Internships - College of Business and Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

‘I learned what it is really like to work as a marketer in a company...’

Anna Howley BCom in Marketing
Account Executive, Harvey Cameron Advertising Ltd
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Internships and Industry Experience

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Internships & Graduate Programmes

Many opportunities for internships and graduate programmes arise during the year. Keep a look out for notices on departmental Learn sites and emails. For information on careers, internships and recruitment by organisations in New Zealand and overseas see Careers Fairs and Recruitment Events or visit Career Hub

Commerce Internships and Work-based Projects

BCom students may take part in internships and projects throughout the year covering a range of professional fields across commerce disciplines. Some involve specific internships, while others may be part of project-based courses at 300-level.

Over the years, we have had successful partnerships with the public and private sectors, corporates, SMEs and not-for-profit organisations. Placements have included The Court Theatre, Christchurch City Council, Tait Electronics, Christchurch Energy Action, MAF, Wild South and Airways NZ to name but a few.

The placements are usually project-based Stage 3 university courses for credit and provide support to organisations for current projects or for future wish-list projects which have been shelved due to time or financial constraints. Students are exposed to real life challenges and gain work experience, through the process of addressing a defined business problem on-site in a business or organisation.

Contact UC Business School for more information on business internships. Email:

Law Clerkships and Community Law Service

Contact UC School of Law to find out about our Summer Clerkships and Recruitment, plus opportunities to undertake community law work. Email:

Navigator courses for credit

UC Navigator is about engaging with business, industry and the community. Depending on your subject major and degree programme, you may be able to enrol in specific courses to gain work-integrated learning experience through working with local businesses, organisations or community groups. Note: many of the degree programmes and courses have pre-requisites.

Check out the business and law internship and project courses on the Navigator webpage at

Summer Start-up Programme

Do you have a great idea and are keen to develop it towards reality? Or do you want to join a new venture and help move it forward? The UC Summer Start-up programme is designed to help students fast-track starting a business or social enterprise or commercialising an innovation. You will receive strong mentorship and coaching complemented with regular seminars and networking events with entrepreneurs and innovators. The summer start-up programme runs from November to February.