Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre
internship, Japan

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites undergraduate and post graduate science and engineering students specialising in artificial intelligence, robotics or data analytics to apply for an internship in Japan with Mitsubishi Electric in 2019-2020.

About the internship

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Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate a pre-existing interest in the Asian region.

The intern will be placed in one of Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centres in Japan. He/she will join a team engaged in activities ranging from carrying out scientific experiments to writing up lab manuals. He/she will be given a specific project or meaningful work to do. A mentoring supervisor will be assigned to monitor the intern’s professional development and overall welfare.

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

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

Applications have closed for 2019

More information about Mitsubishi Electric can be found by visiting the company’s website.



Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • in good health
  • due to complete at least three years of tertiary study by November 2019
  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • interested in pursuing a career involving Japan and the wider Asian region

The ability to speak Japanese is not a prerequisite for this opportunity as English is widely spoken within Mitsubishi Electric. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate a pre-existing interest in the Asian region.


Terms and conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • contribute $500 to their living costs while offshore
  • 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.

Please read the full the terms and conditions (PDF - 418KB)


For more information phone 09 369 5014.

How to apply

Applications have closed for 2019

What's covered

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will cover the cost of return airfares to Tokyo, travel insurance and a stipend to cover living expenses. The intern will be required to contribute NZ$500 towards his/her living expenses. Mitsubishi Electric will provide suitable accommodation. The Foundation and Mitsubishi Electric will jointly deliver pastoral care.