Summer Abroad Internships in New Zealand - Courses

UC Davis Study Abroad, Summer Internship Abroad New Zealand, Psychology Program, Header Image

New Zealand—Psychology

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 six 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 inquire about enrolling in additional unit(s).


Psychology (PSC) 198 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


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

Students will intern approximately 32 hours per week at their program site and will be able to apply for transcript notation through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.

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

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 and assignments, 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. 


Any three upper division courses from any of the following departments: Psychology (PSC); Cognitive Science Program (CGS); Human Development (HDE); Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior (NPB); Sociology (SOC).

Internship Placement Process

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:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Official transcript (see Registrar page)
  • Personal statement (short answer questions which are completed as a virtual form in the ISA student portal)

You should start to prepare supplemental documents (except for personal statement) at the same time you are completing the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, but the supplemental documents are not due until after you are enrolled in the program. 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 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. Final internship placement may be determined just prior to departure.

Placements may require a background check to be done prior to departure. Specific instructions will be provided once placement is confirmed.

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.