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Summer Internships in New Zealand - Placements

Environment, Green Tech, and Sustainability

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 Abroad 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 Abroad 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 you enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad in the Environment, Green Tech, and Sustainability Internships in New Zealand program, you will receive the link to the online student portal with International Studies Abroad (ISA) and will be given information on how to complete required supplemental tasks, including:

  • Student Basics
  • Profile Photo
  • Personal Statements
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Passport Copy (once available)
  • Scheduling an advising session with the ISA Program Manager for New Zealand

The internship placement process will include a phone or Skype/Zoom/Teams call advising session with an ISA Program Manager to talk about your career goals and interests, and later could include a phone or Skype/Zoom/Teams interview with your potential internship company or organization.

While effort will be made to accommodate your preferences, specific internship placements are not guaranteed. You are encouraged to be open-minded and approach the program with a willingness to learn and grow, both professionally and personally.

Placements will likely require a background check. Specific instructions will be provided by ISA. Final placement will be determined at least four weeks prior to departure.

Sample Internship Placements

You will participate in a professional internship for approximately 32-40 hours per week, typically Monday-Thursday, with the occasional Friday depending on the placement. You will be matched with an organization based on your skills, experiences, career goals, and interests. View sample internship areas (PDF) in New Zealand.

The global pandemic has changed the way some career fields approach daily work in New Zealand. You may encounter a hybrid workplace where they will adopt schedules similar to their coworkers, such as some days in the office, some days working remotely, and experiences both in person and online.

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 you meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC) or the career center on your home campus to have your 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 can also provide tips for writing your cover letter and resume.

Our Program Partner

For the Environment, Green Tech and Sustainability Internships in New Zealand program, UC Davis Study Abroad partners with International Studies Abroad (ISA), a study abroad organization that offers independent study, internship, 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 Environment, Green Tech, and Sustainability Internships in New Zealand 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. 

Transcript Notation

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 will 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.