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Amber's Story

Placement: Environment Policy Planner

Coming from New York State, Amber completed a 6-week internship. She assisted with work on a major public consultation program - Project Watershed. Project Watershed aims to develop a new funding policy to pay for important soils conservation, river management, and flood protection in the greater catchment of the Waikato River.

Amber contributed to both office and field work, including development of a submission report dealing with the annual plan, participation at the agricultural field days, inspection of local watersheds, and attendance to political agenda meetings.

Amber wrote:
“The most enjoyable experience was the fieldwork and the opportunity to stay at a Marae [Maori traditional village]. I spent one or two days a week in the field. I spoke to local dairy farmers on specific environmental issues, discussed funding for the a major public Walkway, volunteered at large agricultural field days, completed monthly water quality monitoring, and analysed damage caused by flooding.

Working for [this organisation] allowed me to have the "real life" experience. The staff were great and showed me a government/scientific perspective of the New Zealand environment. I am interested in water management and focusing my work on this project gave a huge boost to my education. I attended many meetings, which allowed me to view how the council operates. I learned each of the committee's roles, type of discussion involved, and what actually needed to be completed for a change to occur in the "annual" plan. This was an excellent inside view to the policy making field. These experiences will definitely help me with future job placements. Also, having the opportunity to get know and travel in New Zealand opens my cultural viewpoint.

I enjoyed everything and New Zealand is wonderful!”

Our Service

We find you the placement you want! You tell us what you are interested in doing, and we’ll use our extensive local knowledge and contacts to built every aspect of your internship. Our internships range from 4 weeks to 6 months or even longer in length, so it doesn’t matter if you are looking for a summer internship or a gap year!

Our Internship programmes are open to all interested students, graduates, and professionals. You do not need any particular qualifications, although if you are applying for a particular type of internship over a long period of time (for example, up to 52 weeks) you may need to have studied relevant subjects and ideally have some previous experience in that field. Kiwi Internship placements are usually unpaid – if you are specifically looking for a paid placement, please contact us to discuss the possibilities, as this falls outside of our normal internship programmes.

Anyone over the age of 18 years can apply. We have accepted students as young as 16 however in these cases we must have prior parental consent. We also accept applicants of any nationality, so long as you are able to obtain the correct visa for the activities you wish to do in New Zealand. We offer advice on the type of visa you will need and the best way of getting it. If English is not your native language, you should have a basic grasp of spoken English and be keen and willing to acquire new words, phrases and expressions to get the most from your placement.

We find you the accommodation you want! We offer a range of different accommodation choices according to your needs and budget. We can organise homestays, farmstays, or apartments/flats (shared or single*), depending on what kind of experience you are seeking. New Zealand can provide with a great rural or city location according to your preferences. Accommodation costs are covered as part of your Kiwi-Internship programme.

If you choose to stay with a Kiwi Internship host family, you have the benefit of full-board or half-board accommodation. The host family can also help you with local information, local travel details, and generally support you throughout the period of your placement. A host family can become a source of friendship lasting a lifetime, providing a new point of contact within New Zealand for many years to come.

We get you started! We organise your personal New Zealand airport collection and get you to your first placement and place of accommodation. We’ll give you an information pack, a set of New Zealand maps, and give advice with any pressing first tasks like setting up a bank account or finding the right shop for any travel gear you're missing. We’ll also give you a Kiwi-Internship cell phone which you can keep for the duration of your placement. This service gives you a local NZ phone number from the day you arrive in New Zealand, and a way to connect with friends, family and also Kiwi Internship staff and Hosts.

We keep working for you during your placement! Throughout your placement, we provide a liaison service between yourself and your host employer, and any others such as your home college or university as necessary. We can also arrange to appoint an academic or professional supervisor for interns who are intending to claim course credit for the internship and whose home institution stipulates such supervision (this may incur additional charges).

Our main office is situated in Thames, New Zealand and we can be contacted around the clock. If a problem arises, you only have to give us a call using your provided cell phone.

Prices in US Dollars
4 weeks $2995 Besides the development of your Internship,
the Programme fee includes:

Auckland airport collection, a mobile phone, transportation to your host,
New Zealand orientation, training,
tuition*, food & accommodation.

(* university supervision/accreditation
will incur additional cost)
6 weeks $3495
8 weeks $3995
10 weeks $4495
12 weeks $4995
16 weeks $5995
20 weeks $6995

For longer (or shorter!) placements please contact us to discuss.

Not included: You should organise your own flights to and from New Zealand (although we are happy to offer advice).

Interns should budget for their own entertainment costs and other general personal needs. We recommend that an allowance of at least US$50 per week be made for these extra expenses when the intern is living with an New Zealand family or US$100 if living in an apartment

All applicants need to take out travel/holiday insurance for the entire period they are abroad. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such insurance.


* Single apartments may incur an additional surcharge.

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