 weeks (semester)

Further your professional development via interview preparation sessions and individualized feedback/coaching, along with an evaluation procedure including Goal Setting, Supervisor Evaluations, Self Evaluations and more

Live in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city and business hub. Or you can live throughout the country with placements available in locations such as Wellington, Dunedin and Palmerston North

Enjoy guaranteed pre-arranged housing in centrally located, fully-furnished apartments which include internet and utilities

Discover the North Island’s coolest spots during a 4-day Orientation that includes stops at some of the region’s most unique landscapes and even Hobbiton

Participate in cultural events and excursions included throughout the duration of the internship

Benefit from Resident Directors based in each city who support interns culturally, professionally and personally throughout their stay

Take advantage of our re-entry advising to assist in the practical application of skills learned (i.e. adding your experience to your resume or leveraging your experience abroad to increase marketability at home)

Internship Locations

Internship Locations

Students can indicate their location preference when applying to the program, subject to availability. Most internships are based in Auckland but through our extensive network we can source placements throughout the country, such as in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Palmerston North.

For some career fields students may be best served by being outside of Auckland. In these cases, locations will be discussed during your first interview with TEAN after an application has been submitted.

Career Fields


TEAN offers summer (8-week) and full semester (12-week) unpaid internship placements in a variety of positions in exciting industries across New Zealand. There are no industry limitations – if your field is not listed below please contact us to check availability!

Accounting & Finance

Intern for an organization in their finance department or for an accountant who is an accredited mortgage consultant or tax agent. You may be involved in updates and reconciliations for special events within an organization, and will work directly with a finance or accounting unit on projects.

Architecture & Urban Planning

Placements can be in architecture business and city planning. In the past, interns have had the opportunity to shadow client presentations, site meetings and product launches. Please note that is is one of the more challenging fields to place interns.

Art, Photography and Design

Intern at a gallery, museum, boutique art center or a design studio. Placements range from local boutiques to community museums and can include working with local or international artists with the chance to assist with coordinating events or displays.

Animal Care & Wildlife

Work with native animals of New Zealand and domestic animals in local vet centers, or even wildlife centres and rehabilitation zoos, assisting veterinary surgeons with consultations and treatments, as well as working closely with zoologists conducting research on sustainability.


Business internship placements are available in a wide range of local, national and international companies. You’ll work with and learn from managers or directors who will show by example how to manage a team and information correctly. You’ll also be assigned projects and tasks, as well as be involved in company meetings.


Develop as an educator through experience in the classroom or exposure to a school environment, such as an educational camp or other organization. Work closely with students, learn from experienced educators, observe the process of identifying learning needs, develop specific programming techniques to best cater for these needs and practice applying different teaching strategies. Due to the difference in academic calendars of New Zealand and the U.S., educational opportunities in the classroom are seasonal and not always available while you’re abroad.


Engineering placements are available with an array of opportunities including mentorship from prestigious engineers in different engineering fields such as mechanical, civil and environmental engineering, providing invaluable hands-on experience.


Choose an internship placement in a variety of sectors including policy and procedure, conservation within botanical gardens, conservation of wildlife and habitats, atmosphere and community projects.
Learn more about Environment internships.


Learn how to successfully plan a commercial or local event from start to finish, such as music festivals, media events, marketing award ceremonies, corporate conferences and school graduations. Tasks can include organising tables, seating charts and guest lists, preparing audio-visual materials and helping with setup/take-down.


Healthcare is a competitive field that allows successful interns to work alongside healthcare professionals within fields such as research, neuroscience, optometry and more. We work with hosts from all different areas to ensure you can gain as much practical experience as possible in a lab or clinical setting.

Hospitality, Events & Tourism

Internship opportunities can involve working in the local tourism and hospitality industry creating new excursions, being placed within a hospitality or tour company’s marketing and advertising department, looking at tour trends and doing market research.


Intern in a human resources department managing a number of roles to help support the company or organization. Some of the functions carried out may be strategic planning, forecasting labor requirements, recruitment, selection, induction, motivation, performance appraisal and rewarding employees, along with assisting with managing redundancy, employee grievances and complaints. Placements are at international companies, as well as New Zealand-based businesses of all types, sizes and fields.


Work in a respected local or national law firm. Our host organizations all have incredible legal reputations and are consistently making a great impact in hearings as well as in the national news. Placements are very competitive and depend on multiple factors including your application, current skill set, previous experience and host availability. Tasks may involve researching local legislation legal research, legal drafting, attending court hearings or interviews with clients, and providing draft legal advice to solicitors for approval. Indigenous legal work can be completed as well.


Get the opportunity to work across many aspects of marketing including social media, digital marketing and developing web content. Roles vary with placements at both agencies and in-house, and cover a range of fields or marketing initiatives including potentially working on major TV commercials, advertising campaigns, webinars and online radio interviews.


Work directly for national or local charities on projects that will truly make a difference. Past interns have worked on important research and have prepared numerous reports for issues that have been presented to government organizations to lobby for new legislation. There are also opportunities developing sustainable approaches to the environment and assisting on community projects.


Work alongside healthcare professionals within agencies or non-profits that are trying to reach certain health goals within the New Zealand community. Opportunities are highly competitive, but may be available in a number of areas such as mental health research,  obesity and drug usage.


Work in a boutique PR firm that embodies the professionalism, efficiency and trustworthiness you would expect from a larger public relations agency. Our host organizations operate with a certain flair and willingness to push boundaries, and you’ll likely be involved with brainstorming, monitoring media coverage, drafting media materials, preparing clients reports and supporting product launches. Work in a colourful and friendly environment on exciting PR projects and achieve outcomes throughout your internship and see the different you can truly make in this fast paced industry.


Expand your skillset with opportunities to work in sales, leasing, accounting and property management. Past placements have included with estate agents and property agencies working with both residential and commercial properties.


Work directly with New Zealand universities on research projects focused on a range of topics, such as anxiety, pediatrics, psychology and engineering. Work alongside professionals in a lab setting or research unit whilst gaining valuable training from your peers.


TEAN offers unique opportunities to intern with our leading partners in sports medicine including working as an athletic trainer in fitness and rehabilitation or even with a with a local sports team. Train from experts in specific methods of taping, fitness testing and coaching. Sporting involvement ranges from basketball and baseball to rugby.


TEAN offers a range of opportunities in sports management and sports marketing with tasks involving developing business plans, sports operations, player management, sponsorship sales/servicing and ticketing/memberships. We have opportunities with national and local basketball and baseball teams as well as with sports organizations that work in major leagues both nationally and internationally. Our interns have gone on to get jobs in major organizations such as the Los Angeles Lakers.


TEAN interns in theater and music have a number of opportunities to get involved with the local arts scene ranging from working with local radio stations, to being placed in theater companies for both training and work experience. Interns may have the opportunity to be involved in productions or production management, in terms of stage and lighting or sound, and in various theatrical styles such as Shakespeare and mime. Students may also assist with delivery of workshops, marketing and advertising.


Work in the local tourism and hospitality industry creating new excursions, working within marketing and advertising, looking at tour trends and doing market research.


TEAN television and film internships give you the opportunity to help produce a variety of media, including videos and web-based content for various platforms and companies, such as TV stations, tourism and travel organizations, and national and international corporations. Projects that interns complete often focus on post production and require research and creative development, client liaison, budgeting, production and delivery across various media platforms.

Past interns have also helped with shoots and received extensive guidance and instruction on filming, lighting and planning techniques, as well as editing and the overall production process.

Academic Credit

Academic Credit Through TEAN

TEAN has partnered with a US School of Record, the University of South Florida, to offer a US transcript for in-person and virtual internships. Students participating in a full-time 8-week internship abroad will be awarded 6 upper-division credits. We also offer virtual internship options worth 3-6 upper-division credits, depending on the number of internship hours associated with the program. Credit awarded will be based on the successful completion of the online course which is managed by the WorldStrides Higher Ed Academic team in collaboration with the School of Record.

Upon completion of the program, students receive an official transcript from TEAN’s School of Record, the University of South Florida (USF). Located in Tampa, Florida, USF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctorate degrees. The USF transcript will reflect transfer credit for coursework completed during this program. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer.

Home University Credit

Participants may be able to arrange academic credit for the internship placement directly through their home university by speaking with their academic department and the study abroad office. At the time of application to the program, students choosing this option will need to provide TEAN with the details of the credit and any special requirements as it relates to the internship placement. Students are responsible for paying their home university for any tuition or fees associated with the credit.

TEAN encourages participants to discuss the academic credit options with their home university early in the application process. Academic credit for internships must be approved and arranged before the internship begins, as credit typically cannot be retroactively arranged.

TEAN Staff

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the internship process. Our staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Meet the Team



TEAN interns are guaranteed housing in secure, fully-furnished apartments in the host city. Apartments are centrally located within walking distance of public transport.   A homestay with a local Kiwi family may be possible for students interning in smaller cities.

Previous housing for interns based in Auckland. While the same option may not be offered for your program or location, all interns can expect a similar standard of housing.

Orientation & Excursions


There are few places more scenic than your new host country, and during your 4-day Orientation Program we take you to some of the most unique spots on the North Island. Designed to set you up for a successful internship by introducing you to Kiwi culture, including local business etiquette and internship best practices, while also getting to know your soon-to-be friends, the experience kicks off with a welcome dinner overlooking Auckland.

The following day, visit a local marae – a sacred meeting area in the Maori community – to get your first taste of Maori culture before making your way to the stunning Rotorua. Known for its natural landscapes and geothermal activity, this region is filled with interesting activities, excursions and destinations including the iconic Hobbiton. Even if you’re not a hardcore LOTR fan, the private tour of the 12-acre Hobbiton is fascinating with the chance to stroll through some of the movie’s most recognizable sets and learn more about how the films were made. Other activities throughout your Orientation include heading to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland where you can see some of the country’s most impressive landscapes and natural attractions (like a 20-meter-high geyser up), relaxing in hot springs and learning the traditional Maori haka.

On the final day of Orientation, travel to your host city where you’ll move into their housing for the duration of the program.


Even though you are traveling abroad to intern, it’s important to take time to enjoy the local culture. The TEAN Internship Program includes a minimum of three unique and engaging cultural activities, such as concerts or sports events, during your time in New Zealand. Past events have included; touring Waiheke Island with a Maori guide, going to a rugby match, and whale watching along the coast, in addition to coffee catch ups with the TEAN staff.



  • All New Zealand Internship Program applicants are expected to have an appropriate academic background related to the internship placement duties.
  • Students who have completed at least one year of university work and have grade point averages above 2.5 will be eligible for most internships.
  • Applicants must be eligible to apply for the Student and Trainee Work Holiday Visa

Program Dates

Application deadlines

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from January for Summer and Fall applications and from June for Spring applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Oct 15
Summer Deadline (May Start) Feb 1
Summer Deadline (June Start) Feb 15
Fall Deadline TBD


Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here

Spring Payment Deadline Jan 13
Summer Payment Deadline (May Start) April 24
Summer Payment Deadline (June Start) May 14
Fall Payment Deadline TBD

Spring 2023

Arrival Day Feb 13
8-week Program Ends April 15
12-week Program Ends May 13

Summer 2023

May start
Arrival Day May 24
Program Ends July 22
June start
Arrival Day June 14
Program Ends Aug 12

Fall 2023

Arrival Day TBD
8-week Program Ends TBD
12-week Program Ends TBD


Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2023

  • 8-week program fee and accommodation: $6,650
  • 12-week program fee and accommodation: $9,350

Summer 2023

May intake
  • 8-week program fee and accommodation: $6,650
June Intake
  • 8-week program fee and accommodation: $6,650

Fall 2023

  • 8-week program fee and accommodation: TBD
  • 12-week program fee and accommodation: TBD

What’s Included

  • Internship Placement
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet and utilities
  • Four-day North Island Orientation Excursion with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Services of local TEAN support staff
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Cultural events and catch ups during the program
  • Pre-departure preparation including flight booking, visa and insurance advising
  • Airport pickup and reception upon arrival
  • Professional development exercises both during the pre-departure period and upon re-entry, including reimbursement for registration to a returnee conference
  • Access to self-assessment tools and supervisor evaluations that provide a roadmap for your development


  • International airfare ($1,200 – $1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,995) or summer ($1,000)
  • Travel Insurance ($350)
  • Cost to commute to/from the internship site dependent on internship location. Check with Internship Program Manager. (up to $250)
  • New Zealand Visa ($35)**
  • Personal travel and expenses ($800 – $1,300+)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

**The cost may vary if student choses to apply for an alternate visa other than the one TEAN recommends.


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

How it works

How it works

Take a look through the above information including career fields, program fees and dates.  If you have any questions contact us. The TEAN Internships Team will guide you through the entire process – from application to after you return home.


Apply online when you are ready. Make sure to meet the application deadline. See Program dates above.


Once TEAN receives your application we’ll be in contact to have an interview with you. We’ll also provide some guidance on preparing your resume and cover letter that will be used to introduce you to possible internship placements.


After your initial conversation with one of the TEAN Internships team you’ll be requested to pay your program deposit. Once your deposit is paid TEAN will begin the process of securing your internship placement. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in an internship. Read the full internship refund policy.


Our placement team will collaborate with you to ensure we secure a suitable role in your career field. Upon securing a placement, you will be provided with an Internship Placement Profile that includes a list of duties.


You will confirm your place by submitting your signed Internship Profile Placement by the given deadline. At this point, TEAN will work with you to provide pre-departure information including flight booking information, visa guidance and housing details.

Study and Intern


Students who would like to combine a semester studying abroad with a part-time internship in New Zealand should consider the following study abroad programs. These semester programs offer internships for academic credit as part of their study abroad programs.

AUT University, Auckland – Internships available in most fields.
Massey University, Palmerston North / Massey University, Wellington – Communications internships available
University of Canterbury, Christchurch – Internships available in a variety of fields.

We Love Internships

Rachel Fenton

Resident Director - New Zealand

Auckland Tip

If you’re looking for some cheap eats, the kebab shops on K Road in Auckland offer some awesome Mediterranean food for around the NZ$10-$15 mark – Betsia Kebabs at the top of City Road or Little Turkish on K Road are my favourites.

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Xena Pulliam

Director - Internships

Internship Tip
Global Experience

After interning abroad you then need to focus on how best to market your new skills to future employers: be ready to speak about your improved interpersonal skills and provide examples.


What sparked your interest in studying abroad as an undergraduate?
My university was ranked as having the #1 study abroad program in the country by the Princeton Review for several years in a row so I don’t think there was ever any question on if I was going but where! I was most interested in hybrid programs that had an internship component since I knew that having an internship abroad would give me an advantage once I graduated and was applying for jobs.

What was the transition like moving from the U.S. to Australia?
Easier than you would think! I often think that living in Melbourne is like having the best parts of America and England (where I studied abroad) in one place. The people are lovely, the food is amazing, the weather is great and the accents are always a plus. I did find it a bit difficult to meet people at first, but once I started using things like Facebook Groups, apps and going to various meet-ups, it was like I couldn’t stop meeting people! Now I have a good group of people who I’ve surrounded myself with and Australia feels like a home away from home.

What advice would you give someone who is considering going abroad, but is apprehensive?
Our staff on the ground can help you with literally any situation you could possibly encounter and are happy to do so. There’s nothing that I enjoy more than helping students through the transition of living in Australia since it’s something I went through myself. We want you to love the country and cities as much as we do, so will go above and beyond to make sure that you’re safe, comfortable and having the time of your life!

What kind of value does having an international internship add to your resume?
Having an international internship gives you an advantage over other applicants when you’re applying for a job as you already have extensive experience working with people from different cultures who maybe speak different languages and who think differently than you do. Whatever company you apply with afterward then knows you like a good challenge since you went outside your comfort zone and moved to a new country all by yourself to gain professional experience. To this day, whenever I’ve had an employer look at my resume, my internship abroad is the first thing they ask about.

What one song belongs on your ‘study abroad soundtrack’ and why?
Over and Over by Ben Rector
TEAN Australia Internship Alum Anna Groom showed me the song before she left Australia and, I’m not going to lie, it made me extremely emotional that she was saying she would choose TEAN and Melbourne “over and over again.” I can’t hear that song without thinking about studying abroad and all the amazing students I’ve been able to help now because I would choose them over and over again too.

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