Asia internships for young journalists

The Asia New Zealand Foundation offers New Zealand journalism student graduates and working journalists the opportunity to take up internships at news organisations in Asia.

The internships range from six weeks to three months in length, and you can negotiate the timing with the host media organisation.

Applications for 2014 internships have now closed.

Where are the internships?

We are offering the following internships in 2014:

  • CNBC Asia in Singapore
  • Deccan Herald 
  • International New York Times in Hong Kong
  • Jakarta Globe
  • Korea JoongAng Daily
  • Philippine Star 
  • Phnom Penh Post
  • Shanghai Daily

Note: The availability of specific internships and the type of work media interns are required to do can change at short notice, depending on the needs of the media organisation.


CNBC Asia is an Asian business news network based in Singapore and Sydney with bureaus in Hong Kong and Tokyo. An intern would be expected to edit video content, research stories and assist in the live broadcast of programmes. The successful candidate would be expected to have an interest in finance and business issues.

This internship is only suitable for journalism graduates who have just completed their studies.

Deccan Herald

The Deccan Herald is a leading English language daily newspaper based in Bangalore, Karnataka. It was founded in 1948, by acclaimed journalist Pothan Joseph.  New Zealand interns are usually expected to write news for the newspaper’s metro desk. 

International New York Times

The International New York Times is an international English language newspaper owned by the New York Times Company. Its Hong Kong bureau operates as an editorial and production office for its network of Asia correspondents. An intern would be expected to research stories and help out on the photo desk.

The Jakarta Globe

The Jakarta Globe is a daily English language broadsheet newspaper.  Journalists with an interest in international relations, politics and/or economics are particularly encouraged to apply. The Globe welcomes newly graduated journalists. 

Korea JoongAng Daily

Korea JoongAng Daily is the English language version of JoongAng Ilbo, published in Seoul, South Korea.

The intern would be expected to assist with copy-editing and write features using their own story ideas. Korea JoongAng Daily will host the intern for about six weeks, between March and June or  September and November 2014.

Daniel Simmons Ritchie, centre, who spent four weeks as an intern at the Philippine Star

The Philippine Star

The Philippine Star is an influential daily English language broadsheet that is circulated nationally. An intern would be required to carry out news writing and sub-editing.

The Phnom Penh Post 

First published in July 1992, the Phnom Penh Post is a daily English language paper.  This internship is three months in length, the minimum period required by the Phnom Penh Post.  Interns should be prepared to work in different sections of the newspaper. Candidates with photography and videography skills are particularly welcome.  

Shanghai Daily

Shanghai Daily is an English-language newspaper owned by Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Group that publishes seven days a week on the Chinese mainland. Candidates for this internship should have experience or interest in business reporting, as they will likely be placed in Shanghai Daily’s business desk.

This exchange programme is reciprocal, and the successful New Zealand candidate will be encouraged to spend time with and support a visiting Shanghai Daily reporter. March/April/ May is the preferred timing for this exchange. is a subscription-based news website offering daily news and views in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Set up in 1999, it is one of the few independent media organisations in Malaysia and unlike broadcast and print media, is not subject to government licensing. It is the top-ranked news website in Malaysia (according to web information company Alexa).

What's covered by the internships?

The Foundation will provide up to NZ $5,000 to cover return flights, with the balance going to accommodation and other expenses. The exact grant value is dependent on the length and location of the internship.

Participants will be generally responsible for arranging their flights, travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses during the internships.

Note: The internships are unpaid.


Applicants must be:

  • enrolled in a current journalism course or be graduate journalists who have undertaken and passed a journalism course of study 
  • New Zealand passport holders or permanent residents
  • based in New Zealand

How to apply

To apply, you will need to provide:

  • a covering letter outlining which internship you are apply for, why you wish to undertake this particular internship or internships, and why you feel you would be suitable
  • your CV
  • copies of work
  • a supporting letter from editor or journalism tutor

Please note: If you're submitting your application by post, please provide three copies of all documents.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by telephone in the fortnight after submitting their application.  

For more information contact Asia New Zealand Foundation media adviser Rebecca Palmer at

Other internships

  • We also encourage journalism students and graduates to arrange their own internships at media organisations in Asia. If you're doing so, you can apply for a discretionary media travel grant to support your costs
Last updated: 15 Oct 2013