Social Work Internships in Auckland
If you’re looking to gain experience exploring and supporting the complex needs of a community’s most vulnerable, then a Social Work internship is for you. Collaborate alongside dedicated professionals in their efforts to empower, educate and invoke change in those from a range of backgrounds.
- Learn about the issues faced by other members of society and how you can help to address them
- Gain insight into diverse communities and culturally relevant approaches to social work practice
- Enjoy the world famous tourist adventures on offer in New Zealand
Type of host organizations:
- District health boards
- Non-governmental organizations
- Community-based health and social services organizations
If you’re looking to gain experience exploring and supporting the complex needs of a community’s most vulnerable, then a Social Work internship is for you. You’ll collaborate alongside dedicated professionals in their efforts to empower, educate and invoke change in those from a range of backgrounds. Social Work internships provide an amazing opportunity for those drawn to a career that’s dedicated to helping and advocating for others.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation included. Click here to view remote Psychology & Social Work internships, which you can undertake from home.
New Zealand’s social service workers play an important role in the community. Despite being a developed country, which is highly ranked for peace, happiness and more, New Zealand communities still face very real challenges. New Zealand’s rates of child poverty, domestic violence, addiction and alcohol issues are high, and the sectors which work to address such issues struggle with being understaffed and under-resourced. Such problems have especially been compounded in recent years, by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising cost of living.
A broad range of placements can be connected to the field of social work and interns should expect that their current level of experience will be taken into consideration, when providing the internship placement. There is scope for interns to be placed with both government, as well as non governmental organizations. Such organizations in New Zealand are involved with client welfare in a number of ways - whether responding to client needs and crises directly, or providing auxiliary support or referrals. Social Work priorities may be related to support for addiction, mental health, and abuse, as well as working to support community members with diverse needs, such as the elderly, at-risk youth, and people with disabilities.
Your participation as an intern means being flexible to interact with diverse cultures and demographics. While interns should not expect to be directly responsible for any client/patient care, you’ll assist (relevant to your level of skills and experience) with the provision of support, services and care for people. For example, internship tasks in this field may involve:
- Assist with age appropriate recreational and developmental programs (encompassing social, emotional and physical development)
- Assist with programs focused on the creation of self-esteem and wellbeing
- Contribute to the creation of information / client resources and support networks
- Support fundraising teams who deliver annual appeals (and other activities)
- Contribute to any relevant materials development (e.g. proposals, impact reports, letters, flyers, certificates, etc.)
- Assist with database management and reporting (e.g. data entry of donor records, partner and community supporter databases, client information, case notes, etc)
- Shadow professionals in the provision of support for people in crisis (e.g. provision of professional advice, assistance to access benefits and accommodation, etc.)
If you have specific skills or would like to focus your internship on a particular area, please include details in your application. All interns wishing to fulfill academic requirements during this Social Work internship must outline their needs in advance. Particular requests are accommodated wherever possible, but are subject to availability.
In your spare time, you’ll be able to explore the cosmopolitan, vibrant city of Auckland. New Zealand is renowned for adventure tourism and incredible environmental diversity - where else could you go surfing and skiing in one day?! Interns with a passion for the environment shouldn’t come to New Zealand without planning to explore the amazing natural landscapes - from glaciers and mountains, to stunning lakes, beaches, native bush and incredible geothermal attractions. From Auckland city, many regions are just a short flight away. Your weekends will be packed with adventure and discovery like never before!
Approximately Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Social Work interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Working collectively on group projects, workshops and other with diverse people and children
Community outreach, campaigning, surveying and collecting demographic based data
Supporting child development, safety and well-being
Building effective client and partner relationships
Supporting programs which promote community wellbeing
Support fundraising teams who deliver annual appeals and other campaigns
Assist with database management and reporting
Shadow professionals in the provision of support for clients and partners
Professional development opportunities:
Develop your understanding of complex issues and how best to assist those in need
Gain mentoring, support and listening skills
Experience helping families and communities
Raise awareness of social issues and support fundraising campaigns
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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Academic credit available for all internships
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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$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.
Program Fee (USD)
|12 weeks||$4,409Equivalent to $52/day|
|14 weeks||$4,849Equivalent to $49/day|
|16 weeks||$5,399Equivalent to $48/day|
|18 weeks||$5,839Equivalent to $46/day|
|20 weeks||$6,279Equivalent to $44/day|
|22 weeks||$6,719Equivalent to $43/day|
|24 weeks||$7,159Equivalent to $42/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- 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
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Optional extras, such as language lessons
- Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
- A deposit of $449 USD 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 8 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 Sunday night before the Monday start date. All interns are asked to arrive on Sunday, 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.
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 Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. 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. You will also receive a local sim card during your orientation and be advised on available data and calling plans. 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 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.
Please note that 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
|Languages||English, Māori, NZ Sign Language|
|Currency||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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