New Zealand—Business & Communication
UC Davis Summer Abroad Internships is an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating academic coursework with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. This program carries a total of 8.00* quarter units in eight weeks.
Students on Summer Abroad Internship programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements.
See Academics to learn more about applying Summer Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements.
Auditing is not an option.
*Note: Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to enquire about enrolling in additional unit(s).
Students will intern approximately 32 hours per week at their host company and will be able to apply for transcript notation through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.
Writing for Internships: This 2 unit course is intended as a forum to connect the work students do at their internship to its broader social and cultural context. Through online discussions students will have a community with whom to share their reflections and observations about their internship placements and to explore the significance of interning in an international context.
No prerequisites are enforced for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements.
After you have completed the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, you will receive the link to the required online application with International Studies Abroad (ISA), our program partner. Required supplemental documents include:
- Cover letter
- Official transcript (see Registrar page)
- One (1) letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or employer
- Personal statement (short answer questions which are completed as a virtual form in the ISA student portal)
You should prepare all supplemental documents (except for personal statement) AT THE SAME TIME AS you are completing the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, to ensure that your ISA application is completed by the deadline. The internship placement process may include a phone discussion with an ISA program manager to narrow down goals and interests, as well as a phone or Skype interview(s) with potential internship companies. Students are matched with a host company based on their specific skills, experience and goals for the internship. During the ISA application process students will be asked to specify three areas of interest within the fields of business and communication. While every 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.
Please note that all enrolled students will be placed in a business/communications internship. Students with relevant experience and a GPA over 2.5 may have an internship role with greater responsibility than students without experience or a lower GPA.
Every effort will be made to match students with an internship as early as possible, but please note that final internship placement may be determined just prior to departure.
Resume and Cover Letter Resources
We strongly recommend that all students meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center 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. Please also review ISA’s tips for writing your cover letter and resume.