Students will have an internship during the program's seven week segment in Wellington. Placements are typically in organizations focusing on wildlife and habitat conservation, climate change, food, environmental law, sustainability, transportation advocacy, community-based television, water quality, Permaculture and Transition Towns initiatives, local democracy, youth development, and urban agriculture.
Representative internship placements
The list below represents a range of sites that are ready to host students or that have hosted US students in previous years.
Conscious Consumers: Ethics, food, linking local producers and cafes, smartphone apps for ethical food purchases, the power of the conscious consumer: all these elements combine in the work of Conscious Consumers.
Generation Zero: Generation Zero is made of up of young New Zealanders working together to secure a thriving zero carbon Aotearoa.
Wellington Greens: The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is guided by four principles: Ecological Wisdom, Social Responsibility, Appropriate Decision-making and Non-violence, together with Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Green Party has its origins in the 1972 Values Party, the world’s first national Green Party, and currently has 14 MPs in Parliament who provide an effective voice in Parliament, both for people and for our beautiful planet.
350 Aotearoa: The New Zealand arm of the international campaign 350.org to unite the world around solutions to climate change.
Greater Wellington Regional Council: Council responsibilities include environment management, flood protection, land management, provision of regional parks, planning and funding of public transport, biosecurity and biodiversity protection, and environmental monitoring.
Kennett Brothers: Probably the premier mountain bike consultants in NZ, the Kennett brothers have turned their passion and success on the bike into a wide range of events, trails, books/guides and consultancy work.
Sustainable Coastlines: Sustainable Coastlines is a young, dynamic, multi award-winning New Zealand charity that has successfully coordinated on-going projects in both New Zealand and the Pacific that have resulted in positive, real and long-term changes to local coastlines and communities.
Zealandia: Zealandia is a unique restoration project only 2 km from the centre of Wellington city. The reserve is surrounded by an 8.6 km predator-proof fence (like Maungatautari's) that has been designed to exclude 14 species of non-native mammals ranging from possums to mice.
2013 organizations (based in Wellington)
Jigsaw: a network of 44 organisations working to stop child abuse, neglect and family violence in our communities, and to help families raise their children in safe, nurturing ways.
Skylight: supporting people facing any kind of tough life situation of change, loss, trauma or grief - whatever the cause and whatever their age, and also assisting those wanting to help them.
Sustainability Trust holds workshops and enables solutions like ceiling and underfloor insulation, solar water heating, ventilation, electronic waste recycling, and central Wellington’s eco-venue for hire.
350 Aotearoa The New Zealand arm of the international climate movement 350.org to unite the world around solutions to climate change. Mission: to inspire climate action in communities across New Zealand.
Forest & Bird New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation that works to preserve NZ’s natural heritage and native species.
Wellington Green Party: the third largest political party in the New Zealand parliament with 14 seats in Parliament. Those elected officials act and connect with others act on the bases of Ecological Wisdom, Social Responsibility, Appropriate Decision-making and Non-violence.
Sustainable Coastlines: coordinates and supports large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects.
Wellington Local Food Network: supports local food growers and initiatives that increase awareness of and access to healthy, sustainable food. “Local food” means food produced within 120km of central Wellington.
Hikurangi Foundation: incubates early-stage social enterprise to find scalable solutions to pressing sustainability challenges, and supports organizations that accelerate a transition to a sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive New Zealand, and that contribute towards New Zealand’s carbon emissions converging on a global target of 350ppm.
Intersect: a network that includes a wide spectrum of “purposeful young professionals” who “help life thrive in their ongoing search for meaningful work. We’re old enough to be highly skilled, but young enough to be active learners. We’re well-connected and clear about our values. We care deeply for our world. We define our own purpose, but we’re strongly driven to have a positive social / environmental impact.” They convene and connect, and engage in projects together like “Climate Freezes,” “Frocks on Bikes,” and “Parking Day.”
Mana Education Centre provides a wide range of practical workshops and seminars to support all educators wanting to engage in professional and personal development.
Pataka Art and Museum showcases the best in contemporary Maori and Pacific Arts, as well as contemporary New Zealand, Asian and international arts & culture.
Peace Movement Aotearoa: a national networking peace organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand for people who are interested in peace, social justice, and human rights.
2012 organizations (program was based in Auckland)
Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society (Auckland Branch)
Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation that works to preserve natural heritage and native species. Forest & Bird staff enlist the support and environmental vision of its members, and work to bring about legislation and policy that supports environmental protection. The Society coordinates hands-on restoration projects and educates people and communities about environmental issues through its publications and public awareness campaigns. In recent years, the Auckland Branch has had interns carry out ecological monitoring work in the Waitakere Ranges for the ‘Ark in the Park’ project.
Grey Lynn 2030
Grey Lynn 2030 is a participatory community organisation promoting and engaging in building neighbourhood spirit and cooperation while working towards a vision a self –reliant, positive, resilient, vibrant, connected and sustainable community. It’s a local response to the ideas of the Transition Towns initiative, and is active on issues such as community gardens, waste reduction and energy efficiency programs, and promoting local businesses and a farmers market.
Youthline provides a unique, community-based approach to young people who can access a wide range of youth development and support services. It is a leader in the development of the Youth Work profession and provides expert consultation and policy advice, and operates from an integrated model of evidence-based practice with a focus on community development, training, youth development and clinical services.
Affirming Works is an innovative Pacific organisation developed in Manukau City over the last five years. It combines an effective team of young, professional Pacific men and women who offer an extensive range of mentoring and educational services to various communities within the Auckland Region. Its programs are based on the Pacific principles of love, respect, humility, and support and are designed for all children and young people, particularly addressing their holistic needs.
Enviroschools is a nationwide environmental education program that encourages children, their schools and their families to think and act sustainably. It is a whole-school approach about learning and action for a sustainable future and is led by the Enviroschools Foundation who work in partnership with schools, councils and other organisations. There are 139 Enviroschools in the Auckland region, and early childhood centres, primary, intermediate and secondary schools are all part of the program. They work on a range of sustainable projects including native tree planting, stream restoration, beach clean-ups, reducing waste going into landfill, saving water by installing water tanks, and planting their own vegetable gardens.
Wai Care is a water quality monitoring, education and action program for community groups, individuals, businesses and schools across the Auckland region. The program supports and enables local communities to be active in the protection, health and management of local waterways and catchments [watersheds]. By engaging with communities and providing education, methods and resources, Wai Care enables local groups to take action in a variety of ways.