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Every year New Zealand universities and research institutions host summer studentships. Most are for NZ students, but a few are international – such as the Genetics Otago’s International Summer Scholarship (PDF file for application form).[1]

These won’t make your fortune; typically they’re worth $NZ 5000 for ten weeks work. They will get you working with research teams on interesting projects in different parts of New Zealand. While most have closed, a few are still available. (You can always start planning for next year…) Most of the applications still open close during this month, so don’t leave it too long.

You might look to sounding out if research might be your thing. Or not, as the case may be. I’ve written about post-graduate qualifications in science previously, a key thought that it’d be good for students to be more aware of the wider range of science-related careers before setting about on a Ph.D. With that in mind, I’d be interested to know if there is a science-related business internships counterpart too.

Searching on-line can be fruitful, try searching for ‘summer studentship’ with the search limited to New Zealand in the last year or variations on that theme. If you haven’t already – get out there, hunt around and get your applications in.

Here are a few examples:

Footnotes

1. Some background on Dunedin and Otago University is in the article previously advertising this studentship.


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Teaching students to write scientific papers

Science PhD career preferences surveyed

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