PACE Internships 
(Professional & Community Engagement)

The PACE Internship Programme offers unique Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) courses which allow students to apply what they are learning during their degree to the real world. By completing a PACE Internship at UC, students work on a project with a local business or organisation while also earning academic course credits.

A PACE Internship is an ideal complement to a students core subject and will help them not only develop workplace skills, but also confidence in the applicability of their existing skills and attributes. Classroom work sitting alongside the internship gives students the opportunity to reflect upon their career development objectives.

  • Improves employability
  • Put degree work into practice
  • Builds networks
  • Develops industry and business knowledge
  • Develops personal and professional skills

Students from all disciplines can complete a PACE Internship, often as one of the elective courses for your degree. or additional course. It is dependent on being able to fit it into your degree plan and your schedule. We recommend you speak with your College Student Advisor to make sure PACE fits in with your study goals.

While internships are not guaranteed, the PACE Office works closely with students to understand their goals and motivations to find the best internship opportunity.

Students who have completed an internship have come from diverse degree backgrounds, including (but not limited to):

  • Media and Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Finance
  • Sociology
  • Art History
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Data science
  • Languages
  • History
  • Fine Arts

The following are examples of different types of internship roles students have had:

  • Environmental impact projects
  • Research and report writing
  • Marketing strategies
  • Data analysis
  • Policy analysis and writing
  • Social media platform creation
  • Project management
  • Creative Arts administration
  • Event management
  • Content creation eg websites, social media
  • Exhibition curation
  • Translation
  • Coding
  • Community engagement initiatives
  • Urban planning
  • GIS mapping
  • Creative writing

PACE Internships are available semester 1, semester 2 and during summer school each year and are offered at different levels:

Course

Type

Points

Internship hours

PACE225

Project based

15 points

Based on campus. New in 2021

PACE295

Internship based

15 points

75 hours

PACE395

Internship based

30 points

150 hours

PACE495

Internship based

30 points

150 hours

 Each internship-based course contains three components

  • Internship with a partner organisation or business (20%);
  • Seminars with a focus on personal development (40%);
  • Academic assignments (40%).

Personal Development covers a variety of topics such as communication skills, teamwork, reflection, uncertainty, goal setting, skills assessment and more. These skills are important in any workplace and offer a chance for students to put these into practice during their internship.

PACE225  
Workplace Skills and Corporate Social Responsibility is a new campus-based course being offered in Semester 1, 2021 which provides an opportunity for students to work with a corporation to advance its community engagement objectives. Students work together in small groups to develop workplace skills while also making a difference to a particular community.

PACE295, PACE395 and PACE495
These courses provide opportunities for students to work as an intern on a bespoke project with a business or other organisation further enhancing their learning through classroom based workshops, related academic assignments and reflective exercises. This combination often leads to increased confidence and understanding of the students own abilities as well as a clearer sense of their career development learning objectives.

PACE Celebrations
Internships can be transformational for both students and partner organisations alike.

Three times a year we celebrate internship success, awarding prizes to those who have recently completed an internship. At the same celebration event, we welcome in the new students and organisations.

PACE courses have been running at UC for over 7 years now. There are many stories of PACE Alumni having gone on to meaningful and interesting careers.

If you are interested in the PACE Internship Programme:

  1. Speak with a Student Advisor to see if PACE can fit into your degree structure - remember, PACE is a UC course
  2. Apply: we recommend applying at least one month prior to the start of each intake. Applications after this date are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  3. The PACE Office will contact you to arrange an informal interview with you
  4. If a suitable internship is found, you will meet with the partner organisation
  5. Enrol in PACE course in myUC

The PACE Internship Programme has three intakes each year

IntakeCourse Start DateRecommended Application Deadline
Summer 2020 9 November 2020 16 October 2020
Semester 1 2021 22 February 2021 22 January 2021
Semester 2 2021 19 July 2021 18 June 2021
Summer 2021 15 November 2021 15 October 2021

Please note:

  • PACE Internship courses remain subject at all times to the availability of suitable placements and is subject to the final decision of the Partnerships Manager. 
  • Entry into the PACE Internship Programme requires an additional application
  • Enrolment will not be approved until an internship has been confirmed.

Internship Project

 Student background

Partner Organisation

Partner Organisation Description

To create a sustainability proposal for the Foodbank to implement

Politics  City Mission  Supports those in need, regardless of circumstance, from emergency shelter through to education and community support 
  1. To develop a pilot to sustainability gather and share qualitative data 

  2. Archive and list the Christchurch Start newspaper collection

  1. Sociology and anthropology

  2. History

 
Christchurch City Council  Local government body for the Christchurch City responsible for the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of its local community 

General exposure to the industry as well as programming, product development and test automation 

Computer Science

Tait Communications

Leading worldwide developer and manufacturer of radio communication equipment 

To research the views of family members of the supported artist and prepare a report based on interviews with various artists, with key themes and recommendations.

Psychology

Ōtautahi Creative Spaces

Specialist creative wellbeing trust supporting people experiencing mental distress through visual art initiatives.

To assist in expanding on the opportunities of the Waiutuutu Community Garden

Environmental Science

 
UC Sustainability  Implementing and promoting sustainable practices within UC and the wider community 

Create an education project about the Russell lupin invasion in braided rivers

Environmental Science

EnviroHub

Provides a collaborative platform for environmental innovation and leadership.

To assist in the development of a stakeholder led narrative about the Food Resilience Network

Geography

Food Resilience Network

Network of agencies and organisations (with a focus on growing food, distributing food, education and policy) who work together to make good food more accessible to the wider Canterbury Community

Support the marketing initiatives including social media, developing automated customer communications and event management 

Marketing and Psychology 

Christchurch Adventure Park

Adventure park based in the Christchurch Port Hills offering mountain biking, walking trails, zip-lining and a chairlift 

To have an opportunity to watch music therapist and a speech language therapist at work, to learn what is involved in running a non-profit while providing support and assisting choir members.

Community Organising

Cantabrainers Choir

A choir for people with neurological conditions, which blends music therapy and speech language therapy to help the participants to improve their voices and communication skills

Researching specific topic of interest to the local Police district to provide a research report which provides insight into the topic 

Political Science and International Relations 

Police

National policing body working to make safe communities

Assistance with the Plunket Fun Run and promotions as well as the coordination of child led play group

Psychology

Plunket

Not-for-profit organisation providing universal access to services for all children and families, seeking to make a difference in a newborn’s first 1000 days

Project management of organisational narratives as well as conducting the interviews with local organisations

Environmental Science / Communications

Environment Canterbury (ECan)

The regional council for the Canterbury region with the purpose to facilitate sustainable development in the Canterbury region.

Internship work writing on notepad and coffee

Internships Course Information

Develop employability skills within a supportive local business or community organisation.

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For Businesses and Organisations

Find out how our PACE interns can help your organisation.

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Current Internship Opportunities

See what current internship opportunities we have.

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