CJ Cultural Foundation
internship, Seoul

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites third and fourth year undergraduate and postgraduate (business, marketing, media and communications students) with an interest in the creative or entertainment industries to apply for an internship in South Korea with the CJ Cultural Foundation, over the 2019/2020 summer.

About CJ Cultural Foundation

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

The 2019 application round for this opportunity has now closed. Please check this page in mid-2020 for information about the next application round.

About the internship

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The interns role may include planning and assisting with cultural and social events

The successful intern will be placed in the CJ Cultural Foundation’s office in Seoul. He/she will join a team engaged in activities ranging from planning cultural and social events and conducting market research on the cultural industry in South Korea. He/she 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.

The intern will have the opportunity to:

  • plan and assist cultural and social events in cooperation with the CJ Cultural Foundation’s project managers
  • conduct market research on culture industry relevant to the company’s work and monitor English media reporting, social media trends
  • outreach and communicate with overseas institutions for business networks
  • assist on onsite/offsite events on culture, arts media and entertainment events, workshops
  • The internship will take place over three months between late November and March.

What's covered

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will cover the cost of return airfares to Seoul, travel insurance, and a stipend to cover living expenses. CJ Cultural Foundation will provide accommodation costs and contribute towards a daily stipend. The intern will be required to contribute NZ$500 towards his/her living expenses. CJ Cultural Foundation will assist with identifying suitable accommodation to ensure the intern lives appropriately during their internship.

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.


Students who are positive, confident and interested in developing a career in culture and media industries are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • in good health
  • due to complete at least two years of tertiary study by November 2020
  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • willing to experience Korean working environment and culture industry
  • 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 as English is widely spoken in the office. Ideal candidates will have an interest in the national culture of Korea and aspire 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)
  • contribute $500 to their living costs while offshore
  • contribute a 600-word article with photographs for the Foundation’s website while offshore
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return from Korea.
  • Read the full terms and conditions

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

The 2019 application round has now closed. Please check this page again in mid-2020.


For more information phone 09 369 5014.