Experiential learning opportunity in Shanghai

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites commerce students with a major or minor in marketing, advertising or communications, who will be completing their degree by November 2018, to apply for an experiential learning opportunity in China with international communication agency, United Media Solution (UMS).

Young professionals with several years’ relevant experience will also be considered for this opportunity.

The latest application round for this internship has now closed.

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UMS’s business encompasses marketing consulting, cultural analysis, and social media management. For more information about UMS visit the company’s website.

The student will be given a specific project or meaningful work to do and a mentoring supervisor will be assigned to monitor the student’s professional development.

About the opportunity

In order to better equip New Zealand businesses to thrive in Asia, the Asia New Zealand Foundation provides opportunities for New Zealanders to gain work experience in Asia and to share that knowledge when they return. The programme aims to help young New Zealanders build a better understanding of the people, culture and business environment of their Asian host country.

The programme will run from mid-September until mid-December. The student will be placed in UMS’s office’s in Auckland for four weeks and in its Shanghai office for eight weeks.

The sucessful applicantst will gain experience related to marketing support for UMS’s international clients’ products in China. The student will join a team engaged in managing social media campaigns for a variety of New Zealand clients.

The student will initially be placed in UMS’s office in Takapuna, Auckland, for the first four weeks and for a final eight weeks at the company’s head office in Shanghai.

While in Shanghai, the student will also be required to attend several hours of and language and culture classes at Hutong School.

For more information about Hutong, please visit the school’s website.  The school will also provide accommodation and sightseeing activities at the weekends.

How are the costs covered?

The Asia New Zealand Foundation covers the cost of return airfares to Shanghai, travel insurance, Hutong School fees and accommodation. UMS will cover the cost of commuting to and from the office in Shanghai.

In China, the student will be expected to contribute NZ$500 towards his/her living expenses. During the student’s time at UMS’s Auckland office, they will be required to cover all costs related to living in Auckland and commuting to the office.

While the student is in China, the Foundation and UMS will jointly deliver pastoral care and introduce him/her to other New Zealanders living in Shanghai.


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • in good health
  • due to complete at least two years of tertiary study by November 2017
  • returning to New Zealand in 2018 to continue tertiary studies
  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • interested in pursuing a career involving China and the wider Asian region.

Young professionals with several years’ experience in the workforce will also be considered for this opportunity.

While the ability to speak Chinese would be an advantage, it is not a prerequisite as English is widely spoken in the Auckland and Shanghai offices. Ideal candidates will have an interest in the China’s language and culture, and aspire to develop their capacity for working in cross-cultural environments.

Other conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • contribute $500 to their living costs while offshore
  • contribute a 600-word article for the Foundation’s website while offshore
  • write a three-page report evaluating the studentship as a professional development experience
  • participate in professional development activities organised by the Foundation or stakeholder organisations, including roundtable or panel discussions, studentship debrief and alumni events, after returning to New Zealand.

How to apply

Please send a succinct covering letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your CV and academic transcripts (unofficial acceptable) to business@asianz.org.nz. Please include the words “UMS Shanghai” in the subject line.

The latest application round for this internship has now closed.

Selection Process

All applicants will be notified when their applications have been processed and a decision has been reached regarding who will be interviewed. The selection panel will be comprised of a Foundation staff member and an external panelist.

Following the shortlist interviews, candidates the Foundation chooses to recommend for the internship will undergo an online coding test and video interview administered by Rakuten. Rakuten will make the final decision about who it accepts onto its internship programme.

Successful applicants

Candidates selected for the programme will be required to:

  • send a copy of their passport to verify it is up to date and has six months validity following return to New Zealand after the internship
  • take out suitable travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • consult with a travel doctor prior to departure.

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting Requirements

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. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia. 

Interns are required to write a 600 word article (with photos) on their internship experience (to be submitted during or no longer than a month after returning from the internship) that will appear on the Foundation’s website. Within a month of returning to New Zealand, the Foundation requires the intern to complete a 3-page narrative report about the internship.


For more information phone 09 369 5014.