Auckland Internship Program

The combination of academic work, field trips, and personal travel opportunities gives students a rich introduction to New Zealand life and culture.

Program Curriculum

All students enroll in one required course, then enroll directly at the University of Auckland or Auckland University of Technology (AUT), depending on their specific field and interests. Students take two courses at the university of their choice and complete an 8- to 10-week internship as their fourth and final course.
Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Fall Semester

The fall semester runs for approximately 16 weeks. During the Core Phase, students take the required course for five to six weeks and enroll in two elective courses from the host university’s Semester II course selection. During the Internship Phase, students continue with their two elective courses while placed in their internship.

Spring Semester

The spring semester runs for approximately 24 weeks during New Zealand’s summer and fall. Therefore, students enroll in both the New Zealand summer session (January–February) and Semester I (March–June). During the summer session, students take the required course and enroll in one elective course. During Semester I, students participate in an internship and enroll in one other elective course.

All students in the Internship Program are required to enroll in this course:

CAS SS 315: Aotearoa New Zealand: History and Society (4 credits)

An introduction to traditional and contemporary New Zealand culture, incorporating extensive field activity. Syllabus

Students enroll in two courses at The University of Auckland or Auckland University of Technology (AUT). The academic tracks are as follows; tracks not listed may be set up by special arrangement. For course information, please visit the homepage for The University of Auckland or Auckland University of Technology.

University of Auckland Tracks
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geology (course recommendations)
  • Liberal Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
AUT Tracks
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Journalism
  • Film/TV/Radio Production
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Art and Design

Students enroll in a four-credit internship placement (25 to 30 hours per week) for 8 to 10 weeks. The course number will depend on the area of specialization in which the student completes his or her internship:

  • CAS AH 505 Internship in Arts/Arts Administration
  • CAS CS 219 Internship in Information Technology
  • CAS EC 497 Internship in Business/Economics
  • CAS IR 455/PO 405 Internship in International Organization
  • CAS LX 451 Internship in Linguistics Research
  • CAS PO 401 Internship in Politics/International Relations
  • CAS PS 495 Internship in Health/Human Services
  • COM CM 471 Internship in Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • COM JO 411 Internship in Journalism
  • COM JO 413 Internship in Broadcast Journalism
  • COM FT 493/494 Internship in Broadcasting/Film
  • SAR HS 405 Practicum in Health Science
  • SAR HS 410 Internship in Human Physiology
  • SHA HF 390 Field Placement in Hospitality Administration

Please note these are examples of past internship placements only. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed.

Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations

Study marketing techniques, media and consumer behavior, and work in multinational firms, advertising agencies, or public relations agencies. Previous internship placements have included ACP Media, Kauri Communications, Pead PR, and Young & Rubicam.

Arts/Arts Administration

Gain an overview and learn about the funding bodies that support the arts in Auckland. Work in one of the city’s art galleries, museums, preservation projects, or local arts centers. Past internship placements have included Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, and New Zealand Music Industry Commission.


Students intern with local businesses, banks, environmental organizations and more in a variety of areas, including business development, economics, consulting, communications or finance departments. Past internship placements include Westpac, Biz Dojo, and Envirospec.


Study communications and society in Auckland and work for a radio station, television station, or film production company. Internship placements have included Greenstone Pictures, Ignite Festival, South Pacific Pictures, and Satellite Media.

Health/Human Services

Work in rehabilitation therapy, or education programs, social service departments, or community care centers. Past internship placements have included Ambury Park Centre for Riding Therapy, Auckland City Mission, and the University of Auckland Department of Neuropsychology.


Study the culture and learn how the tourism industry works in New Zealand. Students intern in such placement areas as travel, hotel, and restaurant marketing and public relations. Past internships have included Hyatt Regency Auckland, Sky City Auckland, and the Westin Lighter Quay.

Human Physiology

Study biochemistry or nutrition and undertake an internship in a relevant area of health and human services.

Information Technology

Work in a variety of areas in telecommunications including programming, networking, and software engineering. Past internship placements have included Gravitate Limited and the University of Auckland Robotics Research Group.

International Organizations/NGOs

Work in social activist organizations, environmental organizations, human rights organizations, and associated government departments. Past internships have included Greenpeace, the Human Rights Commission, and Oxfam New Zealand.


Work with researchers or practitioners in biology, engineering or environmental science. Past internships have included HortResearch, Carter Holt Harvey, the University of Auckland Robotics Research Group, the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, Nextspace, and EnviroSpec.

Human Physiology Special Curriculum

BU’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College and the University of Auckland have designed a unique internship curriculum for Human Physiology majors, giving students the chance to gain valuable professional experience in their field while taking courses that fulfill major requirements.

Required Courses

Students enroll in one required course and one internship course.

  • CAS SS 315: Aotearoa New Zealand: History and Society (4)
  • SAR HS 410: Internship in Human Physiology (4)

Elective Courses

Students choose two of the following courses taught at the University of Auckland.

  • BIO SCI 203: Biochemistry (4) (Offered fall only; SAR has determined that this course can substitute for CAS CH 273: Principles of Biochemistry.)
  • STATS 101: Statistics (4) (Offered fall and spring.)
  • SPORT SCI 201: Sport and Exercise Physiology 1 (4) (Offered spring only; SAR has determined that this course can substitute for SAR HS 342: Exercise Physiology)

Download a description of the Auckland Human Physiology Internship Program.

Program Details

  • The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology’s admissions criteria require study abroad students to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA below a 3.0 may be considered on a case by case basis and should contact BU Study Abroad before applying.
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Fall Semester: mid July to mid November
  • Spring Semester: early January to early July
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn sixteen Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of sixteen credits.
  • Students live in double bedrooms in furnished 2-bedroom apartments at The Quadrant, which is situated close to both campuses in a vibrant urban setting in the heart of Auckland. The kitchens are fully equipped, and bedding and linens are provided.
Application Deadlines
  • Fall Semester: March 15 
  • Spring Semester: October 1

Download a description of the Auckland Internship Program.

Program Staff

The Boston University Auckland Programs are administered by staff in both our Boston and Auckland offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Auckland. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Auckland, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.