National Expedition and Internship Program in New Zealand

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About

Most summer study abroad programs take you to one place to sit in a classroom and learn from a book. Our National Expedition and Internship program (NE&I) will allow you to travel through some of the world's most spectacular scenery, fully immerse yourself in Kiwi culture, see parts of New Zealand only open to locals, all while earning university credit over your summer holiday.

The key components of this program, which is unlike any other in New Zealand, are a two-week national expedition starting in early June and a four-week internship beginning in late June.

Our four tracks are:
- Agriculture and Environment
- Communication and Marketing
- Creative Expression and Digital Media
- Disaster, Risk, and Emergency Management

Each six-week track is worth 30 Massey credits, which equates to 6-8 U.S semester credits, 15 ECTS, or 30 CATS.

This foreign internship will set you apart from the masses and benefit you throughout your career.

Highlights
  • Intern during your summer break in New Zealand.
  • Earn credit for your degree back home.

Scholarships

Massey University
Massey University Scholarships & Financial Aid

Massey University is committed to providing financial aid and scholarships to those in need. Every year we provide $500,000 in financial aid directly to international students studying abroad.

Value
$5,000 - $20,000

Questions & Answers

Reviews

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based on 2 reviews
  • Growth 7
  • Support 6.5
  • Fun 7.5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 7.5
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Maddie
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Agriculture and Environment National Expedition and Internship

This program is so unique from your typical study abroad. It allowed us to see so much of New Zealand instead of just remaining at one university. We spent the entire first two weeks of the program traveling from the south island all the way up to the north island. During this time, we stayed in ten different places and visited farms, national parks, wineries, and wildlife centers. All the traveling, combined with assignments due every few days was very exhausting but it was also very rewarding as we saw so many beautiful landscapes in so little time. My main complaint here is that I wish we had more time at each location to explore on our own. Following our expedition, we settled down for our next four weeks to complete an internship in the Hawke's Bay area. Many of us were slightly disappointed with the internship placements and organization surrounding it. Although my internship did not directly apply to my major, I made the best of it and gained valuable skills just by working in a different country. I am glad I took part in this program as it allowed for countless unique experiences, however, looking back I would only recommend it to people who are very interested in agriculture as the assignments apply more to those students than the environmental science ones like myself.

What would you improve about this program?
I would like to see this program have better organization. The schedule during the expedition was way too tight, leaving little time to explore on our own. Also, little thought was put into transportation arrangements during the internship. In addition, I would suggest better housing arrangements as some of the hostels we were placed in were very uncomfortable and unsanitary.
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Natasha
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome for Scenery, Credits and Interning

I wasn't sure what I was expecting before I arrived in New Zealand. I can say that I enjoyed what I learned through exploring (e.g. hike trails, cityscapes), and guided discovery as facilitated by Massey faculty and talks and workshops provided by sites like DOC in Aoraki Mt. Cook, Gapfiller in Christchurch ect. In Wellington that is home for 4 weeks, there's tons to do even outside work hours--for example checking out Red Rocks Reserve (wild seals up close!) , enjoying nightlife with friends ect. The hostel setting is excellent for making friends outside the program too.

For the academic portion of the NEI program I appreciated the quality of content given for my own track, but it's advisable to manage time well for assignments! For the internship, I found my placement was well suited for my career interests. You may or may not have a placement partner who can commute with you-- some placements are walkable, some might require using the bus system but it's also just an individual decision (i.e. how far do you want to walk/ are you willing to potentially encounter hills ect.)

Overall I really loved my time in New Zealand and definitely want to return some day.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Budgeting; you'll need it for work transport & food