Massey University’s national expedition and internship program will take you to 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.

Pre arrival tasks begin on April 15. The program starts with a two-week expedition of the North and South Islands led by Massey staff. Experience New Zealand’s dynamic geographic and cultural terrain, visiting some of the country’s most popular destinations including glaciers, volcanoes and geothermal zones. Through field visits and in-depth sessions with local experts, you will gain an understanding of the intricate relationship between agricultural and environmental issues in New Zealand and how these issues shape the everyday lives of Kiwis and the country as a whole. Case studies will examine the wool, wine and dairy industries. 

Four-week internships within government agencies, agribusinesses, non-profit environmental organizations, wildlife sanctuaries and wineries are all possible. Massey will match your skills and experiences with the range of opportunities available in the Hawke’s Bay region. Accommodation and transportation to your internship site are included in your program fee. Your internship will involve a 120-160 hour work placement accompanied by an intensive course of project work, journaling and reflections. The academic portion of the internship will involve using systems thinking to analyze the host organization and your project work.

Website for Course Availability

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Massey University

Massey is New Zealand’s only multi-campus university, with locations in Wellington, Auckland and Palmerston North. With an 80-year tradition of academic excellence, Massey offers a vast range of subjects, with...

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Fields of Study

  • Agriculture: Recommended!

    Agricultural Business Operations Agricultural Economics Agronomy and Crop Science Animal Sciences Equine Studies Farm and Ranch Management Horticulture Operations International Agriculture Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Range Science and Management Soil Sciences

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Wildlife Biology Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Natural Resources/Conservation Recommended!

    Environmental Science

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. 

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

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