Virtual microinternships

Don't wait until you graduate to launch your career. Start your story in New Zealand with a University of Auckland virtual microinternship.


Applications are now open for the Virtual microinternships starting in November 2022.

When: Monday 21 November - Friday 9 December 2022
Where: Join from wherever you are in the world, the internship will be held virtually.
Who: University of Auckland international students.
You can apply again even if you have previously participated to further develop your employability skills.

Applications close Sunday 16 October 2022.

There will be an orientation session and a launch session with employers prior to the programme. Both sessions will be recorded if you can't attend due to exams.

Do you want to gain real world industry experience with a New Zealand business? Start your story with a University of Auckland virtual microinternship during the summer break.

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to develop your skills and apply what you have learned to real-world projects.

Please note that this is an unpaid virtual microinternship which is designed to give you a range of critical skills and business connections to get you work-ready at the end of your degree.

Meet Athira

Watch our video to find out how her virtual microinternship with Mercury Energy helped Athira to gain work experience and increase her professional network.

Launch your career

In collaboration with some of New Zealand's leading organisations, the University of Auckland is providing international students with the opportunity to develop your employability skills by participating in a virtual microinternship.

This provides both onshore and offshore students the opportunity to work on real business challenges with the support of interactive learning content and dedicated mentor feedback.

The microinternship will provide an opportunity for you to:

  • Gain real world industry experience with leading New Zealand organisations
  • Develop your employability skills, confidence and connections
  • Bring your global perspective and skills to New Zealand businesses
  • Develop and grow, from wherever you are in the world

Some previous microinternship employers include: BDO, Waka Kotahi (NZTE), Mercury Energy, WSP, Oceania Healthcare, Auckland Council, China Construction Bank, Deloitte, KPMG, and TupuToa.

The internship is fully funded by the University of Auckland for successful candidates and you are welcome to complete the internship from wherever you are in the world. All you need is yourself, your device, and a stable internet connection.

What is a virtual microinternship?

A virtual microinternship is a three-week programme with around 10-15 hours of work per week, designed to accelerate your professional growth.

You'll be working in a team of five students from the University of Auckland to tackle a business challenge for an Auckland-based employer. Each team will be provided with a dedicated mentor, to coach and support you throughout the programme.

The programme includes an online induction and briefing session to get to know your team and the project you will be working on together.

Everything can be accessed virtually through our online platform where you can connect with your team, access and submit documents, as well as receive feedback from your mentor. At the end you will get the opportunity to present your findings.

Activity Date
Applications open 22 August 2022
Applications close 16 October 2022
Orientation session 7-9 November 2022
Student team - Mentor icebreaker session 10-15 November 2022
Launch sessions with employers 16-18 November 2022
Virtual microinternship programme 21 November - 9 December 2022

Note: The orientation sessions will be recorded if you can’t attend one of them live due to examinations.