Micro-internship programme launched by the University of Auckland
All the international students in New Zealand and those studying with the University of Auckland from overseas are being supported for their future employability by University of Auckland’s new virtual micro-internship programme. Students will be able to gain real-world industry experience with leading New Zealand organizations with this initiative.
Over the inter-semester break this year, Auckland businesses such as KPMG and Deloitte, among others together with the university held a pilot micro-internship programme for 100 students, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the success of the pilot, in partnership with Global Talent Solutions, has made the University increase and extend this opportunity to 500 students over two new rounds of the programme. On 23rd November, the first round commenced while the second will run in February 2021.
Brett Berquist, Director International at The University of Auckland said, “This programme is just one of the many approaches we have taken to support our international students impacted by Covid-19. Most importantly, it provides an avenue for those who are still outside New Zealand to remain connected with their peers here in Auckland and contribute to the city’s economic recovery. It’s great to see our students bringing their skills and global perspectives to the project.”
Suhas Bhat, Master of Engineering Studies, University of Auckland said, “I never knew a virtual internship could be as fantastic as this. It is safe to say that the perks of the digital revolution are here to stay. The University of Auckland virtual micro-internship gave us a wonderful stage to interact and connect with industry professionals. I’m looking forward to being a part of many more opportunities like this.”
To accelerate the professional growth of students, the micro-internship has been designed for 20 hours of work per week and it is a three-week programme. Working for an Auckland-based employer, the interns will engage in small teams to tackle a business challenge. To get familiar with the team and the project, the programme includes an online induction and briefing session.
An online platform developed by Practera, will be available for the students who can access all resources virtually. They get to connect with their team, access and submit documents, receive feedback from mentors, and then present their findings to the Auckland clients on this platform. Previously some companies that participated include WSP, Deloitte, KPMG, Auckland Transport, Anxiety Trust NZ, and smaller Auckland businesses including Auckland Sea Kayaks and Devonport Chocolates.
Students can visit Summer support for international students, for more information.