Internships are an excellent tool for advancing your skills in a field of interest. An internship is a great way to start your professional life as it allows for an easier passage into a company, gives you a basic & more advanced knowledge of the job you want to do, and - more importantly - creates fantastic networking opportunities and contacts within the industry. These positions help young adults find a career path, test their aptitude for certain kinds of work, and further develop their resume or CV.
Internships are almost always unpaid as the intern is gaining skills and experience. It is critical to find the right match so that the relationship is beneficial to both intern and company. Full time students have the easiest time finding internships because of their age, lack of real life skills, amount of free time, and education.
To secure an internship aboard, it is usually necessary to find a company that sets it up. Internships are commonly set-up through a university for its students. The site, www.gooverseas.com/internships-abroad/bangkok-thailand, is a helpful resource for these opportunities.
British Embassy in Bangkok- Often offers short term 1-3 month student internships. The internships provide the opportunity of working alongside consular staff in the commercial, consular, political, visa or management sections.
UNESCO Bangkok - On-the-job training opportunity for graduate and post-graduate students to enhance their academic experience through practical work assignments. Subject to submission of the application form, internship or volunteer assignments can last up to six months and are not required to enrol full-time. Interns and volunteers are incorporated in the work as junior team members under the supervision of different unit chiefs. However, remuneration and employment expectation are not offered.
UN ESCAP- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific provides opportunities for students who are enrolled in graduate programmes to undertake an internship with one of its diverse range of divisions and agencies, most of which are located at its Bangkok headquarters.
There are online job sites that are also helpful in finding an internship, with some sites dedicated exclusively to internships and gap year positions:
…as well as EasyExpat's Job Listings in Thailand.
It is also possible to apply directly with organizations. Research your area of interest and find businesses and organizations in Thailand with online applications.
Several papers have a helpful classifieds section. There are job offers for executives and professionals, as well as sections dedicated to specific professions, like teaching, computers, and media. These include the Bangkok Post: Job and The Nation: Jobs.
Bangkok also offers many free magazines which can be found in cafes and bars across the city. These magazines may contain contacts of organizations which may meet your skill set. They include:
Networking can be a vital tool in locating internships. In Bangkok, it is too familiar a tale that someone secured an internship or even a permanent role though "someone they know" or "someone they met at an event".
Social media also provides great contacts. Following companies on social media like Linkedln, Twitter or Facebook(especially in Bangkok specific groups Desperately Seeking Bangkok)is another method of finding the perfect internship. Businesses can promote job opportunities on these sites and provide helpful tips and information.
If hired through an agency, the agency usually guides the intern through the process. Most interns receive a Student Visa.
For more information, consult our section on "Passport, Visa, and Permits" or in our subsection on "Work Visas & Permits in Thailand" for full info.
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