New internships a gateway into Singapore's tech innovation hub

New Zealand university students and recent graduates will soon be able to experience Singapore's deep-tech sector through internships with Singapore start-ups.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono is excited to announce the launch of its latest tech industry internship, in partnership with SGInnovate, a Singapore government-backed investor and ecosystem builder focusing on deep-technology development.

The internship gives students in STEM the chance to live and work in Singapore, at the heart of Asia's dynamic emerging technology ecosystem.

"This internship presents an exciting opportunity for young New Zealanders to get involved in the advancement of deep tech innovation and gain exposure in one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems," says Asia New Zealand Foundation CEO Suzannah Jessep.

Interns will be working at Singapore-based deep tech startups, gaining hands-on experience working with research projects.

"Interns will be placed right in the center of the action, learning from leading experts and witnessing the transformation of research into real-world applications," adds Jessep.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation has a long and successful record in offering business internships across Asia.

As part of the SGInnovate “Summation Programme”, this new opportunity expands the Foundation’s internship portfolio, and reflects our commitment to keeping pace with the evolving tech startup landscape and diverse industries in Asia.

Jae Annie Tay, Director, Talent, SGInnovate says the programme is a great way to facilitate the exchange of innovative perspectives and offer an immersive way for New Zealand students to learn and connect with our Deep Tech community.

"We are excited to deepen our partnership with New Zealand and connect opportunities in Singapore to top talent across the region,” she says.

The first internship round will be a three-month programme running from November 2024 to March 2025.

The application process will begin shortly. For additional information, please visit:

About the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono

Established in 1994, the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono is New Zealand’s leading authority on Asia. Its mission is to equip New Zealanders to thrive in Asia, by providing experiences and resources to build their knowledge, skills, and confidence. The Foundation’s activities cover more than 20 countries in Asia and are delivered through nine core programmes: arts, business, education, entrepreneurship, leadership, media, research, Track II diplomacy and sports.

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