Available internship projects

Browse the organisation partners and internship projects currently available for CAREER 300/COMMS307. The opportunities change and new ones appear, so check this page regularly.

See the internship opportunities avaliable. You can also organise your own internship in consultation with CAREER 300/COMMS 307 convenors. 

The early bird application deadline for COMMS 307 internships in Semester One 2024 is Friday 8 December 2023.
The final application deadline is Wednesday 7 February 2024.
The deadline for Study Abroad students applying for CAREER 300 is Friday 8 December 2023.

Students are advised to apply for internships well before the deadline. Internships don’t run to University schedules and some may start before the semester or be completed as a block over the inter-semester break. 

If you’re interested in receiving more info about internships and would like to be in the loop about internship updates, please contact bc@auckland.ac.nz.

The following internships are available:

1) Communication, digital content, and event management

  • Communications, digital content and event management - Doc Edge
  • Communications and event management - Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand (DEGANZ)
  • Content marketing - Skills VR
  • Marketing campaign - Career Development and Employability Services
  • Marketing & comms - Tui Tuia \ Learning Circle
  • Communications & awareness campaign - Alcohol Healthwatch
  • Communication, digital content and event management - Skills Group

2) Social media and digital content creation

  • TikTok and Snapchat content creation - Faculty of Arts marketing department
  • Social media, content creation and marketing - Restaurant Hub
  • Social media content creation (TikTok) - Career Development and Employability Services (CDES)
  • Social media, content creation and marketing - Magichollow. TBC. 

3) Video production

  • Website content production - Junk Run
  • Videography and writing - Faculty of Arts marketing department

4) Sports broadcasting and sports communication

  • Broadcast Sport, Junior Graphics operator - AE Live NZ
  • Broadcast Sport, Junior Graphics designer - AE Live NZ
  • Broadcast Sport, Junior Creative coordinator - AE Live NZ
  • Esport Communications and tournament organisation - ESports Arena University of Auckland
  • Sports Communications and Marketing - Paralympics New Zealand. TBC. 

5) Radio and television journalism

  • Radio journalism and production - 95bFM
  • Radio copywriting - 95bFM
  • Digital news and media - Re: (TVNZ). TBC
  • Lifestyle article research and writing - Remix Magazine. TBC.

6) Academic Research & Journal publication:

  • Academic journal Editorial assistant - American Ethnologist Journal
  • Historical research and archiving - Netball New Zealand

See below for more details about each internship.

Section One: Communication, digital content, and event management

Doc Edge 
Communications, digital content, and event management (three internships avaliable)  

Internship details: Doc Edge is looking for several interns to manage different projects across their work producing festivals, events, schools and industry programmes. This would be a good fit for students who can help grow Doc Edge’s digital presence and engagement.

  • Schools Programme Festival Screenings project: Assisting with event management and communications for schools’ film screening events (May – June)
  • Industry Programme Support (Forum and Master classes) project: Assisting with communications and event management (May – June)
  • Festival project: Assisting with media content production and distribution (May – June)
  • XR Exhibition Support project: Assisting with event management and coordinating digital content (May – June)

About the organisation: Doc Edge celebrates, supports and showcases documentary. The organisation runs an online virtual cinema, festival programme, schools festival programme, industry programmes and outreach, as well as in-theatre and in-person events.

Timeframe: During Semester One and Two, 80 hours over a 7-10 week period. (See details for specific internships above).

Note: In your application, please pick the two Doc Edge internship projects that you’re most interested in and tailor your CV to those opportunities. The final internship can adapt or combine projects depending on the applicants’ skill sets.

Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand 
Writing and event planning 

Internship details: DEGANZ is looking for an intern who can write content for the Guild’s website and email newsletters while assisting with event planning. The student should be skilled in writing and demonstrate excellent attention to detail. They will receive training and mentoring in event planning through an event project that the intern will initiate and organise. The role offers unique insight into the film and television industry, and is an excellent opportunity for students considering a career in directing or editing in the industry.

About the organisation: DEGANZ is a registered union that works to ensure the creative, cultural and financial well-being of New Zealand directors and editors across screen and new media. Their core membership services are advocacy and professional development.

Timeframe: During Semester One and Two. 1-2 days a week.

SkillsVR 
Content marketing

Internship details: Interns will support SkillsVR’s marketing and sales team to create content, develop strategies and execute promotional campaigns to boost brand engagement. This role requires excellent communication (verbal and written), collaboration, and documentation skills. You will also need internet research skills and content creation skills (copy, design, proposals, and video).

About the organisation: SkillsVR brings together expertise in learning design, game design, and 3D development, working hand-in-hand with experts from each field to deliver virtual reality training and learning experiences.

Timeframe: 1-2 days a week. Start time to be negotiated, which may be before the start of Semester One.

Career Development and Employability Services

Project: Develop and implement a multi-channel campaign to promote the NZUni Talent job board to University of Auckland students.  

Description: In this project, you will develop and implement a multi-channel marketing campaign for the NZUni Talent Job board on behalf of the University’s CDES (Career Development and Employability Services) Team.

After learning about the NZUni Talent Jobs board and the marketing channels available at the University of Auckland from the CDES Team, you will select at least three channels that are appropriate for the target audience (University students). You will then create a campaign plan (from creative to sign off and go live) and at least one output (e.g. social post, newsletter blurb) per channel, with all outputs to be successfully posted and reported on at the end of the campaign. Throughout the internship, you will be supported by the CDES Communications and Marketing Lead.

Expected outputs: one campaign plan, at least three outputs (one per marketing channel), one end-of-campaign report

Skills: copywriting, marketing, project management, campaign management, communication skills, organisation and planning, time management

Timeframe: to be negotiated with supervisor.

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle
Marketing & Comms

Internship details: Tui Tuia | Learning Circle is looking for an intern to support the Marketing and Innovation team. The project for this semester is assisting in the development of a marcomms competitor analysis and report. It is preferred that the candidate has prior knowledge of New Zealand's education system and basic marketing concepts.

About the organisation: Tui Tuia | Learning Circle delivers quality education and mentoring designed to inspire, uplift and help prepare schools and kura, whānau and communities. Tui Tuia is a UniServices business unit under Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland.

Timeframe: 1-2 days a week. 80 hours in Semester 2.

Alcohol Healthwatch
Communications & awareness campaign

Internship details: Alcohol Healthwatch is looking for an all-around superstar to provide communications support on our work on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) month awareness campaign. You’ll work collaboratively with the Health Promotion Advisory and the wider FASD Roopu to ensure our FASD awareness campaign is successful from a communications perspective. We will want your input and feedback throughout the process, and we’ll want you to use your comms skills to guide the project. This will include social media and website copy and may also include press release writing. Any downtime will be used to support Alcohol Healthwatch’s day-to-day comms work. 

About the organisation: Alcohol Healthwatch is a not for profit organisation of professionals dedicated to reducing and preventing alcohol-related harm and inequities in Aotearoa. Our role is to provide credible and up-to-date evidence-based information on matters relating to alcohol policy and planning. Our priority is to mobilise communities to take action on a range of alcohol-related harms, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Timeframe: 1-2 days a week. 80 hours in Semester 2.

Skills Group
Communication, digital content and event management

Internship details: Skills Group is looking for an intern to support the roll-out of a new internal programme called 'Love Yr Skills'. The programme offers every Skills staff member dedicated time each week to develop professionally. To encourage our people to keep using their professional development time, we’ll need regular internal news stories about 'Love Yr Skills' to be written and published on our intranet. During the internship, you will:

  • Interview staff and write articles
  • Learn how to update pages on Sharepoint (a widely-used intranet platform)
  • Write and post short reminders on Microsoft Teams
  • Stretch goal: Plan and execute a training event

You will also hone your copywriting craft under the mentorship of a former senior journalist and will enjoy a supportive environment within our People & Culture team. Students who are comfortable producing short-form written content, organising simple events and engaging with digital platforms are ideal candidates for this role. There’s much room to make this project your own. 'Love Yr Skills' is an exciting programme that will make a big difference in people’s lives.

About the organisation: Skills is a Kiwi-owned, not-for-profit education and training consultancy active since 1992. We’re best known for our work training tradies, but we also own and operate several ITOs and vocational training facilities. 

Timeframe: 1-2 days a week. 80 hours in Semester One and Two. 

Section Two: Social media content creation & marketing

Faculty of Arts - marketing team 
Social media (TikTok and Snapchat)

Internship details: Manage the Faculty of Art’s TikTok and Snapchat platforms. Responsibilities include putting together a social media plan that aligns with the marketing team’s wider strategy, creating authentic user-generated content, providing insight about the social media landscape and current trends, and coordinating talent to feature.

About the organisation: The Arts marketing team manage all communications related to the Faculty of Arts across social media, web content, advertising campaigns and print publications.

Timeframe: During Semester One or Two. 1-2 days a week.

Restaurant Hub 
Social media and digital content creation 

Internship details: Restaurant Hub is looking for applicants to assist with: 

  1. Google Advertising - Placing ads and analysing results, performance
  2. Social media creation, posting, and analytics

Good writing skills and some knowledge of marketing theory are preferable, but they’re willing to train interns if they’re a good fit. A number of previous students worked with Restaurant Hub and reported having a great experience (including sampling food!)

About the organisation: Restaurant Hub (owned by NZME) is New Zealand’s largest online restaurant booking site, offering a central hub for booking tables, finding restaurant reviews, grabbing deals and promotions, and browsing menus.

Timeframe: During Semester One or Two. 1-2 days a week.

Career Development and Employability Services
Social media content creation (TikTok) 

Internship details: The Career Development and Employability Services (CDES) team are seeking one or two interns to lead a project creating social media video content.

This would suit a student who enjoys using a variety of social media platforms and has an interest in or existing skills in video production. Ideally, you would have a good quality mobile phone camera to create the videos.

The videos aim to raise awareness of CDES services and make students feel comfortable about taking the first step in coming to see us.

The project would involve familiarising yourself with our services, developing creative video ideas, and producing them. During the project, you would work with our career consultants, employers, and recent graduates to create content. You would be supported by our Communications and Marketing Lead throughout.

By the end of the project, we would like to have created one general ‘What is CDES’ video for the University’s TikTok. We would also like you to make one to three videos during one of our Semester One Career Expos and one to three videos with our career consultants.

About the organisation: Career Development and Employability Services assist University of Auckland students (as well as graduates up to three years after graduation) with all aspects of career development. Their vision is to help graduates develop the capabilities to successfully self-manage and navigate their world of work, life and learning.

Timeframe: Available in Semester Two, 2023.

Magichollow 
Digital content creation - online retail site 

Internship details: Magichollow are looking for an online intern to assist the team to input clothing products for their online store, as well as social media content creation.

The intern will have the opportunity to learn about popular vintage clothing, write descriptions of fashion items and input the information to Magichollow’s online store using the platform Shopify – a commercial platform that is used industry wide.

The other part of the internship will consist of brainstorming and executing Instagram/TikTok content for the Magichollow social channels.

Previous internships have led to part-time work! 

About the organisation: Magichollow is a New Zealand-owned vintage clothing store. We travel to Los Angeles, California, every quarter to pick tonnes of amazing American Vintage to share with New Zealand and beyond. We are a young, close-knit team with a low staff turnover who are proud of our internal culture. You’ll be based on the best road in Auckland, Karangahape Road, along with three other like-minded vintage lovers!

Timeframe: 1-2 days a week (ideally Monday or Tuesday). Own laptop preferable.

Section Three: Video production

Junk Run 
Video filming and production

Internship details: Junk Run is looking for interns to film and edit ‘explainer videos’ about waste management. They’re after students skilled in production, planning and storytelling, with strong Adobe Premier Pro editing skills and the ability to turn work around quickly. Interest in recycling and environmental issues is useful but not essential.

You’ll need to get to the Junk Run Takapuna office for production meetings and, ideally, have some of your own equipment.

About the organisation: Junk Run is an environmentally conscious, sustainable waste management company and produces a popular short video series called Talking Trash, which features on their Facebook and Instagram channels.

Timeframe: During Semester One or Two. 1-2 days a week.

Faculty of Arts - marketing team
Writing and video production

Internship details: The intern will produce profiles (written and video) of Arts graduates and current students to be used across web, print and social media. Responsibilities include contacting graduates, writing up articles, and filming and editing video interviews. This role requires good video filming and editing skills, strong writing ability, and confidence in collaborating and working with different people.

About the organisation: The Arts marketing team manage all communications related to the Faculty of Arts across social media, web content, advertising campaigns and print publications.

Timeframe: Semester One, 1-2 days a week.

Section Four: Sports Broadcasting and Sports Communication

AE Live NZ 
Three internships available: Junior Graphics Operator, Junior Graphic Designer, and Junior Creative Coordinator 

Junior Graphics Operator details: AE Live is looking for someone with a passion for sport to join our graphics operating team to help cover some of the biggest sporting broadcasts around the world. The successful candidate will receive training to develop the necessary skills to operate our bespoke software and data systems, resulting in them contributing to the television coverage they have grown up watching.

Junior Graphics Designer details: AE Live is looking for someone passionate about sport to join our Ignite design team to help develop, integrate and execute sports graphics locally and abroad. The successful candidate will receive training to develop the necessary skills to create new sporting designs. 

Junior Creative Coordinator details: AE Live is looking for someone passionate about sport to join our Ignite design team to help develop, integrate, and execute sports graphics locally and abroad. The role would suit someone who enjoys juggling multiple projects, working in a fast-paced, agile environment across various day-to-day tasks, loves working with a creative-driven team and seeing a project through from conception to completion.

About the organisation: For over thirty years, AE Live has established itself globally, delivering live real-time 3D graphics, augmented reality, touchscreens and data solutions to some of the world’s top broadcasters, production houses and governing bodies. Our head office is in the UK and is also supported by subsidiary companies in Australia, India, Malaysia, South Africa and the USA, employing over 100 full-time staff.

Timeframe: Available in Semester Two, 2023.

UoA Esports Arena
Communications and tournament organisation

Internship details: The newly established UoA Esports Arena is looking for two interns to assist with the communications of the on-campus arena and organising tournaments. Tasks will include operating Twitch streams, chat moderation, OBS layout creation, and Discord operations. When there are planned tournaments, the intern is expected to assist with the tournament’s organisation, promotion, and management. Familiarity with competitive video gaming and multiplayer competitions is preferred.

About the organisation: Esports Arena is the University’s new high-spec gaming lab, and it is free for all University of Auckland students. Students can enjoy high-end PCs and consoles with a variety of games, whether they are professional gamers or beginners.

Timeframe: Semester One and Two, start date negotiable. 

Paralympics New Zealand
Sports communication & marketing

Internship details: Paralympics New Zealand is looking for a Communications Assistant. Responsibilities will include content writing, curating social media channels, and monitoring sports media. The ideal candidate will have a collaborative working style, a good understanding of sports media, and media monitoring skills.

About the organisation: Paralympics New Zealand aims to change the narrative of disability and achieve equitable and inclusive representation of Para sport.

Timeframe: TBC. 

Section Five: Radio, television, and print media journalism

95bFM
Two internships available: Radio journalism and production, and Radio copywriting

Radio journalism and production details: 95bFM is looking for three interns to join their news team each semester. This internship offers training in radio news interviewing, producing live-to-air news and current affairs show, and creating digital news content. Supported by bFM’s News and Editorial Director, students will learn to produce and edit an interview, a package, and a report on a news or current affairs topic that interests them and re-package their piece into a long-form news article. Their work will be considered for bFM’s news and current affairs show, The Wire, and social media channels. At the culmination of the internship, students will have a portfolio of audio, digital, and written news pieces.

The internship is open to students in the Bachelor of Communication (BC) and BA students majoring in Communication, but it can be credited to other majors by negotiation with that discipline.

Radio copywriting details: 95bFM is looking for one intern to join their creative team each semester. bFM’s creative department is responsible for writing radio scripts for ads and promotions,writing copy for our website and press releases, and communicating with our listeners andclients. bFM can offer training in writing radio scripts and promotional copy. Supported by bFM’s Creative Director, students will learn about the process of putting a radio ad to air, working to deadlines and client approval, and pitching the tone of their copy that is appropriate for both the client and the audience. At the culmination of the internship, students will have a portfolio of written and published copy work. The student will also work closely with other areas of the station, including production, operations (day-to-day running of the station), social media, sales, and programming.

Ideal candidate: The ideal candidate for bFM will be punctual, have excellent verbal and writtencommunication skills, a get-up-and-go attitude, and an interest in music. A bFM internship isa great opportunity for students considering a career in copywriting or broadcasting.

The student must be in the third or final year of their BA or BC.

About the organisation: 95bFM is an independent radio station on the University of Auckland city campus. They provide a voice for alternative music and independent journalism from Tāmaki Makaurau and beyond.

Timeframe: During Semester One or Two. 1-2 days a week (flexibility depending on availability).

Re: (TVNZ) 
Digital news and media

Internship details:  TVNZ is seeking a Māori or Pacific student who can bring their unique perspective to TVNZ’s youth-focused digital news site: Re:.
The intern will work with the Re: team to help produce a feature story (video or article) for one of Re: ’s theme weeks. Each year Re: runs a week of coverage focused on a particular topic (E.g. drugs, housing, te wiki o te reo Māori, sex/pleasure, oceans). 2023 themes are yet to be announced, but they will be interesting to young people of Aotearoa. The internship includes collaborating with Re: journalists to research and generate exclusive, fresh multimedia stories for Re: ’s digital platforms.

The ideal candidate should know and care about the major issues that are shaping Aotearoa right now. They’ll approach stories with courage, care and curiosity. Video experience is a bonus but not necessary. What matters more is their sense of story, their ability to connect with people, find information, and write and communicate clearly.

About the organisation: Re: sits within TVNZ’s digital news team. We produce articles, videos and infographics on issues that matter to young New Zealanders. In addition to the feature piece, you will have the opportunity to write a quick turnaround news story on the news of the day.

Timeframe: 2023. 

Remix Magazine 
Writing and journalism

Internship details: Remix are looking for an intern with strong writing skills and tone, good grammar and the ability to take the initiative. Daily tasks will include coming up with creative concepts and topical article ideas, uploading content to the backend of the website, and assisting with photoshoots. They will be inducted to Remix’s writing style and process but need to be able to hit the ground running. Preferably they’ll have their own transport.

In your application and CV, please include links to writing examples that aren’t university assessments.

About the organisation: Remix is one of New Zealand’s leading voices on fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture. Established in 1997, Remix today is positioned as a globally recognised multimedia lifestyle brand and presents curated content and meaningful inspiration.

Timeframe: 1-2 days a week, start date negotiable.

Section six: Academic research and journal publication

Netball New Zealand 
Research and cataloguing 

Internship details: Netball NZ are looking for an intern to assist with their Centenary Heritage Project. The intern will research, digitise and catalogue a wide range of moving image footage, early photographs, scrapbooks, personal photo albums and fan memorabilia as part of their preparation for their Centenary celebrations in 2024.

About the organisation: Netball NZ is our national sporting organisation responsible for leading the development of netball throughout New Zealand.

Timeframe: During Semester One or Two. 1-2 days a week (flexibility depending on current projects).

American Ethnologist Journal
Academic Journal editorial assistant

Internship details: The editors of American Ethnologist, a cutting-edge theoretical and ethnographic journal for social and cultural anthropology,  are looking for one to two interns to assist with the journal’s publication process. These roles including reading and assessing unpublished research manuscripts; researching potential contributors, special issue themes, and reviewers; and general organisational support. Occasionally there may be opportunities to interview leading international scholars about their current research. This is an good opportunity for social anthropology students who wish to expand their understandings of current hot topics in the discipline or for other social science students who are interested in ethnographic research or are considering a career in academic publishing. 

About the organisation: American Ethnologist is generally considered to be one of the top three social--cultural anthropology journals in the world. The journal is published by the American Ethnological Society (AES); founded in 1842, AES is one of the world’s oldest professional anthropological associations. Professor Susanna Trnka from the Faculty of Arts is the current editor-in-chief, leading a team of associate editors based in Auckland, Sydney, Australia and various parts of the United States.

Timeframe: During Semester Two, 2023. 1-2 days a week. 

Applying

Once you’ve found an internship project you’re interested in, complete an application. 

If you haven’t found anything that interests you, do seek out other opportunities or internships that could be credited towards this course. There may be an organisation you’d particularly like to work for – contact them and see if they have options that could work.