Internships In Southeast Asia

Get genuine experience working for a global organisation

This is way more than work experience – this is life experience. Develop your skills, meet new people and take a giant step closer to your dream career with an internship. 

Open to all students at University of Queensland for 2023/24.

This is a 6-10 week internship programme in Thailand (Bangkok) or Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi). Regardless of destination, internship and sector, Pagoda will support you before, during and after the programme, provide quality accommodation, assist with the required visa and be there in-country to ensure an amazing experience!

  • Programme Start Date – 24th November 2023
  • Programme End Dates
    • 7th January 2024 (6 weeks)
    • 21st January 2024 (8 weeks)
    • 4th February 2024 (10 weeks)
  • Deadline to Apply to Pagoda – 3rd September 2023
  • Deadline to Apply to UQ – 10th September 2023

What's Included?

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Internship

All internships are full-time positions, for a duration of 6-10 weeks. We suggest you clarify all key details with our team before accepting an offered position. Get in touch if you have any questions relating to the programme.
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Accommodation

A private room inclusive of all bills and wifi, located on good transport links and living with other students on the programme
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Orientation

Airport pickups, accommodation transfers, welcome packs and detailed orientations to help you feel settled in your new country.
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Support

Weekly check-ins, careers coaching, sector-leading support and 24/7 on-site emergency assistance from our friendly team.
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Skills Courses

Access to Pagoda’s online language classes and skills courses focused on improving employability, cultural fluency and digital skills.
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Activities

Organised events, trips, dinners, weekend activities and online networking sessions throughout the programme.
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Careers Advice

Personal coaching chats, one-on-one mentoring and careers coaching calls with our international employability experts.
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Alumni Network

Access to our global community of 5000+ previous interns who regularly share news, graduate job openings and event invitations.

Funding

Before committing to the programme, your university will work with you to clarify any funding you may be eligible for. NOTE: Funding is not guaranteed, and UQ encourages students to not apply if they are relying on funding to participate.

New Colombo Plan Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be studying at Pagoda Partner University 
  • Currently be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Be able to receive university credit for this internship
  • Not be a citizen or permanent resident of the host location
  • Have not previously received a New Colombo Plan mobility grant for an in-country experience
  • Complete the separate application process required by your university prior to their September 10th deadline. 

Key Dates

Applications Open26th July 2023
Live Information Session25th August 2023
Applications Close

3rd September 2023 (Pagoda)

10th September 2023 (UQ)

Booking & Payment Deadline10th September 2023
Arrival Date*24th November 2023
Programme Begins27th November 2023
Programme End & Departure Dates**

6 Weeks: 7th January 2024

8 Weeks: 21st January 2024

10 Weeks: 4th February 2024

*Participants must arrive between 9.30am and 5.30pm

**Participants must vacate premises by 12pm Sunday of the week the internship finishes

Application Process

There will be a $200 AUD refundable programme deposit that will be requested if offered a place on the programme, with no further financial commitment or flights needing to be booked until your programme has been clarified.

You are welcome to apply as soon as possible as places are limited. Your place is only confirmed once a deposit has been paid.

Application Deadline – 3rd September 2023 (Pagoda) / 10th September 2023 (UQ)

1. SUBMIT YOUR 2-MIN APPLICATION

Once submitted, we’ll be in touch within 24 hours to request the next steps. We’ll ask for your CV, a recorded interview, and you’ll need to submit your university’s application as well.

2. INTERNSHIP SELECTION

If selected, our friendly team will be in contact to discuss your preferences, find the most suitable options and coach you through the interviewing process with your chosen host companies. All internships are listed on our website.

3. ONBOARDING

You’ve confirmed your internship – congratulations! Next we’ll be in touch about booking flights and sorting your student visa (if necessary). You’ll gain access to the Pagoda Portal to start your onboarding and we’ll organise a live information session with you to answer any questions.

Pagoda Portal

All programmes are managed on the Pagoda Portal - a digital hub for our student community. This is where you can track your progress, register for events, access skills courses, network with other interns and request additional support.

About Pagoda Projects

Pagoda Projects is a leading provider of internships and sustainable global experiences. We work with universities and companies around the world to provide quality internships that enhance students’ international employability.

Programme Details

An internship is the best way to gain exposure in your chosen field – but this is way more than work experience. Our in-person programmes provide you with the opportunity to make a real difference within your chosen company. You’ll work on industry projects and use what you’ve learnt at university to make decisions that have a real impact.

Outside of your internship, you’ll continue your professional development through skills courses, careers coaching and organised talks with industry professionals. Our team will support you to achieve your full potential and organise events, activities and dinners to make you feel at home. 

And you won’t be alone! You’ll get to know other students on the programme and spend your free time exploring the city, living and working like a local.

Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the capital of Vietnam. This bustling city is the business and financial hub of Vietnam. With it’s classic French architecture, sleek skyscrapers and mixture of French, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine it’s no wonder why millions of tourists visit the capital each year.

Bangkok - Thailand

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, and often ranked among the world’s most visited cities. With rich buddhist tradition meeting lively nightlife, the city is home to all kinds of experiences as impressive as its internationally loved cuisine. And if you find yourself wanting a change of pace, there’s a myriad of adventures possible outside of the city, whether its waterfalls, diverse landscapes or elephant sanctuaries that take your fancy.

Our internships are designed to improve your industry skills and knowledge in eight key areas.

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Average competency improvements for our in-person internships 2022/23.

We work with hundreds of fantastic companies around the world, from big crypto consultancies to sustainability start-ups, who are ready and waiting to share their knowledge and show you the ropes. Your internship supervisor will oversee your placement and offer professional support throughout the programme, alongside Pagoda’s friendly in-country team. 

Our team will go to great lengths to source opportunities that match your personal preferences. You can review each position and company individually to decide which internships you’d like to apply for. We’ll help you with your CV, cover letter and organise interviews to set you up properly for success.

What funding am I eligible for?

Your university will confirm your eligibility for the programme before Pagoda finalises your place on the programme. Before agreeing to any overseas experience, your university will outline what funding you will be able to access to help towards the costs of your flights and spending money. The full programme fee will be mostly covered by your university, but you will still need to cover up to £800 towards the cost of your admission

What happens if the programme are cancelled due to COVID related restrictions?

Pagoda Projects will be following government travel advice and we will keep you updated should any restriction changes affect your programme. In the event of a programme cancelation, your deposit will be refunded in full**. Alternatively, you will also have the opportunity to switch to a remote internship if an in-person programme is not possible and your university agrees to this format.

**Please note: As flight costs are not covered by the programme funding, Pagoda would not refund flight costs in the event of a programme cancellation. Therefore, as a precaution, we strongly advise that all flights are booked as refundable.

What internships can I choose from?

Once you apply we will provide access to all of our internship listings.

What is the refundable deposit for and how much is it?

The deposit is £200 and it is a refundable sum of money which guarantees your place on our programme and covers your accommodation deposit. If your accommodation is left in the same standard as it is found, your deposit will be refunded within 6 weeks after your internship programme. See our Terms & Conditions for more details.

What vaccinations will I need to travel?

Vaccinations will depend on which destination you decide on and what the relevant government and travel advice is at the time.

Once you have decided on your destination, Pagoda Projects will direct you to your GP for vaccine recommendations and COVID-related vaccine advice. You can also contact Pagoda for any additional information.

What's Pagoda's previous experience at delivering internship programmes overseas?

Established in 2007, Pagoda Projects have over a decade’s worth of experience in successfully delivering international programmes on behalf of governmental bodies and universities worldwide.

Our internship and employability programmes have spanned over 20 destinations worldwide, and have welcomed over 5,000 students and counting. We are confident in our team’s ability to deliver meaningful career developing opportunities to prepare the next generation of global graduates!

How does the internship placement process work?

Step 1: Submit an application and secure your place on the programme.
Step 2: Select an internship opportunity and complete the interview process with specific host companies.
Step 3: Book flights, obtain relevant visa and go to your GP for vaccine advice.
Step 4: Ready to go!

Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process. We will keep you updated regularly and provide detailed information each step of the way.

Will there be any other students on the programme and from where?
Yes, many! Pagoda Projects works with many universities from all over the world. Therefore, it is highly likely that other students both from your university and other universities will be participating in the programme across the same dates as you.
What other costs should I budget for?

Accommodation costs are covered by the programme funding. However, there are daily costs you should budget for, including food, drink, social events and transport.

It may be useful to refer to our blogs about budgeting in our various destinations, found here: https://pagodaprojects.com/cost-of-living

Use this link to find out the current daily exchange rates: https://www.xe.com/currency/gbp-british-pound/

Are the internships paid?

Our short-term internships (8-12 weeks) are unpaid; however, our short-term internship programmes are university-funded where the cost of Pagoda supporting you throughout the process and in-country, along with your accommodation is typically paid for on behalf of Pagoda participants.

What insurance will be required?

Fully comprehensive travel and medical insurance will be provided either by Pagoda or your University. This is subject to review depending on the latest government travel advice, but no student completing any Pagoda programme will be able to take part without the appropriate insurance.

What visa will I need for the programme?

Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process, including the visa application. Once you have chosen a destination, we will send the steps you need to complete to apply for your visa. The visa type will depend on your chosen destination and the passport you hold.

IMPORTANT: To avoid any complications with the visa process, your passport must be in date for more than 12 months from your programme start date, i.e. if your programme start date is 20/06/2022, your passport expiry date cannot be any date before the 21/06/2023.

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