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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Asia Internship Program Reviews
Submitted by Shelly - Singapore | December 13, 2017
When I applied through Asia Internship Program to do a human resources internship in Vietnam I was looking to mesh travel and gaining experience to make my LinkedIn profile and resume more impressive. I had wanted to go to Vietnam because it was not the most typical place to see down on a resume and because it was my favorite place I travelled to when I did a trip through south east asia the previous year.
As a person who has never gone anywhere on their own before going to Vietnam I can say that the staff at AIP did a pretty good job when preparing me for my move, I would have liked more information about day to day life in Vietnam but that is a small complaint as everything I was looking for could be found online and I already had an idea because I had been there before. When it came to the visa arrangements I was given precise directions which I appreciate because visa delays have been as issue before when I was travelling. I know how complicated and annoying it can be.
When I landed in Vietnam I stayed in a hostel in the old quarter which was great for touristic activities but far away from my internship. I was there a full week before I managed to track down a suitable place to stay. AIP did provide me a list of links to look through but I wanted to see the places before agreeing to stay there, a slight regret but it doesn’t effect me much now. As a place to live, Hanoi is ridiculously cheap, gel nails for two dollars! And the food was very inoffensive – I am the pickiest eater in Australia.
One thing you can say about me is I love talking to people, I’m a self-proclaimed social butterfly. HR just makes sense to me as a profession, during my internship I had the opportunity to speak to a lot of people through conducting interviews and meetings. I enjoyed every minute of my placement. I have been given the opportunity of a full time position and I jumped at the chance to stay here longer! I am in love with SEA, I am currently on holiday in Singapore and I’m really enjoying seeing places that are unlike anywhere I’ve been to before.
Street food adventure
Submitted by Jade Botton - University of Melbourne | December 13, 2017
Though I had little knowledge about China, I opted to do an internship in Shanghai because, based on my initial thoughts and conceptions about China (admittedly quite limited), I had gotten the impression that China was the place to be with regards to development. I did a good bit of research about Shanghai and was really excited to visit the tourist destinations I found, like the Yu Garden and Disneyland for my inner child. I think it was the interview with AIP that swayed me because they were able to answer all my questions about the program.
My accommodation was reasonable, it was furnished, had an ok view but most importantly it was situated close to my internship. Just a 20-minute walk and I was in the door. The staff were very nice and tried their best to communicate with me but of course it’s not their fault I can’t speak Chinese, my point of contact, Vince, in AIP suggested using google translate on my phone whenever I needed to tell the staff anything.. I have no clue why that slipped my mind, it’s the obvious solution. My accommodation was private with private bathroom too which I was appreciative of. It was a bit of a hassle to do laundry because it wasn’t on the same floor but that’s just me nit picking.
It has to be said that AIP’s support was really good throughout my time with them. They fed me with all the information I needed to prepare for my time there. I am the type of person who reads every online article and review when investing in something and AIP refereed me to their blog where I found a lot of information about living abroad in Asia. Probably the most invaluable service is the visa assistance, not a hope in hell would I have been able to manage that myself, I’m not detail oriented enough. When I arrived in China, I was shaking like a leaf and I didn’t sleep at all the night before from nerves so I’m ashamed to say the first thing I did when arriving in my adopted home was go to sleep, sad I know. I was issued a transport card and a sim card to put into my phone so I at least had data to use Google maps when exploring the city!
An average day for me was to wake up and walk to work. I had standard working hours, Monday-Friday from 9-5. My tasks while varied anywhere from working with Google Analytics to logo design, I really enjoyed my work and I felt valued as an intern. I am still in China but I am due to return home soon for Christmas! I’m going to miss the food like you wouldn’t believe!
The linguistic road
Submitted by Henry Mency - Hong Kong | December 12, 2017
As soon as I graduated I moved to Prague to teach English in a language center over there. In my second year teaching there I got some foreign students in my class, they were from China and were in Prague to set up a supply chain business. These two told me all about China through fractured English and it didn’t take me long to get intrigued enough to want to go. I decided to go to China for my internship with AIP rather than teaching because teaching for me was always just a means to travel, I wanted to get experience in journalism and I wanted to learn Chinese by immersion, an independent journalism company became interested in my profile and after and interview with them I was placed. My experience with learning Chinese in Shanghai was pretty positive! I can’t say I’m fluent now but it had defiantly come a long way, I can finally hold a basic conversation! Overall I had a great time in Shanghai but it’s time to move on to a new country but not back to teaching!
Stepping out of my comfort zone
Submitted by Lakishaca Rovski - - | December 08, 2017
I decided to go for the AIP China internship program for 4-5 months earlier this year, I picked China because I actually have a friend who teaches English over there and I thought that it would be nice to get out of my comfort zone while still having some sort of a safety net. I have to admit, when I first got to Shanghai I felt like I made a massive mistake.. I was like all my senses were being assaulted at once with the street food. My first few days there were pretty intense, I’m really glad AIP put all of us interns in contact with each other because I felt quite alone when I got there first. I arrived about one week before my internship was due to start because I wanted to settle in which maybe wasn’t necessary, I was relieved to start working when the day eventually rolled around. The company I was placed in had a really chill vibe as the staff were all quite young. This suited me just fine and I made great friends with my colleagues. My time in Shanghai was the fastest 18 weeks of my life, I was starting to yearn for those home comforts too. I wasn’t back a week before I the travel bug was telling me to back or to go somewhere new! It’s almost like reverse culture shock. I got to hand it to AIP, I had a really great time in China and the internship placement was exactly what I was expecting. Defiantly has my stamp of approval.
Adventure in a tropical paradise - how can you go wrong?
Submitted by Violet Morgan - - | December 07, 2017
I was skeptical of paying to be placed in an internship in Jakarta but I needed that push to get me out of my comfort zone and I am so glad I made the choice to go. It wasn’t without it’s ups and downs however.
Let’s start with the ups; Indonesia is beautiful. No one can deny. My favourite spot being the Gili Islands even if they were a tad touristic, there is a reason the place is so popular. Stunning. Tana Toraja was also painfully beautiful. The food was phenomenal too it’s a wonder I didn’t put on weight. My placement was in an NGO in Central Jakarta and I thoroughly enjoyed my 6 months there.
The downs now. I did suffer from some slight homesickness while away from home, nothing a Skype to my Grandmother couldn’t fix but sometime the time difference made that difficult the only other thing I had issue with was meeting other interns. Jakarta is massive and the other interns were spaced fairly far away. Fortunately, AIP arranged some activities for us so it sort of forced us to meet.
All in all I’m absolutely delighted I decided to take the plunge and move aboard on my own for 6 months! I’ve been bored senseless since coming back home.