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ABROADER - Intern/Study Abroad

Why choose ABROADER - Intern/Study Abroad?

ABROADER was founded to help the local youth gain international exposure by bringing international students to Vietnam through internships, customized faculty-led, semester exchange, and service learning. Since 2014, we have been hosting students from more than 20 countries in the world and supported thousands of Vietnamese students in joining free seminars and international education programs. When partaking in our programs, you have the opportunity to boost your career prospects and contribute to the local community development.

Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

As a representative of Vietnam education, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for interns from this community to intern in Vietnam with policies and procedures that apply to us and our partner host companies.

LGBTQIA+ Support

As a representative of Vietnam education, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for interns from this community to intern in Vietnam with policies and procedures that apply to us and our partner host companies.



ABROADER’s Sustainable Vietnam program offers an immersive experience, educating participants on sustainable development and climate change in Vietnam. And it showcases sustainability initiatives by international and local companies and highlights the impacts of climate change in the Mekong Delta region.

Ethical Impact

At ABROADER, we balance the kinds of experiences we offer and the expectations of our program to help the community and make an impact


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Yes, I recommend this program

My heart will forever beat for Vietnam

Vietnam has been an incredible experience for me. The colours, smells, and all the history and traditions have left a lasting impression on me.

I worked as a Communications Assistant at PanNature and learned how to explain complex ideas to different people. It was very interesting to see how environmental conservation works in Vietnam.

I also got to know the Vietnamese culture much better. I tried their food, learned traditional crafts and made new friends. It was great to feel like a part of the community.

Vietnam's history is amazing, from the ancient dynasties to their ability to withstand many occupations. I loved exploring the ancient temples and the markets. It was fun to see all the hustle and bustle in Hanoi's Old Quarter.

My GESI experience changed me in many ways. I now understand how everything is connected, and that we should be more sensitive to other cultures. I realized that even small actions can make a positive difference.

I'm very grateful to everyone who made this trip possible, especially to my mentor, Julie Le. She showed me so much and taught me a lot about cross-cultural understanding.

I will always remember Vietnam and all the memories, lessons, and friendships I made there. This experience showed me how important it is to engage with different cultures and make a positive impact on the world.

Thanks, GESI and Abroader, for giving me this amazing opportunity and helping me become a global citizen.

  • Gained a global perspective and understanding of other culture
  • Learned about Vietnam's history and explored ancient temples and markets
  • Immersed in Vietnamese culture, trying food, learning crafts, and making friends
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Summer 2023 Hanoi, Vietnam Internship

The journey to Hanoi was such a memorable and amazing experience. Upon arriving I was met with some of the sweetest and caring people I've ever met. They helped me the entire way as I integrated with my new surroundings! Throughout my time in Hanoi I made so many lasting friendships, we went to so many different landmarks in Hanoi and explored the beauty of Vietnam. I will cherish my friends and time I had and can't wait for what the next chapter of my life has in store! Until next time!
Thank you

  • Scenery
  • Street Food
  • Friendliness of the Locals
  • Weather (Hot)
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2023 Summer in Hanoi

Had an absolutely incredible time here and possibly the best two months of my life so far. Really appreciated the support that I had from ABROADR with giving details about living in Vietnam and navigating different cultural norms, social norms, and an entirely new city. The learning buddies during my stay were particularly helpful, and more than being just strangers they really became friends on the trip. Entire team is extremely responsive and willing to help - they put so much energy in the work.

  • Great Staff
  • Tons of support
  • Nice Communication
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Yes, I recommend this program

It's a MUST if you're interning abroad in Vietnam!

Every moment spent with the local buddies and engaging in Abroader's planned activities - even those that were organized apart of that - helped make my time in Hanoi a fantastic 7 weeks. Every day was a good day. Every week was a great week. And it was all in part possible thanks to the local Abroader team! They went above and beyond what's expected of them, and especially considering the local buddies are volunteers, their work is invaluable. Friendships were forged, memories were made, and I'm sure this will hold true for years to come.

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This is your sign to do ABROADER

You're probably reading this because you're interested in interning abroad. I don't know what other programs are like, but ABROADER has to be the best. First of all, if you're going to intern abroad, Vietnam is an excellent choice. The people are incredibly friendly and the food is amazing. And if you're a student like me you'll definitely appreciate the low-cost of living (and traveling!). There are also so many different internship sites, and ABROADER matches you with the most welcoming and meaningful ones. I had an extremely positive experience at mine, and so did the other students in my ABROADER cohort. Outside of work, ABROADER even plans programming and exciting activities for you. We got super close with the local buddies (who were beyond helpful and I can't even describe how amazing it was to have them around) and still stay in touch. The ABROADER staff are always available if you need help or have questions about anything from food recommendations to traveling around Vietnam. I felt safe and supported the entire time. ABROADER really made this the best summer of my life. I only wish I could do it again!

  • Exciting programs
  • Extremely organized and friendly staff
  • Unique internship experience


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Thanh Nguyen

Thanh Nguyen


Why did you choose this program?

I chose to intern in Vietnam for 3 main reasons. Primarily, I wanted to reconnect with my heritage as it was 18 years since I left Vietnam. I wanted to immerse myself in my culture to learn more about where I came from. Part of this included seeing my relatives and hometown. Secondly, I wanted a global experience to help me decide on which career pathway to take. Doing an internship at home in the US would have been okay, but I knew it would have been more fun on an international level. Lastly, I wanted to go to Vietnam for traveling and food, two of my biggest passion in life. I knew I had to explore the beauty of Vietnam while feasting on the delicious Vietnamese cuisine.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My university (KU) helped me find and awarded me multiple scholarships that funded my trip. Without their financial assistance, I might not have been able to go. Regarding my program provider, ABROADER, they helped connect me to a company to intern with prior to the start date. Throughout the trip, they also planned various activities for me and fellow internees to participate in. Lastly, ABROADER provided care and support if needed. Besides that, the only thing I had to plan for myself was the plane ticket process.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

The thing I recommend, and wish I did more for myself, was to believe in the notion that "you'll only be here in ___ once, so might as well go for it". For me, my introvertedness won often, leading me to stay inside and chill. Obviously, I liked that but I also wished I pushed myself to go out more. So, the thing is that, even if you don't necessarily feel like it, remember that you're supposed to have fun and enjoy your time here. Go out there and do ANYTHING. From going to coffee shops to exploring random local attractions to enjoying the city's nightlife, do it all because you might not get the chance in the future. You can always be a couch potato when you go home, so might as well go wild and have fun.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

From Mondays to Fridays, I had to work from 9 am - 5:30 pm with a lunch break around 12-1:30 pm. I was lucky that my company enjoyed having downtime so we often spent a little bit longer eating so that we can converse and joke around. After I was done with today's work, I would go home and just rest up for the rest of the night in my accommodation. If I had plans, however, I would usually be hanging out with friends from 6:30 pm - 2 am. On weekends, I had free time so I normally spent that hanging out with my family or friends. This could mean traveling to various city locations such as Da Lat or Mui Ne, even though they're 3-8 hours away. Despite that, I always made it back in time to work.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Personally, for me, my biggest and only fear was that I would NOT have a final answer to which career path I wanted to take. Although doing an internship was required for me, I wanted to do that internship in hopes of it giving me an answer to whether the business pathway was right for me. I didn't want the internship to be a flop or come back from Vietnam with so a decision. Luckily, with how my internship went along with some internal reflection, I was able to find a solution. Was a stressful fear but I'm glad to have gotten over it.

What is one thing you'd recommend fellow travelers to try in Vietnam?

I'd 100% recommend looking into the Datanla waterfall canyoning trip in Da Lat. Especially if you're an outdoor kinda person who enjoys doing hikes and vigorous/dangerous activities, this experience was so much fun. It was my first time doing it and I thoroughly enjoyed jumping off cliffs, climbing down waterfalls, and swimming in the river. I would definitely go back or try to replicate the activity somewhere in the US when I have time.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ha Nguyen

Job Title
Program Assistant
Ha Nguyen is a recent graduate majoring in English Language Education from Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Since the first day at college, Ha has nurtured her dream of becoming an expert in the field of education. She also wishes to pursue higher education abroad to learn and experience herself how developed countries have succeeded in developing their education systems. Teaching is probably not Ha’s biggest interest, but being an education manager does sound great to her.

What position do you hold at Student Exchange Vietnam? What has been your career path so far?

Ha: Currently, I am working as a Program Assistant at Student Exchange Vietnam whose main duties range from designing and packaging programs for international students coming to Vietnam on internship or study tour to supporting them in integration into the new life in Vienam. As mentioned above, I am interested in working as an education manager.

Particularly, my goal is to make better changes to the education system of the country, which has been considered inappropriate and not really ideal for students’ personal and professional development. What I am doing now at Student Exchange Vietnam greatly contributes to her big goal in a long term since I get the chance to work with international students coming from diverse educational backgrounds to understand more about their needs and competencies. That for sure will help me get deeper insights into what makes a strong education system in the world today.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Ha: I am definitely into going visit new places. Before getting to work at Student Exchange Vietnam, I was involved in a similar job in an international organization named AIESEC for almost two years. Thanks to AIESEC, I got to travel to different places all over the country. Among those, the trip to Ho Chi Minh city to join the national conference of the whole AIESEC in Vietnam so far has been my most favorite.

Together with my teammates, I did experience the longest train in my life, which lasted for almost 40 hours from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. It also means that for two days I had no bathing at all (laugh out loud). However, the best thing was actually about getting closer to my friends when we had deep talks to understand more about each other along the way.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

Ha: South Korea, yeah it is exactly my most favorite country in the world. In fact, I have been there oncefor a student forum, but it seems to me that it is just not enough to really enjoy the country within a week. Later when I get the chance to go back, I probably would love to stay much longer so that I can become half Korean (laugh).

I am interested in that fact that a country which has recovered from the civil war, just like my country,and now is always being endangered by the continuing war with the north, can still prosper and even greatly influence the world with Hallyu (the Korean Wave). Their strategic national branding is utmost impressive and inspiring, and raises the questions of why and how they did as well as how and when my country can do something like that.

What language have you always wanted to learn and why​?

Ha: Due to the Korean impression, I naturally fall in love with the language as an exciting aspect of the culture. I have been learning Korean for two years. Korean is not difficult to learn, especially to Vietnamese people since the rule of pronunciation is pretty much the same with Vietnamese language’s. Besides, I am very interested in writing in Korean. The alphabet is way different so there is so much fun while practicing. At first, I felt like I was drawing, but not writing.

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