United Media Solution
internship, China

This opportunity is open to New Zealand undergraduate students majoring in marketing, media, communications and creativity-related majors to undertake a three-month internship in Ningbo, China.

United Media Solution’s business encompasses marketing consulting, cultural analysis, and social media management. For more information about UMS, visit their website.

The intern will join the UMS team engaged in public relations and marketing support.

The internship will take place over three months between November 2024 and February 2025.

2019 United Media Solution intern Cleo Gilmour talks about her experiences living and working in Shanghai

The purpose of the 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, places and culture of the host country.

Applications close 8 August

What the intern will do

The successful applicant will:   

  • support the UMS team to publish UMS’  marketing news, including proofreading, copywriting in English, and release it on various company social media platforms
  • support the UMS team to produce UMS’  social sentiment report, including summarising key insights, trends and takeaways of marketing activities
  • deliver online/offline marketing events and campaign initiatives  
  • undertake market research
  • project coordination.


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • an enrolled student upon return from the internship – i.e. returning to continue studying at university/graduate school
  • in good health.

Who we're looking for

United Media Solution are looking for an intern who is fascinated by innovative ideas, is digital-savvy and eager to gain real industry experience and expand their marketing knowledge.

The internship is open to candidates with all majors, but ideally would suit those with marketing, media, communication and creativity-related majors. 

UMS prioritises candidates with a background in digital marketing or relevant experience, particularly in content creation (copywriting) for social platforms.  

The successful applicant will be adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient.

They should be interested in pursuing a career involving China and the wider Asia region.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate a pre-existing interest in Asia and will aspire to develop their capacity for working in cross-cultural environments. Strong writing skills are mandatory for this internship.

Knowledge of Chinese language, while useful, is not a prerequisite for the internship as English is widely spoken at UMS.

What’s covered?

The internship costs will be split between the Asia New Zealand Foundation, UMS and the intern.

The Foundation provides a grant as a subsidy to cover:

  • round-trip airfares to and from China
  • most living expenses
  • accommodation.

The intern will be required to contribute NZ$500 of their own funds to cover some living expenses while offshore and take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation).

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

Pastoral care is delivered jointly by the Foundation, UMS and Hutong School in Shanghai.

Terms and Conditions

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 close 8 August 2024

Key dates

  • Applications close 5pm, 8 August 2024. 
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by mid-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 between November 2024 and February, 2025.


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: jbonde@asianz.org.nz.