Intern in Vietnam
Intern abroad in the beautiful and historical city of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam over summer or winter break, or anytime of year. Enjoy an exceptional combination of friendly locals, vibrant culture, and beautiful natural environments whilst expanding your personal and professional horizons!
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.
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 Vietnam and what makes a great internship will provide you with invaluable career opportunities as well as memories to last a lifetime.
While in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi or Da Nang, experience the culture!
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It’s also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Ben Thành Market.
HCMC is a city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with great energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle there, and visitors cannot help but tag along for the ride. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon’s urban collage blends these two worlds into one exciting mass.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is considered to be the cultural centre of the nation and is most welcoming to visitors. It has internationally-recognised universities, museums, theatres, amazing restaurants and lovely parks, along with a famous lake. It’s not all about baguettes, buildings and the city though. There is a lot to be explored for the adventure seekers too!
The tourism bureau of Hanoi has taken a sincere interest in developing the presence of adventure tourism, making activities like trekking, kayaking and rock climbing readily available. Check the official tourism website or ask your Site Director for more information about these adventurous opportunities to experience Vietnam’s countryside. There is plenty to see and do for any personality type. Looking for a happy medium between thrill seeking and something more mellow? Consider one of the Hanoi City bicycle tours, or take a traditional paddle boat down the lakes and around the exquisite rock formations.
Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. Da Nang marks the halfway point between the capital in the north, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. It’s the fourth largest city in Vietnam. Apart from some shopping highlights and historical sights, the main reason for most travellers staying here is its proximity to the well-known My Khe Beach, Lang Co Beach, Hoi An and My Son. It is also a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills to the west of the city.
Vietnam’s cultural diversity stems from its fascinating history. Chinese occupation left a strong influence on the architecture, religion and cuisine. You may also notice that the Indian culture has left a lasting impression as well. There are many French colonial characteristics still apparent, with distinctive pastel, yellow painted buildings and an adoption of the French coffee culture, along with the quintessential baguette.
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 Vietnamese lifestyle, while being able to focus on your customised internship.
The on-site support team is made up of a diverse and dynamic team of passionate travellers and professionals who know the local environment and also get where interns are coming from. While language is not a barrier in this location, it’s always good to have a contact that knows the local culture and can speak the local language fluently. That’s just what interns receive from local on-site CISaustralia staff in Vietnam.
During your stay, take advantage of any opportunity to witness local events, such as a traditional Vietnamese wedding. An abundance of colourful festivals take place in Vietnam year-round and are another reason visitors from around the globe flock to this beautiful country. Festivals are a wonderful way to learn about the local beliefs and customs. It’s highly recommended that you make an effort to catch a few while you’re there!
Here are the top five recommended things to do and see while in HCMC:
The Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam is a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to floating markets, Khmer pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. Boats are the main means of transportation, and tours of the region often start in nearby Ho Chi Minh City or Can Tho, a bustling town in the heart of the delta.
Chu Chi Tunnels
The Chu Chi Tunnels are part of a massive war museum that offers a sneak-peek at the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers back in 1948. Located 70km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the historical site is comprised of more than 120km of underground tunnels with several trapdoors, living areas, kitchens, storage facilities, armoury, hospitals and command centres.
A O Show in the Saigon Opera House
Giant woven baskets turn into flamingos and crabs, among other imaginative creatures and contraptions, thanks to the clever performers behind the A O Show. Visit the historic Saigon Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City for this sophisticated cultural show featuring traditional music, dance and acrobatics. Beautiful choreography and stunning optical illusions lend to a story about how a rural Vietnamese community adapts to urbanisation.
Fine Arts Museum
Not far from the Ben Thành Market, housed in a Chinese-influenced yellow and white colonial-era mansion, the Fine Arts Museum offers an extensive insight into Vietnamese aesthetics ranging from the country’s earliest civilisations to the present day. Exhibits include anything from sculpture and paintings to pottery and abstract art.
Jade Emperor Pagoda
This is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in Ho Chi Minh City, stuffed with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes that were built in 1909 in honour of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven). Incense fills the air and woodcarvings line the walls. Its roof is etched with elaborate tile work, and the temple’s statues, depicting characters from both Buddhist and Taoist lore, are made from reinforced papier mâché.
This is a draft itinerary only and is subject to change:
- Thursday: Arrival, airport pick-up, accommodation check-in
- Friday: Orientation, company introduction
- Saturday: City tour
- Sunday: Get to know the surrounding, learn to use public transportation
- Monday: Company introduction/start working
- Every Friday: Program coordinator check-in with interns
- Weekend: Excursion to Mekong Delta (HCMC) / Halong Bay (Hanoi)
- Last Friday: Evaluation and farewell party
- Last Saturday: Departure
Interns can choose from 4 to 12 weeks, pending the student’s needs, aspirations and company interest, availability and requirements.
Note: 4-6 week placements will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Longer placements will open up more company opportunities and a more comprehensive / well-rounded experience.
The following is a list of potential intern placements in Vietnam. Your placement will be customised to your interests and the interests of the host company:
- Accounting (placements for accounting are challenging in Vietnam and may not always be possible)
- The Arts
- Business Management
- Human Resources
- Public Relations
If you can’t find a field that gets you excited, contact our advisors and we’ll help you find an internship to meet your interests.
* Medical internship requires a surcharge of $100-$500 USD per month depending on the host hospital. This charge is sent directly to the hospital as a supervision/training fee and grant the student access to training tools.
If your placement is in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, some excursions will be included in your program fee, pending the season, availability and staffing. Please see ‘What’s Included’ for more information.
For students residing in HCMC, there are also an endless number of other activities students can partake in (at own expense):
- Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon: Built in the late 1800s, this brick, neo-Romanesque church with a 40m-high square tower is an icon that enlivens the heart of HCMC’s government quarter and is truly a historic marvel and French colonial beauty.
- Bitexco Financial Tower: Commonly known as the Saigon Skydeck, this 68-storey skyscraper stands 262 metres high at the centre of the city’s CBD. Soar up to the 49th floor and get an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city’s skyline. The sunset from up there is a sight you don’t want to miss!
- Ben Thành Market: Head over to these markets to grab some cheap street food, traditional clothing and exquisite cultural souvenirs. With over 3,000 stalls, Ben Thành has pretty much everything you can find. Be sure to put your haggling hat on since being a tourist, you may be asked to pay prices far above what locals would pay.
- War Remnants Museum: One of the most visited in the country, this museum showcases the brutality of the Vietnam War with exhibits such as helicopters, bombers and tanks supported with text and pictures that tell of the horrific tales. Definitely not for the squeamish!
- Bonsai River cruise: Cruise along the Saigon River and watch the city lights at sunset by the deck of a traditional 19th century dragon boat. A perfect and truly relaxing way to end an exhausting day!
For students residing in Hanoi, we recommend you consider visiting the following sites (at own expense):
- Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and history by visiting a wide range of museums such as the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the Vietnam Military History Museum, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, the Hanoi Museum or the Vietnamese Women’s Museum.
- See St. Joseph’s Cathedral and witness its Neo-Gothic design, inspired by Notre Dame. This is the oldest church in Hanoi built in 1886 and conducts mass several times during the day.
- Water puppetry is a traditional art form developed and diversified from over a thousand years ago. Visit the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre to observe this unique tradition, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra.
For a country that is only slightly larger than Italy, this is one little nation that is choc-full of geographic and cultural diversity. Surrounded by stunning coastline and full of bright green mountains, breathtaking national parks and dynamic cities, Vietnam is a travel destination that many aspire to visit. It boasts a veritable smorgasbord of cultural interests, as well as one of the world’s very best cuisines. Vietnam really is a country that has it all.
Vietnam’s cultural diversity stems from its fascinating history. In the northern region, Chinese occupation left a strong cultural influence on architecture, religion and cuisine. But head south and you’ll see that the Indian culture has left a lasting impression. In between the two, you’ll find French colonial characteristics that are still apparent with distinctive yellow pastel-coloured architecture of its villas and administrative buildings, as well as a passion for the quintessential baguette. While you’re trekking the mountainous regions, wave a friendly ‘chào’ to the 50+ hill tribes who continue to live isolated from conventional society.
For placements located in HCMC and Hanoi:
- Interns are placed in standard shared accommodation, with a single room for the duration of their stay. Accommodation is basic 3-star shared apartments which are safe and secure. We try to place interns in a convenient location to your work place – or a short walk to public transport. We cannot always guarantee a short commute, particularly in a city like HCMC which covers a vast geographic area, has a population of approx. 10 million people and significant traffic challenges.
- Apartments may vary slightly from one placement to the next. All accommodation will include a set of bedding (pillow, sheets, blankets), tables, chairs, Wi-Fi, cable TV, water and a shared kitchen with all cooking materials and eating utensils – all basic living requirements, plus room cleaning 3 times per week. Bathrooms may be shared or private depending on location and availability. Interns will need to bring their own towel(s) and personal grooming products, e.g. shampoo, etc. Each intern’s room will include a mini refrigerator and microwave. Most interns eat out for all meals, as the cost to eat out is approximately the same to cook for one or two people.
- Electricity and gas are not included in the accommodation. Interns will be billed monthly for their usage which is to be paid in cash to the Landlord. This is approximately USD $150-200 per month per utility.
For placements located in Da Nang:
- Interns will be placed in a homestay. The homestay accommodation will include a set of bedding (pillow, sheets, blankets) with the common household areas containing tables, chairs, Wi-Fi, cable TV, water, shared bathroom and a shared kitchen with all cooking materials and eating utensils – all basic living requirements. Students will need to bring their own towel(s) and personal grooming products, e.g. shampoo, etc.
An added bonus to your CISaustralia internship is that many universities in Australia will recognise your internship and grant you academic credit. Many progressive universities recognise high-quality internships as part of an elective course, a practical experience element of your degree studies and/or a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.
If you are interested in gaining academic credit for your internship towards your degree at your university in Australia, you should apply for pre-approved academic credit at your home university. Contact your International Office, Academic Advisor/Head of Department or Careers Office to see if this option is available.
CISaustralia will work with you, your university’s Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.
CISaustralia can provide a certificate of participation for every placement. Please contact us for more information.
Program Fee & Dates
|Customised Internship - Year Round|
|Application deadline is 90 days prior to commencement. Length of internship is flexible, minimum duration is 4 weeks. Arrivals are on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. CISaustralia orientation is held the Thursday or Friday after you arrive, depending on your time of arrival. Depart on the Sunday after internship ends.|
|Application Fee||A$ 95|
|Program Fee||A$ 4,999 - 6,999|
Program fees include the following:
- Internship placement and supervision
- CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
- Financial advice
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Visa application
- Pre-departure guide and session
- Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times only)
- Comprehensive orientation
- Welcome and farewell meals
- Local SIM card advice
- Local Vietnamese student buddy
- Local immersion activities – city tour, cooking day, 1 day excursion out of the city: Mekong Delta tour (HCMC) / Halong Bay (Hanoi), and potential for other community events pending season, availability and staffing
- Regular on-site check-in
- Evaluation / review
- CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
- CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)
Note: Employees in Vietnam will receive certain holiday days off for the Vietnamese New Year each year.
What is not included:
- Program application fee
- Medical insurance
- Travel insurance
- Public Liability insurance
- Visa fees
- Vaccinations (if required)
- Meals (unless mentioned above)
- Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)
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.
Please do not book flights until you have received the dates in your acceptance paperwork and you are confirmed on the program.
CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.
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 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 deposit is part of your overall program payment.