Silver Fern Farms internship, China

Silver Fern Farms and the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono are excited to announce an internship with Silver Fern Farms in Shanghai for two third-and-fourth-year, post-graduate and recently graduated business and marketing students.
A montage of four photos depicting Silver Fern Farms office in Shanghai, China

Silver Fern Farms Shanghai office

Two interns will be selected for this programme and the internship will take place over three months between late November 2023 and February/March 2024. During the internship the interns will be provided with a project to complete or other meaningful work.

The purpose of the internship programme is to provide New Zealand tertiary students and recent graduates 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 for this opportunity are now closed.

About the Silver Fern Farms

Silver Fern Farms, founded in 1948, are New Zealand’s leading producer and exporter of premium lamb, beef and venison.  Silver Fern Farms are a company of proud, passionate farmers and food people, dedicated to doing the right thing, to collaborating, innovating, and creating goodness to share with the world.

What the interns will do

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

Key responsibilities include, by not limited to:

  • supporting the marketing team to deliver events with the key objective of engaging customers/consumers to understand Silver Fern Farms brand story
  • supporting the marketing team to deliver consistent brand and messaging, in particular but not limited to online content, customer campaigns and merchandise
  • assisting  the sales team with reporting, promotional activities and general customer support

What you will bring to the role:

  • A tertiary qualification
  • Commercial acumen
  • Outstanding communication skills both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated administrative skills with high attention to detail

What's covered

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

The Foundation will cover:

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

Silver Fern Farms will cover the intern's accommodation.

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


Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have permanent resident status
  • have recently completed or due to complete a commerce degree by November 2024
  • be in good health
  • be adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • be interested in pursuing a career involving China and the wider Asian region.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • some understanding of the history and culture of China
  • an interest in agriculture and the food business
  • taken university papers in international trade and international politics
  • some understanding of New Zealand’s primary industry
  • an open-minded outlook.

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

Terms and conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • 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 (a web article and a final report) on their experience. They are also expected to seek opportunities to share their internship experiences on returning to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand 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 or within two weeks of returning) and write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience at the end of the programme.

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity are now closed.

Key Dates

  • Applications are now closed
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by early September  2023.  
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an in-person or online panel interview to select the successful candidate.  
  • The Successful candidate will be advised in Mid-September 2023.
  • All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in late November 2023.  
  • The internship will take place over three months between late November 2023 and February/March 2024.


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.