Business interns off to India, South Korea

Two young New Zealanders, Bobby McGlone and Pang Suwanaposee, are heading to India and South Korea respectively as Asia New Zealand Foundation's first business interns to those countries.

Bobby will be interning at leading international healthcare technology company Skanray in Mysore, India, for 12 weeks between November and February and Pang will spend 12 weeks interning at Wilson Parking in Seoul from December to March.

"We congratulate Bobby and Pang for this fantastic opportunity to be immersed not only in the business environment but also in the culture of the countries where they will do their internships,” says Simon Draper, executive director of the Foundation.

The Foundation runs the business internship programme to help New Zealanders build a better understanding of the people, places and cultures of Asian countries.

“The programme aims to better equip New Zealand businesses to thrive in Asia because the knowledge interns bring back after their internship gives them and the organisations they will work for a real advantage, particularly in their engagement with Asia and its people,” Mr Draper says.

Pang Suwanaposee

Pang, who is studying software engineering at the University of Canterbury, will join a team at Wilson Parking engaged in activities ranging from back office operations to business development.

She says she's sure the internship will be an invaluable experience.

“I am really looking forward to living in Seoul. I imagine it would be very different to how things are in New Zealand. I would like to learn how to speak Korean, gain more knowledge about the Korean culture and meet new people."

Asked what made him interested in doing the internship, Bobby, a Waikato University electronic engineering student, says he has always wanted to explore the world and has been wanting to visit India ever since he worked with people who were originally from India.

“I became interested in their culture and I also started to learn to speak Hindi and Fijian Indian,” says Bobby. “The work that Skanray does with healthcare technology interests me a great deal, in-particular X-ray imaging systems.

"Working internationally will open up a lot more opportunities for me in the future and will give me the chance to network with professionals all over the world,” he adds.

Bobby McGlone

The Foundation’s business internship programme is open to New Zealand students who are interested in pursuing a career involving Asia and are willing to engage with the Foundation’s professional development programmes after they return.

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

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is the leading non-profit, non-partisan organisation in New Zealand focused on New Zealand-Asia relations with a variety of programmes aimed at helping New Zealanders build their knowledge and understanding of Asia.

For more information, contact the Foundation's senior communications adviser Janryll Fernandez.

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20 November 2017