Virtual international opportunities

Did you know you may still be able to do international work experience to complete the work placement component of your study? While COVID-19 has put a stop to international travel for now, you can still get global work experience virtually. Check out these international companies that can help place you in an internship role or offer you one directly, and browse other opportunities that can help you develop cross-cultural skills and understanding.

Virtual internships

INTERNeX: internship placements in NZ or abroad

INTERNeX is a world-leading internship placement company based in New Zealand and is recognised by AUT as a preferred internship placement partner. They can help you find you a suitable placement in Auckland, other parts of New Zealand or overseas.

INTERNeX website

Virtual Internships: experiential learning and employment opportunities

Virtual Internships provides you with the experience of working for an overseas company with their local staff and an opportunity to develop professional networks overseas. The only difference is that you will be working remotely –  from New Zealand or from any other country you may be in. Virtual Internships provides a team-based Online International Internship programme that includes:

  • A guaranteed online international internship in the country selection available
  • A dedicated career coach
  • Eight hours of online language lessons
  • Weekly group discussions or business webinars
  • Access to CareerBridge, which helps students to navigate the culture you are working in, and unpacks key professional skills needed in any workplace scenario.

Virtual Internships website

ArtBound Initiative: personalised internship placements in creative companies

ArtBound Initiative connects students and recent graduates with key players in the creative industry in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Berlin and Hong Kong. With a network of over 200 companies, artists and designers, they offer customised internships so you can launch your career.

Artbound Initiative website

Challenges Abroad: internships in Cambodia or Nepal

Challenges Abroad is a social enterprise that gives you the opportunity to gain international exposure while helping marginalised communities around the world and contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Their virtual internship is for students who want to develop their skills, set themselves apart from the crowd and contribute to international social impact. You can choose between a 3-week full time or 5-week part time internship in Cambodia or Nepal in:

  • Health promotion
  • Education and community development
  • Social enterprise and employment
  • Sustainability and the environment

You'll connect with people from around the world, join professional development workshops and engage with field experts while being supported by your own mentor. When you complete the programme, you'll receive a certificate as well as a professional recommendation on LinkedIn from your mentor.

Challenges Abroad website

Learn how business is done in Asia (Asia New Zealand Foundation)

The Asia New Zealand Foundation’s business programme is focused on growing the next generation of Asia-savvy business leaders in Aotearoa. The foundation will provide virtual and domestic internships with Asia and Asia-focused businesses and organisations over the coming New Zealand summer. The internships offer a valuable chance to better understand Asian cultures, business protocols and the economic sector while also gaining professional experience.

Business internships on Asia New Zealand Foundation website

Talent Basket: training and internship platform

Talent Basket is a virtual workplace where you can sign up to work on real-time projects without any physical and experience boundaries. Talent Basket works with public and private organisations to provide international online internships for young professionals using a training and internship platform. They have hubs in San Francisco, Taipei, Xiamen, Guam, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, and collaborate with universities in more than 25 countries.

Sign up on the student page to get access to training and internships.

Info for students (Talent Basket website)

Other virtual opportunities

Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs)

The North Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) were established by the New Zealand Government in 2017 to enhance the country’s engagement with these regions. Funding is provided through the Tertiary Education Commission.

The CAPEs offer a range of innovative education programmes and learning opportunities for New Zealand schools, teachers and students.

CAPEs website

AFS NZ Global Competence Certificate

By taking part in the AFS Global Competence Programme you will be able to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to live, study, and prepare to work globally in the 21st century.

This one-of-a-kind online programme is all about connecting you with other students from different cultures to become part of a global community of learners, so when the world starts moving again you’ll have the skills you need to kick-start your future and make your mark on the world.

If you would like to know more, email the AUT Student Exchange team.

Your Big Year: Virtual Travel Impact Challenge

The Travel Impact Challenge is a programme aimed at building bridges between cultures by giving youth a space to learn, discuss and share their experiences from their part of the world.

The challenge is a global opportunity and next runs:

Fall Challenge: November 18-21

The event runs from 2 - 4 days and is a mix of virtual interactions, from working on an interactive whiteboard, virtual hangout conversations via Zoom, facilitated dialogues from the Your Big Year team around global issues, mentorship sessions from young professionals and presentations from industry leaders who have worked in the space of travel and tourism.

Your Big Year website

Edified Energiser Grants: apply by 31 October 2021

Edified Energiser Grants (EEGs) are worth AU $5,000 each and are awarded to individuals or groups with a compelling plan to improve education for their community. Learn more about the grant and how to apply, on their website.

Edified Energiser Grants on Edified website

These virtual opportunities are provided by third-party providers which are not part of AUT. Your participation and involvement is not a compulsory component of your studies at AUT, and is completely voluntary. Be aware that fees and costs apply to each providers’ offering.

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