Orient EuroPharma internship, Taiwan

This internship is for a senior commerce or science students interested in learning about sales and marketing at a Taiwanese company that imports food ingredients from New Zealand.

About the internship

2018 intern Leanne Ho sitting inside a rock alcove

2018 Orient Europharma intern Leanne Ho said he time in Taiwan both in and outside of work was an adventure

The internship is for three months and will start at the end of November and continue into February.

Successful candidates will be placed at Orient Europharma’s head office in Taipei, where they will be given meaningful work in a sales and marketing role. The intern will be assigned a manager to act as a mentoring supervisor.

Commerce students who are confident, mature and interested in developing a career marketing New Zealand’s primary sector products in Asia are strongly encouraged to apply.

Chinese language ability is not required as the intern would be communicating with staff and external contacts who speak English.

The intern's main task will be to provide support to sales and marketing team by communicating directly with distributors in the Asia-Pacific region. Other administrative tasks may also be required of the them.


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • due to complete a commerce/management or business studies degree qualification
  • an enrolled student when you return from the internship - i.e. returning to continue studying at university
  • prepared to share information on the internship at business forums and other events on your return to New Zealand
  • able to demonstrate a strong interest in developing a career involving New Zealand and the Asian region
  • willing to participate in Foundation activities following the internship such as panel discussion, roundtables and school talks.
  • While Chinese language ability is of course useful in Taiwan, it is not a pre-requisite for this opportunity.

What's covered

The costs will be split between the Foundation, host and the intern.

The Foundation provides return airfares to Taiwan and a financial grant to cover insurance, living expenses and accommodation costs in Taiwan. Interns generally use online accommodation sharing services to secure affordable accommodation.

The host will cover the intern’s cost of commuting to and from the office.

The intern will be required to contribute $500 towards their own personal costs (e.g. weekend travel, evening entertainment).

Successful interns are asked to not apply to other New Zealand government-funded organisations to defray the costs of this internship; it is adequately funded by the Foundation.

Terms and conditions

Applicants must be:

  • willing to write a short article for the Foundation’s website and to write a final report evaluating the internship as a professional development experience
  • willing to participate in Foundation activities following the internship, such as attending Asia-related networking events and speaking at schools
  • take out appropriate travel insurance
  • contribute $500 to their living costs while offshore.

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

Read the full terms and conditions (PDF - 418KB)

How to apply

Check this page in mid 2019 for details about the next application round.


For more information phone 09 369 5014.