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Auckland, New Zealand

Program Description

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Want on-the-job international preparation for our globalized world? This is the program for you. Students will have the opportunity to intern in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, marketing, agriculture, business, tourism, IT, media/communications, the nonprofit sector, journalism, design, and economics.

The internships take place in Auckland, New Zealand. JMU partner, ISA (International Studies Abroad), provides customized internship placements based on students' areas of interest and experience.

Upon arrival, students participate in a short orientation with other new interns that includes an introduction to the culture and work environment, an overview of the city and surrounding areas, and preparation for the internship. After orientation, students will be placed in a full time internship for a total of 8 weeks.

Don't waste your summer, take advantage of this opportunity to get international work experience while earning academic credits!

Location Description

Vibrant does not even begin to describe the fast-paced, lively, colorful environment of Auckland. From buzzing urban streets to tranquil waterfronts, the city has something for every taste and interest. Auckland's diverse population makes for cafes and restaurants offering an impressive span of international cuisine intermingled with shops selling everything from souvenir scarves of Moreno sheep's wool to designer shoes.

Auckland also has plenty of opportunities for those interested in a less urban environment. A short drive from the city center, you can enjoy a day on either the rugged, black sand beaches of the west coast or the tranquil, golden sand beaches of the east coast. Ferries run between the harbors and several of the islands and dormant volcanic cones, where visitors can hike, mountain bike, and explore. As New Zealand's biggest city and commercial hub, Auckland is well connected by road, rail, and air to the rest of the country, making it easy to take in the many variations of the New Zealand landscape of a weekend.

Placement options may be available outside of Auckland - in Wellington or Christchurch - but would be addressed with students on a case-by-case basis.


Angeline McMullin | | Center for Global Engagement


Accommodations will be provided for students through furnished apartments and houses with internet access and full kitchen and laundry facilities. Students will be in shared double rooms. Housing accommodations are centrally located and public transportation is easily accessible.

Housing for the Internship Program is included in the program fee. Participants will be assigned to furnished, shared apartments or student residences. There will be a shared kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and living area. Laundry, wi-fi and amenities vary between program locations.

Specific details about the program accommodation and public transportation routes will be provided approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure and can be found in the participant’s online account.

Students will receive a partial meal stipend.

Additional Items to Consider

A visa is required.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Open to all majors and class levels

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume - Instructions
  • Cover Letter - Instructions
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


IB 294: Internship Abroad (3 credits)

IDLS 486: Internship and Field Experience (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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