Internships and Research

At Waikato, we encourage our students to gain hands-on experience to increase knowledge, enhance skills, and develop industry connections.

Now study abroad and exchange students, studying business or science, have the exciting opportunity to take advantage of these work-integrated learning experiences at the University of Waikato. Through participating in internships or research, you can apply what you've learned in class to real-life situations.

You'll enrol as one of your 3 or 4 papers per semester.

We are always adding new opportunities - if you are a student studying in a different discipline, email us at

Waikato Management School (WMS) Internship

Looking for international work experience? The WMS Internship programme (WSOMM 396) allows you to work with an organisation on a specialised project and gain valuable experience in your field of study. You’ll acquire practical skills, and enhance your employability, both at home and in New Zealand.

You'll spend a minimum of 150 hours in the organisation applying your knowledge to solve a real problem.  Students are guided by an organisational mentor and supported by the Center for Professional Excellence.

Programme Highlights:

  • 300-level credit: 15 points
  • Opportunities in marketing, finance, supply chain, economics, accounting, tourism, human resources, and more
  • Past placements include KPMG, Fonterra, Mainfreight, PWC, Deloitte, Hamilton Airport, Waikato District Health Board, Sport Waikato, and Xero.


  • Business/management major in your second year or higher
  • B grade average and extra-curricular involvement
  • Relevant coursework (for example, if you are looking for an internship in human resources, you must have taken at least one human resources course)

To apply:

  • Email (and CC
    • Current resume/CV
    • Cover letter explaining your background, what you are looking to gain from your internship, why you want an internship, and most importantly the qualities and experience you can bring to the internship
    • up-to-date academic transcript (does not need to be official)

To learn more, visit the Waikato Management School's Centre for Professional Excellence.

Undergraduate Science Research Project

Want to apply your classroom knowledge to hands-on research and learning?  This research project (SCIEN 303) provides students with the opportunity to experience a research environment and is an excellent option for those considering postgraduate (masters or PhD) study.  Please see the paper outline (syllabus) for more details.

Programme Highlights:

  • 300-level credit: 15 points
  • Flexibility to choose your research topic
  • Hone your ability to conduct independent research and communicate results through a written research report
  • Work with world-renowned faculty in areas of animal behaviour, chemistry, coastal processes, earth sciences, ecology and biodiversity, environmental sciences, hydrology and more.


  • Science major in your third year or higher
  • Identify and develop your own research topic and work independently

To apply: