Nutrition Technologies internship, Malaysia

The Asia New Zealand Foundation supports students and recent graduates in engineering, agricultural engineering and biological sciences to apply for an internship in Johor, Malaysia, with biotechnology company Nutrition Technologies. If you are passionate about the start-up ecosystem and agriculture, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

The internship is scheduled for a duration of three months, commencing in June 2024. 

The successful intern will be placed in Nutrition Technologies at SiLC, Gelang Patah, Johor, Malaysia.

During the internship, the intern will be provided with a project to complete or other meaningful work.

The aim of the Foundation's internship programme is to provide New Zealand tertiary students with an experience of working in a business environment in Asia in order to gain a better understanding of the people, place and culture of the host country.

Applications have closed for this opportunity

About Nutrition Technologies

Nutrition Technologies Sdn Bhd is an innovative biotech and feed manufacturing company, producing high quality ingredients for the animal feed and agriculture industries, through a 100 percent natural nutrient recycling process. Being a global leader in the production of sustainable feed ingredients, the company is building a highly talented, dedicated team to grow the business to the next level.

Nutrition Technologies co-founder and chief executive Nick Piggot describes the company's work and what life in Malaysia is like for an intern

What the intern will do

The intern will be given a specific project or meaningful work relevant to their area of study and a mentoring supervisor will be assigned to monitor the intern’s professional development.

Key responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • co-designing molecular, microbiological, physical, microscopic, characterisation, analytical, isolation of strains/cultures, and bioassay experiments
  • evaluating and trouble-shooting chemical and biochemical analysis for substrates, products and intermediaries alongside research scientists
  • utilising mathematical modelling, IT and/or statistical approaches to upgrade bioprocess design, data study and outputs for both the commercial and R&D teams
  • preparing samples for multiple series of trials
  • conducting and assisting in field trials
  • collecting data from trials in the laboratory, at the factory and/or external sites
  • cleaning and preparing experimental materials, tools/equipment and the laboratories according to the standard in biosafety and biosecurity guidelines.
  • creating slide presentations, drafting reports, designing trials, researching trends, reviews.

Other than R&D work, you may also be responsible for non-R&D work with the commercial team.


This internship is for third and fourth year undergraduate students, post-graduate students and recent graduates.

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have permanent resident status
  • have recently completed or be due to complete their studies by November 2024 in one of the following fields: agronomy, plant pathology, agriculture, biotechnology or equivalent
  • be in good health
  • be adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • be interested in pursuing a career involving Malaysia and/or the wider Asia region
  • be strong critical and analytical thinking,
  • have high attention to detail and evidenced based decision making
  •  be active in extra-curricular activities and have strong leadership qualities. 

While useful, the ability to speak local language is not a requirement of this internship.

Management of the programme

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

The Foundation and Nutrition Technologies  will jointly deliver pastoral care to provide for the intern’s professional development and overall welfare.

How are costs covered?

The Foundation will cover :

  • return airfares
  • a travel insurance subsidy
  • accommodation
  • most living costs.

The intern will be required to contribute $500 of their own funds to cover some living expenses while offshore.

Key dates

  • Applications closed 29 February
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by mid-March
  • In late March, 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 the end of March
  • The selected intern will be supported to attend a pre-departure briefing in May
  • The internship is scheduled for a duration of three months, commencing in June 2024


Internship terms and conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return.

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 for the internship

Applications have closed for this opportunity


If you have a question about the internships, please first check our 'What you need to know' page and if your question is not answered there, email the Foundation’s project officer (internships) Joyce Bonde.