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  • Locations: Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate, Internship Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Other Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75 College: College of Fine & Applied Arts
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

Intern in New Zealand!


The 15-Massey-credit field study serves as an introduction to New Zealand via a two-week expedition through the North and South Islands. Experience New Zealand’s dynamic geographic and cultural terrain, visit some of the country’s most popular destinations—including glaciers, volcanoes, and geothermal zones—and get way off-the-beaten-track with experienced local staff. The four-week, 15-Massey-credit internship placements are within government agencies, agribusinesses, non-profit environmental organizations, wildlife sanctuaries, and wineries. The on-site team will match your skills and experiences with the range of opportunities available within the Hawke’s Bay region. 


Hawke’s Bay Province stretches along the eastern shore of the Northern Island of New Zealand. It is a region full of fertile farms and vineyards, beautiful coastline, phenomenal beaches, volcanos, mountain ranges, and forests. This mecca of adventurous living is home to regular farmer’s markets and food festivals; Hawke’s Bay is truly a culinary paradise. 

Academic Calendar

  • Summer Semester: Late May to Early July
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Hawke's Bay webpage.


 Students will spend most of their nights during the National Expedition in YHA Hostels which provides an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow students and other travelers from around the world. During the internship portion of this program students are housed in an agricultural, summer camp-style hostel located in an orchard in Hastings. Weekday breakfast are provided but students are responsible for their own lunches and dinners and can shop and plan group meals together, if desired. Over the final days of the program, students will be transported to Massey University’s Manawatu campus in Palmerston North and will be housed in on-campus accommodations. 


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
1USAC Tuition & Housing See USAC
2OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Dev Fee $60
1Tuition and fees are charged at the USAC rate.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
Airfare $1600 - $2200 
Meals $300 - $600
1Personal Expenses $500 - $1000
Books and Materials $0
Local Transportation $70 - $150
Visa (for US Citizens) $0
Passport $150
2Personal Travel and Spending $300 - $600
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


USAC Scholarships
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.  Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


USAC’s partnership with Massey University’s National Expedition and Internship Program allows you to participate in a 2-week focused "expedition" throughout New Zealand with the opportunity to explore current issues specific to Agirculture and Environment through field visits, case studies, and engagement with local experts. This is followed by a 4-week internship placement that is accompanied by an intensive course of project work, journaling, reflections, and a learning portfolio. Students must be majoring in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Environmental Science, or Wildlife Management and complete both portions of the program. For more information about course options please visit the USAC Hawke's Bay webpage.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application. As students will be completing an internship on this program they should check with their academic department about the internship approval process.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.