Massey University’s national expedition and internship program will take you across the North and South Islands of New Zealand and place you in an internship where you will work on real world problems relevant to your degree. You’ll travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, immerse yourself in Kiwi culture and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning half a semester’s worth of credit toward your degree. This foreign internship will set you apart from the masses and benefit you throughout your career.

Program Length: 6 weeks
Credit options: 6-8 U.S. credits

This program is eligible for a scholarship! Click the link below to find out more.


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Course Description

The six-week program is worth 30 Massey credits, equivalent to six to eight U.S. credits or 15 ECTS. Check the program page for a description of the course and links to an academic guide.

National expedition: June 27-July 9 

Pre arrival tasks begin on April 15

Your expedition will begin in Christchurch, and you will travel through the spectacular scenery of both the North and South Islands. You will debate the pros and cons of the world’s responses to significant hazards and emergencies and work with local experts and community groups to understand the context, consequences and management of risks. Your case studies will involve stops in the scenic Bay of Islands and Northland to see the relatively unique approach to community-based emergency management being taken there, the thriving cosmopolitan city of Auckland with its complex risk, economic and social environment, the varied riskscape of the Tongariro geothermal zone, and the disaster risk, resilience and recovery of Christchurch and the Canterbury region. 

Internship: July 10-August 5

Your four-week internship begins in Wellington where the support services and facilities of Massey’s Wellington campus will be available to students based in the city. Students undertaking internships elsewhere will have full access to online support and academic supervisors throughout their placements. The internship hosts serve as the backbone of the New Zealand government’s response to dealing with large-scale emergencies. These include organizations and ministries such as the New Zealand Fire Service, Defense Force, Police, Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Health and the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office.

Website for Course Availability

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Massey University

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Architecture: Recommended!

    Environmental Design/Architecture Urban Planning

  • Construction Trades Recommended!

    Building Construction Technology

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Civil Engineering Geological/Geophysical Engineering

  • Health Sciences: Recommended!

    Community Health Services/Counseling Nursing Science Public Health

  • Human Services Recommended!

    Public Administration

  • Law/Criminal Justice Recommended!

    Fire Science/Fire-fighting

  • Physical Sciences Recommended!

    Geology/Earth Science

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Geography Political Science and Government Sociology Urban Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher

Special Application Instructions

Massey Application 

In addition to completing the ISEP application, students must also submit a separate Massey University application. Missing or unverified documentation will result in delays in student placement; ISEP, therefore, recommends that applicants enclose the following documentation with their ISEP application, wherever possible.

Massey is unable to issue your unconditional offer, or formalize your Massey placement, without the documents listed above. Incomplete applications can therefore incur processing delays. 

Massey University cannot recognize unverified copies of birth certificates, passports and academic transcripts. These documents must be officially verified by the applicant’s home university, study abroad coordinator or a notary public. Therefore when submitting original copies of passports and transcripts it is recommended that students make a second copy for Massey and get the above-mentioned authorities to verify each of these copies individually. Verified copies must either:

a) include a handwritten statement: "I ........, certify that this is a true copy of the original" (signed & dated by verifier), or 

b) be stamped: "Verified by _____" (signed amd dated by verifier).

Other Academic Conditions

This program requires a minimum number of participants in order to run.

The selection process for the Massey National Expedition and Internship program is competitive. Students who meet the minimum requirements will be selected for review. Placement is not guaranteed. Special consideration will be given to students who submit their application early. 

Minimum requirements: 

  • Completion of one year of successful university-level study
  • Actively pursuing a degree in a related major
  • Completion of two classes at the 200 level in a related major
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent

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