Undergraduate placements in NZ?

I'm an undergraduate computer science student at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and as part of my degree I need to undertake a year's placement in the IT industry. I would like to take this placement in Auckland.

Dear Advisor,

I'm an undergraduate computer science student at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and as part of my degree I need to undertake a year's placement in the IT industry.

I would like to take this placement in Auckland, but I am having difficulty finding information on undergraduate placements of any type within New Zealand.

I know that the New Zealand immigration service offers a special work permit for students taking placements, but other than that I come up blank. Can you provide me with any further information? What sort of salary would I expect with an undergraduate placement?

Belfast boy

Lachlan Sloan of Protocol Personnel replies: It seems strange that you would want to come to New Zealand as everyone here is talking about how wonderful the IT industry is in Ireland.

From all indicators we feel that the market is more buoyant in the UK and you would be wise to look locally for a couple of years and then come downunder and look for work when you have some work history.

New Zealand has its own share of graduates who flood the market yearly, making it difficult for foreign grads to come here and get work most times. However, there are always exceptions and you may be one, although I expect you will not get many agencies to undertake such a task as it is not financially viable for them to spend the time trying to place you out of Ireland here to New Zealand.

Most computer science grads earn between $30,000 to $35,000 in year one and by year five are earning $50,000 to $60,000.

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