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Internship with Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre in Japan

The Asia New Zealand Foundation supports undergraduate and post graduate science and engineering students specialising in artificial intelligence, robotics or data analytics to intern in Japan with Mitsubishi Electric.

Applications for 2018 have now closed

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

About the internship

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 the region and to share that knowledge when they return. The internship programme aims to help New Zealanders build a better understanding of the people, environment and culture of their Asian host country.

The intern will be placed in one of Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centres in Japan. He/she will join a team engaged in activities ranging from carrying out scientific experiments to writing up lab manuals.

During the internship the successful intern will gain experience in breakthrough product development, laboratory work and reporting.

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

The internship will take place over three months (less than 90 days), between either late June and October 2018 or late November 2018 and March 2019.

What's covered?

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will cover the cost of return airfares to Tokyo, travel insurance and a stipend to cover living expenses.

Mitsubishi Electric will provide suitable accommodation. The Foundation and Mitsubishi will jointly deliver pastoral care.


Applicants must be:

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

The ability to speak Japanese is not a prerequisite for this opportunity as English is widely spoken within Mitsubishi Electric. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate a pre-existing interest in the Asian region.

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 with photographs for the Foundation’s website while offshore
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return from Japan.

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

How to apply

Applications for 2018 have now closed

Please send a succinct covering letter, outlining your motivation for applying, along with your CV and academic transcripts to . Please include the words “Mitsubishi Electric” in the subject line.


For more information phone 09 369 5014.

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