The Asia New Zealand Foundation provides opportunities for young New Zealanders to intern with companies in Asia and New Zealand companies and organisations working extensively in the region. The internship programme helps interns build a better understanding of the people, place and culture of their Asian host country, while developing industry-specific skills that will benefit them as they progress in their careers.

What's covered?

For in-country internships, what's covered by the Foundation may vary depending on the internship, but we typically cover:

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

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

Application rounds open mid year and are promoted widely through various channels.


The Foundation is looking for students who are interested in pursuing a career involving the Asian region and are willing to engage with the Foundation’s professional development programmes (see the frequently asked questions for more information).

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status.

Individual internship will have eligibility requirements specific to them.

Terms and conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • contribute a 500-600-word article with photographs for the Foundation’s website while offshore or soon after returning
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return from their internship.

Please read the full terms and conditions (PDF - 418KB)

Frequently asked questions

If you have a question about our internship programme, please read our frequently asked questions page.

If you cannot find an answer to your question here, please contact the Foundation's project officer (interniships) Joyce Bonde.