Internship / practical semester in New Zealand

Whether after graduation from high school or during your studies, an internship in New Zealand is a valuable additional qualification and work experience. With our New Zealand internship program we arrange valuable internships in New Zealand that are focused on your personal goals and are individually organised for you.

Auszeit Neuseeland works with businesses around New Zealand and we enable our participants to collect practical work experience in many different working areas. With our program you choose in advance your desired area of work, the start date and the length of your work experience New Zealand.

Furthermore, we guarantee you a New Zealand internship placement before your departure to New Zealand. This way, you know for whom you are going to work and what kind of activities you will accomplish during your internship in New Zealand.


790 Euro

(further 500 Euro for a second internship placement)

Placement examples

Plenty of examples for internship placements we have arranged in New Zealand in the past – and could again arrange for you!

Art / Culture / Creative

Tasks: Online marketing (taking pictures, adding them to website), marketing, printing, cutting out, hand finishing, pressing, tagging garments for retail, dispatch, meet & greet with visitors/customers.

Requirements: Good computer skills, cheerful person, be flexible, to present attractively and be friendly to visitors/customers

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Activities at the gallery covers all aspects of retail art sale plus running exhibitions as well as maintaining a website showcasing much of the art for sale and compliments that with a presence on social media. The work involved would cover all aspects of running a small business retail gallery: Retail sales, customer service, general gallery duties, art in processing/pricing/hanging, office admin, marketing, building national and international networks, social media updates, website uploads.

Requirements: English language, basic computer skills, a desire to learn and be involved in New Zealand / Maori art and design

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Wellington

Tasks: The intern will assist backstage with a production. This will involve helping with props and costumes backstage and generally assisting with making the show run smoothly for the actors.

Requirements: The theatre will run an induction by the stage manager of what the intern will be required to do.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Wellington


Tasks: Promotional activities, support client activities, sales, technical support.

Requirements: The intern needs to be honest, good with people, showing initiative, a smart casual dress code is required.

Duration: min. 6 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Production and post-production assistance (motion graphics and editing), office assistance and production runner.

Requirements: Previous experience in the above. On the job training will be provided by working with industry professionals.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Working with the website reporter to upload stories to the site, assist with stories, filming and processing news stories.

Requirements: Speak and write English to a very high standard. Understanding and quick to learn computer programmes and cameras etc. Good attitude and an ability to have a laugh.

Duration: min. 6 weeks

Location: Nelson

Engineering / Technical / IT

Tasks: Assisting the finance and administration team with general accounting and admin duties including data entry into SAP.

Requirements: Advanced skills in EXCEL, SAP FI/CO and SD basics, good written and verbal English.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Auckland

Tasks: The intern’s work can be a variety of civil related tasks, ranging from structural and geotechnical construction, transportation and utilities engineering to field data collection and CAD drafting. 

Requirements: A genuine interest and desire to learn in the civil engineering space.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: The intern will assist the design team including producing drawings and schematics, daily tasks such as technical documentation.

Requirements: Use of AutoCad and other design software would be preferable. Knowledge of solar PV design would be excellent.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Software development – focused on web technology involving coding html5 and php features into existing products.

Requirements: Some experience in software development – preferable some web experience.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson


Tasks: Mainly project work surrounding sustainable tourism and business improvement measures. Time on the tours to assess what the company does. Experience all levels of the organisation.

Requirements: The intern must have a pro-active and solutions orientated attitude as well as knowledge of the tourism industry. On the job training in all aspects of the organisation will be provided.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson, Wellington, Auckland

Tasks: Yacht maintenances, preparing yachts for summer season and charters, helping with day sailing trips as appropriate.

Requirements: Ability to be self-motivated and work alone occasionally. Friendly outgoing native for dealing with clients.

Duration: min. 8 weeks, during main season (November until February)

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Working in the office (administration and reception), the restaurant, in housekeeping and landscaping.

Requirements: The intern must have an educational background of hospitality and tourism and previous training experience.

Duration: min. 8 weeks, during main season (October until March)

Location: Abel Tasman National Park

Tasks: Assisting with bookings and financial issues, assisting with planning/preparation of trips, marketing tasks, maintain database, taking care of social media platforms.

Requirements: The intern must have an interest in outdoors and nature, good level of fitness (experience in hiking), excellent communication skills, good administrative and IT skills, be a team player

Duration: min. 8 weeks, during main season (October until April)

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Mainly work as hotel receptionist but also be engaged in providing customer service and hospitality.

Requirements: The hotel is searching for an honest, reliable, motivated and engaged intern, fluent in English, work experience in hospitality required.

Duration: min. 12 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Assisting the coaches with the Learn to Sail programmes on and off the water. Assisting starting the races with the race officer. Assisting the Boat Maintenance Guy with any boat maintenance . Assisting set up for functions.

Requirements: The prerequisite is some sailing experience and understanding about water activities.

Duration: min. 6 weeks

Location: Auckland


Tasks: Assist with internal audits and operational compliance programme; assist with re-engineering of finance department processes including data mining and analysis.

Requirements: The intern is expected to have a business discipline degree, IT skills (particularly Excel), fluent in spoken and written English.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Scanning of accounts, filing of documents, archiving documents, reception coverage, general office attention, assist Marketing Associate, participate in Social Committee.

Requirements: Honest, trustworthy, positive attitude, open to assisting with anything.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: International and bulk assistance, profiling and assisting consultants.

Requirements: Good understanding/spoken English. Mathematical skills. Interacting with people. Friendly and approachable.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Other companies

Tasks: Reply to conference attendee enquiries, attend the conference or event and assist on the conference registration desk, update conference websites, liaise with conference suppliers.

Requirements: Honest and reliable, having a keen interest in conference and event organisation. Willing to work in a team environment.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Variety of administrative and other tasks in support of air traffic training for NZ and international clients or assisting the commercial teams in sales and marketing.

Requirements: Conversational English ability and reasonable written English.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Christchurch

Tasks: The intern will be involved in all aspects of the architectural practice. This will include CAD drawing work, site visits, attending project meetings and some concept design work. The intern can be involved on a wide variety of architectural projects which will give good experience.

Requirements: The company is looking for someone with a keen architectural background, with a good personality who can fit easily into the small office.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson and Wellington

Tasks: Focus on campaign work. A particular social policy project will be explored with the intern to be undertaken during the placement. We will provide support and supervision, development of a program including visits to organisations of interests and trade union delegate training.

Requirements: Ability to work well with a team of people, ability to work independently but also to seek help if necessary, clear communication skills, good computer literacy.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Wellington

Tasks: The intern will be given an understanding how selling/ marketing of Real Estate in New Zealand works. He/She will help with open homes, producing advertising material, data import.

Requirements: Well written and spoken English, driver licence, computer literacy. A tidy and business like dress code is also required.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: The intern will help with staff placement, legal obligations, sales/marketing, general administration, reference checks, computer related tasks.

Requirements: Formal background in HR or work experience; marketing qualification, professional office dress is required.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson and Auckland

Tasks: A range of tasks, possibly including: demolition, tidying/cleaning, assisting builders doing their tasks, picking up materials.

Requirements: Physical fitness and appropriate tidy work wear.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Wellington

Tasks: The intern initially will be working in understanding core systems and processes, then translation of simple documents (e.g. birth certificates, driver’s licences etc.) and then on to editing of more complex translations. Full training in internal BPM system and full training in most up to date cloud based CAT systems will be provided. Also front of office, reception, cash handling, accounts receivable and payable processing.

Requirements: Bilingual (EN+ other language). Excellent attention to detail. Punctual, reliable, trustworthy. A business casual professional dress code is required. The intern needs to be clean, well groomed,  presentable, and professional.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Auckland

Tasks: General assistance on current projects, including administration and technical design and marketing work. The company provides the chance to gain an insight into the running of a small, unique internationally focused social enterprise, the opportunity to develop valuable marketing, sales and technical project skills, a  personal development plan and regular support to help you in your role as well as the opportunity to take the lead on a specific project.

Requirements: The ability to work in NZ is required … for overseas students a working visa for New Zealand is required. A working command of English is essential. Good administrative and IT skills (including Microsoft Outlook, Word & Excel). Creativity and ability to work on own initiative and meet deadlines. Good research and internet skills. Attention to detail. Excellent team player. Commitment to equal opportunities.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Working with animals / Environmental

Tasks: Become familiar with the different activities being undertaken by volunteers at the sanctuary and work alongside other volunteers. Work to further the sanctuaries vision of a fenced pest free forest for the enjoyment of all visitors. Help at events to promote the sanctuary to the public.

Requirements: The employer would like the candidate to be interested in the outdoors and conservation, be physically fit, be enthusiastic, be a clear communicator, show initiative, be able to work independently at times, appreciate and promote the need for a sanctuary and the vision of community conservation and advocacy.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: A zoo is a pretty unique and varied place so the jobs and tasks reflect that. Depending on aptitude and attitude the intern will be involved in a wide variety of tasks from general presentation work, assisting in food prep, creative/building tasks (creating enrichment for the animals), help in the gift shop and helping keepers on section where appropriate.

Requirements: Intern ideally should be studying towards a degree in zoology or biology.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson and Christchurch

Tasks: The intern will be involved in a wide variety of tasks: general presentation work, assisting in food prep, creative/building tasks, helping keepers.

Requirements: Ability to listen and follow instructions, be punctual and hard working.

Duration: min. 4 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Assisting with a range of services to help people to take positive action: Recycling Centre, Electronic Waste Recycling, and advice for businesses and organisations on how to reduce waste. Provide information and resources for the public and run community workshops. Also operate a food rescue initiative that collects surplus food and distributes it to charities to give to people in need.

Requirements: A commitment to environmental sustainability and ability to work as part of a team. Good knowledge of written and spoken English.

Duration: min. 12 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: Testing of new smart-phone application and website. Social media marketing analysis. Dropping off promotional material at participating businesses. Supporting Sales Manager in market research. Supporting Sustainable Business manager develop new standards.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Wellington

Working with children / Social

Tasks: The intern will gain experience working with young children in a New Zealand early childhood setting. They will be expected to become familiar with the organisation policies and the regulations under which early childhood services operate in New Zealand. The intern will act under the guidance of the head teacher of the Kindergarten. Typical tasks would include supporting the teaching and learning programme, helping with tidying tasks, and participating in planning and learning conversations where necessary.

Requirements: All interns are required to have a current Police Vet and have a successful Identity Check (which can be undertaken in the Association Office). The intern will work alongside the teaching team and learn through their modelling and conversations.

Duration: min. 6 weeks

Location: Nelson

Tasks: The intern will work in a team of teachers with children aged 6-8 years. The intern will provide support for children and teachers by assisting with lessons, supervising groups of children and being helpful in the classrooms.

Requirements: The intern should have a desire to work with children and to help them grow in positive ways.

Duration: min. 1 school term (usually 10 weeks); not possible during the New Zealand summer holidays (mid December until end of January)

Location: Nelson, Wellington, Christchurch

Tasks: The intern will help a teacher by resource preparation and in-class support of students, assist extra-curricular programmes, translating and mentoring support of a German national.

Requirements: Ability to embrace new opportunities, willingness to contribute to the teaching of values of the school, positive outlook and an engaging personality.

Duration: min. 1 school term (usually 10 weeks); not possible during the New Zealand summer holidays (mid December until end of January)

Location: Nelson, Wellington, Auckland

Tasks: The community center connects people from the local community with health services and activities promoting health and wellbeing. Key tasks include reception cover, general administration, gardening, room set up and pack down, any other general duties as required.

Requirements: English language skills, community involvement, general administrative and people skills.

Duration: min. 8 weeks

Location: Nelson

Our services

  • Support, help and advice from an on-site Auszeit Neuseeland team member before departure and during your stay

Before your arrival in New Zealand:

  • Assistance with your curriculum vitae for your internship applications in New Zealand
  • New Zealand internship placement before arrival in New Zealand
  • New Zealand internship contract with the employer
  • Booking of all flights (international and domestic) with various stopover options, upon request (flight costs not included in price)
  • Guidance with the (Working Holiday) Visa application (by our team in Germany; visa costs not included in price)
  • Auszeit Neuseeland manual with all necessary information

After your arrival in New Zealand:

  • Internship NZ introductory meeting (only in Nelson or Wellington)
  • Welcome information package including a SIM card (Mini-, Micro- or Nano-SIM possible)
  • Assistance with opening a New Zealand bank account
  • 24 hour emergency hotline
  • Luggage storage at our Nelson office
  • Regular newsletter with leisure tips as well as information on travel
  • Detailed advice on your travel plans in New Zealand
  • New Zealand internship / practical semester certificate from your employer
  • certificate of participation

Contact person in New Zealand

Auszeit Neuseeland Ansprechpartner Benny

Benny Horst

Auszeit Neuseeland Director
Tel.: +64 (0)3 929 5645
Skype: auszeit_5

Requirements, visa, tips

  • A high level of English – to verify this we require the submission of the following qualifications: IELTS or Cambridge certificate, time spent in an English speaking country or a high grade in English on your school certificate. If none of the above documents can be provided, you are able to attend New Zealand language course.
  • Please note that our New Zealand internship placements are always voluntary, so you will have to provide for your own food and accommodation (e.g. living with one of our New Zealand host families).
  • For an intensive New Zealand work experience you should schedule at least eight weeks for your internship.
  • Within your application please state precisely in which area you would like to complete your New Zealand internship – this is the only way we can find a suitable placement for you.

For an internship in New Zealand you must qualify for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa or a Student and Trainee Work Visa. Most Working Holiday Visa are valid for 12 months (e.g. for Germans) or 6 months (e.g. for Austrians) after the day of your entry. It is possible to leave and re-enter New Zealand during this time. However for a Working Holiday Visa you may apply only once in a lifetime.


  • Application (online) and visa fee payment
  • German passport, which is valid 3 months after the intended date of departure from New Zealand
  • Proof of funds of NZ$4200
  • Proof of a valid and paid flight ticket including proof of leaving New Zealand

If you are not eligible for a Working Holiday Visa but attend the internship as part of your study or training, you might be able to do so with a Student and Trainee Work Visa. To apply you will need an offer of practical work experience in New Zealand as well as a confirmation from your university or training institution that this internship is required for your studies/training.

Please note: All info on visas has been compiled by our team in Germany without claim to be complete or correct. For details on New Zealand visas please visit

Compose your own time abroad in New Zealand: You can choose from our modules Work & Travel, Internship, Language Course, Voluntary Service, Au-Pair, Demi-Pair or Study. Services such as Homestay, Travel and Insurance can be added. You choose what suits your needs and requirements – we offer flexible packages.

Your itinerary could look like this:

29.08. – Departure from your home country

31.08. – Arrival in New Zealand, pick-up at Nelson airport and transfer to your host family

31.08. until 03.12. – Accommodation with a host family in Nelson for 13 weeks and 3 nights (incl. board)

01.09. – Participate in our intro-meeting, meet other travellers.

05.09. until 02.12. – 12 weeks Cambridge certificate course incl. exam

03.12. until 07.01. – Travel around New Zealand, Transport by Hop-on-Hop-off-Bus

07.01. until 04.03. – Accommodation with a host family in Nelson for 8 weeks (incl. board)

09.01. until 03.03. – Internship at a Sanctuary

04.03. – Fly home

… or else? You choose, we organise an individual trip!

Search scholarship databases: On the internet you find a number of databases which detail various scholarships.

Setting up a group of sponsors: By establishing a group of private sponsors, made up of friends, relatives, public figures (local politicians), local businesses and institutions (churches, clubs etc.) you can receive a monthly income to support your trip abroad. Make the group of sponsors as large as you like.

Study leave and tax deductibility: In some circumstances, you can claim an internship as educational leave and have the tax written off.


Our Auszeit-Neuseeland-participant Ferdinand has collected his best moments in New Zealand in this blog.

Dates / registration for your New Zealand experience

You should apply as early as possible so that we can thoroughly search for a placement that suits your needs and wishes. In addition, you will need some time to assemble your application documents. Your application, however, should be made at least three months before your desired start date.