Hosting an intern can benefit your business

Internships are becoming a valuable stream for the recruitment of fresh talent. A percentage of our partners elect to welcome interns as permanent members of their teams following their internship period.

An intern might be local or international. Local candidates often stem from New Zealand Universities or tertiary level institutions and either require an internship to graduate or are simply looking for post-graduation work experience to get their foot in the door of an industry.

As for our international candidates, New Zealand’s worldwide reputation as a quality destination to complete an internship is bringing increased numbers from Europe, the UK and the United States. These candidates are studying at some of the best Universities in the world and come with the desire for practical experience and require University credits in their related field of study.

Internships are quickly becoming the bridge between study and work. Taking on an intern is doing a service to the future of today’s student’s as they transform into tomorrow’s workforce.

Hosting an intern

Hosting an intern is easier than you might think. New Zealand Internships, the countries leading internship provider looks after the entire process from start to finish. We focus solely on placements in NZ, meaning we have developed strong relationships with some of the world’s best universities. This guarantees you a large pool of intern talent from which to select.

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Your organisation can host an intern from $0,-
(that’s right, zero dollar’s) per week.

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What do our hosts say?

They are talented with fresh ideas, a motivation to succeed and are very keen to see measurable results from their work. Our clients have been impressed with the quality of their output and their willingness to fit into their teams. Over 85% of our host businesses take on multiple interns per year, often starting in one area where they have an “educational” project available and then expanding their intake across different departments.

Benefits of hosting

Getting an intern through New Zealand Internships guarantees you a hassle free experience. Active since 2007 and having successful assisted thousands of interns to find a place within New Zealand companies, we know precisely how to successfully arrange an internship. We will fully assist your company and our interns. From overseeing visa/insurance and accommodation arrangements to looking after their social well-being through regularly scheduled trips & activities.

Interns can prove valuable in getting special projects or research off the ground. Equally, your current staff could be freed up for tasks where higher-level, strategic thinking or expertise is required. The net result is a significant increase in workplace productivity.

Interns are rich sources for providing new outlooks, skills and understanding of new technologies where a business may be lacking e.g. social media/marketing. Your company will also benefit from the opportunity to expand its network. Through evaluation and feedback sessions with your interns you can gain a fresh perspective on your internal organisational environment; providing valuable insight on things needing improving or those already working well. Finally, having a new an enthusiastic young intern can reinvigorate or remind senior staff of the importance of the work they do. it’s easy to get caught up in the everyday aspects of our jobs.

Your company will be hosting highly motivated, enthusiastic and educated interns. The majority of Interns are currently undertaking a Bachelors or Master’s degree and require an Internship as a component of their course from some of the best universities in the world. For this reason, alongside their significant investment in both time and money – they have every incentive to do well.

What you should know

Hosting an intern is completely legal if you do it according the guidelines of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. They have defined lawful unpaid work to include work trials, volunteer work, work experience and internships. Unpaid work is lawful if it is a genuine work experience, vocational placement or volunteering arrangement. For more information, please visit the website of MBIE

When you host an intern through New Zealand Internships, you can be assured that we are fully compliant with these guidelines.

The growth of internships in recent years is in part due to changes in University requirements for students. There are now a number of courses that require an internship or work experience in order to graduate.

Yes, hosting an intern is beneficial for your company, but understand that your company is doing something good in return as well. You will provide the candidate with a valuable work experience for their CV and future career. You are fostering the development of students and recent graduates as they progress from their studies into the working world.

Our motivated and passionate team, have organised placement’s for thousands of successful candidates – all having left with a rewarding and quality overall experience. The stories and feedback we regularly receive can attest to this. The smiling faces in the photos you see on this website are all previous interns. We are THE internship agency with the best service, best results for our interns and host companies.

How do we work

The process from application to having enthusiastic and skilled young professionals in your office is done in a few simple steps.


Have a role within your company that could be managed by an intern?

Fill in the “Hire an Intern” form.


We will search our database for candidates that match your specific requirements.

Once a match has been found, we’ll forward the candidates profile for your consideration.


We will set up an interview for you with the candidate; through phone, Skype or in person.

We will follow up to see how things went. At this stage, both parties will decide whether they wish to proceed.


We will provide an internship agreement to sign and to formalise the relationship between the intern and your company.

We use an electronic method for sending and signing contracts online.


The intern is ready to arrive at the office during the scheduled dates to provide help around the office.

All non-work related considerations are managed by us including visa, accommodation, tax and insurance.


Many companies choose to host interns year-round.

Before an intern leaves, they can hand-over their knowledge and skills to their intern replacement.

Why New Zealand Internships

As an outsourced Internship Program, it is important that our clients are kept informed and that we are contactable. We offer superior customer service through our dedicated Internship Co-ordinator, we value our clients’ feedback and provide mediation should the need arise.

NZ Internships is recognized as providing the most comprehensive onboarding and social welfare programme, delivering work ready and happier interns to our clients. This ensures that our clients need only focus on getting interns up to speed with their projects.

Every aspect of our program has been thoroughly examined and checked for compliance with New Zealand’s current employment and tax legislation.

The services we offer to our candidates makes sure that a company need only oversee in-office considerations.

We are lucky enough that there are several elements in our business where we can engage an intern. Currently we have a fantastic French Marketing intern who has been helping to redesign our visual presence in regards to recruiting candidates with posters, flyers and online branding. She has also given us valuable insight into the best way to advertise the amazing service we offer our au pairs by participating in some of our playgroups, and children and au pair outings. She is even being used in our new marketing material!

Cat Ritchie, Au Pair Link


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