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Summer Student Internships 2017-18

Interested in expanding your data analytics skills in a real-world environment this summer?

Te Pūnaha Matatini, the Centre of Research Excellence for Complex Systems and Networks, is offering paid student internships for 10 weeks over the 2017-18 summer months in organisations based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

We have opportunities for teams of undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in New Zealand universities for internships working on projects with Iwi, government organisations, and industry.

Last year, we placed around a dozen students at a variety of organisations:

“The project directly related to what I was studying and the course I had studied at the beginning of the year. I was really passionate and loved going into work because I knew the work I was doing was contributing to making a difference for New Zealanders.” – 2016-17 student intern at the Social Investment Agency in Wellington.

170919 Student interns

This year, there are some exciting new opportunities such as intern with Te Reo Irirangi O Te Hiku O Te Ika, who are creating language tools that will enable speech recognition and natural language processing of te reo Māori. The project will require the collection of more than 100,000 sentences and 250 hours of Māori language corpus. Once complete, the aim is to provide these language tools to the Māori ICT industry.

Undergraduate opportunities

  • Conduct a supervised research project for 10 weeks over the summer months.
  • Work in teams to analyse data on important projects in data science.
  • Receive a stipend of $6,000 plus appropriate support for relocation.

Postgraduate opportunities

  • Extend your analytics skills by working with enterprise data sets.
  • Obtain 10 weeks of valuable industry placement and gain experience in leading a research team.
  • Receive a stipend of $8,000 plus appropriate support for relocation.


Undergraduate and postgraduate internships are open to students with some background in economics, social, or natural sciences with a strong background in mathematics (including multi-variate calculus and linear algebra), statistics or computer science.

Key dates

Applications open Applications close Applicants notified Internships start
Mon 14 Aug 2017 Fri 29 Sep 2017 late Oct 2017 Mon 20 Nov 2017


Apply now

To apply, please submit:

  • A cover letter detailing your current study, suitability, and why you would like to undertake the internship.
  • Your CV (no longer than 3 pages).
  • Your academic transcript.
  • Your demographic details.

Please send your applications to: Kathryn Morgan ( by Friday 29 September 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by late October.


Sustainapalooza – travelling smart

21106675_10154935808387336_6038527362664806228_nLife can be stressful and expensive – and that’s without the added pressure of driving to University every day! Sadly, these drives are also the most harmful to the environment. During short commutes and stop-start city driving your car engine does not have adequate time to warm up, which means that fuel is burnt less efficiently and your car’s emissions are at their highest. So what’s a poor student to do? UC’s Sustainability Office team explores the solutions as part of the lead in to Sustainapalooza.

Sustainable transport is the answer! Whether you’re a barefooted CUBA kook on a skateboard or a group of flatties sharing a carpool, there are plenty of alternatives that are not only kinder on your mind, body and wallet, but better for the environment too. Figure out what sustainable transport option is right for you:


Too often we forget the simple pleasures offered by getting somewhere on our own two feet. Whether you spend this time listening to music or chatting with your mates, walking is a great way to soak up the scenery and boost your energy levels to get you ready for the day.


Ditching the car and jumping on the bike might make that 2000 word essay easier to tackle. Cycling improves your brain function, releases endorphins and lowers your stress levels, whilst keeping those pesky winter bugs at bay by strengthening your cardiovascular and immune systems. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of the garden city, and for every 1km you choose to bike instead of drive, you will save enough CO2 to keep a 60 watt light bulb running for five hours!

Taking the bus

Need to catch up on lecture notes or cram for a test? Tag your mates in some memes? Schedule in your afternoon nap? Bussing takes away the stress of driving and gives you a period of free time to use as you please, whilst lowering the congestion on the roads and the pollution in the air.


Cutting down on driving isn’t always easy, especially for those who live far from campus or who need to travel throughout the day. Carpooling is a sustainable travel option that lowers the cost, stress and environmental impact of driving, while making the commute more social and enjoyable. Exciting plans are underway to extend the Smart Travel initiative to UC, which makes it easy to arrange safe, shared rides for both frequent and one-off trips.

 To learn more about the Smart Travel initiative click here>

UC Sustainability Office

Create a sustainable future – Sustainapalooza 18 to 22 Sept

21106675_10154935808387336_6038527362664806228_nGet ready for a week-long festival of sustainability, celebrating the best of what people are doing to create a sustainable future!

Sustainapalooza is on 18-22 September, with the Sustainability Awards Ceremony on Thursday 21 September.

This festival brings together students, staff and the wider community, and showcases a range of sustainability initiatives. These include a market day hosted by UC’s Eco Clubs, e-bike trials and a cycle cinema, a tasting session, a spotlight on green building and a garden party to wrap the week up… plus heaps more. Check out the full Sustainapalooza programme here.

See you there!

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