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Work Placements

At the University of Waikato, work placements (internships) are offered as part of the Bachelor of Science (Technology) and the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.

Both four-year undergraduate degrees include six to twelve months of relevant work experience. This usually consists of a three-month placement at the end of the second academic year and a further three or six-month placement at the end of the third academic year.

Cooperative education staff liaise with industry, research institutes and local government organisations to place students in work places relevant to their qualification and interests.

Each student undertakes specific university papers to prepare them for the workplace which includes learning skills in professional behaviour, ethics, and communication.

During the placement, students write a technical report on their work and are assigned an academic supervisor to assist. Students are also assessed on work performance.


To host a student you need to offer work which has a science or engineering component. The work should last for either three, six, or 12 months and ideally include a small project.

During the placement students are treated as employees and should comply with company guidelines. Typically students are paid seasonal rates, however there are other avenues of funding the placements. Please contact a placement coordinator to discuss options.

Each work placement is designed to benefit both the company and the student. Students should be supervised and supported in their learning goals and given the appropriate training needed to complete tasks. You will also contribute to your student’s assessment by completing a simple work performance evaluation.

Employer Benefits:

  • A carefully selected enthusiastic student with relevant knowledge and practical skills.
  • The opportunity to work with students who are keen to work and learn.
  • A chance to preview potential future employees.
  • Close association with the University of Waikato staff and resources.
  • A technical report on the work completed by the placement student.
  • An opportunity to contribute to New Zealand’s future by training and guiding the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Student Benefits:

  • The opportunity to do ‘real practical work’ in a science or engineering workplace.
  • To learn professional social skills and life skills that are difficult to learn at university.
  • An opportunity to see possible careers in science or engineering.
  • An understanding of the ‘practice’ of science and engineering.
  • Develop report writing skills as part of your assessment.

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