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 with the New Zealand China Council.

The successful applicant will support the work of the New Zealand China Council by contributing to research, public events and social media initiatives under NZCC's strategic plan.

The internship is full time (40 hours per week) for eight weeks. The period of the internship will cover some of the NZCC's main events and projects of the year such as their AGM and a major research report launch event.

The intern will be based in NZCC's Auckland office.

Applications close 14 August

About the New Zealand China Council internship

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.. 

What the intern will do

The intern will assist the New Zealand China Council to:

  • complete research and implement projects in specific workstreams according to area of study and interest
  • assist with the NZCC's public facing initiatives including offline events and online activities
  • contribute to the NZCC's social media platforms and monitor social media trends
  • assist the NZCC's work on engagement with Te Ao Māori 

Who we're looking for

Ideal candidates will have a pre-existing interest in Asia and will aspire to develop their capacity for working in cross-cultural environments.

The successful intern will:

  • be adept in verbal and written communication skills
  • be capable of working effectively in a team environment
  • be flexible to adapt to changing priorities and tasks
  • be able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • have interpersonal skills and be comfortable at networking events and activities
  • be adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • be interested in pursuing a career involving China and the wider Asian region.

Confidence in te reo Māori and tikanga Māori and knowledge of Chinese language while not a prerequisite would be an advantage.


Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status.
  • be in good health
  • be due to complete at least two years of tertiary study by November 2024 in business/trade, political studies, law or a related humanities subject
  • be available to work from New Zealand Council's office in Auckland for the duration of the internship .

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

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.


Terms and conditions  and reporting requirements

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 must be submitted by 5pm, 14 August

Key dates

  • Applications must be submitted by 5pm, 14 August 2024.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by late September.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an in-person or online panel interview to select the successful candidate.
  • The successful candidate will be advised by early October.
  • All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in late November 2024.
  • The internship will take place in November and December 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: