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Ho Chi Minh City Internship
Intern abroad in one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic metropolises: Ho Chi Minh City. The vibrant city buzzes with energy as different industries continue to grow and join the global economy making it a particularly fascinating place to intern abroad. Take part in a full-time internship to gain professional experience in various medical and healthcare fields, education, agriculture, engineering or the hospitality industry. Placements include guaranteed housing plus ongoing support from TEAN’s expert internship team as well as a fun orientation, cultural events, a Local Buddy to further help you connect with the community and more.
Gain real world work experience with a full-time internship (minimum 32 hours per week) in pre-established positions for 8 weeks
Live in historical Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam’s leading business hub renowned for its unique blend of tradition and innovation (plus delicious cuisine!)
Enjoy guaranteed pre-arranged housing in centrally located, fully-furnished apartments which include internet and utilities
Explore during a comprehensive 2-day Orientation Program filled with adventure as well as learning about local business etiquette and internship best practices
Participate in included cultural events throughout your stay, such as a tour of the Mekong Delta or a Vietnamese cooking class
Get to know your Local Buddy, a Vietnamese student matched with you who will welcome you into your new host culture and help you feel at home
Take advantage of TEAN’s re-entry advising to make the most of your work experience (including learning how to leverage your experience abroad to increase marketability at home)
Internship Career Fields
TEAN offers Summer (8-week) unpaid internship placements in a variety of positions in exciting industries including those listed below. There are no industry limitations – if your field is not listed please contact us to check availability.
Gain experience in an agriculture-based economy that is advancing towards industrialization. Roles can vary from working for a sustainable agriculture non-profit, to working in agribusiness or agritourism.
Participate in market research on various economic sectors, work in the strategic business unit for Vietnam’s largest confectionery company, or intern in marketing for a leading investment group.
Teach English to students across a wide range of ages and skill levels, gain experience in the classroom as a Teaching Assistant, or gain exposure to higher education relations
Engineering placements are extremely competitive and typically vary based on projects available. Opportunities may range from chemical to civil to architectural engineering.
Have the unique ability to study environmental issues in a rapidly developing economy by teaming up with organizations working on renewable energy, forest protection and environmental remediation.
Develop your professional skills by working as a legislative specialist, ensuring compliance with local and national audit regulations, or gain banking experience in either a front or back office role.
Hospitality & Tourism
Gain exposure to the hospitality industry of your choice, ranging from cruise lines to culinary arts to hotel guest relations in Vietnam’s growing tourism industry.
Work on an exciting team of young talent at a start-up as a mobile or web developer, or manage the frontend of a client’s website as a software management intern.
Medical & Healthcare
Strengthen your clinical skills by gaining exposure to patient care and participating in applicable nursing research at an international hospital, work with physical therapists by assisting in strength and conditioning programs or assist occupational therapists in rehabilitation of patients.
Participate in research dedicated to rural development, support a Senior Case officer in field visits and case management at an international humanitarian NGO, or work as a Project Assistant organizing community events such as art classes for disadvantaged youth.
Academic Credit through TEAN
TEAN has partnered with Elmhurst College, located in suburban Chicago, to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 upper division internship academic credits for TEAN’s 8-week summer internship programs. Credit awarded will be based on the successful completion of learning goals and objectives (set with a supervisor), weekly reflections, employer evaluations and an activity report. Interns will be enrolled at Elmhurst as visiting students and will be in contact with an Elmhurst faculty member for all assignments.
The academic credit is included in your program cost, and includes an electronic transcript with a Pass/Fail grade from Elmhurst College. Elmhurst College is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois, as well as The Higher Learning Commission, A Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Learn more about Elmhurst College at www.elmhurst.edu.
Home University Credit
Participants may be able to arrange academic credit for the internship placement directly through their home university by speaking with their academic department and the study abroad office. At the time of application to the program, students choosing this option will need to provide TEAN with the details of the credit and any special requirements as it relates to the internship placement. Students are responsible for paying their home university for any tuition or fees associated with the credit.
TEAN encourages participants to discuss the academic credit options with their home university early in the application process. Academic credit for internships must be approved and arranged before the internship begins, as credit typically cannot be retroactively arranged.
TEAN interns are guaranteed housing in secure, fully furnished private studios in the host city. Interns will have access to a private or shared kitchen depending on availability, as well as shared laundry services. WiFi and water is included, but electricity will be charged upon move-out (typically around $100 USD/month). Accommodation is centrally located.
Orientation & Events
Your 2-day Ho Chi Minh City Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful internship by introducing you to the local culture, including local business etiquette and internship best practices, while also offering plenty of time to get to know your soon-to-be TEAN and local friends and having a fun journey in the process. Kick off the experience by meeting your local buddy, participate in an orientation session meant to acquaint you with local customs, enjoy a basic Vietnamese language lesson, and end the day with a welcome dinner. On Saturday, explore your new city by taking part in a scavenger hunt designed as a fun way to introduce you to traditional food and historical sites.
Even though you are traveling abroad to work hard, it’s also important to take time to enjoy the local culture. The TEAN Internship Program includes a minimum of two engaging cultural, experiential or professional activities, such as coffee catch-ups and a Vietnamese cooking class, during your time in Ho Chi Minh City. Examples of past events include:
- Shopping for fresh ingredients at a local market then using your finds to create a traditional Vietnamese meal
- Tour the Mekong Delta to experience the floating markets, fruit gardens and traditional music of the area
- All applicants are expected to have an appropriate academic background related to the internship placement duties.
- The amount of required coursework (if applicable) will vary for each placement and your school.
- Students who have completed at least one year of university work and have grade point averages above 2.5 will be eligible for most internships.
- Other students are encouraged to apply as many other non-academic factors are taken into consideration.
- Applicants must be eligible to apply for a Business (DN) Visa (Single-Entry). Contact us to check eligibility.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from November for summer applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Application Deadline||Feb 1|
|Arrival Day||May 16|
|Internship Starts||May 20|
|Internship Ends||July 12|
|Program Ends||July 14|
|Application Deadline||Feb 15|
|Arrival Day||June 20|
|Internship Starts||June 24|
|Internship Ends||Aug 16|
|Program Ends||Aug 18|
Fees & Inclusions
Program fee and accommodation: $3,920
- Internship Placement
- Electronic transcript (6 credits on an Elmhurst College transcript)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet and utilities
- Orientation with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of TEAN Staff and local internship support staff
- Visa application (single entry, 3-month business visa)
- Cultural events throughout the program
- Pre-departure preparation including flight booking, visa and insurance advising
- Airport pickup and reception upon arrival
- Professional development exercises both during the pre-departure period and upon re-entry, including reimbursement for registration to a Lessons From Abroad conference
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,200-$1,800)
- Meals ($500)
- Visa stamping fee ($25 cash upon arrival, multiple entry is $50)
- Electric bill for accommodation ($100-$150/month)
- Travel Insurance
- Cost to commute to/from the internship site dependent on internship location. Check with your Internship Program Manager for more details. (up to $200)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experiences and budgets. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
How it Works
How it works
Take a look through the above information including career fields, program fees and dates. If you have any questions contact us. The TEAN Internships Team along with our placement team will guide you through the entire process – from application to after you return home.
Apply online when you are ready. Make sure to meet the application deadline. See Program dates above.
2. Phone/Skype Interview
Once TEAN receives your application we’ll be in contact to have an interview with you. We’ll also provide some guidance on preparing your resume and cover letter that will be used to introduce you to possible internship placements.
3. CONFIRM YOUR PLACE WITH A DEPOSIT
After your initial conversation with one of the TEAN Internships team you’ll be requested to pay your program deposit. Once your deposit is paid TEAN will begin the process of securing your internship placement. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in an internship. Read the full internship refund policy.
4. INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT
Our placement team will collaborate with you to ensure we secure a suitable role in your career field. Upon securing a placement, you will be provided with an Internship Placement Profile that includes a list of duties.
You will confirm your place by submitting your signed Internship Profile Placement by the given deadline. At this point, TEAN will work with you to provide pre-departure information including flight booking information, visa guidance and housing details.