PACE495-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Professional and Community Engagement Internship

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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 through a number of workshops throughout the semester.

Workshops are group facilitated workshops where students are encouraged to share their experiences and learn from each other. The focus of the workshops for PACE495 include:
- reflection
- CV and cover letter writing skills
- personal brand
- transition to the workplace

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. We can also cater for more specialised placements related to all disciplines, especially for international students.

Note: Enrolment is by application to the PACE programme and an interview, and permission from the PACE Team. 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:

- Critically apply knowledge and skills from within their postgraduate degree to the internship.
- Acquire CV writing and cover letter skills
- Demonstrate career-readiness, a clear professional identity, and insight into the skills, knowledge and personal attributes necessary to meet their career goals.
- Reflect on the skills and attributes developed during the internship.
- Understand the value of life-long learning in an ever-evolving global world.

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

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 / Lecturer

Clare Dannenberg

Contact Person

Clare Dannenberg


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Internship (140 hours) 15%
Internship (Evaluation) 15%
Internship Preparation 10%
Internship Check-In's 10%
Reflections 5%
Presentation 10%
Academic Assignment(s) set by Academic Supervisor 30%
CV and Cover Letter 5%


- Preferred Application deadline: 15th January 2023. Applications received beyond this date will be considered on a case by case basis.

- 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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,855.00

* 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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