What is internship and how does it work?
Have you ever had the wish to study and work in New Zealand, step out of your comfort zone and gain more experience? I have thought about that a lot, so I’ve decided to that an internship would be the best way to start my working life.
Internship is a voluntary job, where you will be accountable for delivering a project in your area of studies, which means, you will choose the country, company and the field you would like to work in, so you can improve your working skills and most importantly, your career opportunities. Internships are very common in New Zealand – a good reason for the rising popularity could be, that it’s a good step after you finish school or your apprenticeship, to gain work experience. It is a good way to practise your ideas and career choices you may have and to find your dream job. Working abroad will change the way you think and view the world and will let you grow personally.
Most of the internships are unpaid – but that doesn’t matter because you learn A LOT and also build your network. It is worth it and will light up your CV as well! In case you are thinking of getting a job in New Zealand, be aware that companies value candidates who have in-country experience, and internships can give you that. It’s proved that candidates who have completed a good internship have found a relevant job quicker than those who didn’t do an internship in New Zealand.
While you are studying and working in NZ – and on the weekends traveling – you will meet many nationalities and get to know much more about all of those different, interesting cultures, while you gain lots of work impressions and get to be more independent.
How does it work?
Doing an internship in New Zealand can be done by enrolling into a programme that guarantees professional internship in it. I suggest choosing one of the majors provided by NZIE’s Diploma in Applied Business Level 7, which includes 6 months of praparatory classes on campus, plus a 3-month project-based internship in a NZ company, in the area of your choice, which helps you start your career even before finishing your studies. Ther is nothing more practical then that, right?
Another nice thing about this internship programme, is the fact that you can also work part-time (and get paid!) during the entire length of the programme. Then, when you finish it, you will have one more year of full-time work visa after you graduate! An amazing opportunity for those who want to continue working in New Zealand after the internship.
Many of NZIE’s graduates I met, got job offers from the their internship companies, which means that they got awesome jobs in New Zealand without having to look for one.
How do you get started?
There are agencies that can help you organise all your process, like applying for your visa, booking your accommodation, applying for and finding the right programme for you. I suggest to you to look for the ones that are approved by Immigration New Zealand. It is safer for you.
Why I chose New Zealand for my internship? Well, after I finished my apprenticeship as an office worker and worked for 1 year in the same company in Germany, I made the decision to develop myself and to do an internship in New Zealand for 6 months in the field of marketing. In my opinion, this is the best way to gain more work experience, especially in another country, while you will meet new people, nationalities and cultures and also connect all of these by improving your language skills. While you study and work in New Zealand you will get to know more about a different lifestyle and maybe you will change your way of thinking.
The tasks you may have are dependent on your internship company, the field you choose and your experiences. In my case, I am supporting the Marketing and Operations Departments, which gives me a broad view of how departments work across the company. Some of my marketing duties are creating and planning content for digital marketing campaigns, so that’s why I decided to write a blog post about study and work in New Zealand.
Here at NZIE I have opportunities to meet many nationalities every day. This week, for example, about 10 different nationalities started the Digital Marketing Course. But that’s not exclusive to NZIE; these days, cultural diversity is the reality for most New Zealand workplaces. It is really awesome to be a part of this great and diverse team.
What about living arrangements?
I am living in a shared apartment with two other people: one is from the Netherlands and one is also from Germany who are also studying and working in New Zealand. The people in that house are from many different nationalities, most of them are doing an internship as well. I have my own single room, but we have to share the bathroom, living room and kitchen, so we can cook together after work and learn more about the other cultures.
If you prefer to get to know the real Kiwi life in New Zealand you can also choose to live in a host family, while you will have your own single room and will have your meals together with the family.
Or what do you think about renting a house with your friends or some people you may meet?
There are many different options in Takapuna Beach, where NZIE is located. You could live in a house or apartment next to the beach, which is a great location with a lot of things to do.
Would I do it again?
If someone asked me, if I could make the same decision again, to do an internship in New Zealand – I would definitely say yes! I am very glad to have the opportunity to grow.
So, what are the reasons to study and work in New Zealand?
- Gain (more) work experience and insights
- Open the doors to your career in New Zealand
- Get more independent
- Improve your language skills
- Light up your CV
- Meet new people, nationalities and cultures
- Traveling on the weekends with lots of fun
- Opportunity to grow personally
- And endless stories to tell, when you get back home
There are so many good reasons, why you should start your experience.
When I will come back to Germany, I will see things in another view and be a different person – a real experienced one! What about you?
Written by Malin Lorenzen, Intern at NZIE Takapuna Campus