Eligibility requirement: A passion for the industry is a must, along with strong communication skills and attention to detail. Proficiency in other languages such as Mandarin, Spanish and Japanese is a desirable skill set for the internship role.

Language requirements: This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths: Public Relations Consultant, Meeting/Convention/Event Planner, Brand Manager, Advertising/Promotions/Marketing Manager, Advertising Sales Representative, Film and Video Editor, Graphic Designer, Market Research Analyst, Writer, Product Development Manager, Media Coordinator

Minimum duration: 8 weeks

Internship details

Gain first-hand event management experience organizing and running events in New Zealand. Interns help to deliver a range of high quality events, enabling you to develop your project management skills and build your PR portfolio. These are high energy placements for social interns with strong attention to detail and a little bit of flair!

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation provided.

This Event Management and Public Relations internship in Auckland is perfect for anyone wanting to gain practical experience organizing and delivering real events in New Zealand. You will help with the planning and execution of diverse events, such as corporate meetings, conferences, celebrations, fairs, festivals, and even weddings. Interns are involved across all stages of planning and implementation, so it’s important to be flexible and cooperative, and be open to whatever tasks are required at any given time.

Internship tasks can involve, but may not be limited to:

  • Assisting in brainstorming and concept development, planning and presenting
  • Liaising with the marketing team to develop promotional materials and press releases for upcoming events
  • Liaising with clients, coordinating event services and organizing vendors
  • Conducting market research for business development strategies
  • Working with customer service or event management databases
  • Assisting with post-event analysis and relevant de-briefs or follow ups

Internship placements are available with both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations. Specific requests to intern with either can be catered for, though are subject to availability.

It’s important to keep in mind that, depending on the timeline of events and how it aligns with your internship duration, you may not be in New Zealand for the delivery of some events you contribute to. Interns can extend the duration of your internship while you’re in New Zealand, if you wish to stay on to deliver an event you have helped to organize. Any requests to extend your duration in-country are subject to availability and your visa status within New Zealand.

In your spare time, you’ll be able to explore the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Auckland. Known as the “City of Sails” because of all the sailboats and yachts anchored in marinas around Auckland, you’ll quickly become familiar with the country’s adventure loving spirit and affinity for the ocean. Aside from the beautiful beaches spanning the country, New Zealand offers incredibly diverse landscapes to explore, from native bush and mountains, to stunning lakes, rivers, and even glaciers.

Auckland airport provides a convenient gateway to explore different regions of the country - keep an eye out for great domestic flight packages. When you’re interning in New Zealand, your weekends will be packed with things to see and do!

This internship is conducted in English.

Event Management and PR interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Event concept development and brainstorming
  • Project management
  • Creating promotional materials
  • Writing press releases to help publicize events
  • Media liaison
  • Coordinating event services with clients and vendors
  • Setting up events
  • Hosting clients and overseeing event delivery
  • Collating feedback and analyzing event successes
Professional development opportunities:
  • Gain an understanding of what goes into planning a range of different events
  • Understand the requirements of different events
  • Build multi-tasking skills and your ability to work to different project deadlines
  • Build communication skills liaising with clients, vendors, media and stakeholders
  • Develop event management skills
  • Understand successes and failures in event delivery
  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
Typical schedule:
  • Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm
Internship highlights:
  • Gain experience organizing and delivering events that satisfy specific client goals
  • Improve your communication and organization skills to deliver complex, multi-faceted events
  • Enjoy the world famous tourist adventures and stunning landscapes on offer in New Zealand
Types of host organizations:
  • Private companies
  • Media agencies
  • Event management agencies
  • Sports clubs
  • NGOs
  • Hospitality industry

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Program fees

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$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks 4 weeks $2,369
5 weeks 5 weeks $2,564
6 weeks 6 weeks $2,809
8 weeks 8 weeks $3,199
10 weeks 10 weeks $3,639
12 weeks 12 weeks $4,029
16 weeks 16 weeks $4,909
20 weeks 20 weeks $5,689
24 weeks 24 weeks $6,469

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. A NZ$700 accommodation security deposit 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.

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  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
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Program fee for abroad internships

What it covers
  • Securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • International reference letter
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Experiential Learning Curriculum
  • Accommodation

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 4 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Wednesday night before the Monday start date and all interns are asked to arrive on Wednesday, in order to receive their airport pick up. The port of entry is the Auckland Airport (AKL). Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation. Orientations are held every Thursday and attendance of the orientation is mandatory. Interns begin at their placements on their Monday start date.

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 the Wednesday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Thursday. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested and are subject to availability.

Orientation takes place at the local office in Takapuna, Auckland, and covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.

Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

Accommodation

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 two other international students / interns, so the kitchen and living room are shared spaces. (The typical apartment size is three bedrooms, with a maximum of one guest per room). All roommates are expected to respect common areas, keeping them clean, tidy and comfortable for all guests. If you are interning alongside a friend, please let us know and we can aim to ensure you’re accommodated together (subject to availability). Laundry facilities are also available within the accommodation.

It is important to note that 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.

Meals

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 should be sufficient for purchasing weekly groceries to prepare meals and packed lunches. You should budget more for meal purchases if you dine out frequently but there are also 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!

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Capital Wellington
Population 4.79 million
Languages English, Māori, NZ Sign Language
Currency New Zealand dollar ($ - NZD)
Time zone UTC+12:00

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).