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Undergraduate subject

Professional and Community Engagement

Mātai Hoin i te Hapori me te Ringa Ngaio

09 February 2024
Training in this subject will help you to develop key skills in professional enterprise and innovation.


Professional and Community Engagement


Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) courses are all about applying what you learn in your studies to a non-academic "real-world" setting.

PACE is an ideal complement to your degree – take it as a one-off course or as a minor in your degree programme. PACE courses provide an opportunity to give you confidence in the workplace.

Professional and Community Engagement

What will my study involve?

  • Half of PACE courses are held as workshops where you can develop professional skills and half in the workspace where you can put that knowledge to use.
  • You will be matched with your internship based on your studies and your interests. Past internships include media and communications, event organisation, marketing, health, and policy analysis.

Professional and Community Engagement


PACE courses require a special application – see the PACE Internship Programme Application process and dates.

Professional and Community Engagement minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:




  • Plus one other 15-point course at any level that is not part of your major studies nor a compulsory course in your chosen degree.

You will get to participate in internship projects organised through UC with a business or community organisation. These courses enable you to put the skills developed during your studies to practice, while developing valuable skills and confidence in the workplace. This is supported by regular workshops and reflection to support your personal and professional development.

The courses are run during Semester 1 and 2, as well as during the summer months (November–February).

Professional and Community Engagement

Career opportunities

PACE students have an edge over other graduates. Learning to identify the strengths you bring to the workplace and understanding how your degree has prepared you to work with local and international communities will give you the confidence you need to enter your new career.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

Whakatairanga Ākonga

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International Prospectus

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