Business Internship Information

About Business Internships

The MIT | Te Pūkenga School of Business has a level 7 Degree, the Bachelor of Applied Management (B.App.Mgmt) that can be obtained with single or double majors in different specialisation areas, as well as a Bachelor of Accounting.

We also offer a Level 7 Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (Grad.Dip).

When do our ākonga (learners) complete industry projects?

To satisfy the Programme requirements for the B.App.Mgmt, ākonga (learners) have to undertake a 60 credit capstone course, the Co-operative Education Project and Grad.Dip ākonga (learners) undertake a 45 credit for CPA and CAANZ pathway and 30 credit capstone course, the Industry Project.

These courses require the ākonga (learner) to undertake an organisational research project and complete work experience in the organisation. This is to give ākonga (learners) work experience, help them develop soft skills for a workplace, and expose them to work activities in their chosen field.

Ākonga (learners) undertake these workplace activities as an “intern” and not as an employee. The ratio of research project time to work experience time is negotiable and will be finalized when the contract is signed between MIT representatives and the organisation’s representative(s).

Businesses are not required to pay salaries to the ākonga (learner) and this work is not meant to replace any paid position in an organisation.

Placement hours are 20 hours per week for 14-16 weeks.

The timeframe for these align to semester intakes and are approximately held between early-mid March – end of June/early July (Semester 1) and the end of July – early December (Semester 2).

What is required for the research project?

Additional to the work experience, learners also needed to participate in a research project. The research project involves:

  • Identifying a research question that is of interest to the organisation
  • Preparing a research proposal to investigate the research question
  • Undertaking a literature review to understand the problem
  • Collecting information in the organisation to understand/address the problem
  • Prepare a written report of the findings
  • Present findings to the organisation.

Any information gathered for this project remains confidential. Summary findings will be reviewed by both an organisation supervisor and an academic supervisor. However, these reports will not be retained or used by MIT for any other purpose unless required for assessment moderating.

Academic mentoring of the ākonga (learner)

MIT will have academic staff mentoring learners throughout the research project. We do however require the involvement of an organisational member to oversee the learner’s progress in the workplace, review their project results and complete a performance appraisal for the work experience and project.

Ākonga (learner) responsibilities

  • The ākonga (learner) shall, at all times while carrying out the Project Experience and/or Work Experience, conduct themselves in a professional manner, and strive to uphold the reputation and good name of both MIT and the Host Organisation.
  • The ākonga (learner) shall undertake the Project Experience with due diligence and in accordance with MIT’s applicable policies and procedures.
  • The ākonga (learner) shall comply in all respects with any specific requirements relating to the Project Experience which may be set out in the relevant Project Schedule.

Responsibilities of the Host Organisation

  • The Host Organisation shall provide Project Experience and/or Work Experience free of charge to the ākonga (learner), and use all reasonable endeavours to provide the ākonga (learner) with a meaningful and appropriate learning experience.
  • The Host Organisation shall ensure that the ākonga (learner)’s working time on the Project Experience and/or Work Experience does not exceed the duration and hours specified in the relevant Project Schedule.
  • The Host Organisation shall nominate a staff member to liaise with the ākonga (learner) and MIT regarding the ākonga (learner)’s participation in the Project Experience and/or Work Experience.
  • The contact details of this person shall be set out in the relevant Project Schedule.
  • The Host Organisation shall provide meaningful feedback on the ākonga (learner)’s progress, to the ākonga (learner) and the supervising MIT lecturer and/or Placement Co-ordinator.
  • Where the ākonga (learner) is undertaking the Project Experience as a volunteer, the Host Organisation shall not provide the ākonga (learner) with payment or any other reward.
  • The Host Organisation will treat all personal information relating to the ākonga (learner) in accordance with the information privacy principles set out in the Privacy Act 2020.

Responsibilities of MIT

  • MIT shall nominate a supervising MIT lecturer and/or Placement Co-ordinator who will liaise with the Host Organisation in relation to the Project Experience and/or Work Experience. The contact details of this person shall be set out in the relevant Project Schedule.
  • MIT shall take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that any ākonga (learner) or MIT staff member who may have access to the Host Organisation’s premises pursuant to this agreement will act in accordance with all lawful and reasonable instructions of the Host Organisation while they are on the Host Organisation’s premises.

Intellectual Property

  • The parties acknowledge that all Intellectual Property that is created by the ākonga (learner) for the purposes of or in connection with the Project Experience will vest in, and is assigned to the Host Organisation upon creation or completion of the Project.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, the following ownership arrangements of Intellectual Property shall apply to this Agreement:
      (a) existing Intellectual Property that is not developed under the Agreement, but is used for the purpose of undertaking the Project Experience, shall remain the property of its current owner; and
      (b) Any Intellectual Property that is specifically developed by the ākonga (learner) for the purpose of the Project Experience will be owned by the Host Organisation exclusively.