Practical Experience & Internships

There are strong links between the Business School and New Zealand commercial enterprises. Many courses offered within the Business School provide opportunities for you to work with businesses on specific projects. These projects can either be completed in small teams or independently. These experiences help reinforce the theory you learn in lectures and tutorials and provide opportunities for real application of the knowledge you’re gaining as part of your degree.

The Business School organises summer internships with many organisations such as Tip Top, Nestlé, Deloitte, L’Oréal, and Murray and Company, as well as a formal Undergraduate Internship Programme which is offered as part of your degree meaning you gain practical experience and credit towards your BCom. Visit www. for more information.

An internship helps you discover real world practices, get a taste of life in that industry, and see if it is a possible career – while organisations get to know you and see how you handle many work-related challenges. Relationships built during internships often prove useful when seeking employment.

Graduate Recruitment Programme

Each year representatives from major companies from many sectors visit Otago to recruit students. Many students who gained their first job through this programme are now in senior management roles in those organisations, or used those initial placements to gain valuable work experience. Companies that visit campus specifically seeking our business students include:

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • ANZ
  • ASB
  • Audit New Zealand
  • Bank of New Zealand
  • BDO
  • Chapman Tripp
  • Contact Energy
  • Craigs Investment Partners
  • Datacom
  • Deloitte
  • Disney World
  • Ernst & Young
  • First NZ Capital
  • Fonterra
  • Forsyth Barr
  • Frucor Beverages
  • Fulton Hogan
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Intergen
  • KPMG
  • Lion Nathan
  • L’Oreal
  • Mainfreight
  • Orion Health
  • Polson Higgs
  • Price Waterhouse Cooper
  • Staples Rodway
  • Telecom
  • Telogis
  • The Reserve Bank
  • Transpower
  • Treasury
  • Unilever
  • Westpac
  • WHK

  • Career Development Centre

    The University of Otago has a dedicated team of staff based at the Career Development Centre who offer all kinds of information from career ideas and course advice to details of specific jobs or employers. It also provides:

  • Personal career counselling
  • Employment related seminars
  • Networking opportunities
  • CV and cover letter writing skills
  • Interview preparation skills
  • On-campus careers fairs
  • Graduate and summer job vacancies
  • Assistance with job search strategies