Who can intern?
Theoretically, anyone with good English skills and appropriate background in the field can participate in the program. Unfortunately, visas can be very difficult for many nationalities. We have no control over this, and can do little to help you other than sending you to the New Zealand government website. In most cases, our interns should travel on the Working Holiday visa. Many nationalities qualify for this, but there may be quotas in place. These are listed on the government website. US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, are among the countries that have no quotas and should have no problem getting the visa. Citizens of Canada and the UK can stay up to 23 months. Others are limited to 12 months.
The working holiday visa is great because it allows the participant to work legally in New Zealand. We do not offered paid internships, but you are free to pursue paying work outside of your internship.
Here is a list of the countries without any limit on visas granted:
United States of America
If your country has a quota, we recommend trying to get the visa first. Once you have it, then consider applying for an internship. We cannot refund your deposit if you apply first and then fail to get your visa.
Also, those who are required to undertake an internship as part of their course from an institute in their HOME country are eligible for a Student and Trainee Visa (WE1). Once again, if you are not from one of the countries listed above, we strongly recommend that you check with a New Zealand consulate/embassy on whether this might be possible for you.
This method is also a good choice if you think that you might want to save the working holiday option for another time - it may only be used once.