Professional and Community Engagement
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Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) studies involves working on projects, or in internships, with businesses and community organisations.
PACE is an ideal complement to your degree — you gain real workplace experience and utilise the skills you have learned in classes to start building your CV while studying and gaining credit. You will learn to provide productive outcomes, develop strategies, and enhance your communication skills, while increasing your employability in the process.
It doesn’t matter what degree you are studying at UC, PACE is open for you to enrol.
- You will be matched with your internship project based on your studies and your interests. Past students have completed over 300 internship projects, from media strategy development, event organisation, marketing, fundraising, health advocacy, environmental advice, policy analysis, and more.
- With access to Ōtautahi Christchurch central business district, you are able to get involved in social media strategies, public art events, urban transformation projects, and more. Nowhere else in Aotearoa would you get so much exposure to social innovation and entrepreneurship, the chance to reshape a city, and create meaningful and personalised environments that make a difference to the community you live in.
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, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of 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).
PACE students have an edge over other graduates. You have the chance to take the skills learned in the classroom and apply them to a real workplace.
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.
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