BA Internship

Doing a BA at Victoria offers exciting opportunities to integrate work-related learning and industry engagement into your degree.

BA Internship student Alex Barrow holding camera she used for her work with Lucire, a global fashion magazine
Alex Barrow’s internship was with Lucire, a global fashion magazine, where she worked on writing features for the magazine, including an assignment abroad.

Become a BA Intern

Become a BA Intern host

Consolidate your academic learning, enhance your ability to transition into the workforce, and make your own networks and connections in a potential career field through our BA Internship programme (FHSS302).

Gain academic credit as well as real-world experience by working voluntarily for up to 100 hours for employers in the capital city. The course also includes a taught component where you will reflect on, share and discuss what you have learned in the workplace.

Partner organisations have included Te Papa Tongarewa, the Department of Conservation, Restorative Justice Aotearoa, Oxfam, NZ on Screen, and the Ministry of Social Development.

Interested students and partner organisations should contact the FHSS Internships Coordinator for more information.

Course information

Information on the timetable, assessment and dates for FHSS 302 can be found on Course Finder.

For advice on fitting this course into your programme of study, contact your Student Adviser in the FHSS Student and Academic Services Office

BA Internship project

During the Internship work placement, you will undertake a project associated with the goals of the partner organisation, which is related to your BA area of study.

The FHSS Internships Coordinator works with our partner organisations to develop project briefs and will match you with the perfect organisation. You will meet with the organisation to discuss the project before the placement is confirmed.

Read examples of past internship projects.

How to apply

Make an appointment with the FHSS Internships Coordinator to discuss the course.

To be considered, you will need to provide:

  • A recent CV (checked by Careers and Employment ).
  • A 400–800-word statement (cover letter) outlining why you are applying for the course, what you are hoping to gain from this experience as well as an indication of the type of organisation you would like to be placed in (private sector, public sector, NGO, no preference). The Past internship projects page will be helpful when writing this letter.
  • Confirmation of attending a Careers and Employment Workshop, (CV preparation, interview skills, etc.), prior to the start of the course.

These documents can be sent by email to the FHSS Internships Coordinator. If each of the selection criteria has been met, you will be enrolled in the course with a status of ‘Selection Pending’. Registration in the course is confirmed once a suitable placement has been identified.

Become a BA Intern host

Become a host for a BA intern and gain exposure to an emerging pool of talented future graduates.

Our partner organisations include a range of businesses, government departments, charitable organisations, community and volunteer groups, NGOs, and cultural and sporting organisations throughout Wellington. We will work with you to tailor internship projects that will see our BA interns apply their skills and knowledge on your behalf and will match your organisation with an applicant with the desired area of expertise, including research, writing, communications, film-making, editing and more.

Contact our FHSS Internships Coordinator for more information.

Support

The FHSS Internships Coordinator liaises with partner organisations and students to ensure that the internship placement runs smoothly.

Acknowledgements

The BA Internship programme has borrowed many great ideas from the University of Canterbury Bachelor of Arts Internships Programme. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the University of Canterbury, as well as the ideas provided by the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) Associate Deans Learning and Teaching Network.

Student profiles

Simon Smith

Simon looks off the the left with a smile

Simon's internship was with NZ on Screen, a website which showcases New Zealand's audiovisual history—including TV, film and music videos—sourced from a range of archives. Simon, now a Bachelor of Arts graduate with a major in Film and Mathematics, thought he'd apply for an internship to try something different. His work focus has since shifted into more online content work, which he's relishing.

"The NZ on Screen website was originally designed about seven years ago so is in the redesign process. My internship was to coordinate user testing, which involved getting feedback from people and writing up reports on it."

"I was offered a full-time job there after I graduated, which was exciting. I started out doing work similar to what I was doing on my internship, but my responsibilities will increase over time."

Alex Barrow

Alex smiles just past the camera

Alex’s internship was with Lucire, a global fashion magazine based in Wellington that distributes both print and online content. Alex’s role included reviewing beauty products, covering New York Fashion Week, writing features on leading designers and even going abroad for a travel writing feature.

“This placement was exactly the foot-in-the-door I had been looking for as it gave me the chance to channel my passion of writing in a professional journalistic environment.”

“The classes gave insight into what professional and graduate identity truly means and how to channel this into your working life. This experience was completely irreplaceable, and has heightened my passion for a career in journalistic writing.”

Scott White

Scott walks purposefully past the Beehive

Scott’s internship project Motu Economic and Public Policy required him to engage with public and private sector leaders, publish their working notes, perform data reports and analyse behaviour about New Zealand’s household emissions.

“The BA Internship provided valuable skills I simply could not learn in a lecture theatre. It’s opened up doors, both professionally and at Victoria. It’s also taught me a range of views and perspectives about why I’m here at university, and what success might look like.”

“The classroom side of this course challenges you to think about more than the reference you’ll gain. I now realise how valuable these seminars were, and how much my work was shaped by the students around me. Their perspectives challenged my preconceived beliefs and fostered critical debate.”