Adventure Tourism


Queenstown is the ultimate place to study tourism and hospitality. It offers a range of world-class industry operators in an environment where tourism and hospitality are "normalised" enabling students to become active participants and network in the industry.

Internship is a valuable component to the Diploma Programme. Students work closely with their Internship Manager to identify where they would like to be placed. With the assistance and prior knowledge of the Internship Manager, they will be placed in the industry to best match their interests and strengths to ensure that they continue to develop.

The fully paid Internship provides a value for money component for the student. Due to the successful experience gained by students on their internship a high proportion of students return to their internship employers after completing the programme.

The Internship Manager provides a direct link to industry and assists students in securing internship positions. QRC graduates are highly sought by industry and as a graduate they automatically become members of the QRC Alumni. The Internship Manager offers post graduate assistance and acts as a liaison between QRC Alumni and the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.


  • Earn while you learn!
  • Fully paid industry internship for 900 hours for Adventure Tourism Management 
  • Adventure Tourism Management students earn approximately $14,000 - $18,000 during their internship

Adventure Tourism Management Internship: AJ Hackett Bungy

AJ Hackett is synonymous with Adventure Tourism around the world, and I am lucky enough to be working as part of the team here in Queenstown. 

My role here at AJ Hackett Bungy is working within the operations team as a Junior Jump Operator. I get to experience all aspects of the Bungy operation from start to finish, including customer service, making sure our customers are harnessed up and connected to the Bungy, then collecting them in the raft at the bottom once they have gone through with their jump! 

I am training to eventually be responsible for the final launch of people off the bridge and I cannot wait! Being qualified in New Zealand as a Jump Master means I can work for AJ Hackett all over the world. AJ Hackett currently employ 24 QRC students; both interns and graduates. I love that my team leaders and managers are QRC graduates and have taken on a mentoring role for me and other interns.

My time here at AJ Hackett is summed up by the fact that I actually don't enjoy my days off, as I would rather be at work with my friends having a fantastic time.

Risk and safety management is a huge part of what we do here, being at the forefront of our minds at all times. The Risk Management and Operations Management papers I completed in Terms 1 & 2 at QRC, provided me with the skills and understanding to deal with the realities of the industry. It also feels great being able to bring new ideas and energy to all aspects of the business.  

My goal once I complete my Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management is to return to work here at AJ Hackett, and to progress through to a Management level. It is such an exciting company with global development possibilities.  

Jake McEwan (AJ Hackett Bungy, Queenstown)

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