ITRI R&D internship, Taiwan
(Science, engineering and IT students)

The Asia New Zealand Foundation supports undergraduate (third and fourth-year) and post graduate science, IT and engineering students to intern at the research and development (R&D) campus of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

About the internship

Watch a video depicting a typical day at ITRI for 2018 intern Jess Beevis

The ITRI internship attracts interns from top universities from around the world and is designed to give you an experience of working in an R&D environment in Asia.

The successful applicants will be placed in ITRI R&D Centres at the Hsinchu Campus or at the ITRI Central Region Campus in Taiwan. They will join a team engaged in activities ranging from carrying out scientific experiments to writing up lab manuals.

During the internship, interns will gain experience in breakthrough product development, laboratory work and reporting.

They will be given a specific project or meaningful work to do. A mentoring supervisor will be assigned to monitor the interns’ professional development and welfare.

The internship will take place over three months (less than 90 days), between late November 2019 and February/March 2020.

Learn more about the Industrial Technology Research Institute on their website.

The 2019 application round has closed for this internship

What's covered

The Asia New Zealand Foundation covers return airfares and provides a stipend to cover living expenses in Taiwan. Interns stay in dormitories on the ITRI campus which offers a variety of dining and recreational facilities.

Interns will need to contribute around NZ$500 of their own funds to cover expenses. ITRI provides the accommodation free of charge and access to a subsidised dining hall.


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • due to complete at least two years of tertiary study by November 2020
  • an enrolled student when you return from the internship - i.e. returning to continue studying at university/ graduate school in 2020
  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient 
  • able to demonstrate a strong interest in developing a career involving New Zealand and the Asian region

Knowledge of Mandarin, while useful, is not a prerequisite for this internship as English is widely spoken at ITRI.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are expected to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • contribute $500 to cover daily living costs while offshore
  • contribute a 600 word article with photographs for the Foundation’s website while offshore or within two weeks of returning
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return from Taiwan.

 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 for this internship


For more information phone (09) 369 5014.