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A Guide to Internships in Asia

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776 Internships Abroad Programs in Asia

ELI-Experiential Learning International

Experiential Learning International offers an assortment of internship opportunities in Asia, including medical placements in Thailand, hospitality positions in Shanghai, and social welfare projects and teaching jobs in the Philippines. Some programs are paid internships. A majority of programs include accommodations either with a host family or in shared apartments, and encourage couples or fa...

CISabroad

Intern with CISabroad and work in a personalized placement in Beijing and Shanghai. Interns can choose the location and internship duration that best meet their personal preference and requirements. Internships include monthly stipends that cover basic living expenses while interning abroad.

Internships Abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions

Learn and explore in Asia with Cross-Cultural Solutions. Throughout the year, individuals from different parts of the world can participate in a 12-week long program in India or Thailand. Program offerings include Education, Medicine, and Dentistry.

CAPA International Education

A combination of internships and exhaustive language classes is offered by CAPA International Education in Asia, with a location in China. Students are housed within the Haidan District of Beijing, at Capital Normal University, where they get the chance to interact with a number of international and local students while studying topics that range from Business to Social Sciences. Internships pr...

Internships in Shanghai with Connect-123!

Experience all China has to offer while you gain valuable work experience with a Connect-123 internship in Shanghai! Connect-123 offers a wide array of career related internship programs in various industries such as business consulting, education, health care, law and more!

Boston University Study Abroad

Gain professional work experience by taking part in the internship programs offered by Boston University Study Abroad. They work with major institutions in several key Asian countries to create high quality, life changing opportunities for students. They have built a stellar reputation for providing unparalleled academic and internship programs abroad.

Go Abroad China Ltd.

Gain international work experience while learning about the Chinese language and culture with Go Abroad China Ltd. This program gives young intellectuals from all over the world the chance to work in a Chinese business environment. Participants develop new skills and knowledge about the current world of business through internships spanning from Engineering to Management.

Institute for Global Studies

Join Institute for Global Studies in Asia on a life-changing and meaningful program. Prospective participants from all over the world can choose from a wide range of internship options such as Web Design, Veterinary Science, and Ecotourism. The program are based in India, Nepal, and Thailand.

Intrax Global Internships

Travel to Asia as an intern. Intrax Global Internships has programs where participants may live work in the fields of Health Sciences, International Relations, and Journalism, among others. Interns may be based in hospitals, embassies, or media outlets, and visit Buddhist temples, historical ruins, and mountain treks during their stay. Internships are open throughout the year and are available ...

World Internships

Embark on a pre-professional internship in Asia. World Internships provides customized programs in participants’ specific fields of study. Interns will receive support from highly experienced staff throughout every step of the journey.

Internship Programs with Performing Arts Abroad

Partake in career-boosting internships in Asia. Intern have the chance to work together with professional dancers in one of the most prestigious dance training schools in Thailand, the Bangkok City Ballet (BCB). This program, designed by Performing Arts Abroad, allows interns to polish their dancing skills, exchange techniques with experienced dancers, and learn about Thailand's performing trad...

The Intern Group

Earn international work experience with The Intern Group Asia. Get a position in one of the top private companies, NGOs, and state ministries for a maximum of two years. Prospective interns from all over the world can join in this internship program all year round. A large number of positions are available in different industries, including International Relations, Business Management, and Web ...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)

Complete your internship in Asia through International Studies Abroad. They provide internship and service-learning programs in key areas across India, Singapore, and China. Interns take part in a global effort to increase awareness and understanding between nations and cultures.

PAID Internship in China - Business - IT - Hospitality

We guarantee a PAID Internship in China in any of your desired field within business, finance, IT or hospitality. Our program is unique, affordable and flexible; you can choose to have a full experience with Chinese classes, accommodation and transportation or just the internship placement. Let us guide you through this life-time experience.

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How to Intern Abroad in Asia

A Guide to Internships in Asia

The continent of Asia has an incredibly broad and diverse mixture of cultures, languages, and economic structures. Coming from the West, interns will gain exposure to an entirely new way of life and gain invaluable global experience within their field of interest. Whether working in a highly developed Tiger Economy, a rapidly developing Tiger Cub economy, or anywhere beyond, internships in Asia will provide professional and personal development experience which will enrich interns’ lives beyond measure.

Locations

Asia is the largest continent in the world, so obviously your choice of locations for internships in Asia will be plentiful. The most common countries to pursue an internship in the Far East are Japan, South Korea, and China. Each has a distinctly unique culture and is at a different phase of economic development: Japan is a highly advanced economy, South Korea is a developed Tiger Economy, and China is a developing economy. The types of available internships in Asia will vary according to the state of the nation’s economy.

Southeast Asia presents an interesting blend of cultures and landscapes in which to intern abroad as well. Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines are collectively referred to as the four Tiger Cub economies because of their promising potential for industrial development in the coming years, making each nation an exciting and fruitful place to pursue an internship abroad. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore are three highly developed economies which are also great places for internships abroad in Southeast Asia.

Further to the west lies India, a massive subcontinent of its own which remains in the fledgling stages of industrialization. Many Indian cities boast headquarters of large global companies, while underdeveloped rural areas offer many internships with NGOs and other international organizations. Other potential placements in this region are Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

There are many more countries where you can find internships in Asia too, so do your research carefully and pick a destination that matches the internship experience you are looking for. Some additional factors to consider are travel opportunities, climate, infrastructural development, and cultural differences.

Internships in Asia

Available internship in Asia will vary most heavily on the nation’s economic development. For example, if you are pursuing a career in international business, finance, or marketing then you would likely want to pursue a placement in a largely, developed economy, such as Japan, China, Singapore, or South Korea. These destinations offer many internship opportunities working with globally integrated companies or organizations which can greatly boost your career prospects well in to the future. 

Developing economies, such as that of India and the Philippines, offer great internships abroad in fields like international development, public service, healthcare, and education. Living in a developing country may come with its fair dose of culture shock; but stepping out of your comfort zone to pursue an internship abroad in these less developed regions will prove to be a tremendous opportunity for growth, and also greatly impress potential employers by illustrating your adaptability and flexibility.

Language. The language barrier can be a hindrance to a successful internship in many Asian countries where English is not the universal language of business, so if language study is not part of your plan, then internship possibilities will become slightly limited. However, there are plenty of internships in Asia for English speaking interns.

Duration. Most internships in Asia last either for a few months over the summer, or for six months during the fall or spring semesters. Many internship programs also combine work experience with the possibility of obtaining academic credit, so prospective interns who are still in school can consider this path as well.

Salary & Costs

Internships abroad in Asia can be both paid or unpaid, depending on the industry you are placed in and your country of choice. Less developed nations tend to have minimal paid opportunities while paid internships in larger nations like China or highly industrialized nations like Japan are common and well paid.

The good news is that in most places the everyday cost of living will be much less expensive than in Western countries, so you can expect to save up some money relative to if you were pursuing an internship abroad in Europe. Prices of goods in Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong can be quite expensive, but in most other regions of the continent you can expect daily living costs to be affordable.

Accommodation & Visas

The type of accommodation available for those who intern in Asia will vary based on a few different factors, such as your specific location within the country (urban vs. rural), population density, and economic development of the country. If you are interning in Asia in a developing area then often you may be living under quite basic conditions (i.e. bucket showers, spotty Wi-Fi, eastern toilets, etc.), so prepare yourself for a more simple life. Many internship programs will offer interns the option of living in a homestay or independently in a flat.

Visa policies vary between different countries across Asia. In some you may be able to obtain the necessary visa upon arrival, in others you may have to apply in advance for a special visa to complete an internship. Communicate with your internship program provider or prospective employer early on about what your visa will require.

Benefits & Challenges

Coming from the western world, it is easy to overlook how large, important, and autonomous a region the whole eastern hemisphere of Asia is. However travelling to the continent as an intern will give you insight into an entirely new way of life, with a rich history, vast economic opportunity, and cultural diversity. Those who intern abroad in Asia will be challenged to adapt and learn while developing a more complete perspective of the modern globalizing state of their industry. Are you ready to make the leap?

Dominic James Fusco

Dominic is from California and has spent much of his young adulthood traveling through Europe and Asia. He has spent several months each living in India, where he studied abroad, and the Philippines, where he worked as a content intern for GoAbroad. These days he can probably be found in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York City.