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TEAN: New Zealand Internship

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

An internship that doesn't feel like work

I was blessed with the opportunity to work for a boutique PR company in Auckland, New Zealand this past summer called Lily & Louis. I could not have been placed at a company that suited me better, and the work I did was actually exciting to me. I worked from 9-5 Tuesday through Friday, however, I never dreaded going. I was excited to meet more people, speak with my coworkers and my bosses, and take part in meetings where I felt like I was a part of the company. TEAN placed me with a company that allowed me to be myself and promote my own ideas, and my program advisor was always there if I needed her. I spent most of my time in the office which was perfect because it is beautifully decorated with hundreds of fashionable clothing pieces, desktop Macs for all of us to work on, a full kitchen, two separate offices for meetings (The White Room and The Black Room), and two adorable dogs that spent their days there as well (Lily and Louis). One day I was asked if I could drive, and I said, "Of course, but never on the other side of the road!" so one of my coworkers even taught me how to drive in New Zealand where we went on a mission to pick up doughnuts to decorate for a media piece we were working on. This experience was absolutely amazing, and I wish I could work here after graduation (if only NZ were closer to the US). I was able to travel to dozens of different places on my long weekends and learn and experience the work culture in what is now my favorite place in the world.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Hobbits and Shakespeare and Kiwis -- oh my!

When I first watched Peter Jackson's adaptations of The Lord of the Rings at age 10, I knew I had to visit New Zealand. How could such sweeping plains, craggy volcanoes, and verdant farmland exist in one small island country? However, because of the stresses of traveling so far, I knew this would not be an easy trip to plan or execute on my own. What is a sad nerd girl to do? Luckily, I found my answer in TEAN; not only did they help with my travel and living arrangements, they offered me the chance to work for college credit and live in my dream city, Wellington, for two months. I had the opportunity to get real-life, cross-cultural work experience at Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand, a partner of the Globe in London that specializes in educational outreach for secondary school children. Aside from my 40-hour work weeks, I was able to explore the country that had fascinated me for so many years during my spare time. It took a few bouts of severe homesickness and many trips to the coffeeshop by the office, but in between searching for Hobbits and those ever-elusive Kiwi, I found a better, stronger version of myself along the way. I'm forever thankful to New Zealand and TEAN for allowing me the opportunity to live a dream and plan for my not-so-distant adulthood, all at the same time.