Tourism & Hospitality Internships in Auckland
Tourism and Hospitality internships in Auckland provide fun and reputable experience, in both a city and country renowned for being a top destination for domestic and international travelers alike. Interns can encounter a variety of tasks within their tourism sector roles, such as activities related to marketing, advertising, customer relations, human resources and business management.
- Develop real-world experience in one of the world's premier tourist destinations
- Gain insight into how cultural intelligence improves business management and strategic development
- Enjoy the world famous tourist adventures on offer in New Zealand
Type of host organizations:
- Travel agencies
- Travel operators
- Hospitality venues
- Accommodation providers
Tourism and Hospitality internships in Auckland provide fun and reputable experience, in both a city and country renowned for being a top destination for domestic and international travelers alike. Interns can assist with a range of activities, such as marketing, advertising, customer relations, human resources and business management.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation included. Click here to check out remote internships, which you can undertake from home.
Despite New Zealand’s geographical isolation (or maybe because of it) the island nation has long been a favorite destination for tourists, from all around the world. Condé Nast Traveler has voted New Zealand as a favorite destination and The Telegraph has ranked it as the world’s best place to visit! The tourism and hospitality industry has always comprised an important sector of New Zealand’s economy, so if you’re passionate about gaining first class experience in this field, there’s no better place to intern abroad!
Tourism & Hospitality internships in New Zealand are based in Auckland. Although tourists to New Zealand will travel the country, to explore the attractions of both the North and South Island, the vast majority of these travelers will enter and exit via the Auckland Airport. Therefore, this city - the country’s largest - serves as the ideal hub to build your skills and gain insight for the development of your career, within a fast-paced and exciting industry.
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 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.
Interns who come to Auckland 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.
Approximately Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Tourism & Hospitality interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
The development of marketing materials and other promotional tasks
Assisting with exhibitions, seasonal events or festivals
Advising clients, assisting with bookings and itineraries
Liaising with local vendors
Professional development opportunites:
Gain experience and networks across multinational and multicultural teams and clients
Gain insight into how sustainability is incorporated and promoted within the tourism and hospitality industry
Enhance a broad range of practical skills, to flexibly contribute in a dynamic industry
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$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||$4,359Equivalent to $51/day|
|14 weeks||$4,799Equivalent to $48/day|
|16 weeks||$5,349Equivalent to $47/day|
|18 weeks||$5,789Equivalent to $45/day|
|20 weeks||$6,229Equivalent to $44/day|
|22 weeks||$6,669Equivalent to $43/day|
|24 weeks||$7,109Equivalent 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
- 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 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.
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.
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!
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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