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Job Ready for Business

Access Local Talent to Help Your Business Grow

Businesses can benefit from the global skills and talent of international students, especially if your business is looking to export to the student’s native country. These students bring unique and diverse perspectives to the local workforce – strengthening business plans, strategies, and organisational development. 

The Job Ready Programme provides links to students who have completed a programme of study in Canterbury and are better prepared to succeed in a New Zealand job market. The Programme seeks to match student experience and skill sets with business needs, and provides support and follow-up throughout. 

How We Can Help You

Businesses with projects in export markets can tap into the skills of local international students to assist with projects requiring cultural awareness, foreign language expertise, overseas connections and research.

Our students are looking for paid work, paid or unpaid internships in ways that add value to you. Arrangements depend on your business requirements and the students desired learning outcomes. A typical internship is up to three months, and involves training, contribution to agreed work areas, and successful outcomes for both the business and intern. 


  • Test your new product or service here at home with local international communities 
  • Develop a social media strategy to gain presence in international channels 
  • Gain cultural insights to move into a new market or expand an existing one 
  • Strengthen international business connections by leveraging local talent 
  • Get your marketing plan reviewed by an international student representing your target market 

Project length, start dates, and other logistical details are flexible. 

What Employers Who Have Worked with International Interns Have to Say

Yolanda has been a great help to our Senior Transitions Charitable Trust. The trust has few resources, so having a professional marketer has helped us. Yolanda has created several brochures, interviewed our staff and created stories that we can use in our social media. She is also working on our website and social media. We are very pleased to have her on board for the 3 months.

Marketing project with Discover New Pathways

Mitchell created a digital platform for our Queensland Rail business and he was excellent - he had excellent soft skills and was ready to go.

IT project with Motovated

Contact our Team & Register your Business

Karen Haigh
Talent Specialist, Innovation and Business Growth

Register your business to take advantage of this opportunity now!


If you have a specific internship project please detail below, or leave it blank and we will be happy to help you develop a project.

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