International students

All our services are available to international students, and we have some resources specifically for international students.

Working in New Zealand while studying

International Students may be entitled to work in New Zealand while studying if they meet the criteria set out by the New Zealand Immigration Service.

The NZUni Talent jobs board and online career centre provide you with all you need to know about job seeking, graduate recruitment and preparing for the workplace.

Student Job Search is a good option for part time, casual and one-off jobs if you are currently enrolled as a student in New Zealand.

Preparing for employment

You can book any of our workshops on CareerHub and look out for specific workshops on CV Preparation and Interview Skills for international students. These workshops are similar to the CV Preparation and Interview Skills workshops, but there is special emphasis on applying for jobs in New Zealand when English is your second language.

Work Ready programme

WellingtonNZ, Wellington's regional economic development agency, offers  programmes for international students studying in the Wellington region.

Work Ready in Wellington is a free programme to prepare international tertiary students for working in New Zealand. This course is specifically designed for international tertiary students who are currently studying or have recently graduated.

Employer Connect is an opportunity for graduating international students to meet employers and make work connections in the Wellington region.

You will gain a better understanding of New Zealand workplaces and a broad range of skills to help you find a job in Wellington.

Skilled newcomers programme

The Skilled Newcomers Programme is a free service from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce for eligible job seekers and offers job-search support, advice, and connections to employers for eligible job seekers in New Zealand.

As well as providing help with job applications and interviews, the service aims to promotes you as a candidate to a network of employers across the Wellington region.

To join the Skilled Newcomers Programme, you must be either:

  • A skilled migrant or a partner or family of a skilled migrant on a resident or temporary work visa who has been in New Zealand for less than five years OR a former international student on a post-study work visa, or in the process of transitioning to a post-study work visa
  • In New Zealand on a Work to Residence Visa that has lost your role during the COVID-19 pandemic

Work Connect

Work Connect is a Migrant Futures initiative brought to you by Careers New Zealand.

The programme is designed to enable graduate international students, and skilled resident migrants and their partners, to find work in New Zealand that uses their qualifications and skills.

Work Connect is offered in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch and is available for skilled migrants, partners of skilled migrants, or international student graduates (Level 7 and above) looking for work.

For more information and to apply, go to Work Connect. You can also find helpful advice from Careers NZ for migrants on how to look for work in New Zealand.

Working in New Zealand after graduation

International Students may be entitled to work in New Zealand after graduation if they meet the criteria set out by the New Zealand Immigration Service. This link sets out the visa requirements for remaining in New Zealand to work, applying for skilled migrant residency status and advice about looking for work in New Zealand.