United Media Solution
internship, Shanghai

This three-month internship is open to New Zealand undergraduate students majoring in media, communications, PR, business and/or marketing.

About the internship

United Media Solution’s business encompasses marketing consulting, cultural analysis, and social media management. For more information about UMS, visit their website.

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.

2019 United Media Solution intern Cleo Gilmour talks about her experiences living and working in Shanghai

During the internship, the successful intern will work in UMS’s office in Shanghai. He/she will join a team engaged in activities ranging from public relations and marketing support for UMS’s client’s products in China.

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 period is for three months, starting in February 2019 and finishing in late April 2019.

 The successful applicant will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in meetings, workshops, and be able to bring fresh thinking to the planning process
  • assist with digital marketing related work.



Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • an enrolled student upon return from the internship – i.e. returning to continue studying at university/graduate school
  • in good health
  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • interested in pursuing a career involving China and the wider Asia region.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate 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 Chinese language, while useful, is not a prerequisite for the internship as English is widely spoken at UMS.

What’s covered?

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

The Foundation provides a grant as a subsidy to cover round-trip airfares to and from China, travel insurance, living expenses, and accommodation costs. UMS will provide the cost of commuting from the Hutong School to its Shanghai office.

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, UMS and Hutong School in Shanghai.

Hutong School delivers the cultural components of the programme, language course and support with visa processing. UMS manages delivery of the in-country professional development.


Terms and Conditions

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

Reporting requirements

Asia New Zealand Foundation interns are expected to provide two reports (one web article and one 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.

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 or within three weeks of their return) 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 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 (09) 369 5014.