Online internship with United Media Solution

This is a unique opportunity for a New Zealand undergraduate student or recent graduate majoring in media, communications, public relations, business and marketing to gain valuable industry experience through a remote internship.

In previous years the Foundation has sent interns to Shanghai to undertake an internship with United Media Solution. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s internship with UMS will be held entirely virtually through remote working. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to enhance their marketing research skills as well as get an understanding of Chinese digital media. 

Applications have closed for this opportunity

About the internship

United Media Solution is a digital agency based in China, specialising in social media, as well as marketing consulting and cultural analysis.

The successful intern will join a team engaged in activities ranging from public relations and marketing support for UMS’s client’s products in China. The intern will be given a specific project or meaningful work to do and a mentoring supervisor will be assigned to monitor the intern’s professional development. The internship period is for two months, starting in December 2020 and finishing in late February 2021.  

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to:  

  • contribute to UMS’ daily/weekly industry news clipping, including proofreading and re-writing brief summaries in English  
  • support UMS’ social sentiment report, including summarising key insights, trends and takeaways of marketing activities  
  • prepare materials for webinars including graphic design to demonstrate key trends in certain markets 
  • coordinate projects  
  • work with the market research team to deliver projects 
  • access cross-cultural competency training as well as language trainings.  


Applicants must be: 

  • New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status 
  • in good health 
  • due to complete at least two years of tertiary study by November 2020 
  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient  
  • interested in pursuing a career involving China and the wider Asian region. 

Ideal candidates will have 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

This is a paid internship. Other expenses such as access to a laptop are not covered. 

Management of the programme

The Foundation manages the recruitment process and supports professional development in cultural competency. Pastoral care is delivered jointly by UMS and the Foundation. UMS manages the delivery of the of work projects and programmes. 

Reporting requirements

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.

They are also expected to seek opportunities to share their experience, and to remain engaged with the Foundation. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia.   

How to apply

Applications have now closed for this opportunity.

The selection process

  • Application close Monday, 30 October.  
  • Shortlisted applicants are notified  mid-November.  
  • Shortlisted applicants are interviewed in November.  


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