Asia internships for 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.

Where are the internships?

  • The Asahi Shimbun
  • The Bangkok Post
  • CNBC Asia in Singapore
  • Deccan Herald 
  • International New York Times in Hong Kong
  • Jakarta Globe
  • Philippine Star
  • 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.

The Asahi Shimbun

Founded in 1879, The Asahi Shimbun is one of five national newspapers in Japan. Applicants must be able to speak Japanese, and will work in Tokyo in the newspaper's foreign news section. You will also help with photo slection and monitoring news feeds.

Bangkok Post

The Bangkok Post is a daily English broadsheet and Thailand's oldest newspaper. Interns will be placed depending on their interests and experience level.


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 suitable only for recent journalism graduates.

Deccan Herald

The Deccan Herald is a leading English language daily newspaper based in Bangalore, Karnataka. Interns are usually expected to write news for the newspaper’s metro desk. 

Isobel Ewing in Bangalore

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. Interns are 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. 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).

The Philippine Star

The Philippine Star is an influential daily English-language broadsheet. Interns are required to carry out news writing and sub-editing.

Shanghai Daily

Shanghai Daily is an English-language newspaper owned by Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Group. Candidates for this internship should have experience or interest in business reporting, as they will likely be placed at the 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.

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 generally be 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 OR be able to demonstrate a track record in journalism (ie. interviewing others for news articles)
  • New Zealand passport holders or permanent residents
  • based in New Zealand.

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

How to apply

Applications for the 2015 internships closed on 29 September 2014. Information about the 2016 internships will be posted in August 2015.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • A CV (including academic record if you are still a student)
  • A cover letter stating which placements you are applying for, and why you are interested in those particular placements
  • Samples of your work (printed copies of articles, CD/DVD with examples of broadcast work)
  • A letter of support from your employer OR journalism lecturer/tutor (for students). References from journalism educators should be in a sealed envelope, with the educator's signature across the seal.

Selection process

Candidates will be shortlisted by a panel consisting of Foundation staff and external media experts. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by telephone.

The host media organisation in Asia may want to conduct an additional interview.

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: 26 Nov 2014