New Zealand China Council internship

This opportunity is for a New Zealand undergraduate student or recent graduate majoring in international relations, business, communications or media to gain valuable industry experience through an internship programme. The successful applicant will support the work of the New Zealand China Council by contributing to research, public events and social media initiatives under the Council’s strategic plan.

The New Zealand China Council is a New Zealand-led, New Zealand-funded organisation that acts as a cross-sector body for the relationship between the two countries. 

The Council was established in 2012 as part of the New Zealand Government’s NZ Inc Strategy for China. 

The Council’s unique value proposition derives from its role in bringing together a high-level influential group of key players in the NZ-China relationship and in leveraging their influence and networks in support of deeper, stronger and more resilient links between the two countries.. 

The 2021 application round has closed

About the internship

The internship period is for eight weeks, with a flexible starting date between November 2021 – February 2022  

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to:

  • conduct research for the Council’s working groups, which are focused on climate change, packaging, and community engagement.
  • assist with the Council’s public facing initiatives including events, social media and the NZCC’s podcast platform. 
  • monitor social media trends and academic papers/research relevant to the Council’s work.

The intern will work from New Zealand China Council's office in Auckland.

Management of the programme

The Asia New Zealand Foundation and the New Zealand China Council will jointly deliver pastoral care and support professional development in cultural competency.


Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status.
  • in good health
  • due to complete two years of tertiary study by November 2021 in business/trade, political studies, law or a related humanities subject
  • be adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • be interested in pursuing a career involving China and the wider Asian region.

Ideal candidates will have a pre-existing interest in Asia and will aspire to develop their capacity for working in cross-cultural environments. Strong writing skills are mandatory for this internship. Knowledge of Chinese language, while useful, is not a prerequisite.

What's covered?

This is a paid internship based in Auckland.

Expenses such as accommodation, flights to and from Auckland for those living outside of the region and access to a laptop are not covered.

Terms and conditions 

The successful applicant will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients. 

Reporting requirements

Interns are expected to write a 500-600-word article (with accompanying photos) about 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.

They are also encouraged to share their internship experience, and to remain engaged with the Foundation. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia. 

How to apply

The 2021 application round has closed

Key dates

  • Due to disruptions caused by the Level 4 situation in New Zealand, the deadline for applications for this internship has been extended by one week to 6 September
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified mid-September 2021.
  • 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 October 2021. 
  • All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in November 2021. 


If you have a question about the internships, first check the Frequently Asked Questions page and if your question is not answered there, please email the Foundation's project coordinator internships Linh Le:  [email protected].