Frequently asked questions

For students

Will I be paid for the internship?

No, the internship is part of a course, ARTSGEN 301, for which you will get academic credit. The course will count towards your Bachelor of Arts degree.

Can I count ARTSGEN 301 towards my major?

ARTSGEN is an elective course that will count towards your BA, but will not count toward your major. Due to the variety of organisations and variability of research projects we are unable to align workplace projects with discipline-specific coursework, so in most cases ARTSGEN 301 cannot meet the requirements for a major.

How do I know if I am eligible to apply for this course? Is there anything I’m supposed to do ahead of time?

You will need to be a Stage III student with a minimum GPA of B+ (6) enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland. Prior to getting started in the workplace, you will need to complete some professional workshops. We will let you know more about that once you have been admitted.

When can I apply and how long does it take to find out if I have a place?

You may apply to the course for either semester up to two weeks before the beginning of term. This is to allow time for the assessment of applications and to finalise host organisations. We will alert you concerning course placement the week before the start of term.

How often will I be expected to go to work?

This will depend on the organisation and your schedule, but the goal will be to work 6-8 hours per week in total. You will create a negotiated work and learning plan, with help from the academic supervisor and the workplace mentor, so that everyone knows what to expect.

Do I choose the organisation I want to work for?

The Faculty of Arts will have organisations already on board, and we will work hard to place you in the most suitable workplace. ARTSGEN is a cross-discipline internship and is aimed at utilising and enhancing your transferable skills. You will gain a realistic sense of the job market which is likely to stretch you beyond a disciplinary specialisation.

Will the workplace mentor assess my work?

The workplace mentor will provide you with some feedback on how things are going. Although you will submit your research findings to the workplace mentor, it is the ARTSGEN academic supervisor who will be responsible for assessing your work for course credit.