PACE495-21A (D) Any Time Start 2021 (Distance)

Professional and Community Engagement Internship

30 points

Start/End Date: The start and end dates are specific to each student. For further information please contact one of the following (as appropriate):
  • For Masters theses please contact the relevant Faculty Office.
  • For Doctoral degrees (PhD) please contact the Graduate School.
  • For other types of anytime start courses (i.e. generally courses worth 60 points or less) please contact the Course Coordinator.
Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


A professional internship placement.

The programme provides students with a placement within a business or organisation to gain experience in a professional workplace environment, and develop the skills and competencies to gain a competitive edge upon graduation.

Students work with a host organisation throughout the programme, complete a related academic research element, and receive personal development and skills training.

Students have worked on a diverse range of placements and projects including analysing social media, event organisation, policy analysis, media strategy development, marketing and fundraising, oral history research, community and social development, working in museums, galleries and public art, and in urban redevelopment and food resilience. We can also cater for more specialised placements related to all disciplines, especially for international students and Study Abroad students.        

Note: Enrolment is by application to the PACE programme and an interview, and permission from the International and Internship Manager. More information can be found on the course link. Specific placements cannot be guaranteed and are based on the most suitable match for the student’s skills set.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

- Research, plan, present and implement a professional work related project and demonstrate an understanding of professional expectations and ethics;
-Demonstrate advanced technical and/or theoretical knowledge in a discipline or practice, involving a critical understanding of the underpinning key principles;
- Use a self-reflective approach to analyse complex and unpredictable problems and devise creative and effective solutions;
- Critically evaluate project outcomes and identify long term professional goals;
- Have a strong understanding of the relationship between academic study and professional practice;
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of bi-cultural and multicultural respect in their professional practice and in the community.

University Graduate Attributes

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

Employable, innovative and enterprising

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

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

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.


Special application and interview, and permission of the Internship Director.



Equivalent Courses


Timetable Note

PACE495 has no fixed timetable. Contact hours are negotiated around individual projects and individual consultations.

As this course is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme there are certain professional expectations required throughout the course. Students are expected to:

• Initiate and maintain contact with the Site Adviser and Academic Adviser (where applicable)
• Maintain contact with the Internship Coordinator and inform of all developments
• Check University email daily to keep up to date with developments and changes to meetings
• Inform the Internship Coordinator of any changes to your work, academic or personal situation
• Be responsible for the submission of all work under your own time management

Course Coordinator

For further information see Work Integrated Learning Head of Department


- Enrolment in the course is by an application and interview process. More information, key application dates and the application form can be found in the course link.

- Unfortunately we cannot guarantee specific placements, we have a wide range of potential host organisations that we work with, however due to resource constraints of businesses that pop up throughout the year we cannot guarantee placements.

- PACE courses can count towards a Major, however this is at the discretion of the Internship Manager and the relevant Head of the Department.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,775.00

* 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.

For further information see Work Integrated Learning .

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