Asia Internship Program
Asia Internship Program Programs
Thanks to its geographical location, Thailand has become one of the most desirable destinations for businesses to settle in. As a fast-growing and highly internationalized...
Hong Kong is known worldwide for being the place where the West and the East meet. This and the fact that a big part of the Asian economy relies on their financial market...
Malaysia is a vibrant country with a diversity that very few countries in the world can match. It is a country located in the heart of South East Asia that embodies 28 million...
Indonesia is one of the most idealistic destination to participate in an internship program. It is a great place for your future business opportunities as it has been maintaining...
Known as one of the top technology hubs across the globe, South Korea is an incredible country to explore and to do an internship. South Korea, as it is one of the developed...
Singapore has been performing their economic activities in a positive trend and has a strong manufacturing and service sectors as their twin pillars. By doing an internship...
China, a country that has been in an outstanding position on the global economy with the spot of the world’s largest exporter and second largest importer, and its fast-growing...
Vietnam is an extraordinary, yet a charming country that has one of the fastest economic growth in Asia. It is a place where there are many opportunities available for young...
Asia Internship Program Reviews
Intern in Thailand
Submitted by YL - Worcester | July 20, 2018
I had a really good time with the company I interned with. AIP staff are very supportive when you stay in the country. I think when people want to find an internship abroad, it's very important to choose a program like AIP as it gives you many helps and makes your stay comfortable and safe. Will definitely recommend AIP.
A summer in the "Seoul" of Korea
Submitted by Martina Caruso - Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma | July 19, 2018
Last summer I went on vacation to South Korea to visit my best friend who was doing a study abroad at Seoul National University. When she showed me around the city I fell in love! Seoul was so different than my hometown back in Italy and I was pretty jealous of my friend that she got to live there. When I went back to school to start my next semester, I started looking for an internship in Korea because I wanted to gain some work experience. I came across AIP when I was searching for a finance internship in Korea. A big factor for me when going through AIP was having an internship role that matched my university criteria. I was receiving academic credit for the internship and I needed to have several documents signed from my host company. AIP and my host company were very quick to organize these things for me, as well as helping me with my visa. I'm kind of an anxious person so I was a bit nervous that these things wouldn't be solved. AIP was very reassuring and responsive to answer all of my questions. I couldn't say enough about my representative Malaika, who even took time on the weekends to keep me updated. The internship itself was very hands on! I was working with a small firm which gave me the chance to work on a lot of different projects. There were some times that I had some difficulties adjusting to the Korean work culture but I think that's normal. Halfway through the internship I started to feel more comfortable. All in all, I would definitely recommend AIP's Korea program if you're thinking about doing it.
Fashion/Lifestyle Journalism in HK
Submitted by Emilia Müller - FIT | July 16, 2018
I have wanted to become a journalist since I began reading the Princess Diaries when I was 11 years old. I began writing for the school paper since joining high-school in freshmen year, also starting my own fashion and lifestyle blog online. But I didn’t think this was enough. I’m half Chinese and my dad’s American. I noticed my mom would incorporate Asian styles into her sense of fashion, sometimes wearing Mandarin style shirts and flowy, pleated skirts. Because of her sense of fashion and her mixture of styles, I became really interested in the world of fashion. Not only what the latest trends are, but how it evolved, as well as how and why different cultures prefer different types of styles. I wanted to expand my knowledge in a worldly manner, not only limiting myself to Western culture and American preferences.
Even though my mom is Chinese, we never really visited her home country. Both her parents migrated to America when she was really young, and apparently they never kept in touch with their relatives in Canton. So I’ve never visited China. But I loved my mom’s sense of style, I wanted to know where she got the inspiration from, and I wanted to learn more about my own heritage. The most I’ve learned about China was from talking to my grand-mother, who rarely dressed in things other than Chinese-looking traditional-ware (mom probably got her mixed sense of style from grand-mother). I discovered AIP when looking for internships in China.
AIP helped me find a journalism internship in Hong Kong, in a lifestyle magazine firm. I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect! Even though I was initially set on wanting to do an internship in fashion journalism, the magazine firm I had been placed in allowed me to explore topics I never would have gotten into before. It was exactly what I wanted when looking to do an internship abroad. I wanted to gain some work experience, but at the same time experience it in a different culture. I learned more during my 3 months in Hong Kong than I have in my 2 years in college. I’m going back now to finish up my junior and senior year, but I’m really hoping to come back to Hong Kong one day for work. Or maybe even explore other parts of Asia to experience even more cultures!
I would recommend signing up with AIP if you were thinking of interning abroad. Especially for everyone who have never travelled to the country of their interests before. They’re more than just an agency that helps you find internships, they actually provide services that help you transition and settle into the city. From the beginning of your internship, until your last day, AIP makes sure that you are safe, comfortable, and having fun. They helped me find somewhere to stay for the 3 months I was to be in Hong Kong, they kept me updated of all the latest news, and they even invited me to a bunch of fun events where I met a whole bunch of important people! Networking events are definitely a great place to get to know interesting people, to widen the network of people you know, who may even be beneficial to you and your potential businesses in the long run! I don’t think you would be getting the same level of service anywhere else…
AIP internship in Indonesia
Submitted by Samantha Jeckel - Stamford University | July 16, 2018
Being environmentally conscious was something that my parents made me aware of since I was a small child, don’t leave tap water running, turn off the lights when you leave a room, don’t litter. My Dad is a big gardner too, he grew all the herbs for cooking and made his own compost and I had a lot of fun helping out around the garden as a kid. I’m now studying Environmental Science in Stanford and I am most interested in sustainable living. I am due to graduate in under a year and I am keen to study a Master’s after the completion of my Bachelors, for this I will be needing experience to strengthen my application. My heart was set on nowhere but Indonesia as it is much talked about by the environmental community and I think it will really make me stand out as a Master’s applicant. I looked at some volunteer opportunities but the majority were working in animal conservation, teaching or for just six weeks (All of which are great and very important, just not what I am looking for). I wanted to be there for 3 months because that was the entirety of my summer holidays and I thought it would be more impactful than 2 months, I applied for AIP because of this and was put in contact with Dennis who was really helpful and arrange an interview with a non-profit that supports sustainable living and the urban gardening movement in Jakarta where their head office is based. I was lucky enough to be placed somewhere where there were lots of on-site trips over Indonesia so I only spent about 50% of my internships in the office itself which might not suit some people but it was perfect for me! The best trip was to Kalimantan where there is a small recycling plant, it was really interesting to see the glass being crushed and smelted. Needless to say I adored my placement. Aside from work I didn’t have much time to travel discluding the work trips as I wanted to be working as long as humanly possible which I don’t really mind because I intend to come back! I am really grateful for AIP for helping me in setting this whole experience up, I couldn’t be happier!
Everything you want, but prepare to budget
Submitted by Desiree Bonnet - Paris | July 16, 2018
Hong Kong as an internship destination is amazing. I got to experience a multi-cultural environment, amazing food and be only 1 day trip away from traveling China.
The internship itself was good. I got to work closely with my supervisor and hear a lot of direct feedback. I definitely wasn't making photocopies or fetching coffee daily. This company was the 2nd one I interviewed with, as the 1st company AIP gave me wasn't a good fit.
The accommodation provided is very simple, but has everything I need. There is a small kitchen area where I can prepare my food which was great. I have my own bathroom and the apartment is not shared, as I requested. One thing AIP couldn't get for me as a paid internship. However, they mentioned in the interview that they could not guarantee it, so I went in knowing that this and was able to plan accordingly.
If there is one piece of takeaway advice I could give, it would be: do it if you can afford it. I had a good experience, but had to budget carefully during my 3 months abroad.