Information for businesses and organisations

Students organising post it notes

The PACE Internship Programme is a Work Integrated Learning programme. PACE is run out of the College of Arts available to students from any degree from across the University. Students are encouraged to bring a fresh perspective, "next-gen know how" and innovative approaches to your workplace or organisation.

Benefit from our interns' expertise

PACE interns can offer expertise in a wide range of areas including (but not limited to):

  • Research and analysis
  • Media, communications and social media
  • Writing and research
  • Social and political research
  • Computer science
  • Archiving
  • Digital humanities
  • Marketing
  • Creative arts
  • Science and more

How internships work

Students accepted into PACE internship programmes work for a business or organisation for 75 or 150 hours in relation to a specific project. Whilst most internships are based in Christchurch, internships in other parts of New Zealand and globally can be arranged.

There are three intakes each year:

  • Semester 1 (February - June)
  • Semester 2 (July - October)
  • Summer (Nov - Dec or Nov - Feb depending on the hours required by the student)

Students typically work for one or two days per week over a 15 week semester period (as mutually agreed). The Summer period is condensed into either a 5-week or 10 week period.

Each internship has measurable milestones and agreed-upon outcomes that suit you and your organisation. PACE courses also include an academic component, with interns working under the supervision of a specialist from the University. Each internship is fully managed by the College of Arts PACE team.

How you can benefit

Interns can:

  • provide support for your organisation’s current projects,
  • expedite wish-list projects, or
  • do research to support future projects.

We work with businesses, community and voluntary organisations, local and central government, NGOs and cultural and sporting organisations. We can work with you to develop individual internships or facilitate larger group internships.

What you offer

In taking on a PACE intern, you are helping shape tomorrow's leaders. Your input becomes an integral part of a student's transition from university to the workplace. And just sometimes, your intern becomes an employee upon graduation.

Fill out our short contact form about internship possibilities with your organisation.

The Internships Coordinator can offer further advice and information.