Knowledge, Events Support and Market Research Intern, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Vancouver, Canada
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Digital Media
Being able to work overseas straight after graduating is an amazing opportunity, says communication studies alumna Ayaka Archer who is interning at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) in Vancouver. She got the sought-after internship through the AUT Internz International Scholarship Programme.
“This opportunity gives you a chance to see what’s out there and it’s so much fun living on the other side of the world. I chose to apply for the internship at NZTE because I’m really interested in research, as well as working in the public sector. I knew that working in an overseas government office would give me a great insight into foreign affairs and trade, and that I would gain skills that will translate well into any job.
“My internship is really varied, and I definitely wear many hats. I do market research for New Zealand businesses considering exporting to Canada, copywriting for NZTE’s information databases, and helping the team with events. Part of my role is also covering for the office manager and answering consulate enquiries because the Vancouver NZTE office also doubles as a New Zealand consulate.”
Prepared for the world of communications
She has always been interested in communications, says Ayaka who came to AUT from Christchurch.
“I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the communications industry. I chose to study at AUT because it offers a diverse range of practical papers and it provides an interactive approach to learning. Being in the centre of New Zealand’s biggest city also means that there are opportunities everywhere and having a degree from AUT really helps you get a foot in the door.”
What you learn is very relevant to what is happening in the world around you, she says.
“In our classes we talked a lot about the media and technology, and our course material always reflected what was currently happening around us. It’s very valuable having an up-to-date understanding of the industry.”
Advice for other students
Make the most of every opportunity AUT throws at you, Ayaka advises other students.
“The three years of your studies will go by very quickly, so make sure you say yes to any opportunity that comes up.”
Ayaka certainly followed her own advice, and some of her favourite experiences at AUT were because she took up opportunities that presented themselves.
“One of my highlights was participating in the Common Purpose Global Leader Experiences workshop hosted at AUT. At the end of the week-long workshop, our team pitched our idea of how to increase civic engagement to a panel of pretty influential judges in both the public and private sector. It was a great way to meet people from many different backgrounds and it also benefitted my personal development.
“Another highlight for me was working as a taura kaiwhatu and as a peer mentor. Being able to pass on everything I had learnt throughout uni was really rewarding.”