Internship Reference: CDBS84

Company Introduction:

The New Zealand Consulate-General in Chengdu was established in November 2014, as New Zealand’s fifth and newest diplomatic post in greater China. The Consulate works to advance New Zealand interests across its consular district of Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces as well as Chongqing Municipality, in a wide range of sectors including political relationships, trade and business, investment, education, tourism and air connectivity, S&T and innovation, and cultural exchanges. The Consulate also assists the growing number of New Zealanders living and travelling in its district.

Number of staff: 7

Internship Position:

Assistant Consultant

Internship Description:

The successful internship applicant will have the opportunity to:

  1. Assist the Consul-General, Deputy Consul-General and NZ Trade & Enterprise Business Development Manager to advance New Zealand interests in Southwest China in a wide range of fields, through preparing briefing for, attending and reporting on government and business meetings; following up new contacts and opportunities; representing the Consulate at networking events; and receiving visitors at the Consulate.
  2. Undertake analysis and prepare reports on behalf of the Consulate on specific trade, economic and social issues, for dissemination to NZ Government and business networks.
  3. Plan and manage small targeted cultural and social events, in cooperation with the Consulate Public Affairs Manager.
  4. Monitor English language media reporting, social media trends and academic papers/research on Southwest China issues relevant to the Consulate’s work.
  5. Manage data entry, records management and website management tasks in identified areas.


  • A New Zealand citizen, interested in work experience or a mix of work experience and language study. (Language study would not be provided or funded by the Consulate).
  • An academic major in a field relevant to diplomatic and/or trade promotion work strongly preferred, including but not limited to law, economics, international trade and business, foreign languages, political studies, history etc.
  • Some existing knowledge and study of Chinese an advantage.
  •  Applicant will be assisted to seek New Zealand Government security clearance prior to commencing the internship.


3-6 months, preferably November 2016 – February 2017.