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Work-integrated learning (WIL) at Massey

Massey University has a strong history of providing work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for students across all of its colleges. Massey's WIL opportunities have developed organically through the decades. Each subject area has its own best practices to meet the needs of host organisations and the wider community, while optimising learning outcomes for students.

WIL experiences for students

The COVID-19 pandemic may have an impact on the timing of some WIL opportunities.


Work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences enable students to put the theory they're learning into practice. WIL is related to, but not the same as, the fields of experiential learning, work-based learning, and vocational education and training. Students who undertake WIL practices will engage in authentic and meaningful discipline-related tasks and critical reflection.

Many programmes at Massey offer a range of WIL opportunities, such as:

  • work placements and internships
  • clinical or field placements and practicums
  • service learning and cooperative education (co-op)
  • work-related projects and competitions
  • entrepreneurship and student-led enterprise.

Massey has many services and facilities, some of which are available to the public, where our students undertake work-integrated learning experiences.

    Companion Animal Clinic

    Top-quality veterinary care for all types of small pets. Open to the public, we are the first choice veterinary clinic for local pets. You can also ask your veterinarian for a referral to us for difficult cases. For emergencies contact the Pet Emergency Centre.

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    Vascular Rehabilitation Clinic

    If you have been diagnosed with a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), we can help. Clients just like you attend our structured weekly exercise sessions prescribed by our experienced sport and exercise scientists, carried out under our expert supervision.

    All sessions take place on Massey University Wellington campus.

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    Massey psychology clinics

    Massey University’s psychology clinics offer psychology services to the general public. We also do research, train psychology students, and offer services for practising psychology professionals. We have clinics on each campus:

    Trading Room

    The Massey University Trading Room is unique in New Zealand - the only fully-functional trading room to aid student learning. It contains Bloomberg financial terminals, a live stock price ticker and information and news screens and gives Massey's finance students real-life fund management experience.

    Trading Room

    Speech Language Therapy Clinic

    Our clinic at Massey University’s Auckland campus provides services for communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Student clinicians assess and treat clients under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced clinical staff.

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    Flight systems and airstrip

    The Massey University airstrip is located next to Palmerston North airport adjacent to the Massey University Aviation Centre. During their training Bachelor of Aviation students work alongside a busy commercial airfield with full Air Traffic Control services. Aviation Management students’ classes are also mostly taught here so they experience flight operations and airport operations at close hand. MUAC houses the latest Diamond Aircraft fleet, and flight simulators. A roomy state-of-the-art hangar on-site houses the School’s maintenance facility.

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    Farm Services Clinic

    Massey University’s Farm Services Clinic provides on-farm treatment for all farm animals as well as in-clinic consultations as required. We have a large animal hospital in Palmerston North providing ongoing care as well as advanced diagnostic imaging, intensive care and surgery for our patients.

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    Equine Veterinary Clinic

    Our highly skilled equine team offers a broad range of medical and surgical expertise. You can bring your horse in by appointment or ask your vet to refer your horse to us in difficult cases.

    Equine Veterinary Clinic

    Meet our students


    Work-integrated learning (WIL) requires a three way partnership between the student, the host organisation and the University. Massey partners with small and large organisations in New Zealand and all over the world. Our students have had WIL experience at Toyota, New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand Defence Force and the Heart Foundation to name a few.

    For employers, WIL means gaining the latest knowledge, research, new ideas, technology innovations, and skills for their workforce. Massey aims to make rapid and practical responses to support new and emerging industry needs.

    Enquire about hosting students

    Contact us to enquire about hosting students at your organisation. The COVID-19 pandemic may have an impact on the timing of some WIL opportunities.

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    Research expertise

    Massey's work-integrated learning research expertise are in the fields of sport and exercise and social work.

    Sport and exercise practicum

    Sport and exercise practicums provide students with multi-disciplinary work-integrated learning experiences in the areas of sport management, sport development, physical education and exercise prescription. Our research explores how to make the most of these experiences from the perspectives of students, industry clients, and work and academic supervisors.


    Social work field education

    Social work field education encompasses work-integrated learning experiences that students undertake in social service agencies during their qualifying programme. Internationally, field education is upheld as the heart or 'signature pedagogy' of social work education. Our research explores the elements and dynamics of quality field education from the perspectives of key stakeholders and considers how newly qualified social workers can be equipped and ready for professional practice.


    Awards and recognition