Tessa Brunton

Tessa Brunton

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Global Internship in Vietnam


Kia ora! Xin chào! Hi everyone! My name is Tessa, and I’m excited to share my experiences interning in Vietnam as a part of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia! 

A bit about me, I am going into my fourth year of a BE(Hons)/BGlobalSt conjoint degree, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Global Environment and Sustainable Development, and French. I was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, so I can’t wait to experience living and working in a new city and culture. 

This programme is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about myself while exploring a new culture and connecting with people around the world. I have always wanted to work in sustainability and international development, so this opportunity is an incredible first step. And did I mention how excited I am about the food?

Follow along with my journey here and see what I’ve been up to in Vietnam!

  • Looking Back

    It’s been a week since we returned from Vietnam, and I’ve been going back through my journal and reflecting on all of the amazing experiences. I wish I could share everything about my time there, but you probably don’t have time to read a whole novel. So instead, I thought I would share a snapshot…Continue…

  • A Day in the Life

    Come along with me for a day in the life of an intern in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! My morning started off as all good days do – with a streetside Vietnamese coffee. This spot is a 2min walk from our apartment, so it’s been a favourite of mine for these cheeky pre-work coffee…Continue…

  • Chúc mừng năm mới!

    Happy New Year! Vietnam celebrated its Lunar New Year, otherwise known as Tết, on January 22 2023, and we were lucky enough to be here to experience it. Tết is the most important celebration of the year in Vietnam, and in our first weeks here saw the city come alive in preparation. For Vietnamese people,…Continue…