Conect locally and globally

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At UC, we host the longest-established internships programme amongst Arts faculties in the country. You can complete an Arts Internship in Ōtautahi Christchurch, nationally or internationally or study a semester abroad.

Students have opportunities for professional and community engagement in the new emerging Christchurch city centre, and internationally through offshore internships, and exchanges. Staff and students participate in festivals, concerts, and other events that the college supports. Our teaching engages students with diverse communities locally and globally.

We have range of internships in a variety of industries that will give you the opportunity to apply the theories you’ll learn and gain a competitive edge when you graduate. There are opportunities to go with a group to Thailand or China as well as individual internships across the globe.

“The aim of the programme is to make students aware of their skills beyond just the subject they are studying,” says Internships Coordinator Dr Stephen Hardman. “They also gain more of an understanding about research — it can be about investigating a topic that has real-world relevance.”

How it works

The programme consists of three components — an internship with a business or community organisation, a related academic research element, and weekly group sessions where students reflect on their experience.

Get career ready

Students have worked on projects as diverse as analysing social media, website content development, event organisation, policy analysis, media strategy development, business systems analysis, marketing and fundraising, and oral history research. “It just shows how transferable an Arts degree is into any industry or organisation — it’s the skills they acquire while studying that subject that are valuable.”

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Timothy Robson, studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations

‘I was keen to get some work experience so I spent a summer interning for a non-profit organisation called The Britten Institute. I think it’s essential to do an internship as part of an Arts degree. It gives you real world application of your skills. It helps you figure out what you like and want to do. Plus it gives you real work stories to fall back on in a job interview.’

Go on exchange programmes

We’re taking the Arts to the world with our global reach. UC has exchange agreements with over 50 universities worldwide that you can benefit from. And we also bring the world to UC. We have world leading experts amongst our staff and bring international academics and researchers to teach at UC each year. We don’t just promise a global perspective, we deliver a global experience.

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Natalija, Master of European Union Studies.

  • Spent a semester abroad in the US at Berkeley
  • Got to travel during her time away
  • Says her UC experience has been incredible
  • Going back on an exchange to complete her Masters in Singapore
  • Natalija is just one of many students offered with the same opportunities to get a truly international experience.

 

We think it’s crucial to understand the influence of global conditions on your studies and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. If you can include a global perspective in your work you will be a lot more successful on a larger scale. We also increase your cultural awareness, which is a useful skill for overseas working opportunities. Being able to understand cultural backgrounds and values prepares you for a range of international work settings, which will increase the experiences and career options you could go for.

Want to know more about Arts Internships at UC?

Talk to our Internships Co-ordinator