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Internships in New Zealand

Gain work experience in New Zealand through customized internship placements offered by Intern NZ. Internships can be arranged in a variety of locations throughout New Zealand,...

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Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Second time Intern NZ

Dealing with different cultures and meeting nice people are my favorite aspects about my overseas experience. And of course the nature of New Zealand.
This year was the second time I used the services of Intern NZ, after using their service last year. After great satisfaction last year regarding my internship, was I determent to return to New Zealand again, which was made possible because of the services of Intern NZ.

Program: Internships in New Zealand

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Work Environment

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  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

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A fruitful internship experience!

I learnt a lot about how do companies work in real life. I got better understanding of my field. I saw the aspects which I never thought of before. Overall it was a fruitful experience for me, and who knows this might be life changing for me as well, as the dream of being an Electronics Engineer doesn't seems far from here.
Thank you so much Intern NZ.

Program: Internships in New Zealand

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Work Environment

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  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

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The perfect practical experience!

Even though l have already been living in New Zealand for the past three years, this internship helped me a lot. It was the perfect practical experience in the industrial field as l was doing a logistics and operations internship in Auckland.

Intern NZ & Intern OZ provided great services. They did a great job in finding me this internship as it suited perfectly. Overall a great experience, thanks for everything!

Program: Internships in New Zealand

Overall Rating

1 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    4

  • Program Administration

    1

  • Living Situation

    1

  • Work Environment

    7

  • Health & Safety

    3

  • Social Life

    1

Unfortunate Experience

My intent in posting this review is to share my experience, and keep this from happening to others.

I’ve been apart of a few study abroad programs (including a different internship abroad), and have worked with international education programs in my home country, and I am saddened by the lack of care that Intern NZ shows in their business practices.

From the start, InternNZ wasn’t great to work with, it took them weeks to respond to me, they were never clear in answering my questions (I always had to send several follow ups), and I decided to chalk all this up to differences in work culture, but learned later that this isn’t common.

InternNZ hosts their Auckland interns in Unistay, a hostel. I did not find this out until 3 days before my flight to NZ. Beforehand, when I had agreed to pay for housing through InternNZ I was under the impression that I would be flatting with people, as InternNZ never stated that I’d be staying in a hostel – this is a misunderstanding that you can find in many of the reviews of InternNZ, and they still haven’t clarified this for interns, which speaks volumes.

The cleanliness of the hostel isn’t great. The bathrooms are mixed gender, with one bathroom (located far from most rooms) being for women only. Sharing such an intimate space is something that I could have warmed up to, if Intern NZ had been honest about this. I told an employee of Intern NZ that I didn’t feel safe, but they didn’t offer any real solution. On multiple occasions there was no soap or toilet paper in the bathrooms.

The kitchen is community based, which itself is a fun thing, but the kitchen equipment you’re provided is lacking in quality. A lot of the “amenities” at Unistay are broken (broken toilets, showers, stove burners, etc.) You have to pay for internet, and laundry (this is on top of the extremely high rent).

The room you stay in, if it’s like mine, is very small. This didn’t bother me, but the rent I was paying was almost 100 dollars more a week than the rest of the tenants, who didn’t go through InternNZ. This is in addition to a 400 dollar administration fee paid at the booking. When I tried to contact InternNZ about this, they dodged my questions, but eventually clarified saying that the fee was necessary because they lease the rooms from Unistay. I asked how the fees for housing broke down before arriving, and this was never mentioned.

After much thought, I decided to leave early, and attempted to get a housing refund. In total, they would continue to neglect my calls for almost 3 weeks, I was told on 5 separate occasions that they would call me back at a specific time, but didn’t. They finally called me back and told me that I couldn’t be refunded because I had decided to leave my internship. This goes against InternNZ’s terms and conditions, which I then read to the employee I spoke to. She told me that she’d have to speak to her boss. It took almost a month, but when she contacted me, she told me that Unistay wasn’t accepting cancelations, so I couldn’t be refunded.

I wish I had known InternNZ offers the opportunity to win money to write reviews, and that they have staff write as well, before I had interned with them.

After my final decision to leave, I informed InternNZ of my decision, and they didn’t ask why I wanted to leave, or if I was okay. They just wanted to make it clear that I wasn’t getting any money back.

I hope that InternNZ improves their communication, clarity, and procedure for helping interns.

Program: Internships in New Zealand

  • Intern NZ responded to this review March 11, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Hi Kaitlin,

    Thank you for your feedback. Here is an explanation of how we work with regards accommodation.

    When it comes to our housing service, we need to work with student accommodation providers as we feel this is the most suitable accommodation and allows people to meet others on the programme and people of their own age. Most student accommodation providers have year long contracts for their guests. In order to secure and guarantee accommodation for our programme, we develop relationships with accommodation providers and must take on year long leases.
    We explain costs prior to people signing up to this service and provide photos. Anyone is welcome to choose our internship only option and arrange accommodation individually. Those who do arrange accommodation themselves can find cheaper accommodation, but they are signing contracts/agreements with landlords as so assuming liability.

    When we are asked to arrange accommodation, we need to work with accommodation providers who have robust systems in place regarding liability.
    It was made clear that the accommodation we use is not a hostel, but long term student accommodation, with shared facilities and single rooms.
    Regarding mixed gender bathrooms, we will make a note to add this to our pre-arrival information. Sorry this was not made clear.

    With regards leaving early; It is explained that you would be liable for rent until a replacement can be found for your room. As you left in the summer, when students are on holiday, a replacement could not be found. Thanks for your feedback and we hope that this goes someway to explaining how it must work for us to guarantee accommodation on our programmes. We would also like to point out, that by using our accommodation, you were able to meet several people on our programme, who became travel companions.

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Work Environment

    N/A

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Coolest little capital

Wellington truly is the coolest little capital. The staff members I have interacted with have provided friendly customer service. There are many events taking place for the time my orientation is scheduled. New Zealand is an absolutely beautiful country. I have loved my whole overseas experience. The internship sourced for me has offered opportunities I would not have otherwise be able to undertake. I have learnt so much in the two weeks that I have been in Wellington so far. I love that there is so much to do in the coolest little capital; there are so many amazing adventures to be had right in central Wellington.

Program: Internships in New Zealand

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