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ITRI internship for science, engineering and IT students, Taiwan

The Asia New Zealand Foundation supports undergraduate and post graduate science, IT and engineering students to intern at the research and development (R&D) campus of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Hsinchu, Taiwan. 

The ITRI internship attracts interns from top universities from around the world and is designed to give you an experience of working in an R&D environment in Asia. 

Applications for 2018 have now closed

Watch a video depicting a typical day at ITRI for 2018 intern Jess Beevis

About the Internship  

The successful applicants will be placed in ITRI R&D Centres at the Hsinchu Campus or at the ITRI Central Region Campus in Taiwan. They will join a team engaged in activities ranging from carrying out scientific experiments to writing up lab manuals.

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

They will be given a specific project or meaningful work to do. A mentoring supervisor will be assigned to monitor the interns’ professional development and welfare. 

The internship will take place over three months (less than 90 days), between late November 2018 and February/March 2019. 

What's covered?

The Asia New Zealand Foundation covers return airfares and provides a stipend to cover living expenses in Taiwan.

Interns stay in dormitories on the ITRI campus which offers a variety of dining and recreational facilities.

Interns will need to contribute around NZ$500 of their own funds to cover expenses. ITRI provides the accommodation free of charge and access to a subsidised dining hall.


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • due to complete at least two years of tertiary study by November 2018
  • an enrolled student when you return from the internship - i.e. returning to continue studying at university/ graduate school in 2019
  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient 
  • able to demonstrate a strong interest in developing a career involving New Zealand and the Asian region

Knowledge of Chinese language, while useful, is not a prerequisite for this internship as English is widely spoken at ITRI.

Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard terms and conditions (PDF - 2018KB) for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Other conditions

Applicants are expected 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 Taiwan.

Reporting requirements

  • Foundation grantees are expected to 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 (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.

How to apply

Applications for 2018 have now closed​


For more information phone 09 369 5014.

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