Internships - Economics and Finance - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Internships in Economics & Finance

What is an internship?

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An internship is an opportunity to get some practical experience in a business or organisation. Internships are for educational purposes only and there is no expectation of reward or pay and you are not employed by the host organisation or the University.  (This can be varied by special arrangement and some internship opportunities can be paid).

There are two types of internships:

  • Project based – you will work on a project, usually as part of a team of students, for a business or organisation.  The project will address a real world question that the organisation wants answered.  Organisations that have engaged students for projects include World Vision, Bradley Nuttall Finance and Ngai Tahu Properties.
  • Work-place based – you will be located in an organisation in a “work experience” environment.  These opportunities will often occur over the summer.  Students have been placed with ANZ Bank (this is a paid opportunity), Environment Canterbury and ACC (students in the latter two received a $1000 fees scholarship).

“My three internships at Ngai Tahu Property, Environment Canterbury, and World Vision have given me opportunities to experience a variety of different corporate environments and to put the theory I have learnt in university into practice. They have also been extremely valuable in terms of building my CV, network and grasping how I should prepare myself to enter my career.”  Sung Park (3rd year Economics and Finance student).

How do I get an internship?

Students who have completed or who are enrolled in both Intermediate Microeconomics courses (207 and 208) or both level-200 Finance courses (201 and 203) are eligible to apply for any opportunities that arise.  Priority is given to Economics majors and Finance majors.

Can I get academic credit for an internship?

Yes.  To receive academic credit you enrol in ECON 390 or FINC 390 and complete the required assessment.

What does an employer or organisation gain from an internship?

Your organisation will gain the services of a highly motivated and capable final‐year student. For work-place based internships this is also an opportunity for organisations to connect with potential future employees.  For project type internships, the organisation is able to make progress on some work that they would not otherwise be able to do.
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Who do I contact about internships?

Contact the Department’s Internship Co-ordinator, Stephen Hickson:

Internship Co-ordinator

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Mr Stephen Hickson
Business & Law building, Room 422