• Cambodia
    • Phnom Penh
6 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Academic Year Fall Spring Summer Winter Year Round
Weekly Hours
Age Min.
Age Max
  • 18+
  • At least one previous experience (internship, volunteer, job, active club member)
  • Open to new cultures


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Visa Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Airport Pickup, Visa Extension

What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers
Jul 29, 2022
Jan 07, 2020
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About Program

Escape the mundane, become culturally agile, get practical work experience in a beautiful & exotic environment.

Our Cambodia program has a strong focus on health, sustainability, public policy, & business. We have partnered w/ reputable organizations and businesses. Our program is the right fit if you are interested in:

-Environmental Conservation
-How sustainable farming and infrastructure is being developed
-Business/ marketing/ tourism/ event planning
-Health infrastructure in a developing country
-NGO and public policy development
-International Business

Cambodia is one of the fastest-growing economies. This growth has fed demand for English speakers, giving international young professionals opportunities to gain worthwhile expertise. Young professionals can earn a competitive advantage by gaining cultural agility and hands-on experience.

Invest in your future and stand out to future employers.

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Program Highlights

  • Make a big and meaningful impact during your time in Cambodia. Our interns have led teams, researched for future public policy initiatives, met with government officials to improve city infrastructure, and so much more!
  • We Provide The Best Internships In Phnom Penh Paired With The Excitement Of Travel. Weekdays at the office and weekends under the sun. So much opportunity to explore islands, all of SE Asia, and much more.
  • Gain Professional Experience In A MCO Vetted Host Company. We partner with reputable companies and organizations to provide a high impact and meaningful experience.
  • Internship Placements Are Based On Your: Experience, Goals, & Skills.
  • From the moment you apply, to your interview, your arrival in the country, your first day of work, to your last day of work. We make sure everything goes smoothly.

Program Reviews

9.2 Rating
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  • Growth 8.4
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Clinical Experience in Cambodia

This past summer, I spent three months in Phnom Penh. I learned an overwhelming amount about Cambodian culture, politics, and society. While living in the city, I immersed myself in daily life including shopping at the markets in my neighborhood, trying different foods, and exploring art and landmarks such as Wat Phnom. Through my time here, I gained a greater sense of independence and a broader sense of the global climate.

MCO paired me with an internship at a clinic in Phnom Penh where I learned about clinical healthcare, neglected tropical diseases, and the Cambodian healthcare system. I also met with partners within the city to complete a status report on antibiotic resistance in Cambodia and to create an educational pamphlet about the topic.

I was very satisfied with the living arrangements MCO found for me - my apartment had all basic amenities and was a very comfortable. After getting over the heat and humidity, I found it very easy to acclimate to the environment and would love to go back!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of your weekends to travel! It's easy to get around Southeast Asia from Phnom Penh and bus tickets or flights are often quite cheap. Getting out of the city and seeing the more rural provinces of Cambodia is so important to understanding the country you are living in.
23 people found this review helpful.
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I spent three months living and working in Phnom Penh, it was the most challenging, yet amazing, fun, eye-opening experience of my life. Miranda provides excellent support in finding a placement and the application process for that placement too, including interview tips, reading over your CV and cover letter etc. that support continues once you reach Cambodia. Laura was amazing in helping to show us around, how to communicate with the locals, even showing you how to get to work. The travel advice she provides is also great. If you have any questions or need any help throughout your time, they are both super accommodating. I fully enjoyed my work experience, as well as the opportunity to travel around Cambodia and Vietnam during my time there. Going abroad also opens you up to meeting some amazing friends for life who I am still close with today.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Normal bug spray and bite cream available in the UK is not strong enough for Cambodian mosquitoes. I recommend buying the extra strong stuff once you arrive, it is cheaper and so much more effective. Also, pack way less than you expect to need, there are so many markets in Cambodia and items are much cheaper.
22 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program


Having been to Thailand and Vietnam, I knew I wanted to go back to SE Asia soon. So when this opportunity came, I jumped on it. After interviewing with a few places, I decided on where I wanted to work and Miranda helped to coordinate things so everything would be good to go when I touched down.

Cambodia is very unique country with kind people and a long history. I wanted to experience something that differed greatly from the US and that’s just what I got! Traveling was manageable and I was able to utilize time off and weekends to see a bit of SE Asia.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be easy going and flexible! It will make your experience much more enjoyable and you’ll get much more out of it by going with the flow.
20 people found this review helpful.
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Cambodia: The Opportunity of a Lifetime

Prior to landing in Phnom Penh, I had no idea what to expect in terms of how my life would unfold professionally, personally and academically over the span of 6 long months. As I am inching towards the completion of the program, saying “yes” to this experience - essentially the unknown - has proven itself as one of the most worthwhile opportunities I’ve taken in my life thus far (and I don’t say that lightly). From the initial interview to settling into the workplace, I’ve been supported by the program coordinator and felt comfortable with reaching out anytime. Living and working in Cambodia during my first long-haul trip overseas has taught me crucial lessons in many aspects including independence, advocating for oneself in the workspace, as well as what it truly means to overcome challenges. Not only have I gained immense clarity in regards to what I need to thrive in building a career in journalism, but I’ve made connections that will last a lifetime! The culture, food, people and history of Cambodia was exciting to explore in both professional and personal outlets and I couldn’t have felt more welcome. Overall, the experience was well worth it, and if you have the chance to, take the leap of faith. You just may be surprised by what lies on the other side.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. The adjustment period can take as short as a few weeks for some, while others a few months. It’s all about balance and there is no need to pressure yourself. Also, be open and take advantage of serendipity and those little opportunities that arise (there will be many)!
24 people found this review helpful.
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Trying New Things in New Places

When an opportunity to travel and work in another country presents itself, take it if you can! Moving to Cambodia with minimal prior knowledge could not have gone smoother. I made new friends, tried new foods and seen so many cool things! Along side adventuring around a new country, I’m also interning for a marketing consulting agency. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I want from my workplace. I’ve successfully dealt with conflict in the workplace, took on event planning with my team to plan cambodia’s biggest food festival, assisted with content creation for offline and online communications, and I’m growing more every day just by going out and interacting with new people. I’m also learning that your experience is what you make of it, so work hard and live it up!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
My roommate and I had some days off from work so we decided to take a mini trip to Siem Reap. We visited the night market and I ate part of a tarantula’s leg!! Shockingly, it tasted good. But I was far too scared to eat an entire spider, in my defense they were HUGE and I’ve never eaten a spider before. I also ate a water snake, or rather attempted to. It’s all bones and so hard to eat, i’d reccomend the tarantula over the snake.
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