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Internships in Asia

Internships for university students in Asia

Gain work experience in Asia! Asia Exchange offers and organizes internships for university students. There are hundreds of places available for students from various fields of studies.

Internships in Southeast Asia

Asia Exchange’s partner organization organizes internships in Southeast Asian countries (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia). Most of the available placements at the moment are in Thailand.

The following fields are available for internships in Asian countries:

  • Architecture
  • Arts & Creative Industries
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Government and Politics
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Law
  • Journalism and Media
  • IT
  • NGO’s and Non-Profits
  • PR & Marketing

Read more about internships in South East Asia from here.

Internships in Indonesia

The following internships and fields are available in Indonesia:

  • Education and English Teaching
  • Business & Marketing
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Sociology and Culture
  • Sales and Customer Service
  • International Business Relations and trade
  • Journalism
  • Development and Asian Studies
  • Custom projects, depending on applicant’s background and preferences

Read more about the internships and apply from here.

Please note: Our partner organisation offers 5% discount off the internship arrangement fee for applicants who mention Asia Exchange in the section “how do you know about Internship Indonesia”. 

Internships in China

The following internships and fields are available in China:

  • Hotel Hospitality Internship
  • BA Internships (GM Assistant)
  • Hotel Management Trainee
  • International Marketing & Sales
  • Law Internship (paralegal)
  • Business Administration Internship
  • Electrical & Electronic Internship
  • English Editing & Teaching
  • Product Advocate Assistant
  • Civil Engineering Internship
  • PR & Communications Internship
  • Logistics Internship
  • Industrial Design Internship

Read more about interships in China here.

Internships in Hong Kong

Am.azed is an interactive platform connecting startups and students to local and global networks. The convenient platform enables students to chat with startups in various regions in the hopes of joining their startup journey. Internships are mostly based in Hong Kong, but there is a growing number of internships available in other countries too.

You can read more here.

Internships at Asia Exchange

AE has about five exciting and diverse internship positions available every year for university students and recent graduates. The internships take place in our study abroad destinations in Asia and in our office in Tampere, Finland.

Are you interested in an internship at a small but international company? Would you like to gain experience in communications, marketing, event management and administration? Please send us an open application together with your CV or answer to our job ads published normally twice a year at different portals. The internships are unpaid. Most students get scholarships from their home institution for the length of the internship.

Internship at Asia Exchange Host Universities
Some Asia Exchange students have found an internship at their Asian host university’s international office. If you are interested in this opportunity, please let AE and your contact person at the university know about this during your semester abroad.

Finding an internship on your own

Finding an internship abroad independently is usually quite time-consuming and the process can be complicated. Especially in Asia, in order to find a placement and get selected, you often have to visit your future employee during the application process. That’s why a lot of the students look for an internship while studying abroad at their favorite destination. While in the destination you have the chance to build up a contact network and get to know interesting organizations. When looking for placement on your own, be active and contact several different organizations. Make sure to look into different resources for information on work permits, visas, accommodation and scholarships.

Volunteering and interning at a charity or non-profit organization

You are welcome to apply independently to Asia Exchange’s charity destinations in Thailand and Indonesia. Learn more here.

Students testimonials


"Working with children in Indonesia has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. I was an assistant teacher and even though my little students were eager to learn, I think I learnt double the amount that they did during our time together."
- Paul, France

"Living in Shanghai for the past four months was hands down amazing! Everything I’ve learned from understanding how a Chinese company operates to using the language has enriched my life so much."
- Ginny S., USA

“I had a great time during my three-month internship in Shanghai. It was a good opportunity for me to meet new people and experience a new culture. While there, I worked in the marketing department of a design company and gained valuable work experience. ”
- Caitlin B., USA

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