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 internship will take place between January 2024  – March 2024 and will include a trip to Peru to attend an APEC meeting.

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.

Applications for this opportunity are now closed.

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.


Key dates

  • Applications are now closed.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by the end of August  2023.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an in-person or online panel interview to select the successful candidate.
  • The successful candidate will be advised  by mid-September 2023.
  • The internship will take place between January and March 2024.

All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in late November 2023.

What's covered

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will cover the cost of:

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

The intern will be required to contribute NZ$500 towards their living expenses.

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.


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
  • 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.

Terms and conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return.

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 provide two reports (web article and final report) 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 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

Applications for this opportunity are now closed.


If you have a question about the internships, please email the Foundation's project coordinator (internships) BoBae Wilson: bbwilson@asianz.org.nz