Important Notice about Internships
I am getting literally hundreds of e-mails from students requesting internships in this laboratory.
We are a tiny research group working within a small academic department. We are not a profitable company with a 'recruitment policy'. For this reason, we do not offer any kind of paid internship.
We have, from time to time, hosted visiting researchers. Some have been students from universities overseas. We have never had more than four at any one time. All of these people have paid the whole of their expenses: living costs, fares, insurance and costs associated with getting a visa. We do provide research equipment and a limited amount of time from me or one of my colleagues as supervisor. We do not guarantee to offer any particular project to any visitor. Sometimes, we have asked a visitor to change project on arrival. It all depends on the state of our work at the time.
I'm sorry to have to do this, but I have now decided not to answer e-mail requesting internships unless the mail includes a statement to the effect that you have read this notice, that you can afford to come entirely at your own expense and that you have a research interest relevant to this group.
This notice is particularly addressed to students at Indian universities. Many of you send bulk e-mails requesting internships. These will be ignored. Even if you think you can afford to come, this is probably not a good idea. You would be much better off taking an internship somewhere with a company who can afford to pay you. If you are really keen to do research with us and to visit New Zealand, finish your degree with a first class record, preferably do a Master's course too. Then apply to do a PhD. There are good scholarships available and you can expect to go home with a valuable qualification and the unparalleled experience of living in New Zealand.