In order to better equip young New Zealand businesses to thrive in Asia, the Asia New Zealand Foundation provides opportunities for New Zealanders to work in Asia and then to bring that knowledge back with them. The internship programme aims to help New Zealanders build a better understanding of the people, place and culture of their Asian host country.


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 after they return.

* Due to COVID-19, the way the Foundation delivers some programmes will change to reflect restrictions around gathering and travel.

Cleo Gilmour talks about her experience interning at United Media Solution in Shanghai in 2019

When do the internships take place?

The internships are advertised from the beginning of semester two and the selection process takes place in the middle months of the year.

Most students go offshore in late November/beginning of December, although some may go in the New Year and stay offshore for part of semester one or longer. The internships are for three months.

What's covered?

The costs related to running the internships are shared between the Foundation, host organisation and the interns, who make a contribution to their living expenses.

The Foundation, in conjunction with the host organisation, assists the interns with obtaining appropriate visas and provides pastoral care during the internship.

Terms and conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • contribute $500 to their living costs
  • contribute a 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)


For more information phone Bo Bae Wilson on 09 369 5014.