New Zealand Consulate-General in Chengdu

The Foundation has partnered with the New Zealand Consulate-General in Chengdu and specialist internship organisation InternChina to deliver a learning opportunity that will help New Zealand tertiary students or recent graduates to develop cultural and other professional competencies in China.
2018 intern Mabel Ye

2018 New Zealand Consulate-General in Chengdu intern Mabel Ye

This opportunity is aimed at students who are able to live in China for two - three months between March and May in 2020.   

Students undertaking degrees (or recent graduates) in the following subjects are encouraged to apply: commerce, law, arts, communications, science, environmental studies and agriculture.

Applications for this opportunity are not currently being accepted.

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

About the internship

  • One student will be selected for this opportunity
  • The internship will run for 2 -3 months between March and May 2020
  • A mentoring supervisor will be assigned to monitor the intern’s professional development and overall welfare.

What you'll do

The intern will have the opportunity to:

  • assist the Consul-General, Deputy Consul-General and NZ Trade and Enterprise Business Development Managers to advance New Zealand interests in Southwest China in a wide range of fields, through preparing briefing notes for meetings, attending and reporting on government and business meetings; following up new contacts and opportunities; representing the Consulate at networking events; and receiving visitors at the Consulate.
  • undertake analysis and prepare reports on behalf of the Consulate on specific trade, economic and social issues, for dissemination to NZ Government and business networks.
  • plan and manage small, targeted cultural and social events, in cooperation with the Consulate Public Affairs Manager.
  • monitor English language media reporting, social media trends and academic papers/research on Southwest China issues relevant to the Consulate’s work.
  • manage data entry, records management and website management tasks in identified areas.

As English is widely spoken within the Consulate, and while helpful for external meetings and daily living, the ability to speak Chinese is not a prerequisite for this opportunity.

What's covered

This is not a paid opportunity; however, a grant will be paid by the Foundation to the student to cover international travel, visa , travel insurance and offshore costs (living and accommodation).

InternChina will assist the student to obtain a suitable visa.

Candidates selected for the programme will be required to:

  • ensure their passport will be valid for at least six months from the date they leave from China
  • take out suitable travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • consult with a travel doctor prior to departure
  • get New Zealand Government security clearance
  • The successful applicant will contribute $500 of their own savings to partially cover costs.


Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens and able to pass New Zealand government security clearance
  • have recently completed or due to complete a commerce, law, arts, communications, science, environmental studies or agriculture-related degree qualification by the end of 2020
  • be able to demonstrate a strong interest in developing a career involving New Zealand and the Asia region and willing to participate in Foundation activities after returning to New Zealand.

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting requirements

The Foundation intern is expected to write a 600-word web article (with accompanying photos) on their internship that will appear on the Foundation’s website. Also, within a month of returning to New Zealand, the Foundation requires the intern to complete a 3-page narrative report about the internship.

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity are not currently being accepted.

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

Management of the programme

The Foundation manages the recruitment process and post-offshore professional development activity.

Pastoral care is delivered jointly by the Foundation, the Consulate and InternChina’s office in Chengdu.

InternChina delivers the cultural components of the programme. The Consulate manages delivery of the in-country, office-based professional development.


For more information on 09-369-5014 or email [email protected].