KPMG internship, Vietnam

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites New Zealand third and fourth-year undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to apply for internships in Vietnam with multinational professional services company KPMG. This opportunity is for students who have or are studying towards a degree in law, accounting, finance, economics, data science, or an MBA.

Two interns will be selected for this programme and will be based at KPMG's office in Ho Chi Minh City. The internship runs for three months, starting in late November, 2024.

Watch a video of 2015/16 KPMG intern Lucy Hamnet describing her time in Hanoi

KPMG will provide the successful interns with a mentoring supervisor and meaningful work. Placements are being offered in the following teams:

The Special  Situations Group (Turnaround and Restructuring)

  • The Special Situations Group provides performance improvement solutions to clients to improve cash flow, profitability and the balance sheets.

The Strategy Group

  • The Strategy Group provides new perspectives on how to design and implement strategies for today's market. The group provides strategic advice on financial, business and operating models to corporate, public sector, and private equity clients.

All work interns will be expected to undertake will be carried out in English.

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 30 June 2024

Special Situations Group - eligibility and responsibilities

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • be final year undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates majoring in accounting, finance, economics, law, or data science
  • be in good health.

Interns should:

  • be self-motivated with a high level of initiative
  • be enthusiastic and demonstrate 'can do' and team working attitude with an ability to learn quickly
  • have strong written and verbal communication skills in English.

Knowledge of Power BI, Alteryx, Tableau, Qlik Sense or other analytical tools is a plus.

Language skills in Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean or Chinese is useful but is not a prerequisite  for the internship.  

What you'll do

If interning with the Special Situations Group (Turnaround and Restructuring), interns will be supported to:

  • assist the project management office on large, multi-functional deals and mergers and acquisitions projects
  • assist on rapid performance improvement projects across industries to optimise profitability, cash flow and balance sheets
  • conduct financial analysis and market research
  • support with PowerPoint presentations across projects and deliverables
  • assist in preparation of proposals and business development materials
  • carry out other tasks required by the performance manager.

Strategy Group - eligibility and responsibilities

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • be students (or recent graduates) majoring finance, economics, accounting or undertaking an MBA
  • be in good health.

Applicants should:

  • have basic understanding of Vietnam and its market
  • have an analytical mind with an aptitude for creative problem-solving
  • have data collection and analysis skills
  • be proficient in MS Office, Powerpoint and Excel.

 language skills in Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean or Chinese is useful but is not a prerequisite  for the internship. 

What you'll do

If interning with the the Strategy Group, interns will be supported to:

  • collect data from primary research (interviews, surveys, mysterious shopper etc.) and secondary research and use it to conduct meaningful analysis
  • conduct insightful analysis using relevant strategy tools / frameworks
  • support senior team members to draft strategy reports based on research findings
  • produce high-quality outputs with clear and insightful messages.

The intern will also be expected to:

  • communicate work progress, internally and externally, on a timely basis and maintain a “can-do” mentality
  • demonstrate active listening and questioning skills
  • be a strong and effective team player
  • make a good and positive impact with senior colleagues and clients.


What's covered

The Foundation will cover:

  • airfares
  • accommodation costs
  • most living costs.

The intern must take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation).

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.


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 30 June 2024

Key Dates

  • Applications must be submitted by 5pm, 30 June, 2024
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by mid-July 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 July 2024.
  • All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in November 2024.
  • The internship runs for three month's starting late November 2024.


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: