Our internship course places you with an employer or a voluntary or community organisation to boost your BA with workplace and community experience.

Get ahead before you graduate

Our internship course gives you the chance to gain work experience through undertaking a project in a real-world workplace. It is available in the third year of your Bachelor of Arts.

The course is career-focussed, and gives you the opportunity to develop and showcase a variety of transferable skills of value to the workplace: research, critical analysis, report writing, teamwork and communication, project coordination, problem-solving, communication, presentation.

Our students have undertaken projects with:

  • BFM
  • Verve magazine
  • Zero waste network NZ
  • AllheartNZ
  • Wolf Digital
  • TEAR Fund
  • Artists Alliance
  • The Creative Thinking Project

Key benefits

  • Improve transferable skills for employability
  • Develop research, analytical and project coordination skills
  • Develop professional experience in the presentation of results
  • Develop professional networks


The Internship projects will be agreed in consultation with the student, the workplace mentor and the course convenor. A workplace learning plan will set out the project timeline to ensure goals and milestones can be achieved and delivered for the organisation in the placement timeframe.

The research or project undertaken for the internship placement will take place over ten weeks during the semester (6-8 hours per week) under the supervision of the course convenor and a workplace mentor.

Some students, with permission from the course convenor, may complete their internship over a specific block of time in the form of an international internship or pre-arranged project placement. In these cases the form of assessment may differ from those completed by the in-semester student and will be negotiated with the course convenor. 

Eligibility requirements

  • Enrolment at Stage III in a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Auckland
  • Cumulative GPA minimum of B+ (6)
  • Satisfactory completion of the application process
  • Support letter from a Faculty of Arts academic sent to Internship Adviser Jane Bradley by the relevant closing date. Contact Jane via email at

Enrolment is limited, so applicants will be selected on the basis of GPA, application, supervisor support, and organisation availability.

Application dates

Applications close two weeks before the start of the semester that the internship is running in.