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The National Expedition and Internship will take students across the North and South Islands of New Zealand followed by placement in an internship with an opportunity to work on real-world problems relevant to your degree. The key components of this program are a two-week study tour starting in June and a four-week internship in four different academic tracks to include Agriculture and Environment, Communication and Marketing, Creative Expression and Digital Media or Disaster Risk and Emergency Management. You’ll travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, immerse yourself in Kiwi culture, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning half a semester’s worth of credit toward your degree.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Resident Coordinator

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Breakfast During National Expedition

Tuition (including course-related activities and excursions)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Must be actively pursuing a degree in related major
  • Completion of two classes at the junior level in a related major
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Résumé
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Entry requirements: valid passport

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Wellington programs. All excursions and cultural events are subject to change.

  • Off-Road Hiking & Sightseeing Tour

    Go beyond the city, experiencing Wellington’s coastline from above as you’re taken on an off-road sightseeing tour along Wellington’s mountainous west coast. After traveling through Terawhiti Station (New Zealand’s largest wind farm), students will get to experience spectacular views of the South Island and Wellington’s leaning lighthouse before heading down to the ocean to visit a native New Zealand Fur Seal Colony.

  • Rugby Event

    Students will attend a game of rugby and watch the Wellington Hurricanes take on one of their competitors!

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6-8 semester credits

The National Expedition and Internship will take students across the North and South Islands of New Zealand followed by placement in an internship with an opportunity to work on real-world problems relevant to your degree. The key components of this program are a two-week study tour starting in June and a four-week internship in four different academic tracks to include Agriculture and Environment, Communication and Marketing, Creative Expression and Digital Media or Disaster Risk and Emergency Management. You’ll travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, immerse yourself in Kiwi culture, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning half a semester’s worth of credit toward your degree.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from Massey University upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

  • Abby Wilson

    Abby Wilson

    Abby Wilson will be your Resident Coordinator in Wellington and a resource for you while you are in New Zealand!

  • Rebecca Cott Head Shot

    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

CREDIT INFORMATION

Students participating in the National Expedition and Internship Program at Massey University will receive 6-8 U.S. semester credits. The National Expedition and Internship will take students across the North and South Islands of New Zealand followed by an opportunity to work on real-world problems relevant to their degree through an internship placement. The key components of this program are a two-week study tour starting in June and a four-week internship available in four different academic tracks to include Agriculture and Environment, Communication and Marketing, Creative Expression and Digital Media, or Disaster Risk and Emergency Management. Students travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, immerse themselves in Kiwi culture, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning half a semester’s worth of credit toward their degree.

Agriculture and Environment - Agribusiness, Agriculture, Environmental Science, and Wildlife Management Majors

NATIONAL EXPEDITION

The program starts with an introduction to New Zealand through a two-week study tour of the North and South Islands led by Massey staff. Travel through New Zealand’s dynamic geographic and cultural terrain, visit some of the country’s most popular destinations including national parks, alpine areas, volcanoes, and get way off-the-beaten-track with experienced local staff.

Through field visits and in-depth sessions with local experts, students will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between agricultural and environmental issues in New Zealand and how these issues shape the everyday lives of Kiwis and the country as a whole. The academic case studies will examine selected aspects of New Zealand’s environment and agriculture. Students will benefit from on-the-ground expertise and guidance provided by Massey staff throughout these two weeks.

INTERNSHIP

Four-week internships within government agencies, agribusinesses, non-profit environmental organizations, wildlife sanctuaries, and wineries are all possibilities. The team at Massey will match each student’s skills and experiences with the range of opportunities available within the Hawke’s Bay region. Transportation to and from the internship site is included in the program fee.

The internship will involve a 120-160 hour placement which is accompanied by an intensive course of project work, journaling, and reflections. This internship will expose students to a foreign work environment and associated challenges that are related to their interests and career goals.

ONE OF THE TOP AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS IN THE WORLD

Massey University’s agricultural program is ranked 27th in the world and third in the Southern Hemisphere in the QS 2017 World University Rankings by Subject Area. Weekends will generally be free, depending on the final field trip schedules. Students will be assigned readings in advance of their coursework to put them on a more level footing with their Kiwi counterparts.

Language of Instruction: English   

Communication and Marketing for Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, and Communication Majors

NATIONAL EXPEDITION

New Zealand is a small nation with huge aspirations. Its inventors, entrepreneurs, and explorers have been impacting the world since the country was founded. This study tour will take students across both islands to delve into how successful the brands and images of the service industry are at capturing the attention of people new to the country and culture. Students will explore New Zealand’s largest cities, alpine towns and volcanoes, regions rich in Mäori heritage, and the country’s geothermal playground. Stops along the route will connect students with communication and marketing professionals working with some of New Zealand’s most successful and iconic service providers.

Under the guidance of Massey staff, students will examine the identity of the organizations and brands they encounter, assessing the company’s image and identifying how effectively they appear to communicate what they offer.

INTERNSHIP

The internship will take place in Wellington, a capital city renowned for its arts and culture. Host sites include a diverse collection of social service agencies, community justice organizations, governmental departments, and small businesses. Students will be paired with an organization that can capitalize on their skill set and offers them an enriching and product placement. Students’ work over the four weeks will benefit their host, broaden their experiences, and strengthen their resume.

A WORLD RANKED AND ACCREDITED PROGRAMME

The School of Communication, Journalism, and Marketing / Te Pou Aro Körero is one of the few programs in the world to be fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. ACEJMC accreditation demonstrates that the program meets exacting globally recognized standards for excellence in teaching, learning, content, and experiences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Creative Expression and Digital Media for Theater, Scriptwriting, Creative Writing, Publishing, Media Studies, and Digital Media Production Majors

NATIONAL EXPEDITION

This program will take students beyond the branding of Middle Earth and introduce them to the works of New Zealand’s most exciting

contemporary writers, film-makers, theatre practitioners, and digital production companies. Through an intensive study of key works from various locales including urban, rural, and wilderness areas from Christchurch to Auckland, students will discover the ways in which contemporary creative expression in New Zealand reflects the layered geographies of peoples, cultures, and histories.

Students will produce original creative work in their preferred media and genres under the guidance of experienced faculty. Along the way, students will meet and be inspired by innovative practitioners working in these art forms and receive comprehensive study materials to guide the journey across the country. The expedition ends in Wellington with a showcase of the students’ work.

INTERNSHIP

Wellington is known for its concentration of creative sector organizations. Potential internship hosts range from national institutions to non-profit agencies, including experimental theatre, indigenous and Pacific arts, children’s theatre, scriptwriting, arts publications, digital production companies, and media outlets. The four-week internship will involve a hands-on placement supported by regular contact with the internship supervisor. The academic portion of the internship includes reflective field notes, a case study which may be a project undertaken for the internship host, and a final presentation in creative form.

GLOBALLY RECOGNISED CREATIVITY

Works created by Massey faculty feature in New Zealand best-seller lists, win international awards and are screened or performed at arts festivals from Sydney to Edinburgh.

Language of Instruction: English   

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management for Emergency Management, Public Safety, Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Sociology, Geography, and Health Science Majors

NATIONAL EXPEDITION

Students will explore New Zealand’s varied hazardscape, debate the pros and cons of the world’s responses to significant hazards and emergencies, and work with local experts and community groups to understand the context, consequences, and management of risks. Students will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between risks, risk reduction/mitigation, resilience, readiness, response, and recovery.

The study tour begins in Christchurch and travels through the spectacular scenery of both the North and South Islands. The case studies will involve explorations of the scenic Bay of Islands and Northland to see the relatively unique approach being taken there to community-based emergency management, the thriving cosmopolitan city of Auckland and its complex risk, economic, and social environment, the varied riskscape of the Tongariro geothermal zone, and the disaster risk, resilience, and recovery of Christchurch and the Canterbury region after the destructive 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

INTERNSHIP

The internship hosts serve as the backbone of the New Zealand government’s response to dealing with large-scale emergencies. Host sites include Wellington-based organizations and ministries such as Fire & Emergency New Zealand, Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Health, and the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office.

The insights gained from working in a foreign agency over these four weeks and learning how problems faced in one’s own country are handled in another part of the world will be invaluable throughout the student’s career.

LEADING IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND PREPAREDNESS

Massey’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) is an International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience and Wellington is a partner city for the United Nation’s City Resilience Profiling Program. The JCDR studies the impacts of disasters on communities, improves risk management, and enhances community preparedness, response, and recovery.

Language of Instruction: English   

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English
  • Two-weeks of expedition travel through the north and south islands of New Zealand
  • Four-week internship in four academic disciplines

All API Wellington students will be housed close to each other in student dorms on/near campus. Students will have their own private bedrooms, and share common areas such as a kitchen, dining/lounge room, and bathroom facilities with their flatmates. Internet and utilities are included.

Due to the range of housing options, housing costs have been separated out from the program costs. The housing range for students on the Massey program is $4,400-$4,950 per semester (summer housing is included in the program cost). These fees include internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils (in most placements). Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
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Summer Jun 3, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019 $6,980 Mar 1, 2019 Mar 15, 2019
Summer Jun 10, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 $6,980 Mar 1, 2019 Mar 15, 2019
Summer Jun 10, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 $6,980 Mar 1, 2019 Mar 15, 2019
Summer Jun 22, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019 $6,980 Mar 1, 2019 Mar 15, 2019