Interning while you study in Christchurch gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:
- Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
- Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or application for graduate school
- Improve your confidence
With a UC internship, you spend 75 hours at your internship placement—a local business or community organization—and enroll in an academic component, ARTS 295. You work under the supervision of a specialist lecturer within the College of Arts to earn 15 points (4 IES Abroad credits). A longer 30-point (7.5 IES Abroad credits) version is also available.
Once you indicate your interest in an internship, UC staff will work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. Students have been placed in a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If the University of Canterbury doesn't currently have connections in your field of placement, UC staff will search for a placement that's right for you.
Past student interns have worked the following jobs. Talk to your UC advisor and the Program Director to find a placement that's right for you.
- Presenting and co-producing at local student radio
- Documenting post-earthquake oral histories
- Analysing Navy-Civilian relations
- Working at a museum
- Working with teaching Youth Global Responsibility
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. For more information, visit http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/internships/
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Additional opportunities for Experiential Learning exist through the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE):
- If you are looking for a more sustained experience during your time abroad, you may enroll in the 4-credit BSNS290 course and be placed in an internship-like experience with a start-up. In your placement, you will complete a 105-hour project. Weekly lectures and tutorials via UCE augment your project work.
- If you are interested in a shorter experience, you may apply to take part in one of UCE’s sponsored Student Challenges. If accepted, you will become a part of a small team that works on a project intensively for a few days. This may be part of a competition, with other student teams working on the same project.
About the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship
The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) has innovation at its core. UCE aims to stimulate the development of entrepreneurs through a combination of research, teaching and community engagement.
UCE offers world-class facilities, academic courses and extra-curricular initiatives that focus on the business of entrepreneurship. With its world-class learning environment, strong business connections and commitment to developing resilient and talented entrepreneurs, UCE aims to:
- Become a student-focused centre of excellence for innovation and entrepreneurial research.
- Nurture the development of more employable UC graduates with exceptional entrepreneurial capability.
- Become a driving force in the entrepreneurial ecosystem regionally and nationally.
- Expand UC’s national and international entrepreneurial networks.