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Intern in Thailand
Expand your personal and professional horizons through a custom internship placement in vibrant Bangkok or Chiang Mai, Thailand! When you intern in Thailand you’ll get everything you need to make the most of your time: a custom-chosen professional internship, exceptional support and cultural engagements.
CISaustralia allows you to expand your future horizons by securing a professional internship placement and quality international experience, complete with around-the-clock assistance. We know the value of having global experiences on your CV, which is why we’re dedicated to making sure your experience is a positive one, full of growth and exciting development.
Thailand is an ever growing and expanding country. Its economy is the 2nd largest in all of Southeast Asia and is an economy that is continually evolving and developing, offering a unique environment for interns to gain a valuable international experience. Our internships in Thailand provide you with the opportunity to cultivate professional skills and gain work experience in the field of your choice. The economic growth of the city has been thriving at an amazing rate for the past several years, not only bringing millions out of extreme poverty, but raising the standards of living to some of the highest in Asia. You have the choice of a wide variety of professional placements in architecture, business development and creative industries, engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, IT, marketing, hospitality, tourism, human rights, journalism and media.
Use our well-established network to find the best intern placement for your interests and talents
All CISaustralia staff have had international experiences, whether they have worked, studied, interned or lived overseas. Our adviser’s knowledge of Thailand and what makes a great internship will provide you with invaluable career opportunities as well as memories to last a lifetime.
Intern in one of South East Asia’s largest economies – Bangkok, or the historic city of Chiang Mai
With such a strong and diverse economy, you’ll have the chance to choose from a range of opportunities and get to know what it’s like to work in this exciting region of Asia. English is widely spoken throughout Thailand and many business operations in Thailand use English as their primary language, which allows interns to benefit from their international placement without having to learn a new language. Thailand ranks 2nd for quality of life among the ten ASEAN countries, and boasts a diverse population, meaning in your placement you could be working with a range of tourist, migrants, expatriates and locals!
While in Thailand, experience the culture!
Thailand is consistently ranked as one of the friendliest countries in the world, and is a country that welcomes diversity and is proud of their culture. Be sure to see, smell, taste and touch all aspects of Thai culture. One of the best aspects of international work experience is the balance of adventure, discovery and development. Your CISaustralia experience comes complete with orientation and activities included so that you can get to know the other interns on your program, the area where you will be working and how to get around. You will have several opportunities to taste the local cuisines and visit the famous landmarks.
We want you to get the most out of your experience, which is why we provide you with airport pick-up, accommodation and the other logistical details that can become a distraction from the real purpose of your trip. This way, you get comfortable quickly and start enjoying the Thai lifestyle, while being able to focus on your customised internship.
If you are looking to cultivate your professional skills and experience a fascinating and unique culture, then Bangkok is the place to be. There is always something to see or do in the capital city, and you will learn something new every day. No matter what your purpose is for taking on an international internship, CISaustralia can guarantee that you will grow and learn more than you ever thought possible. The ultimate aim is to support your interests and provide you with a unique placement, which will build your career prospects.
The temple roofs glitter amid the grime. The flower garlands cloak urban ills with the scent of jasmine. But the tuk tuks no longer hurtle quite as scarily, the skies are less sooty, and all those dark alleys Bangkok leads you down seem better lit. In its own fitful fashion, the Thai capital is becoming a world city — tamer, wiser and with an emerging art and dining scene that makes it seem like more than some steamy swamp where high-society royalists and up-country migrants collide. A brace of modern improvements dominate: sparkling malls, a long-overdue modern museum, the excellent subway. Still, this remains a sensory overload.
Wat Suthat This vast temple compound always feels like the real spiritual deal and, even if never quite properly restored, showcases lacquer-black chapel walls of magnificently fevered fresco paintings to compete with the best of the Italian Renaissance. Across from the main entrance is a giant red ceremonial swing, a Hindu symbol that became Bangkok’s civic emblem for a time. The surrounding streets are among the old city’s most atmospheric.
Patravadi Theatre Just getting to this arts oasis is well worth the trip on river boats to Wang Lang Pier, then past Nonthaburi’s earthy markets. Founded by one of Thailand’s most revered actresses, the Patravadi is a hip riverside complex where a theatre, rehearsal spaces, gift shop and restaurants sit amid arbors and sculpture. Catch avant-garde dancers or enthusiastic young students giving a dinner show of Thai drumming and acrobatics, all fronting the city’s best views of barge traffic and the Grand Palace.
Or Tor Gor Across the road from the exhausting Chatuchak weekend flea market, this farmers market is a less crowded and far more authentic showcase of both tropical abundance and the Thai sensibility. Better yet, the statements of identity are all edible: take your pick of the kingdom’s best green mangoes, grilled prawns and coconut crab curry.
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre – and MBK Centre Local arts activists fought for decades to get their Guggenheim-aping Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, which opened in 2008 and is still in the process of being filled with exhibits. If there isn’t enough on display, cross the sky bridge to the MBK Center, where every product known to humanity comes at an aesthetically satisfying discount. Or cross the street to enter the warren of alleys that is Siam Square, where playful fashion shops, some fading art-movie houses and one adventuresome Whitespace art gallery serve as the lively meeting points for Thai youth.
Pak Klong Talad The wholesale flower market that clogs several blocks on the northern edge of Chinatown is a cavalcade of paper-swathed lilies, orchids and birds of paradise in an astounding spectrum. If hunger strikes, head back to the main strip of Yaowarat Road for sidewalk dining on the world’s best crab fried rice at Rut and Lek Seafood, on the corner of Yaowarat and Soi Texas.
Bang Krajao Want to know what Bangkok may have looked like before the invention of condos or the invasion of 7-Elevens? Tiny motorboats from rickety, unadvertised piers at the end of Narathiwas Road ferry the adventurous to a surprisingly undeveloped heart of green jungle. There, thousands of paths lead through a wet wonderland of stilt houses, sarong-clad elders and fruits that can be plucked from the trees.
Wat Po There’s no combination of the corporeal and ethereal like a stroll through this otherworldly temple compound, where the relaxed smile on the famous Reclining Buddha serves as the cue to head for the school of traditional massage right on the grounds. There’s often a wait, and there’s no privacy as aching tourist bodies lie side by side. But the prices are low and the standard is divine.
Loha Prasat and Pad Thai The Loha Prasat is one of Bangkok’s more eccentric religious buildings, a metal-tipped complex of concentric boxes that resembles the inner sanctum of an Egyptian tomb. If climbing its levels or browsing the adjoining market for outlandishly showy Buddha amulets builds up an appetite, adjoining Mahachai Road just happens to host the Thipsamai restaurant. It’s famed for its pad thai, lusciously soft noodles heaped from fiery woks and served with giant prawns and egg as gleaming yellow as the nearby spire of the famed Golden Mount.
Hindu Worship When Bangkok goes Hindu, it really goes wild. Lower Silom Road’s Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Bangkok, devoted to the goddess Uma and a special gathering place for thousands of transsexual devotees. The annual Navratri festival, held every October, sees Pan Road — also known for its Burmese and Vietnamese restaurants — crowded with thousands of fire-eating, powder-dusted worshippers and the procession of deities is as fervent and frenzied as those anywhere else in South Asia, only more jolly.
In Thailand, we have placements available in:
Your placement will be customised to your interests and the interests of the host company. The following is a list of companies and organisations that CISaustralia has the potential to place you and that interns have been placed in the past: Amnesty International, Annex Power, Baker Tilly, Centara Guarda, Groupon, Meinhardt, Nissan, PTT Group, Remax, Safe Coms, Schneider Electric, Wells Fargo and many more!
If you can’t find a field that gets you excited, contact our advisors and we’ll help you find an internship to try and meet your interests.
During your internship program in Thailand you can enjoy a variety of local excursions including, but not limited to:
Trekking to the hill tribes
Exploring markets and other places of interest
While these are not included in your program you will have afternoons and weekends available to give you the opportunity to explore this beautiful country!
Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formally known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest.
Thailand is a monarchy headed by a king. The King of Thailand’s titles include Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Adherent of Buddhism, and Upholder of Religions. Although a constitutional system was established in 1932, the monarchy and military have continued to intervene periodically in politics.
With a total area of approximately 513,000 km2 (198,000 sq mi), Thailand is the world’s 51st largest country. It is the 20th most populous country in the world, with around 66 million people. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, which is Thailand’s political, commercial, industrial and cultural hub.
Bangkok is the capital and the most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep. The city occupies 1,568.7 km2 (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand and has a population of over 8 million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over 14 million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centres in terms of importance.
Bangkok traces its roots to a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, which eventually grew in size and became the site of two capital cities: Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782. Bangkok was at the heart of Siam’s (as Thailand used to be known) modernisation during the later 19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city was the centre stage of Thailand’s political struggles throughout the 20th century, as the country abolished absolute monarchy, adopted constitutional rule and underwent numerous coups and uprisings. The city grew rapidly during the 1960s through the 1980s and now exerts a significant impact among Thailand’s politics, economy, education, media and modern society.
The Asian investment boom in the 1980s and 1990s led many multinational corporations to locate their regional headquarters in Bangkok. The city is now a major regional force in finance and business. It is an international hub for transport and healthcare, and is emerging as a regional centre for the arts, fashion and entertainment. The city is known for its vibrant street life and cultural landmarks. The historic Grand Palace and Buddhist temples, including Wat Arun and Wat Pho, stand in contrast with other tourist attractions such as the nightlife scenes of Khaosan Road and Patpon. Bangkok is among the world’s top tourist destinations. It is named the most visited city in MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index and was named “World’s Best City” for four consecutive years by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Bangkok’s rapid growth amidst little urban planning and regulation has resulted in a haphazard cityscape and inadequate infrastructure systems. Limited roads, despite an extensive expressway network, together with substantial private car usage, have resulted in chronic and crippling traffic congestion. This in turn caused severe air pollution in the 1990s. The city has since turned to public transport in an attempt to solve this major problem. Four rapid transit lines are now in operation, with more systems under construction or planned by the national government and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
Chiang Mai, to the north of Bangkok, is a historic city that dates back to 1296. The city sits beautifully amongst the highest mountains in the country and has over 300 Buddhist temples. With a population of 100,000+, it is a nice contrast to the packed streets of Thailand’s capital city. Known to Thai people as the ‘Rose of the North,’ Chiang Mai is a popular tourist destination for Thais and foreigners alike who come to experience the great climate, cosmopolitan atmosphere, amazing food and to explore the surrounding mountains.
A few facts about Chiang Mai:
Chiang Mai is located 700km north of Bangkok and sits among the highest mountains in the country
Founded in 1296, Chiang Mai means ‘new city’ and was so-named because it was the new capital at the time of the Lanna kingdom
The ever-friendly and polite Thai people are full of smiles (Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’)
Chiang Mai has over 300 Buddhist temples
The city is home to around 150,000 people, with a greater metropolitan population of around 1 million
Chiang Mai is set on an elevated plateau at about 1,000 feet above sea level, flanked by mountains and bisected by the Ping River
Chiang Mai was built in 1296 as a walled city surrounded by a moat. The old city was roughly 1.5 square km. Some sections of the wall along with the corner bastions are still intact and Chiang Mai city is now basically made up of the old city (within the walled area) and the new city which has been built around it
Popular activities include trekking into hill tribe communities, riding elephants, hiking in Doi Inthanon National Park (home of Thailand’s tallest mountain), savouring tasty street food, enjoying the nightlife and witnessing the city’s many festivals and cultural celebrations
Interns are placed in well-appointed accommodation for the duration of their stay. Accommodation is always safe, secure and in a convenient location to your work place, or a short walk to public transport. The apartments have all amenities available, are close to local transportation and easily accessible to the rest of the city.
Apartments do vary slightly from one placement to the next, as Bangkok is a very large, heavily populated and spread out city with significant traffic congestion. Hence, accommodation is selected based on where the student’s placement is located. All accommodation will include Wi-Fi, a set of bedding (pillow, sheets, blankets), tables, chairs, refrigerator, water and electricity – all basic living requirements. Sometimes the accommodation will include a small gym and a pool (but we do not guarantee either). There is usually limited cooking materials / utensils, however, these can be bought at affordable prices. Most students eat out for all meals, as the cost to eat out is approximately the same to cook for one or two people. Students stay in shared (same gender) accommodation.
Students can request a single room for an additional fee.
An added bonus to your CISaustralia internship is that many universities in Australia will recognise your internship and grant you academic credit. Many progressive universities recognise high-quality internships as part of an elective course, a practical experience element of your degree studies and/or a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.
If you are interested in gaining academic credit for your internship towards your degree at your university in Australia, you should apply for pre-approved academic credit at your home university. Contact your International Office, Academic Advisor/Head of Department or Careers Office to see if this option is available.
CISaustralia will work with you, your university’s Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.
CISaustralia can provide a certificate of participation for every placement. Please contact us for more information.
Please note that you also need to budget for flights, visa, meals and personal travel expenses. We can provide a realistic sample of expected additional expenses so you can be fully prepared for all expected costs and budget accordingly.
Please note that no internship placement is ever guaranteed, even after acceptance into the program. CISaustralia is in constant communication with each candidate providing ongoing updates on final placement confirmation and associated organisational opportunities.
CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.
Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.
1. Is a passport or visa required? How and when do I apply for my passport and visa?
It is a requirement of entry to any international destination to have a valid passport. It is important to remember that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months PAST your return date. To apply for a passport visit Australia Post to collect an application or learn more at: www.passports.gov.au
Passport application forms can be filled in and printed online, but not lodged. You will need to sign the completed application form in black ink and lodge it at the time of your personal interview, together with all of the supporting documentation listed on the application form. In Australia most forms are lodged at Australia Post outlets.
Visas are specific to the destination, please check with trained counselling staff at CISaustralia for further information.
2. Where will I be staying during my internship?
Accommodation is provided as part of your internship. This is often shared accommodation or a single room in a shared apartment. Please see the ‘Accommodation’ tab of the internship you are interested in to learn more.
3. Will there be other students with me in the program, and if so, how many?
CISaustralia programs are a great way to not only meet local and international students but also others from Australia on a similar intern journey as you. We often have U.S. students on intern placements through our partners in the United States. Depending on the year, intern program sizes will vary. Often flexibility is the key! If you need more information on specific program sizes, please contact us.
4. Will I be paid during my internship?
You won’t get paid but the experience is priceless. Your resume will look outstanding and you will open up a whole new world of opportunities. Professional internships are invaluable experiences, and educational and resume-building programs that will greatly enhance your employment prospects when you return home. Some universities will also offer academic credit for your internship. Check with your home university in Australia.
5. How do you match me with businesses and organisations?
Matching you to the best available internship is crucial to the success of the program. We take a detailed look at your interests, goals and skills and match you accordingly with businesses and organisations that fit your needs. This is why the application process is so crucial. Here you will nominate your top two areas of interest and we will also conduct an interview with you through our Program Coordinator or on-site team to help us achieve the best placement. Once you have paid the $750 ($1,100 Intern in England) internship deposit, our team will move ahead with placing you with the best match in one of your two chosen fields of interest.
6. I am thinking of an internship in my major – is this possible?
It is possible and wherever possible, we go even further to individualise your placement to truly match your major. For sample placements take a look at the ‘Placements’ tab.
7. Is the internship matching deposit necessary?
It is necessary for one very important reason. It shows your commitment to the program, not just to us but also potential businesses and organisations that we are approaching on your behalf. When you’ve paid the deposit we can confidently approach these businesses on your behalf to find the best possible match. It is not an extra fee – the $750 ($1,100 Intern in England) deposit is part of your overall program payment.
Go for it! The best experience I have ever undertaken! I am so happy that I took the plunge and went for it. I have made some amazing friends that I will keep for life. While you have the the opportunity to take advantage of things like OS-Help and credit towards your degree, take it! It is something that will not only look awesome on a resume but you will have the best memories and chance to meet so many great people.