Business Administration Internships in Auckland
Interns experience business operations on a domestic or international level, with customized internship placements that give you insight into diverse companies.
- Gain practical experience providing wrap-around support in a range of business sectors
- Help to deliver efficient administrative solutions that support business success
- Enjoy the world famous tourist adventures on offer in New Zealand
Type of host organizations:
- Import/export companies
- Logistics businesses
- Supply chain companies
- FMCG producers
Business Administration internships are a great way to learn how businesses work from the inside across multiple departments. Interns experience business operations on a domestic or international level, with customized internship placements that give you insight into the day to day workings of diverse companies and transferable skills within professional settings.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation included. Click here to view remote Business Administration & Start Ups internships, which you can undertake from home.
Business administration is a critical function in all businesses. Effective administrators are highly organized, efficient workers and use their strong communication skills to provide support to all aspects of business operations. As a Business Administration intern, you’ll learn on-the-job skills that support business success and be able to handle a range of important tasks, often on short notice or tight deadlines.
There is a broad portfolio of placements available on a Business Administration internship in New Zealand, offering scope for you to be ideally matched to a unique opportunity that suits your interests, motivations and skills. This includes placements in companies ranging in size from startups to international corporations and NGOs, working in industries including import/export, logistics, supply chain and FMCG.
As an intern, your experience can span business management, finance, retail, and human resources. Placements in New Zealand are commonly multicultural and multinational, enabling interns to gain diverse workplace experience which boosts both cultural intelligence and practical know-how. Depending on your internship placement and area of focus, you can contribute to work such as:
- Marketing planning & management
- Business strategy and change management
- Human resource management
- Event management
- Product development and brand management
- Customer service
- Economic decision-making
- Project management
- Data management and technology
- Quality control
- International supply chain management
- Operations management
- International business law
- Management accounting and analysis
In all cases, interns should expect that the first week of your experience will focus on settling in and gaining some introductory knowledge, as you will not “hit the ground running”. Rather, you should start with learning about the placement to gain an understanding of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.
Understand and expect that individual internship experiences vary, as the specific placement that you’re assigned will depend on review of your resume and your current level of studies and experience. Therefore, if you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship.
Business Administration interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Contributing to operations, events, HR, product development or supply chain projects
Implementing business or marketing strategies
Providing logistical or administrative support
Professional development opportunities:
Gain first hand knowledge of how companies are run
Understand how to multitask and deliver solutions to deadlines
Gain experience in a range of operational and business management areas
Engage with customers and suppliers, helping to satisfy their specific needs
Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|$4,679 Equivalent to $55 /day
|$5,709 Equivalent to $50 /day
|$6,629 Equivalent to $47 /day
|$7,549 Equivalent to $44 /day
- Airport pick-up
- 24/7 in-country support
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- Academic credit facilitation
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- All meals
- All in-country transportation
- Return transportation to the airport at program conclusion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
- A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
- It is important to note that internships in Auckland do not include meals and interns should budget to cover this Independently. Kitchen facilities are provided in all accommodation for independent meal preparation. An accommodation security deposit of approx. NZ$700 must be paid in-country but this is fully refundable, subject to inspection of the accommodation upon departure and confirmation that there have been no damages.
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
Arrival and Orientation
Internships in Auckland begin every Monday. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. Interns may choose to spend a minimum of 12 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks.
Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. Interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays. The port of entry is the Auckland Airport (AKL). Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation.
If you are planning to spend time independently in Auckland prior to your internship and will not require an international airport pick up, we can arrange an alternative pick up from another convenient location within the city.
The last night of the accommodation is calculated according to your arrival date. For example, if you arrive on the Sunday night before your Monday start date, then you would depart on the Sunday of your last week. If you arrive a day earlier, on the Saturday instead, then you will check out from the accommodation on the Saturday of your last week. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested and are subject to availability.
Orientations are mandatory and currently held remotely. You will receive an invite for this. During your orientation, you’ll have the chance to meet the local staff and other interns (that are starting on the same date as you), discuss program expectations, responsibilities, and requirements. The orientation covers essential details about your host country, safety, accommodation guidelines, cultural customs and differences, weekend excursions, etc.
Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.
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Accommodation and WiFi
All interns in Auckland, New Zealand, are accommodated in student apartments within or near the city. The central location of the accommodation is ideal for commuting to internship placements within the downtown area. These apartments are close to public transportation routes, as well as shops, restaurants, cafes, entertainment, and parks. Public buses also provide access to surrounding beaches and popular seaside suburbs, such as Takapuna and Mission Bay.
Apartments are small and basic, yet clean, comfortable, secure and adequately furnished. Interns can expect to have their own private room and bedding is provided. The apartment can be co-inhabited with up to 5 other international students / interns, so the kitchen and living room are shared spaces. (The typical apartment size is 3 bedrooms, with a maximum of one guest per room, but some apartments have capacity for 4-5 bedrooms). All roommates are expected to respect common areas, keeping them clean, tidy and comfortable for all guests. Laundry facilities are also available within the accommodation.
Please expect apartments to be mixed gender in the city centre. Single sex apartments are possible, but this needs to be specified in advance and is subject to availability. If you are interning alongside a friend, please let us know and we can aim to ensure you’re accommodated together (subject to availability).
WiFi is not included within all of the apartments (in some cases, it may be available for an additional fee, taken care of in-country). The internship orientation will provide a local sim card, which you can use to ensure you have data and connectivity on your own smartphone. Ensure that your phone is unlocked for international use prior to your arrival in New Zealand, so that you can use the sim card and stay online.
It is important to note that an accommodation bond may be requested from the accommodation provider. The cost of the bond may range between NZD$250 - NZD$600, so you must budget for this. However, this bond is fully refundable to you, upon your departure, provided that inspection has been completed to confirm that you have not caused damage to the property.
The accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we work with more than one apartment, the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ from the photos. Rooms sizes, along with storage space, varies. However, you may assume to receive a single-sized bedroom (as per the photos).
It is important to note that internships in Auckland do not include meals. However, the shared apartment (which is included in the Program Fee) provides kitchen facilities where interns are welcome to prepare their own meals and snacks. A recommended food budget of US$100 - US$150 should be sufficient for purchasing weekly groceries to prepare meals and packed lunches. You should budget more for meal purchases if you eat out frequently. There are some relatively affordable eateries, including Thai, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian options (and more). There is a booming food scene in the city and the Britomart waterfront precinct, comprised of heritage buildings, hosts an eclectic collection of bars, cafés and restaurants. Chat to your internship placement colleagues for the best local tips about where to go for great taste and value!
Activities and tourism
During the internship program, weekends are available for free time and leisure activities. As New Zealand’s main hub, there is no shortage of attractions and natural landmarks to check out in Auckland, as well as ongoing arts, sporting, cultural and entertainment events. The Auckland Civic Theatre and Auckland Town Hall often host events and performances to enjoy and the Aotea Square is typically home to various festivals. Auckland’s main venues for sporting events and concerts include Eden Park, Mt Smart Stadium, and the Spark Arena. For museum and art enthusiasts, don’t miss Auckland War Memorial Museum, MOTAT, Auckland Art Gallery, and New Zealand Maritime Museum. The Rainbow’s End amusement park is a fun weekend activity but thrillseekers shouldn’t look past New Zealand’s natural attractions and adventure tourism activities for the best way to really get out and experience the country!
Our local team in New Zealand are available to advise you on some of the greatest things to see and do, so that you can really make the most of your time - especially if you want to connect with others to make new friends and explore the region socially. Whether connecting for dinners, joining social events, planning weekend excursions such as hikes, winery tours, surfing trips, white water rafting, black water rafting, hot pools, or… let’s face it… a visit to Hobbiton, our team are available to ensure you make incredible memories that will last a lifetime.
Once you have confirmed your internship in New Zealand and are in the planning stages of your trip, you’ll be welcome to reach out to our Auckland based team for support, if you want advance information about planning your free time (especially if you want to plan activities and travel either before or after your internship duration). Otherwise, you can expect to learn more about the free-time opportunities during your internship orientation in-country. The team will always remain available throughout your internship as well, should you wish to sign up for activities as you go!
Essential country information
|English, Māori, NZ Sign Language
|New Zealand dollar ($ - NZD)
Weather and climate:
New Zealand is considered to have a maritime or temperate oceanic climate, meaning that both the summers and winters are typically moderate. Rainfall, wind and cloud cover can occur year round and conditions vary from wetter on the west coast, to dryer in inland or eastern regions. In Auckland, where the internship program is based, the summers are comfortable (from late December through late March) and the winters are cold and wet. The average daily high temperature throughout the summer is between 15°C and 24°C (59°F and 75°F). In the winter, it’s between 8°C and 16°C (46°F and 60°F).
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