Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 internship

The Foundation invites talented New Zealand tertiary students or graduates to apply for an internship with the Organising Committee for the 2024 Youth Winter Olympics in Gangwon, South Korea.

As highlighted in the Foundation’s recent sports research reportAsia is increasingly delivering pinnacle global sports events and is quickly becoming the go-to region for international sports.

We also know that sports play an important role in strengthening connections between New Zealand and Asia and is a fantastic way for people to connect, learn about each other's cultures and make lifelong friends.

The Winter Youth Olympic Games internship provides an opportunity for a young New Zealander to develop their knowledge of Asia's sports infrastructure, gain an understanding of the region and the place of sports within it, make connections and fly the flag for New Zealand at an international event.   

For this internship, the Foundation is looking for someone who recognises the importance of this shift, along with wanting to strengthen their own Asia knowledge, confidence and networks.   

Applications for this internship have closed

Key dates

  • Applications have closed
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Monday 24 July, 2023 
  • 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 Monday 21 August, 2023 
  • The selected intern will be supported to attend an induction day mid-November 2023
  • The internship will start in late November 2023 and conclude in mid-February 2024

If you have any questions about the internship, first check with the frequently asked questions page. Otherwise please email Kirsty Sharp (

About the internship

One intern will be selected for this opportunity and will be based at Gangneung, South Korea. The internship will run for three months, starting in late November 2023 and finishing after the Games conclude, mid-February 2024. 

Gangwon 2024 will provide the successful intern with a mentoring supervisor and a role in the team delivering the 2024 Youth Winter Olympics (YOG). 

The intern will have the opportunity to work with the two following teams:

Protocol and Accreditation Team

The intern will assist the team to:

  • provide the protocol service at the Olympic Family lounges at the competition venues
  • manage and support Games stakeholders accreditation production and validation.

Language Service and International Relationship Team

The intern will assist the team with:

  •  interpretation, proofreading and/or communicating with the IOC and other stakeholders about logistics, such as transport, arrival and departures and IOC events support.

Grow Together, Shine Forever! Gangwon 2024 welcomes you with open arms!

About the 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games

The 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will take place in the province of Gangwon in the Republic of Korea, the venue of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.  This will be the first Winter YOG will be held in Asia. It will build on the Olympic Games legacy and engage even more young people than ever before, during and after the Games. 

The Youth Olympic Games programme will run for 14 days from 19 January – 1 February, 2024. 

Find out more about Gangwon 2024 here.


Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status 
  • be students or recent graduates (graduating within the last two years)  
  • be self-motivated with a high level of initiative 
  • be enthusiastic and demonstrate 'can do' and team-working attitude with an ability to learn quickly 
  • be able to demonstrate an interest in developing a career involving New Zealand and the Asia region. 

While useful, Korean language skills are not a prerequisite for the internship. 

What is covered?

The Foundation will cover:

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

Terms and Conditions and reporting requirements

Applicants will be expected to:

  • purchase appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation) 
  • agree with the Code of Integrity and Conduct 
  • participate fully in the internship placement, including keeping in regular contact with the Foundation while offshore. 
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return. 

The successful applicant will be required to agree to the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Funding Terms and Conditions.

Reporting requirements

On their return, Foundation interns are expected to:

  • write a 600-800word article (with accompanying photos) for the Foundation’s website (to be submitted during the internship or within two weeks of returning).
  • write final report (approximately 1200-1500 words) evaluating the internship experience, to be submitted within two weeks of returning.
  • remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Sharing your experiences with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia. 

How to apply

Applications have now closed


Check here for a list of frequently asked questions about the Foundation's internship programme. 

If any of your questions aren't answered in the FAQs, please email our sports adviser Kirsty Sharp.