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  • Locations: Wellington, 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 Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

Intern in New Zealand!


The National Expedition and Internship in Wellington is ideal for students studying in one of two tracks of study:  Communication & Marketing; Creative Expression and Digital Media; or Disaster Risk & Emergency Management. These unique experiences pair a two-week National Expedition field study (earning 15 Massey credits) with a four-week professional internship placement, also worth 15 Massey credits. By the time this six-week program is finished, you will have earned academic credit, extensively toured both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, learning about the land, people, and culture, and gained hands-on experience relevant to your degree via the professional internship.


The city of Wellington is located at the southern tip of the Northern Island of New Zealand. The city itself is the country's third most populous urban area and the Wellington region surrounding the city has a population of almost 500,000 people. 

Academic Calendar

  • Summer Semester: Early June to Late July
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Wellington 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. Breakfasts will be included during the Expedition but students will be responsible for all other meals.  During the internship portion of this program, students are housed in a backpacker-style hostel located in Wellington. Cooking facilities will be available at the hostel and students are responsible for their own meals.  


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 - $700
1Personal Expenses $400 - $1000
Books and Materials $0
Local Transportation $70 - $150
Visa (for US Citizens) $0
Passport $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $300 - $600
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal 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 (field study) throughout New Zealand with the opportunity to explore current issues specific to Communication and Marketing, Creative Expression and Digital Media, or to Disaster Risk and Emergency Management 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 or have an academic focus in Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing or Communications for the Communication and Marketing track; Theatre, Screenwriting, Creative Writing, Publishing, Media Studies, or Digital Media for the Creative Expression and Digital Media track, or in Emergency Management, Public Safety, Geography and Planning, Sociology, Health Sciences, or Defense Studies for the Disaster Risk and Emergency Management track, and have completed at least two classes at the 200-level in their major area of study. For more information about course options please visit the USAC Wellington 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.