GISC415-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internship

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course allows students to utilize knowledge gained from the PGDipGST/PMGST postgraduate courses within business, government and non-profit organisations wihile gaining career-related work experiences, exploring compatibility with specific careers and companies, and becoming more mature professionally. Sponsorship for internship positions may be available.

This course will be delivered through experiential learning, with students placed in GIS internship positions in industry/government/not-for-profit organisations where they actively participate in GIS project work. A GIS internship must incorporate a minimum of 100 hours of work in a supervised position that involves GIS development, support, administration, or maintenance. Evaluation of learning will occur through a written report and presentation based on daily work diaries, with students providing reflection on their experiences.

Learning Outcomes

  • The aims of this course are to:
  • Apply GIS skills in a real-world setting.
  • Students to gain an awareness of the breadth of research/applications undertaken in industry/government/academia.
  • Develop research and communication skills.
    The outcomes envisaged are both subject specific (enhancing students’ GIS skills) as well as transferable. By the end of this course students should:
  • have increased experience in accomplishing practical GIS tasks.
  • have improved skills and maturity in performing within professional work environments.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Entry is limited to students enrolled in the PMGST degree and subject to the approval of the Programme Director


Subject to the approval of the PMGST Director against normal or previous employment

Timetable Note

Week Activity Location Date Time
1 Course introduction James Logie 105 Fri 21st July 13:30 – 14:30
2 Job Search workshop Meremere 105 Fri 28th July 13:30 – 14:30
3 Career workshop I Meremere 105 Fri 4th Aug 13:30 – 14:30
4 Career workshop I Rehua 429 Fri 11th Aug 13:00 – 15:00
7 Optional drop-in clinic Beatrice Tinsley 329 Fri 15th Sep 13:30 – 14:30
10 CV and Cover Letter Workshop Beatrice Tinsley 229 Fri 6th Oct 13:00– 15:00
11 Interview workshop Beatrice Tinsley 329 Fri 13th Oct 13:00 – 15:00
12 Mock interview Beatrice Tinsley 329 Fri 20th Oct 13:00 – 15:00

Course Coordinator

Vanessa Bastos


Malcolm Campbell


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
CV 10% Due Week 11, Friday 5pm
Cover Letter 10% Due Week 11, Friday 5pm
Workplace evaluation 40% Due Week 12, Friday 5pm
Self-evaluation and reflection 30% Due Week 12 Friday 5pm
Mock Interview 10% Due Week 12

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended textbook(s):
1. Carnegie, D. 1989. How to win friends and influence people. North Ryde, NSW.
2. Gutmann, J. 1995. How to write a successful CV. Sheldon, London.
3. Trigwell ,K. and Reid ,A. 1998. Introduction: Work based Learning and the Students' Perspective. Higher Education Research & Development 17( 2), 141-154.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 3 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All GISC415 Occurrences

  • GISC415-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023