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 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 in or at a Taipei office. They will join a team engaged in activities such as carrying out scientific experiments and writing lab manuals.

The internship will take place over three months between late November 2023 and February/March 2024.

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

The 2023 application round has closed for this internship

Choose an area of interest

Please choose from the following areas when you apply.

Engineering Measurement: 

The intern will join the Packaging Design and Integration Team in the Intelligent Hybrid Electronics System Division, and perform the following tasks:

  • Assist in engineering measurement tasks
  • Assist in project report writing 
  • Assist in arranging meetings and recording minutes

Intelligent Power Conversion Systems

The intern will join the Intelligent Power Conversion System Department and assist the team in tackling the following tasks:

  • Mechatronics integration
  • Miniaturization of electronic space to deal with electrical (magnetic interference) and mechanical (vibration)
  • Matching hardware, firmware, and software to establish functional prototypes and systems.

Industry and Region-related research:

The intern will join projects doing research on specific industries (such as biomedical, renewable energy, AI, EVs semiconductors, robotics), and/or on developing business relations with specific regions.

Depending on the department, internships will be either at ITRI's Hsinchu Campus or Taipei office.

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.

Interns at ITRI Taipei offices will be assisted to find accommodation and those interning at the Hsinchu can be provided free dorm accommodation. 


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 2023
  • an enrolled student when you return from the internship - i.e. returning to continue studying at university/ graduate school in 2024
  • 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 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

The 2023 application round has closed for this internship

Key Dates

  • Applications must be submitted by 12 June, 2023 (closed).
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by early July 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 in late July 2023.
  • The internship will take place over three months between late November 2023 and February/March 2024.

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


If you have a question about the internships, please first check our 'What you need to know' page and if your question is not answered there, email the Foundation’s project officer (internships) Joyce Bonde.