Summer Abroad Internships in New Zealand

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New Zealand—Psychology

Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand

Arrive Date:  7/10/2019    End Date:  8/24/2019

Program Overview

Intern in New Zealand, a land of stunning natural beauty and a rich multicultural environment. For Psychology interns, opportunities may include organizing various support services for young people and their parents; engaging in faith-based Māori youth and community development and assisting young people to support their families and communities in different training programs; supporting advocacy for rural women while gaining experience in rural population research; or gaining experience in mental health policy. The program includes an extensive on-site orientation to help students learn about the community, their cohort, and their internships as well as offers professional development and cultural activities.

Apart from work for the internship, students also engage in an online course facilitated by a UC Davis faculty. The online coursework provides an opportunity for meaningful reflection during the program. Students will spend approximately 32 hours per week at their internship and another 8 hours per week for the online course. 

Taught in:  English (course taught remotely)

Max Enrollment:  15

Program CoordinatorAngela McNutt 



Education Abroad (EAP) 192. Internship (6 units, P/NP)

Psychology (PSC) 198. Directed Group Study (2 units, P/NP)


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 skillsView 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.


This program is open to students who meet the eligibility requirements and who have taken the necessary prerequisites.

Program Highlights

  • Exceptional intercultural communication opportunities in an international workplace
  • Excellent opportunity to hone and apply concepts learned in classrooms in real-world, global contexts
  • Tremendous opportunity to make cultural, professional, and geographic discoveries
  • Exciting opportunity to grow professionally and personally
  • Outstanding résumé line item and interview talking point