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Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at WMS

Developing New Zealand's best business graduate talent

Welcome to Work Integrated Learning at WMS. Here you will find information about the three options for work integrated learning papers, which are a compulsory aspect of BMS, BMSHons, BBus and BCS degrees.

At the Waikato Management School we pride ourselves on developing our graduate outcomes for our students and preparing everyone to thrive in their workplace. There are three different streams of papers available and the best one for you will depend on your major, personality and personal strengths.

WIL presentation

Watch the presentation given by Stephen Bowden on Work Integrated learning below or you can review the slides here.

WIL presentation video


The 96 provides students exciting opportunities to undertake a real-world project for a business, students are immersed in the business to conduct the research and present solutions for fixing the problem. In some instances students are also responsible for the implementation of their recommended solutions. The Project you undertake will provide you a chance to combine your learning so far at university, and the report you complete for the organisation makes up a significant part of your assessed component.

The Facts:

How long is it? These vary, we recommend 1 day a week for the duration of your internship (a minimum of 110 hours for 396 and 496 and a minimum of 200 at 596). Most internships are between 10 and 15 weeks for 396 and 496 and about 20 weeks for 596.

What counts as an internship? You need to be working on a project directly related to your major or completing a placement in a larger company that provides direct exposure and experience that is relative to your major.

Can I find my own? Of course, we recommend not using a family business, as the point is to build networks, but if you have a company that has offered you an internship, you will need to run it by us. New companies need to fill out two different forms, and there is also an information sheet here for new businesses!

How do I enroll? You need to first have a project- check the Facebook group or get in touch with internships@waikato.ac.nz for how to apply for any available internships. You can’t be accepted into the course without start dates for your internship

To enroll in an Internship Paper MNMGT*96 if you have sourced your own internship

The forms required for a project internship are on the website

Please have your organization complete the project brief form and the information required form and send to internships@waikato.ac.nz for approval

If you have a corporate placement internship eg EY, Fonterra, Toll etc please email a copy of your contract letter with the start date to internships@waikato.ac.nz

Once you get an email saying you are approved go to My Waikato and use the special permissions link.  Add the MNMGT*96 paper you want.

When does it start? Anytime! The 99 and 96 courses can be begun at any date in the year.

The Process

Please have your organisation complete the project brief form and the information required form and send to internships@waikato.ac.nz for approval

Once you get an email saying you are approved go to My Waikato and use the special permissions link. Add the MNMGT*96 paper you want.

If you have a corporate placement internship eg EY, Fonterra, Toll etc please email a copy of your contract letter with the start date to internships@waikato.ac.nz

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The 99 is a research project undertaken by a student with academic supervision. This project aims to solve a ‘problem’ and should be related to a company or industry that this might impact. It provides students the chance to complete a significant body of work with academic merit. Students undertaking a 99 will need to discuss a topic that interests them with their supervisor or subject convener.

The Facts

How do I come up with my topic? Your topic should be an area relative to your major that is of specific interest and relevant in some way to either a specific business, industry or greater business community.

What do I do to start? You need to fill in a proposal form, identifying your topic and get in touch with your departments 99 convenor. They will allocate a supervisor to you.

Once you have a supervisor who has approved your topic!  and you have a start date for your *99 your enroll in the paper using the special permissions link on My Waikato and put your start date and supervisor in the notes section

Great! You are set to go,

How long is it? Your enrolment is a 26 week period, your dates for the 99 project are set once your proposal has been approved and the supervisor assigned (ie. has agreed to supervise). Revisions of the topic with your supervisors help are included in the 26 weeks you have to complete the full report. Please note that your draft report should be submitted to your supervisor and second assessor 1 month prior to this end date.

When does it start? Anytime! The 99 and 96 courses can be begun at any date in the year.

Who are the people to contact?

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This paper is only offered over summer and facilitates immersion experience in a business, industry or other organisation internship. Students spend 4-13 weeks (minimum 150 hours, but 300+ hours is preferred) immersed full time during normal business working hours in a host organisation they find for themselves. There are three key pieces of assessment to complete between November and February however students need to find a host in advance as this will go through an approval process.

The Facts

What kind of companies should we choose? Students need to have a chance to learn about the operations of the business and access to their specific major area of the business. Larger companies often provide greater experience and will be more easily approved. SME’s can also provide great learning providing there is an area of the business that relates to your major for you to gain experience in.

What happens if my host isn’t approved? Most will be approved but if for some reason your host choice is entirely unsuitable you will be given clarity on why and will need to look elsewhere, this is one of the key reasons we suggest the hunt begin mid year and the application (host form) be submitted as early as possible.

Can I do summer school too? Really strongly not recommended but it is best to have a discussion about this with us.

Do I have to be paid? No. If you can afford to immerse yourself in an organisation without being paid that is accepted, however for most students they need this as a summer job also.

Do you have suggestions of where to look and how to start? Absolutely! Check out this document here for some information!
When does I need to enrol by? The course officially begins on 11 November however your Host Organisation form needs to be submitted PRIOR to this by October 18th

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For questions, expressions of interest or further information please contact : internships@waikato.ac.nz