The University of Auckland funds undergraduate students from New Zealand and overseas to conduct research with particular academic staff during the New Zealand summer (December-February). The scholars are paid NZ$6,000 for 10 weeks full-time. The idea is that such students will be inspired to do graduate studies at the university. Students who have just completed their degree are eligible, but not graduate students. Applicants are ranked by their GPA/GPE (most of >6 / 9) and CV. Scholarships are allocated based on the size of the academic departments or school. The call for scholarships typically occurs in June with a deadline in August. For details click here.
The Cawthorn Institute in Nelson funds summer scholarships, as does the New Zealand Department of Conservation, see here. Auckland Council also have an ‘Environmental Student Partnership Programme‘, where students gain practical work experience with their Research and Evaluations Unit (RIMU). The Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC) also regularly seeks people to help with school marine education programmes, as do the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme.
We get regular enquiries from students wishing to do internships with our group. We prioritise applicants who already have some skills and interests in our groups research and will be here sufficiently long to contribute to one or more of our groups research.
Occassionally we also host post-graduate students from other universities who collaborate with one or more of our team to produce co-authored publications.
My GPA is very average, but I am extremely passionate about marine sciences. My GPA is good for all marine based courses, it’s the other courses which were unrelated to marine which brought my GPA down.
I have experience up at the Leigh marine Labratory doing different field based skills. Such as grab sampling, Pyroscience Firesting meters, dump chambers and spectrophotometer, benthic flux chambers, how to use the haemocytometer, and i’m also very familiar with excel.
This is also paired with my capstone project for my final semester being about ammonium toxicity in seagrass.
I am curious to know my chances of being considered as an applicant for any internships.
If unsure, you should apply. You never know who else may or may not apply. If you do not apply you have zero chance of getting one. Mention your experiences and interests, and any skills you may have that may suggest your abilities. For example, if you go orienteering, trail running, sailing it may suggest you are comfortable in the field. If you have marketing or sales jobs it would suggest you can work with people. Keep your CV up to date, adjust it according to each application if needed, and make sure your covering letter does not read like a template but is focused on the position you are applying for. And keep on trying/applying.
best of luck
My name is Adriani and I am a doctoral student of Island Biology in Hiroshima University. My study object is about the seagrasses around Hiroshima Prefecture.
Right now I am looking for an opportunity to do an internship to complete my degree from this university. But beside that, I also looking for an opportunity to do my post-doctoral. So is there any opportunity for me to do an internship there?
I am looking forward to hearing from your team. Thank you.
I no longer work in U Auckland but you can follow up through the links in the web page post.