Internships, Programmes and Project Placements

There are a wide range of options available to Canterbury employers wishing to take on a student for an internship or project placement. The motivation for doing so might be:

  • To bring a specific skill set or alternate point of view into your organisation to spark some new thinking.
  • To progress a piece of research or proof-of-concept project.
  • To ‘audition’ potential new employees.
  • To give back to the technology community and help develop new industry talent.

Whatever your motives are, the options can be rather confusing and daunting, and this page is our attempt to summarise what’s available as your starting to point engage with the institutions, students and programmes of interest. They include:

  • Sub-degree diploma & certificate students, through various degree courses to post-grad and Phd students.
  • Engineering, Computer Science, Network Engineering, Data Science, UX/UI, Product Design, Marketing, Business and various applied IT subjects.
  • Students who are going through a programme of study at a local institution and overseas students specifically seeking industry placements in New Zealand (the latter are often post-grads).

All programmes have their own requirements, and you need to understand the place that ‘workplace learning’ occupies in the overall programme of study. For example, there are often specific times of year when industry placements are required and they must be of a specific duration. In other words, it is necessary that the employer:

  • Understands the academic requirements for industry placements of the programme in question.
  • Has a clearly scoped project for a student to work on.
  • Is prepared to commit sufficient employer resources to ensure a good experience for both parties.

Don’t underestimate how much effort it can require to take a student on and deliver successful outcomes!. Above all prepare for taking your student on, and ensure you are clear of your expectations of them – and don’t forget to ask them what their expectations are too! Managed well, student engagements can be extremely rewarding for both parties. Managed badly they can be a waste of everyone’s time. Good Luck!

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Canterbury Intern Programmes

Provider Programme Name Internship dates About Programme Contact
Lincoln University

Industry Project

July – October 2021

Students undertake an applied computing project using industry standards approaches with an external client demonstrating the application of professional practice.

Patricia Anthony
Programme Coordinator, Master of Applied Computing
patricia.anthony@lincoln.ac.nz
03 423 0414

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Bachelor of ICT work integrated learning project

Late Feb, Late July, 14 weeks or 300 hours. Summer projects from late Nov – late Feb.

Final year degree students undertaking full time projects lasting 300 hours to enable students to demonstrate industry work readiness by applying their knowledge of ICT to a real-life problem-solving scenario.

Dr David Weir
david.weir@ara.ac.nz
03 940 8324

Summer of Tech

Summer of Tech

November to March

We believe the best way to equip the next generation of makers, thinkers, and designers is by helping them develop their skills through paid work experience in NZ’s ICT industry. Since 2006, we have facilitated 1,500 internships with over 350 employers and every year we also run over 100 industry-led, free events all over the country to improve the work readiness of students.

Trent Mankelow, CEO
trent.mankelow@gmail.com

Signal ICT Graduate School

SHIFT Industry Project - Christchurch

Students work part time on 200 hour industry projects March to June, or August to November.

Students are paired with a company-based project which gives the student real-world tech experience. Students undertake their industry project for academic credit. This includes 200 hours part-time with a company and 100 hours academic requirements.

Programme contact:
Janelle Gee
janelle@signal.ac.nz
027 201 2163

Whitecliffe

IT Project for the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology

launching on the 11th of May 2020. The project is for 400 Hours over 18 weeks

The project enables students to evaluate, design, produce a solution to an industry-based IT project within their specialist field, utilising advanced information technology principles and techniques. To manage a project and associated risks from inception to implementation, appraising, justifying and mitigating decision making.

Paige Dawber-Ashley
paigeda@whitecliffe.ac.nz
+64 3 963 0634

Yoobee Colleges

Yoobee Colleges Tech Internships

One week internships:
20 April – 24 April 2020
28 September – 2 October

Two week mid-year internship:
6 July – 17 July 2020

Summer internship:
15 December – February 2021 (flexible time arrangement)

Yoobee Colleges Christchurch campus offers tech internships throughout the year to students who have displayed a high degree of competence in their studies. The aim of the internship programme is to provide stimulating industry experience in a supportive environment to our most outstanding students.

Natalia Machdoem – Internship Facilitator
natalia.machdoem@yoobeecolleges.com
+64 3 363 2133

ChristchurchNZ

Job Ready

Internships can be completed at any time throughout the year, with a maximum duration of 200 hours and completed within 3 months.

The Job Ready Programme matches students and graduates with businesses for 160-200 hour internship projects. The programme is business-needs driven; meaning that we identify businesses with project needs, and then match that opportunity with the appropriate student/grad. Most of the participants are international students studying post-grad programmes, and many bring years of international work experience to your business.

Programme contact:
Rachel Flynn
jobready@christchurchnz.com
027 275 0346

University of Canterbury

BE (Hons) Engineering Work Experience

Engineering Work Experience consists of over 800 hours of industry engagement spread over the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Professional years. These engagement typically run from November to February.

All our Engineering students gain experience in the professional world through work experience placements which are a degree requirement. Students learn how to apply the technical skills they have studied in class to practical, real-world situations over 800 hours of work in various organisations. Their time in the field helps them to develop skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership.

Grahame Burgess
Relationships and Engagement Manager
College of Engineering
grahame.burgess@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

BE (Hons) Final Year Projects

Final Year Projects typically run from either February to October or July to November depending upon the discipline.

Sponsoring projects, and internships are a great way to participate in education, complete projects you wouldn’t normally have time for, and get in-depth research or consultancy for your organisation. Students are available at many levels of study, in teams or as individuals. Students’ areas of study include all disciplines of Engineering, Forestry, Maths and Product Design. Projects and internships culminate in the production of a prototype, report
or case study that is made available to your organisation.

Grahame Burgess
Relationships and Engagement Manager
College of Engineering
grahame.burgess@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

School of Product Design Final Year Projects

Final Year Projects typically run from July to November.

See above

Grahame Burgess
Relationships and Engagement Manager
College of Engineering
grahame.burgess@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Master of Engineering in Management

Projects typically run from September to February.

From mid-September to early February, students will work on a full-time basis on a project in industry. This is generally undertaken as some combination of on or off campus, depending on the requirements of the industry sponsor, but can be performed anywhere in the world.

Students are expected to write a final report on their work for the sponsor, and to present an oral summary of their project at our MEM Project Showcase event.

Grahame Burgess
Relationships and Engagement Manager
College of Engineering
grahame.burgess@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Master of Applied Data Sciences

Projects typically run from November to January.

As part of this degree, students are required to work with a company (partner) to solve real world data science problems, exercising core competencies in data science while delivering a useful business outcome for the company (partner).

Students are expected to write a final report on their work for the sponsor, and to present an oral summary of their project.

Grahame Burgess
Relationships and Engagement Manager
College of Engineering
grahame.burgess@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Master of Engineering (by Research Thesis)

Master research projects entry times are typically at the beginning of Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July).

Masters research projects involve a 120 point thesis and are based on novel and unique research in an area of specialisation.

Funding can be by direct industry sponsorship or a combination of direct industry sponsorship and Callaghan Innovation R&D Fellowship funding.

Grahame Burgess
Relationships and Engagement Manager
College of Engineering
grahame.burgess@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury  

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering (by Research Thesis)

PhD research projects can start anytime.

PhD research projects involve a 360 point thesis and are based on novel and unique research in an area of specialisation.

Funding can be by direct industry sponsorship or a combination of direct industry sponsorship and Callaghan Innovation R&D Fellowship funding

Grahame Burgess
Relationships and Engagement Manager
College of Engineering
grahame.burgess@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

PACE Internships Programme (Professional and Community Engagement)

Semester One (Feb for 12 wks); Semester Two (July for 12 wks); Summer School (Nov to Dec)).

This internships programme is available to students of any discipline across the University whether undergraduate or postgraduate (attracting local partners with projects that need completing from commercial entities to NFPs).

Clare Murray
Partnerships Manager
College of Arts
clare.murray@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Bachelor of Commerce internship or group projects

Projects start in February or July.

Students’ areas of study include Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Management and Marketing.

Projects and internships culminate in the production of a report or case study that is made available to your organisation.

Tim Winfield
Engagement Manager
School of Business
tim.winfield@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Master of Business Administration

Projects can start anytime.

Projects include:

  • Market entry strategy
  • Business model development
  • Client acquisition and retention strategy
  • Commercialisation strategy
  • HR contingency planning
  • Marketing plans
  • Market share analysis
  • HR process analysis
  • Recruitment strategy development
  • Business case development
  • Finance projects
  • Project management and strategic planning

Projects and internships culminate in the production of a report or case study that is made available to your organisation.

Tim Winfield
Engagement Manager
School of Business
tim.winfield@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Master of Business Management

Projects typically start in August

Projects include:

  • Strategic or operational planning
  • Product/service development
  • Market analysis or validation
  • Competitor analysis
  • Feasibility analysis
  • HR contingency planning
  • Marketing plans
  • Market share analysis
  • HR process analysis
  • Recruitment strategy development
  • Business case development
  • Finance projects
  • Project management and
  • strategic planning

Projects and internships culminate in the production of a report or case study that is made available to your organisation.

Tim Winfield
Engagement Manager
School of Business
tim.winfield@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Master of Financial Management

Projects typically start in August.

Students’ areas of study include Accounting, Economics and Finance.

Projects and internships culminate in the production of a report or case study that is made available to your organisation.

Tim Winfield
Engagement Manager
School of Business
tim.winfield@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Master of Business Information Systems

Projects typically start in August.

Projects include:

  • High-performance computing
  • Knowledge management
  • E-Commerce and social media
  • Website development
  • Object-oriented design
    and development
  • Scientific data analysis
  • Large-scale physiological
    modelling

Projects and internships culminate in the production of a report or case study that is made available to your organisation.

Tim Winfield
Engagement Manager
School of Business
tim.winfield@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Master of Professional Accounting

Projects start in August.

Projects include:

  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Auditing
  • Tax
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Activity-based costing
  • Value stream mapping
  • Performance management design
  • Financial policy review
  • Feasibility analysis

Projects and internships culminate in the production of a report or case study that is made available to your organisation.

Tim Winfield
Engagement Manager
School of Business
tim.winfield@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Master of Commerce

Projects typically start in February.

Masters research projects involve a 120 point thesis and are based on novel and unique research in an area of specialisation.

Funding can be by direct industry sponsorship or a combination of direct industry sponsorship and Callaghan Innovation R&D Fellowship funding.

Tim Winfield
Engagement Manager
School of Business
tim.winfield@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Canterbury

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Commerce

Projects can start anytime.

PhD research projects involve a 360 point thesis and are based on novel and unique research in an area of specialisation.

Funding can be by direct industry sponsorship or a combination of direct industry sponsorship and Callaghan Innovation R&D Fellowship funding.

Tim Winfield
Engagement Manager
School of Business
tim.winfield@canterbury.ac.nz