We support New Zealand journalists in learning more about Asia by providing travel grants, internships and access to Asia-related forums and speakers

Asia internships for journalists

The Asia New Zealand Foundation supports New Zealand journalism student graduates and working journalists to intern at news organisations in Asia. 

Information on the next internship round will be made available in late 2018.

Jakarta Globe intern Charlotte Greenfield describes her time at the Jakarta Globe and what she took away from the experience

The internships range from six weeks to three months in length, and you can negotiate the timing with the host media organisation.


You must be:

  • enrolled in a current journalism course or be graduate journalists who has undertaken and passed a journalism course of study OR be able to demonstrate a track record in journalism (ie. interviewing others for news articles)
  • a New Zealand passport holder or permanent resident
  • based in New Zealand.

Where are the internships?

Note: The availability of specific internships and the type of work media interns are required to do can change at short notice, depending on the needs of the media organisation.

Deccan Herald (India)

The Deccan Herald is a leading English language daily newspaper based in Bangalore, Karnataka. Interns are usually expected to write news for the newspaper’s metro desk.

International New York Times (Hong Kong)

The International New York Times is an international English-language newspaper owned by the New York Times Company. Its Hong Kong bureau operates as an editorial and production office for its network of Asia correspondents.

2017 New York Times intern Charlotte Graham describes her time working in Hong Kong and how it has impacted her career

Frontier magazine (Myanmar)

Based in Yangon, Frontier Myanmar is a English-language weekly magazine offering in-depth coverage of news, business and current events in Myanmar

This is the first year this internship is being offered.

The Philippine Star (The Philippines)

The Philippine Star is an influential daily English-language broadsheet. Interns are required to carry out news writing and sub-editing.

Shanghai Daily (China)

Shanghai Daily is an English-language newspaper owned by Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Group. Candidates for this internship should have experience or interest in business reporting, as they will likely be placed at the business desk. This exchange programme is reciprocal, and the successful New Zealand candidate will be encouraged to spend time with and support a visiting Shanghai Daily reporter.

What's covered by the internships?

The Foundation will provide between NZ$6,000-$8000 to cover return flights, with the balance going to accommodation and other expenses. The exact grant value is dependent on the length and location of the internship.

Interns are expected to contribute $500 towards living expenses.

Interns responsibilities

Participants will generally be responsible for arranging their flights, travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses during the internships, using the grant funds provided.

Note: The internships are unpaid.

Terms and conditions

Sharing your experience is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia, and demonstrates the work of the Asia New Zealand Foundation. All participants will be required to agree to our standard terms and conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting requirements

Participants are required to keep in touch with the Asia New Zealand Foundation during the course of their internship and are required to provide formal narrative and financial reports. Foundation grantees are expected provide reports on their experience, and to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

How to apply

Information on the next internship round will be made available in late 2018.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • A CV (including academic record if you are still a student)
  • A cover letter stating which placements you are applying for, and why you are interested in those particular placements
  • Samples of your work (printed copies of articles, CD/DVD with examples of broadcast work)
  • A letter of support from your employer OR journalism lecturer/tutor (for students). References from journalism educators should be in a sealed envelope, with the educator's signature across the seal. This can also be emailed directly to Steven Zohrab.

Postal applications are preferred. Please provide three copies of each document.

Selection process

Candidates will be shortlisted by a panel consisting of Foundation staff and external media experts. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by telephone.

The host media organisation in Asia may want to conduct an additional interview.

The 2017 interns

2017 interns:

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