Kyushu Railway Company
internship, Japan

Through our internship with Kyushu Railway Company (KRC), Japanese-speakers studying for a bachelor’s degree in business studies, majoring in tourism management, can learn about the operations of a Japanese railway company.

About the internship

The internship will take place over six weeks between mid-January and mid- March 2020. The aim is to give advanced- level, Japanese–speaking graduates an opportunity to gain an inside view of a Japanese railway company’s operations, and the chance to polish their language skills.

The 2019 application round has closed for this opportunity.

* Due to COVID-19, the way the Foundation delivers some programmes will change to reflect restrictions around gathering and travel.

Five young people in suits standing arm in arm in front of a Japanese pagoda

The internship provides advanced-level, Japanese–speaking graduates an opportunity to polish their language skills

The internship is observational and provides opportunities to interview and discuss the company’s operations with a variety of managers; and culminates with a presentation to senior management. The KRC will tailor a programme that fits the academic background and aspirations of the intern.

This programme has been running for nine years and has been highly successful. To date all participants had, prior to the internship, spent sufficient time living in Japan to develop advanced Japanese speaking skills.

Your Japanese will improve greatly in the course of the internship, but reasonably conversational fluency at the outset is required as the internship requires a high degree of listening comprehension to gain the most from this rare opportunity. You will also need to be able to ask questions of management about the operations of the various companies within the group.

What's covered?

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will cover the intern’s return airfares, insurance and a modest stipend to subsidise living costs. KRC will provide dormitory accommodation. The intern is required to contribute NZ$500 to cover some of their living expenses.


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • in their final-year of their bachelor’s degree
  • able to speak Japanese at an advanced conversational level
  • have high levels of self-confidence, flexibility, resilience and social energy
  • interested in the Kyushu Railway Company's core business - railway operations.

Terms and conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • 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 Japan

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

* 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.