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How placements work

Our team matches the skills and experiences of our interns with the needs identified by our partner organisations.  We will provide you with an intern profile, including CV and skills summary, and connect you with the intern prior to their arrival in New Zealand. The interns also participate in an orientation programme to prepare them for New Zealand work life and culture.

Expectations of Host Organisations

Hosts are not expected to pay interns, but to provide them with feedback, support, and a working environment in which to complete some relevant project or work which will be of benefit to the host organisation. Interns will contribute 120-140 hours in total to their host organisation by working with their onsite supervisors at the place of business each weekday for a period of four weeks.

Hosts are expected to perform the functions of a good employer and ensure the health and safety for interns in the same manner and meeting the same legal obligations they do for their employees. This includes arranging for a workplace induction on the first day of the internship.  We will provide you with a copy of our induction checklist and risk assessment process prior to the start of the placement.

An on-site supervisor will need to be identified as part of the process of being considered as a host organisation.

The on-site supervisor will usually be the intern’s first source of information about the host organisation and what it is seeking from the intern.  The supervisor will be the main point of contact within the organisation to manage and support interns, answer questions, provide direction, and give them feedback about their work.

Massey University is a signatory to the Code of Pastoral Care for International Students, which requires that our international students receive appropriate pastoral care while they study with us. Students live in accommodation managed by Massey and the Massey team will work with each intern and workplace supervisor if any support is required to ensure that internships are a great experience for all concerned.

What previous hosts say about our interns

"Our four interns worked independently and were self-motivated, which meant a useful and beyond BAU contribution to the council’s work programme with very little investment or ‘babysitting’ required."
 - Andy Hicks, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

"The intern supplied by the National Expedition and Internship Programme through Massey University was exceptionally successful for Nikau Foundation.  The Coordinators did a great job matching an excellent candidate to us who worked 30 hours per week over a month. In that time [our intern] contributed a great deal to the day-to-day marketing and communications for our charity and we really wished she never had to leave!"
 - Louise Parkin, Nikau Foundation, Wellington

"It's not just the extra sets of hands that made the interns advantageous to WREMO, but they both brought with them novel perspectives, fresh ideas, and specialised strengths and skill sets. These augmented the abilities of our own professional workforce. In short, I think that the experience was a win-win for both WREMO and the interns."
 - Rian van Schalkwyk, Wellington Region Emergency Management Office

Applying to become a host site

Please email for more information about the National Expedition and Internship or to be considered to serve as a host site for interns.

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