Tourism & Hospitality internships in Auckland

Interns who come to New Zealand to focus on experience within the Tourism and Hospitality industry should come prepared to work positively and enthusiastically, with both multinational and multicultural teams and clients.

New Zealand’s Tourism and Hospitality industry often includes strategies for economic development and environmental sustainability, facilitated in cooperation with local indigenous groups. While cultural sensitivity is required for hosting clients within the sector, you can also gain insight into how cultural intelligence is equally important for business management and strategic development within the industry itself.

Possible internship placements may include examples such as working with travel agents, travel advisors, tourism managers and developers. Interns who have a background and experience which is more aligned with the hospitality industry may receive other placements, such as restaurants and hotels. All specific placement requests are subject to availability.

General activities can include, but may not be limited to:

  • Helping with the production of marketing materials
  • Assisting with exhibitions
  • Seasonal events or festivals
  • Advising clients
  • Assisting with the arrangement of itineraries
  • Liaising with local vendors
  • Assisting with day to day administrative tasks and bookings
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Minimum Duration

4 weeks

Eligibility Requirement

Undergraduate Degree (or currently enrolled) in a related field, such as hospitality, resort and tourism management, commerce, languages and cultures, etc.

Associated career paths

Concierge, Guest Services, Event & Conference Organiser, Management, Sales and Marketing, Travel Agent, Tour Guide / Operator, Travel Writer / Photographer, Brand Management, Marketing & Promotions Management, Public Relations, Media Relations, Hospitality Management

How to intern

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.

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.

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!

Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks $1920
5 weeks $2115
6 weeks $2360
8 weeks $2750
10 weeks $3190
12 weeks $3580
16 weeks $4460
20 weeks $5240
24 weeks $6020

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.

  • To convert these prices to your local currency visit the XE currency converter.
  • All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
  • 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.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply

What extra costs will I have?

  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program (approx. US$15 - US$50 via bus or taxi)
  • Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as meals and public transportation. Interns generally find US$130 per week to be sufficient.

Registration fee

What it covers
  • Dedicated intern support
  • Comprehensive internship guide
  • Reflection learning course
  • Flight and travel insurance deals

Program fee

What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Learning support service
  • Accommodation

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!

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).