Industry collaboration

busy port with containers stacked on wharf

For students

Gain work experience

Integrated internships and projects offer you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gain in class to real organisations. Working with local businesses, you will gain valuable work experience to get you into employment faster.

Expand your networks

Our industry connections are diverse. We work with a broad range of organisations in the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors, offering students not only real-world challenges but connections within industry.

For industry

Bespoke programmes

We create bespoke professional development programmes for our programme partners listed above to support their staff development and capability building.

Host a student

Students across all our Master's programmes are required to complete a project and/or internship to meet the requirements for their degree. This provides a fantastic opportunity to have a project or internship at no cost.

  • UC Business School also provides undergraduate students with internship and project opportunities as well as hosts industry speakers and panels.  See our industry and partners section for information about engaging with the wider Business school.

A Master's student can complete a project or internship for your organisation at no cost. The project will be sponsored by a member of your organisation in a relationship like that of employer and employee and should involve regular contact and consultation.

A project is applied and includes some component of research. It will focus on a specific issue that may be related to what your organisation is currently doing and what your goals are. The project scope is discussed in preliminary meetings between sponsor and student. Onsite hours for project students will largely be dependent on your organisation's needs and the nature of the project.

An internship involves the student working on a task or set of tasks based on a specific issue. The scope of both the internship and project must be relatively defined in order for students to meet their academic requirements. We can work with you one-on-one to determine the best option for your business. Internship students will typically be onsite at their host organisation for three days each week for the 10-week period.

The project or internship will culminate in the production of a report or case study that is made available to your organisation. A confidentiality agreement and UC Project Agreement is also signed prior to the project starting, by the student and your chosen sponsor.

Our students come from a diverse range of academic and cultural backgrounds, from New Zealand and abroad. All students complete a rigorous application process and have to meet high GPA and English language requirements to be selected into the programme. For MBA students, they are also required to demonstrate at least five years experience in a managerial, professional, entrepreneurial or leadership role.

ProgrammeInternshipProjectTimeframeDurationSubjects
Business Administration   yes   20 weeks/600 hours
  • Market entry strategy
  • Business model development
  • Client acquisition and retention strategy
  • Commercialisation strategy
Business Information Systems yes yes July

Internship: 10 weeks/150 hours

Project: 20 weeks/450 hours

  • Website development
  • Object-oriented design and development
  • Scientific data analysis
  • Large-scale physiological modelling
  • High-performance computing
  • Knowledge management
  • E-commerce and social media
Business Management yes  yes  October-March 10 weeks/200 hours
  • Strategic or operational planning
  • Product/service development
  • Market analysis or validation
  • Competitor analysis
Professional Accounting yes  yes February-July, October-March 10 weeks/200 hours
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Auditing
  • Tax

In order to provide students with opportunities to undertake research and consultancy projects and internships, we work closely with a large number of local and national commercial and not-for-profit organisations. These organisations volunteer their time and support for the duration of the project or internship, which can vary from 200 (Professional Master's) to 600 (MBA) hours. On completion, the students produce a report or case study that is made available to these organisations.

MBA partners

  • Aranz Geo
  • Canterbury Property Development
  • Cardno NZ Ltd
  • Carter Group
  • CCS Group
  • CDC
  • CDHB
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Christchurch Transport Operations Centre
  • City Care
  • Environment Southland
  • Flores Nerida Curtains Ltd
  • Fulton Hogan
  • Hamilton Hindon Greene
  • Hamilton Jet
  • High Performance Sport New Zealand
  • Humes Pipeline Systems
  • Inventory Technologies
  • Kathmandu
  • Linden Leaves
  • Linewize Ltd
  • LU Rec Centre
  • MainPower NZ Ltd
  • Map of Agriculture
  • Meadows Mushrooms Ltd
  • Meridian Energy Ltd
  • Microsoft
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • MSLB Simulators Ltd
  • Ngāi Tahu
  • Nurse Maude
  • NZCU South
  • Online Distributors Ltd
  • ProActive Software
  • Redseed Training
  • Regenerate Christchurch
  • Spinal Traction Ltd
  • Super Tyre Warehouse Ltd
  • Switched On Group Ltd
  • TE Connectivity
  • The Chainman
  • The Project Office
  • Trimble
  • UCSA
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • Whai Rawa Fund Ltd

Master's partners

  • Airways
  • Aqualinc
  • ARA
  • ARANZ Geo Limited
  • BCITO
  • BDO
  • Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Canterbury Aero Club
  • Canterbury Rugby Football Union
  • Carlton Taylor Industries
  • CDC Pharmaceuticals
  • CDHB
  • Child Cancer Society
  • Cholmondeley Children's Home
  • Christchurch Casino
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Christchurch Community Accounting
  • Christchurch Educated
  • Christchurch School of Music
  • City Care
  • CoCa
  • Costcon
  • Datametrics
  • Deloitte
  • Device Solutions
  • Exercise NZ
  • Farmlands
  • Fluent Scientific
  • Fulton Hogan
  • Good Honest Products
  • Harvey Cameron Advertising Ltd
  • Help4u
  • Hirepool
  • ITRAK
  • K9 Natural
  • Kendons
  • Kiwicare
  • KPMG Private Enterprise
  • Mill Orchard
  • Ministry of Awesome
  • MWF Manufacturing Ltd
  • My Client Global
  • Onside
  • Paradise Tours
  • Pathways
  • PGG Wrightson
  • PowerHouse
  • Pure Nutrition
  • Ravensdown
  • RevBox
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Rotary
  • Scape Public Art
  • Seventh Wave
  • Sheffield
  • Sicon
  • SKOPE Industries Ltd
  • Southern Response
  • Space Collective
  • SRS
  • Synlait
  • Tait Communications
  • Talania
  • Talbot Technologies
  • Taylor Pass Honey
  • The French Bakery
  • The Hospitality Company
  • TMC Trailers
  • UCIC
  • University of Canterbury
  • Varley Consulting
  • Vynco
  • Walker Davey Searells

For more information

get in touch with EDP