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This course allows students to utilize knowledge gained from the PGDipGIS/MGIS postgraduate courses within business, government and non-profit organisations wihile gaining career-related work experiences, exploring compatibility with specific careers and companies, and becoming more mature professionally. Sponsorship for internship positions may be available.
2021 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials, field trips and assessments.This course allows geography students to utilize knowledge gained from previous geography courses within business, government and non-profit organisations while gaining career-related work experiences, exploring compatibility with specific careers and companies, and becoming more mature professionally. It is designed to prepare you for transition from university into employment with practical experience of work in a relevant organisation.
The aims of this course are to:Apply geographical knowledge in a real world settingStudents to gain an awareness of the breadth of research and applications undertaken in industry, government or academiaDevelop research and communication skills
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Entry is limited to students enrolled in the PGDipGIS and MGIS programmes and subject to the approval of the MGIS Programme Director.
Subject to the approval of the MGIS Director against normal or previous employment.
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Sample Course Outline – enrolled students must use LEARN for the latest version
See the Masters in GIS website for further information
This course will be run subject to a minimum number of enrolments and finding suitable internships.Previous Intern Comments“I recommend the Internship course to everyone doing the Post Graduate Diploma or Masters in Geographic Information Science.”“Since completing the Internship course, I continued to work for … and I have just got a permanent position”“really helpful experience as I have been able to use my GIS skills on real life projects”Comments about our interns“helped me with work I couldn’t do myself”“work was carried out unsupervised and with enthusiasm.”“integrated well into our team and was able to work on his own and as part of a team as required”“showed good levels of self-direction and motivation regardless of the task at hand”Internships frequently asked questionsQ: How am I placed in an internship?A: The internships are offered by a variety of organisations. So, usually we don’t know until just before the course begins what internships and projects will be offered. We then make an effort to place students with the best match for both them and the organisation.Q: What assessments are there? The main assessments are a CV and cover letter, and a final report. You must also complete 100 hours in an intern organisationQ: How does the organisation assess my performance as an intern?A: This is done by the organisation using the form contained in the course outline.Q: Is it likely that I will be employed in the same organisation after an internship?A: Previous interns have had a variety of outcomes. Most have been employed (particularly those in GIS), some have been employed by the intern organisation, other have found employment with similar organisations elsewhere in NZ. Generally, we have found that interns are more likely to secure employment.
Domestic fee $1,066.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 3 people apply to enrol.
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