APEC Secretariat

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites final year undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in multilateral trade and international diplomacy to apply for an internship in Singapore with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat. The internship will also include an opportunity to attend an APEC meeting in Peru.

The successful applicant will join a small team in the office of the executive director of the APEC Secretariat Tan Sri Datuk Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria – the first woman to lead the APEC Secretariat.

The intern will have the opportunity to see how APEC works from the inside and gain insights into the work of the region’s premier economic forum tasked with advancing free trade and prosperity in the Asia Pacific.

The purpose of the internship programme is to provide New Zealand tertiary students with an experience of working in a business environment in Asia in order to gain a better understanding of the people, place and culture of the host country.

Applications open mid-June 2024

What you'll do

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.

They will have the opportunity to: 

  • see multilateral trade up close through the lens of APEC senior leadership
  • attend official APEC meetings and support engagement through research and report writing
  • work with a close-knit office at the centre of the APEC operations
  • Attend an APEC meeting in Peru

More information about APEC’s work can be found by visiting the organisation’s website.



Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • in good health
  • due to complete at least three years of tertiary study by November 2023.

Who we're looking for

The successful candidate will be:

  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • willing to experience working in a multilateral organisation in the Asia-Pacific
  • interested in pursuing a career involving the trade and the wider Asian region
  • aspiring to develop their capacity for working in cross-cultural environments.

What's covered

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will cover the cost of:

  • return airfares to Singapore
  • accommodation
  • a stipend to cover living expenses.

The intern will be required to contribute NZ$500 towards their living expenses and take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation).

The Asia New Zealand Foundation and APEC will jointly deliver pastoral care and the Foundation will introduce the intern to public and private sector networks in Singapore.

Terms and conditions

Interns are expected participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return and seek opportunities to share their internship experience. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about the Foundation, the internship programme and developments in Asia. 

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

Reporting requirements

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.

How to apply

Information on how to apply will be made available when the internship opens in mid-June 2024

Key dates

Key dates information will be made available when the internship opens in mid-June 2024


If you have a question about the internships, please first check our 'What you need to know' page.

If your question is not answered there, email the Foundation’s project officer (internships) Joyce Bonde: jbonde@asianz.org.nz.