International scholarships

AUT students in their final year have the chance to apply for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience working life in an international market through the AUT Internz International Scholarship Programme.

Scholarship recipients travel to the United States or Canada for an internship the year following their graduation at a time determined by their host. Up to 30 scholarship roles are advertised on the AUT Internz Job Board between July and November each year.

To get alerts for suitable roles as soon as they are advertised, use your AUT account to sign in to the Internz Job Board and check your personal settings are set to receive emails.

Scholarships include:

  • Return travel to the destination city from Auckland
  • Travel insurance
  • Health insurance
  • A work visa and related administrative expenses
  • A stipend as a contribution toward living costs where required

You are eligible for an AUT Internz International Scholarship if:

  • You are a New Zealand citizen and have, or are eligible for, a New Zealand passport
  • You complete your study, including your co-op, in July or December 2018
  • You are/were enrolled in full-time study at AUT for two consecutive semesters prior to completing your study
  • You are completing a programme of study aligned with the criteria set out by a host company

Receiving a scholarship is contingent on you being selected by one of the hosts, meeting the work visa criteria for the country you will be entering, and agreeing to the Scholarship Terms of Acceptance.

To apply for any of the scholarship roles, you will need to complete an online application via the role’s advertisement on the Internz Job Board by the closing date.

Provide the following evidence:

  • A screenshot of Arion enrolled papers as proof of full-time enrolment for your two consecutive semesters prior to completing your study
  • A scanned copy of your passport or proof of New Zealand citizenship
  • A CV
  • A cover letter for the host company outlining why you are applying for the internship
  • The name and contact details of a referee - where possible, a member of AUT faculty
  • A link to your online portfolio (mandatory for creative roles)

AUT will shortlist suitable applications that meet criteria and are received by the closing date specified for each role. Shortlisted candidates will be presented to each host organisation, which will select students to invite for an interview via videoconference or phone. The host will then select a candidate to offer the role, and that individual will go through a visa application process managed by AUT.

AUT will keep each candidate informed of the progress of his or her application, whatever the outcome.

Successful recipients of AUT Internz International Scholarships will be asked to agree to the International Scholarship Terms of Acceptance:

  • The successful recipient will travel to the host city for a work experience and cultural exchange placement of 8 to 12 weeks, at a time determined by the host partner between 1 January and 31 of the year following the scholarship is awarded.
  • Unless otherwise agreed, the successful recipient must have completed all the requirements of their study programme before their departure.
  • The successful recipient must be granted a visa for entry into the destination country. AUT will take all reasonable steps to enable the recipient to secure an appropriate visa. If for some reason the visa cannot be obtained, the scholarship will not be awarded to the selected applicant.
  • A stipend, where required, will contribute towards living costs during the recipient’s time in market at the host company.
  • The visa will give the recipient the option of staying in market after the work experience finishes for a total of twelve months (for USA) or 24 months (in Canada) inclusive of the work placement. There is no obligation for AUT or the host partner to offer a continuing work placement or other employment after the agreed placement period.
  • It is the responsibility of the successful recipient to secure suitable accommodation for the tenure of the work placement utilising the stipend awarded by AUT and/or their own funds. AUT and its suppliers will provide guidance on accommodation options in the destination cities.
  • In the instance that the recipient is paid in the local market by their industry host, the recipient will need to comply with local tax obligations as outlined in their letter of offer from them.
  • Should the recipient choose to stay in market after the agreed period of placement ends, it is the recipient's responsibility to ensure they continue to meet all local obligations related to travel and health insurance, tax and visa.
  • If the recipient chooses to make changes to the return flights provided by AUT, it is their responsibility to pay all additional associated fees and charges.
  • The successful recipient must agree for personal profiles to be developed and disseminated through various AUT owned channels.
  • The successful recipient is required to actively participate in planned programme publicity by working with AUT representatives to plan and proactively develop at least two pieces of content, including photos, videos, posts and written articles, about their experience for dissemination in AUT, news and social media channels during the placement and the months following.
  • During the work placement, the successful recipient is responsible for managing their relationship with their host and adhering to all company policies including, where applicable, employment agreements.
  • The successful recipient must uphold their own reputation and that of AUT through ethical and responsible behaviour during their work placement. AUT has the power to terminate or suspend this agreement for any illegal conduct or any behaviour that brings AUT or host partners into disrepute, during the scholarship period.

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