CJ Cultural Foundation internship, South Korea

This is a unique opportunity for a New Zealand student or recent graduate majoring in business, marketing, media and communications, music, or film to gain valuable experience in the creative industries.

Hear from 2022/23 CJ Cultural Foundation intern Brigham Riwai-Couch about his internship experience

The internship period is for eight weeks (four weeks online and four weeks in Seoul), with a flexible start date between January and February 2024.  

The intern will be given a specific project or meaningful work relevant to their area of study and a mentor and supervisor will be assigned to monitor the intern’s professional development.

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, places and culture of the host country.

Applications close 8 August

About CJ Cultural Foundation

CJ Cultural Foundation supports young creators in music, film and performances through several programmes such as ‘Tune Up’, ‘Sroty Up’, and ‘Stage Up’.

The goal of CJ Cultural Foundation is to support diverse and creative culture industries by discovering and nurturing talent in music, films, and other performing arts.

The CJ Cultural Foundation sits under the corporate social responsibility wing of the CJ Corporation, a South Korean life-style conglomerate with interests in food, shopping, logistics, entertainment, media and technology.


Applicants must be:

  •  New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • in good health
  •  due to complete at least two years of tertiary study by November 2024.

What you'll do

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to conduct market research on film and music industry relevant to CJ Cultural Foundation's work and monitor English media reporting, social media trends.

They may also:

  • conduct research and analysis on non-mainstream arts and culture (i.e. indie music, short films etc.) in the US and elsewhere
  • assist with events related to CJ Cultural Foundation’s activities.

Who we're looking for

The successful candidate will

  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • willing to experience a Korean working environment in the arts and culture sector
  • interested in music, film or the performance industries
  • interested in pursuing a career involving South Korea and the wider Asian region

While the ability to speak Korean would be an advantage, it is not a prerequisite for this opportunity.

Ideal candidates will have an interest in the national culture of Korea and aspire to develop their capacity for working in cross-cultural environments.  

What's covered

The four weeks online portion of the internship will be paid up to 20 hours per week. The offshore portion will be unpaid but the intern will receive a living stipend.

Expenses associated with the four weeks in South Korea will be funded by the Foundation and CJ Cultural Foundation. This covers:

  • airfares
  • accommodation
  • living stipend.

The intern will be required to contribute NZ$500 of their own funds to cover some living expenses while offshore and take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidsed by the Foundation and CJ Cultural Foundation).

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

Key dates

  • Applications close 8 August
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by end of August 2024.
  • Short-listed applicants will be invited to an in-person or online panel interview to select the successful candidate
  • The successful candidate will be advised in late September 2024.
  • All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in November 2024.
  • The internship period is for eight weeks (four weeks online and four weeks in Seoul), with a flexible start date between November 2024 and February 2025.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in our online application form.

You will need to upload a copy of:

  • your cv
  • your academic transcript
  • a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying.

Applications close 5pm, 8 August

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.



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.