Business internships

Real world learning while you study

An internship is the opportunity to work within a business, while gaining credits to contribute towards your university qualification. It gives you an insight into the working world and how you can apply your study, helps you make industry contacts and develop your understanding of your learning.

What is an internship?

An internship usually involves you spending a day each week at your host organisation. Internships can be for a full academic year or one semester. Once you are introduced to the business and you and the business are both happy with the placement, you will negotiate your tasks or project with your host. Your academic grade will be based on an assessment of your role in the organisation and/or your academic work around your placement.

Available internships and work placements

Aviation Management Internship

The Massey Bachelor of Aviation Management degree’s industry internship enables students to combine their university studies with work experience in any area of the aviation industry.

Students complete a 12 week internship with an aviation industry organisation. Completed projects include airport safety research, assistance to create a new cargo airline, analysis of crew scheduling and improvement of On Time Performance for a low cost international airline.

Contact Anke Smith

Business Internship

The Business Internship is available to high-achieving undergraduate business students in their final year. Students will complete 180 hours in the workplace over two semesters (timing negotiated between the student and organisation). Past students have undertaken a wide range of projects including software systems implementation, marketing planning, social media initiatives and operational analyses.


Communication Internship

The Communication Internship is available to high-achieving Bachelor of Communication students in their third year. The internship gives our students great real-world experience. Internships consist of 100-120 hours working on projects or a collection of communication-related activities that will support the work of the host organisation.

For more information contact Claudia Silva

Master of Analytics - work placement

The Master of Analytics aims to give students experience solving real-world business problems. As part of their study, students complete a four month work placement (Nov – Feb). This allows businesses the opportunity to hire a postgraduate student trained in the rigorous analysis of big data, to help with either completing a specific analytics project, or extending the organisation's analytics capability.

Contact Esther Jaspers

Master of Business Administration - Research Project

As part of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification students are required to produce an applied business research report. Often MBA students conduct research at their own employer, however they can look for another organisation or a different sector within which to do this work. If you have an area that would benefit from an experienced executive perspective, get in contact with us.

Contact Patricia Bossons

Master of Management - Professional Practice

The Master of Management has a professional practice course as a capstone course in students' final semester. Students undertake an investigation broadly within the area of their programme major, which is completed via either an internship/practicum, applied case study or enterprise planning practice. The students prepare a professional consulting style report, and present their findings at the end of the course.

Contact the Massey Business School

Retail and Business Management Internship

Completing an internship is compulsory for Bachelor of Retail and Business Management students. They are also available to selected students interested in retail and the broader service sector. As part of the internships, students are expected to critically reflect on their internship experiences and their host organisation’s product offerings and the markets they serve, as well as producing operational and strategic analyses in the form of consultancy reports.

Contact Verity Lenik

Sport management practicums

Massey University’s Bachelor of Sport Management students complete two practicums: a 30-hour Sport Management Mini-Practicum (second year) and a 180-hour capstone Sport Management Practicum (third year). This helps students gain hands-on experience and develop the specialised sport management knowledge and skills they need when they join the workforce.

Massey sport management students can lead or partake in industry projects related to events, social media, marketing, sponsorship or general sport management. They can also take part in staff and planning meetings, budget discussions, sponsor liaisons, debriefs, etc.

Contact Trish Bradbury

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If you are thinking about studying at Massey and want to know how you can incorporate internships into your study, or are a current student who would like to find out more about internships, talk to us.

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Our internship students are smart, eager to learn, flexible and technically savvy. You may want to get a younger, fresh perspective on aspects of your business. Or you may be looking for help to complete a project. You might even find the perfect future employee!

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