Psychology Internships in New Zealand
Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations and optional social events; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, participants will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.
Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.
Internship Placement Process
After students enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad in the New Zealand—Psychology Summer Internship program, they will receive the link to the online application with ISA and given information on how to complete required supplemental tasks, including:
- Cover letter
- Official transcript
- Scheduling an interview/advising session with designated ISA advisor
The internship placement process will include a phone discussion with an ISA program manager to narrow down goals and interests, and could include a phone or Skype interview with potential internship placement. Students are matched with a local organization based on their specific skills and experience that match an organization’s needs.
During the ISA application process students will be asked to specify areas of interest within the field of psychology. While effort will be made to accommodate students’ preferences, specific internship placements are not guaranteed. Students are encouraged to be open-minded and approach the program with a willingness to learn and grow, both professionally and personally.
Placements may require a background check to be done prior to departure. Specific instructions will be provided once placement is confirmed. Final placement will be determined at least four weeks prior to departure.
Sample Internship Placements
Students will participate in a professional internship for approximately 32 hours per week, typically Monday-Thursday with the occasional Friday depending on placement. Internship placements are customized according to each student’s experiences, career goals, interests, and skills. View sample internship areas (PDF) in New Zealand.
All enrolled students will be placed in an internship. Students with relevant experience and a GPA over 2.5 may have more placement options or an internship role with greater responsibility than students without experience or a lower GPA.
Resume and Cover Letter Resources
We strongly recommend that all students meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center or the Career Center on their home campus to have their resume and cover letter reviewed prior to submitting these documents to ISA. The ICC provides many online resources, such as resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation examples. ISA also provides tips for writing your cover letter and resume.
Information about UC Davis’s partner for the program
For the New Zealand—Psychology Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study abroad partners with International Studies Abroad (ISA), a study abroad organization that offers independent study, intern, research, and service-learning programs in more than 30 countries. ISA offers customized internship placements to provide students with hands-on, professional experience within their chosen field. The New Zealand—Psychology Summer Internship program is a customized program designed by ISA uniquely for UC Davis Study Abroad. Onsite, a team of ISA staff will welcome students at the airport, lead the welcome orientation, coordinate group excursions and optional activities, and be on-call 24/7 for emergency support.
Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for international internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.
Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.