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Looking to build employability skills? 

A new course is coming in Semester 1 2021, available to students from all disciplines

PACE 225 Workplace Skills and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Develop workplace skills, such as communication, project planning, problem solving and must-have Māori tikanga for working in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Campus-based project work
  • Cross-disciplinary teaching from corporate social responsibility to community engagement, essential tikanga Māori in a business environment to stakeholder engagement
  • Guest speakers from national and local businesses
  • Exposure to a business committed to positive societal impact
  • Supporting you in identifying early career development objectives

Information Session – Register now

When: Tuesday 6 October
Time: 12pm – 12.30pm
Location: Rehua 103

Enrol from 1 October

PACE Internships: Cameron’s Story

Hello, my name is Cameron and I am studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography (with particular interest in GIS). Through the PACE Internship Programme, I interned with a charitable trust called the Water and Wildlife Habitat Trust. Their primary interest is the restoration of the ecological health of waterways in Canterbury.

My role was to produce maps to assist in the development of catchment management plans for two different catchments in Canterbury. I was able to attend meetings about the processes of acquiring land and funds, building relationships with landowners, and learn how environmental initiatives actually occur. The internship allowed me to not only gain a general understanding of the processes that are involved in restoration, but also helped me to develop my technical mapping skills.

PACE gave me the chance to use knowledge I previously learned in my studies and apply it to a real world project. Throughout my internship, my most improved skill was communication, both written and spoken. The biggest takeaway was the importance of asking for help. I needed to communicate my progress to my supervisor at the Trust, and we would have weekly catch-ups to discuss next steps and alterations that needed to be made. On a few occasions, I also needed to ask for help from people who I had not met before, and this forced me to practice constructing emails for a professional environment.

Thinking about a PACE Internship?

PACE is unlike other University courses, and it will challenge you in ways you are not used to. Do not hesitate to speak up and contribute in class discussions, because this will help you absorb the ideas they are teaching you. In addition, honesty, both with yourself and classmates/lecturers, really does help the learning process.

PACE Information Session:

Hear from current partners
(NZ Police & Christchurch Adventure Park )
as well as current PACE students:

  • When: Wednesday 9 September
  • Where: Undercroft 101
  • Time: 5:00 – 5.45 pm


Find out more at our website or previous Insider’s Guide blog

Internships and your degree

Are you keen to:

  • Improve your employability?
  • Put your degree into practice?
  • Build networks?
  • Grow confidence in your teamwork, communication and professional skills?
  • Boost your CV?

The PACE Internship Programme could be for you.

Information Session
Hear from current partners
(NZ Police & Christchurch Adventure Park)
as well as current PACE students

When: Wednesday 9 September
Where: Undercroft 101
Time: 5:00 – 5.45 pm

The PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) Internship programme is a unique programme at UC where students:

  • Intern with a local business or organisation
  • Are supported by UC academic staff to reflect on their experience, and
  • Gain academic credit (15 or 30 points towards your degree, offered at various levels of study).

Students work on varied and interesting projects for local businesses, community organisations, local government through to large corporations.

The PACE Internships Office works closely with students to understand their areas of interest, skills, industries or organisations they would like to be involved in, and works towards creating an internship tailored to those aims.  This is a non-exhaustive list of some of recent internships:

  • Event management
  • Social media platform creation
  • GIS Mapping
  • Policy analysis
  • Media strategy development
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Community development
  • Urban Planning

For more info, take a look at our webpage here or contact