Internship with ANZ
bank in Chengdu, China

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites third and fourth year undergraduate/post-graduate students in business, accounting and finance to apply for an internship in Chengdu, China with ANZ Bank. If you are interested in gaining first-hand experience in the banking and finance industry in Asia and working for one of Australasia's largest banks, we strongly encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

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.

ANZ is the largest bank operating in New Zealand, with headquarters in Melbourne, and specialising in retail, commercial and institutional banking, as well as regional trade and capital flows throughout Asia. ANZ was the first Australasian bank to be locally incorporated in China, and the first and only foreign bank to establish an operations centre in Chengdu.

During the internship, the successful intern will be placed in ANZ’s office in Chengdu. They will join a team engaged in activities ranging from banking operation processes to supporting business projects.

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

The internship will take place over three months (less than 90 days), departing late June and finishing in September. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to:

  • experience first-hand the day-to-day running of a large international bank operating in China  
  • assist in accounting processes and/or other banking operation processes
  • provide a high level of support through timely and accurate responses to queries from internal customers and stakeholders
  • support the team to provide financial data and information to assist management of assigned business initiatives and projects.


Applications for this opportunity are not currently being accepted.

* Due to COVID-19, the way the Foundation delivers some programmes will change to reflect restrictions around gathering and travel.


Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • have recently completed or be due to complete a commerce, finance and accounting degree by November 2019
  • be adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • have an interest in pursuing a career involving China and the wider Asian region.

Ideal candidates will have a pre-existing interest in Asia and will aspire to develop their capacity for working in cross-cultural environments. Strong writing skills are mandatory for this internship. Knowledge of Mandarin, while useful, is not a prerequisite as English is widely spoken at ANZ Chengdu.

What's covered?

The internship costs will be split between the Asia New Zealand Foundation, ANZ Chengdu and the intern.

ANZ Chengdu and the Asia New Zealand Foundation will provide a grant as a subsidy to cover round-trip airfares to and from China, travel insurance, living expenses, and accommodation and visa costs. The selected intern will be required to contribute NZ$500 of their own funds to cover some living expenses while offshore.  

Management of the programme

The Foundation manages the recruitment process and post-offshore professional development activity. Pastoral care is delivered jointly by the Foundation and ANZ Chengdu. ANZ Chengdu manages delivery of the in-country professional development.

Terms and Conditions

Foundation interns are expected to provide two reports (a web article and final report) on their experience, to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Interns are expected to write a 600-word article with accompanying photos on their internship that will appear on the Foundation’s website (to be submitted during the internship) and write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience at the end of the programme.

The successful applicant will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity are not currently being accepted.

* Due to COVID-19, the way the Foundation delivers some programmes will change to reflect restrictions around gathering and travel.


For more information phone BoBae Wilson on 09 369 5014.