We offer Asia-focused business seminars and networking opportunities in New Zealand and internships in Asia

Opportunity: Business Internships in Asia

In order to better equip New Zealand businesses to thrive in Asia, the Asia New Zealand Foundation provides opportunities for New Zealanders to work in Asia and then to bring that knowledge back with them.

The internship programme aims to help New Zealanders build a better understanding of the people, place and culture of their Asian host country.

Two business interns describe their internship experiences in Asia

Who is eligible?

The Foundation is looking for students who are interested in pursuing a career involving the Asian region and are willing to engage with the Foundation’s professional development programmes after they return.

Most of the internships are aimed at students studying business-related subjects; however, there are also a few opportunities for engineering and science students.

The internships

Applications are being accepted for the following internships:


Opportunity with New Zealand Consulate-General in Chengdu

This opportunity provides New Zealand tertiary students or recent graduates the chance to develop cultural and other professional competencies in China.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

This internship is aimed at practicing lawyers under the age of 30 and law students who are interested in international dispute resolution and, in particular, international arbitration.


Genesis Burson-Marsteller

 This opportunity is for final year undergraduate/postgraduate students, and recent graduates in public relations, communications, business, marketing and/or media studies.

Five young people dressed in suits standing in front of a Japanese shrine

South Korea

CJ Cultural Foundation

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites undergraduate and postgraduate (business, marketing, media and communications students) with an interest in the creative or entertainment industries to apply for an internship in South Korea with the CJ Cultural Foundation, over the 2018/2019 summer.

Wilson Parking

An opportunity for computer science and information technology students to intern in South Korea with the award-winning company, Wilson Parking.



An opportunity for management and marketing students to intern at the Taiwan offices of one of New Zealand's largest exporting companies.



A three-month internship for accounting graduates at KPMG's Vietnam offices.

The application period has yet to open for the following internships:


Skanray Technologies - healthcare tech

The internship is with leading international healthcare technology company Skanray, which specialises in high frequency x-ray imaging systems, critical care, dental care, primary healthcare and telemedicine devices.


BECA internship in Southeast Asia

A six-week internship for engineering graduates at Beca's offices in Jakarta.

Previous year's BECA interns Sophie Templeton and Howard Smith sitting at a desk looking at plans


Air New Zealand, Tokyo

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites undergraduate students who will be completing their degree during 2018 to apply for an internship in Japan with New Zealand’s award-winning airline, Air New Zealand.

Kyushu Railway Company

Open to Japanese-speaking graduates with a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Japanese language and engineering, management or tourism.

Mitsubishi Electric R&D

An opportunity for undergraduate and post graduate science and engineering students specialising in artificial intelligence, robotics or data analytics at Mitsubishi Electric, 2018-2019.


Taiwan USA Industrial Cooperation Promotion office

A three-month internship is for senior commerce or business studies students interested in learning about business matchmaking and managing investor relations in Asia.

ITRI internship for commerce or business studies students

This three-month internship is for senior commerce or business studies students interested in learning about business matchmaking and managing investor relations in Asia.

ITRI internship for science, engineering and IT students

This three-month internship offers undergraduate and post-graduate science, IT and engineering students an opportunity to intern at the research and development (R&D) campus of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Orient EuroPharma internship

An opportunity for a senior commerce or science students interested in learning about sales and marketing at a Taiwanese company that imports food ingredients from New Zealand.

When do the internships take place?

The internships are advertised from the beginning of semester two and the selection process takes place in the middle months of the year.

Most students go offshore in late November/begining of December, although some may go in the New Year and stay offshore for part of semester one or longer. The internships currently range in length from six weeks to six months, with most currently lasting for three months.

What's covered?

The costs related to running the internships are shared between the Foundation, host organisation and the interns, who make a contribution to their living expenses.

The Foundation, in conjunction with the host organisation, assists the interns with obtaining appropriate visas and provides pastoral care during the internship.

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