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Disaster Risk and Emergency Management:  Internship

Command Centre Internship.jpg Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Safety, Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Sociology, Geography, and Health Sciences majors

29 June – 24 July, 2020  (15 Massey credits)

All interns will be based in Wellington for their four-week internships. 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. The facilities and support services of Massey's Wellington campus are available to everyone throughout your placement.

The insights you gain from working in a foreign agency and learning how problems faced in your own country are handled in another part of the world will be invaluable throughout your career.  This will be particularly beneficial as you look for jobs after graduation or apply for graduate school.

Everyone will stay at a backpacker-style hostel in Wellington. This setup allows all of you to stay together over the four weeks, even though you will be out at separate sites during the day.

Your Disaster Risk and Emergency Management Internship Placement Form will be used to place you with the internship host that is the best fit given your background, skills, and interests.  Our goal is to pair you with an organisation that will provide you with relevant experiences and where your talents can be used to benefit the agency and the community it supports.  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 agencies
Hospital and health services

National defence forces
New Zealand universities
News organisations
Police services
Political representatives
Private businesses
Regional authorities

MPI Controller internship.jpg Academic Assessment

The academic portion of your internship will be assessed on context exploration essay (10%), internship report (20%), self-reflective journal (30%), and learning portfolio presentation (40%).  You can expect to spend 120-160 hours on your placement and associated project work.

DR&EM Internship Academic Guide.pdf (1,565 KB)

This Academic Guide will provide you with an overview of the 2019 course. We will post the 2020 Academic Guide once it has been revised.

Students who successfully complete this internship will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the work context and develop personal and professional goals.
  2. Critically evaluate their own performance on a specific work-related projects on disaster risk and emergency management.
  3. Apply disaster risk and emergency management theories, concepts and skills learned in previous study/experience to a work-related real-world situation.
  4. Demonstrate problem solving and analysis ability in a disaster and emergency management work environment.

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