Work integrated learning

Alyssa Tomlinson with students

Be more work-ready when you graduate. We are famous for taking innovative approaches to teaching that puts theory into practice, bringing the learning and working experience closer together.

Learning outside the classroom

While you are studying for a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), we encourage you to extend your learning beyond the classroom and make the most of practical experiences for an employment advantage when you graduate.

Intern while you learn

Internships and project-based courses enable you to apply academic theory to actual projects so you gain skills that employers value highly such as teamwork, communication and problem solving. BCom students have interned at companies such as ANZ, World Vision, Fulton Hogan, City Care, Landcare Research, and the Te Papa Atawhai | Department of Conservation.

Engage and build your networks

Employers engage with UC students through clubs and societies events, internships, work integrated learning, research, voluntary work and project work. Undertaking an internship or work placement is a great way to meet and recruit prospective employees. It gives employers a chance to view you for future potential work without a commitment to hire, and is great for obtaining relevant work experience and contacts.

Alyssa Tomlinson

Alyssa Tomlinson

Ngati Porou

Studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance, with a minor in Accounting

‘There are lots of business courses that get you out into the industry. Right now I’m looking at doing a course that involves a study tour around South American vineyards. It’s an integrated way to learn about the economics of the wine industry. It sounds really cool! Compared to high school, you get a lot more flexibility here. It helps you to step up and keeps your mind stimulated. The skills you learn and the thought processes behind them are really relevant. I’m only in second year but I can already see how what I’m learning now will apply to my career.’