Offering internships to students studying: In order to better equip New Zealand businesses to thrive in Asia, the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono provides opportunities for New Zealand students to work with companies that work across Asia and New Zealand help them build a better understanding of their Asian host country while developing industry-specific skills that will benefit them as they progress in their careers.
New internship hosts are regularly added to our line-up of partner organisations in Asia. We currently offer internships for New Zealanders studying eight different sectors: law, biotech, software development, creative industries, digital marketing, trade and export, financial crime research and future food. The Foundation encourages students and graduates with Asia-relevant career aspirations to apply so they can grow their knowledge and confidence in engaging the most dynamic, most prosperous and most exciting region in the world - Asia.
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Since early 2020, due to restrictions on international travel, the Foundation has instead offered virtual internships working remotely with Asian companies, and domestic internships with NZ organizations focused on Asia, as a temporary measure pending a return to offshore placements. We are working with 11 host organisations (a range of small and large companies) across Asia in this year’s virtual and domestic internship. Interns gain first-hand experience of the people, culture of an Asian business environment and ideally bring that knowledge back to New Zealand to equip them in their Asia-savvy careers.
Who is eligible?
· New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status · Students or recent graduates 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
What are virtual and domestic internships?
A virtual internship is an 8-week work experience programme. The intern gains professional and cultural experience working remotely with a company or organisation based in Asia, rather than at the job location. Interns will have opportunities to work in an area and project that will specifically increase their Asia and industry knowledge, understanding and confidence in concrete ways. Working hours are flexible, given time zone differences between New Zealand and Asia.
A domestic internship is also an 8-week work experience programme. Interns work in the office of a New Zealand-based organisation, on a project that has a strong focus on an Asian country or market.
· Interns will be paid a living wage. Other expenses, for example laptop purchase, are not covered.
· The Asia New Zealand Foundation and the hosts will jointly deliver pastoral care and support professional development in cultural competency.