DESIGN INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
Sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Asia, and in collaboration with Massey University and Auckland University of Technology
About our programmes
The objective of our programmes is provide students with the opportunity to spend time exploring the fashion and design industries in a specific country, while building connections that will last a lifetime.
Our internship programmes are unique in three ways:
They are designed in conjunction with Massey University and Auckland University of Technology, ensuring they are of the highest standard, are most relevant to the student’s academic background and professional needs, and are safe, secure and well managed.
Each internship begins with an “induction week”. During this week, the students visit a specially curated list of companies to ensure they have a broad understanding of how different companies within the design and fashion space operate within a particular country. They will also be involved in a number of cultural visits and activities, so that they make the most of their time abroad!
Massey University and the Auckland University of Technology hand select a small number of their top students to receive funding to cover the majority of the programme’s costs. This funding comes from The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA), a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand. These students
The “Induction Week”: Students begin with a week of site visits, to give them a broad understanding of the professional environment in a given country and how different companies within the design and fashion space operate. For fashion students, this will include sourcing companies, markets, design studios, fashion labels and retail spaces. For design students, it will include companies that cover product design, architecture, interior design and urban planning, as well as virtual reality and gaming companies (Hong Kong).
The internships: Students will then break up to pursue different internships; enabling them to gain independent experiences most relevant to their academic and professional interests, while staying together to ensure unity and knowledge sharing.
Cultural experiences: The programmes incorporate weekly experiences, in which the students will come together with the programme coordinators to share their experiences, and have a “check in” from both a programme and governance perspective.
What is the PMSA?
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand.
The scholarship aims to:
strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with key Asian trading partners
improve the international skills of the New Zealand workforce
improve the internationalisation of New Zealand tertiary institutions
increase international understanding of the strength and quality of New Zealand's education system
establish connections between New Zealand and other countries through participants building lifelong friendships and networks
strengthen New Zealanders' understanding of other cultures
For more information on the programme, visit the PMSA website.
More about our November 2019 / January 2020 programmes coming soon…!
What did the programme participants think?
One of the best experiences of my life! I learned so much from this trip and would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking to learn more about their industry, and get real-life professional experience.
Ash, Massey University (New Zealand), January 2019
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to network, it has been an amazing opportunity to meet new people and understand what brings others to Hong Kong. I think the programme was amazing”
Corban, Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), January 2019
The time spent
in HK was absolutely amazing. Thanks to Eden Travel's well organised study tour and excellent assistance, the month spent there was rich with outdoor tours and events. I'd definitely recommend this experience to anyone...
Marco Staines, Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), January 2019