AIP

Asia Internship Program (AIP)

About

Asia Internship Program is the first fully integrated internship provider in the Asian region, that connects ambitious young professionals and students with organizations. Our internship program is completely customizable and tailored to your skill sets, expectations, and career goals. AIP is partnered with global companies, dynamic NGOs, and rapidly growing start-ups, which will provide your future career with amazing opportunities. We offer internship opportunities in Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and Vietnam.

AIP prides itself on providing you with the most meaningful international internship experience possible. We put an emphasis on combining your professional development with a complete cultural immersion in your host country. Since AIP’s foundation, we have placed over 750 candidates across all of our destinations with a 96% placement rate. We look forward to assisting you in your aspirations of doing an internship in Asia.

Founded
2011
Headquarters

5th Floor C-5, 153/3 Goldenland Building Soi Mahadlek Luang 1,

Ratchadamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok
Bangkok 10330
Thailand

Reviews

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Raul
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many students like myself are stuck at home doing online classes with hours of free time. I took the initiative of looking around for internships that could be done online and going through different internship program was an experience. I chose AIP in the end cause it was the cheapest and it seemed like the reviews were great.

My experience with AIP was great with the added thought that they can be better. The process itself was explained by my point of contact and it seemed self-explanatory. However, improvements can definitely be made in some areas such as getting more details of the company's that were interested in my profile before the interview. Nonetheless, the communication was spot on and the company that I interned for in the end were very nice and helpful in getting me enough experience to jumpstart my career.

If you're looking for an internship program, AIP is it!

What would you improve about this program?
Having more details on the company I will be interviewing for could help me get a better idea and questions that would be asked.
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Lorraine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm really happy to have had an internship experience in Singapore! Looking at the situation today with the global pandemic, I'm really glad that I took the opportunity couple of months before 2020. Businesses at the time was stable and people were traveling in and out. My experience in general was fantastic. I've joined internship program like AIP in the past but AIP really stood out out of all them with their fantastic service. I also felt that I got what I was paying for which was something that was important to me as it didn't feel like a scam of any kind. Can most definitely vouch for AIP and I recommended this program to every student out there!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you see an opportunity in front of you, take it. You never know what may happen in the following months/years.
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Karl
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Being able to travel to another country with the ongoing pandemic was really a miracle that I was looking for in the darkest times of my life.

Going to Korea was a childhood dream of mine and with my initial plans to go in 2019, I thought for sure I could make it in 2020 and I promised myself as well. I applied to AIP for an internship and it seemed that everything was falling apart when COVID-19 was announced as a global pandemic and every country was basically closing down their borders. Luckily enough, AIP updated me and informed with the possibility of going to Korea as businesses were slowly getting back on their feet. All I had to do was go through a 2-week quarantine period and then I was able to proceed to doing an internship in South Korea.

The experience was a lifetime dream and a memory that will forever be engraved in my body. I am entirely grateful and I look to explore further to countries like Japan or Taiwan.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Getting my parents approval was definitely hard but making them understand that this is for my experience was all I needed to say.
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Lucy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For many months I've been contemplating whether or not I should go ahead with this remote internship and I finally to go through it. The initial feeling with this was really weird as the process went by really quick with the great work from AIP. After finding a company, I started the week after and the transition to it was somewhat nerve-wrecking but a good first time experience. Work-wise, not so bad and not much pressure. I was able to do my online school work with some tasks given to me by my host company and that was something that I really appreciated. Not sure if I would be doing this again but a first time experience is something I always look for.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Always be ready for the transition for anything especially in a professional setting..
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Jeff
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

To say that this internship was just great is an understatement. In addition to a massive help from AIP and my point of contact helping day in and day out, spending my last 2 months in Singapore to do an internship was something I was definitely looking for. The pandemic literally put my plans to go to South Korea on hold and it was really frustrating staying in Singapore doing nothing but remote classes. The decision to find an internship was one of those things that when I look back, I'll be super proud of. Can't express enough how grateful I am to have work experience abroad at one of the worst times of my life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be active! You never know the opportunities that are lying around so always be active on the lookout.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Albert Lafont

Albert Lafont is from Paris, and graduated of the equivalent of Bachelor of Economics in Paris Sud University. After living all his life in the capital city of France, Albert decided to experience Thailand and the exciting Southeast Asia after watching a very attractive documentary about this country.

Why did you decide to intern abroad with ​the Asia Internship Programme?

I watched a documentary (in French) about doing business in Thailand and after realizing how hard it is to find an internship by myself in this country, I’ve searched for providers. Asia Internship Porgramme was the cheapest of them while remaining serious and professional.

Describe your most meaningful souvenir and why you love it?

My best souvenir in Thailand was during Songkran Festival where people throw water on everyone walking by in the street. The ambiance was amazing, joy was everywhere, and whatever your social status is or where you come from you feel completely a full part of it.

Not to mention, were were invited for dinner by random people who also offered me a towel to dry my clothes. This was a priceless experience and it exemplifies the welcoming reputation of Thailand.

Recall a time when your education and experience didn't prepare you for a situation abroad:

I have never learned, neither at school nor in my parents education, to deal with such different cultures such as the Buddhist one. Indeed, dealing with colleagues who never dare to say no or don’t speak their mind at all is harder that I’ve imagined.

What did ​the Asia Internship Programme do for you and what did you need to do on your own?

Basically, I was really delighted that they found a tailor-made placement for me as it’s the hardest part of this kind of international trip. They also arranged all the interviews and helped me to enhance my resume to increase my chances of employment.

Despite their wise advices, I still had to obtain the Visa by myself but it was done within a few working days.

Describe a goal you set and how you went about accomplishing it.

My goal was to get in touch with as many things as possible in a small company as I have an entrepreneurial mindset and I like being adaptable and being able to multi-task.

For example, I asked my supervisor in the company every time I wanted to try something different by saying HOW I believe I can improve the process. I realized that if we think about solutions before and we convince our Manager, there are all chances to change positions and responsibilities as many times as we want and can.

Did you run into a language barrier? Did you ever think you knew more/less of the language?

Fortunately, our team was very international. But out of the office, it’s a real barrier indeed when we want to order food or make Thai friends. 95% of them don’t speak a word of English.

I’ve learned some words of Thai for those purposes, but there is still a need to communicate more to local people for me and sadly I don’t think it’s going to happen in a near future.

Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home.

Riding elephants in Ayuthaya -- I simply cannot imagine that in Paris.

How has this experience impacted your future?

It was really enriching for me in a personal point of view as I’ve traveled a lot during my weekends and free time in very different environments compared to Europe.

Doing an internship abroad wasn’t a part of my studies as I’m already graduated, but professionally I feel it’s a big plus for a future employment to have an experience abroad, especially in an emerging market in this region of the world where companies are more and more likely to invest.

What was the best place you visited outside of your intern abroad city?

Koh Samui and its incredible beaches, wild spots and Full Moon Party!

Do you think your program changed you as a person?

Absolutely, it has completely changed my vision of Southeast Asia, which I didn’t see as a so developed, exciting and modern region until I’ve landed in Bangkok.

I feel more mature and ready for the job market since my internship experience, getting on the way more confidence, ideas and connections. Nevertheless, I simply feel that I grew up much faster than in my home country.

Do you feel you got a chance to see the city from a local's perspective?

I’ve tried to live like locals and to go in less touristic places to get this feeling. However, as long as we don’t live with them it’s hard to know what being Thai everyday means but at least I’ve got a good sample of it.

Staff Interviews

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

Prompairoj Ken Jayaphorn

Job Title
President and Co-Founder

Ken is a Thai-German national with a very multicultural background. In late 2013, Ken co-founded AIP. Ken is also the youngest Director to serve on the Board of Directors of the Singapore-Thai Chamber of Commerce.

What is your favorite travel memory?

When I was young, my mother used to take my siblings and I to Hong Kong to visit our grandfather. We would go there about a few times a year. The trips were not exactly the exciting type but they were very enjoyable. My grandfather would tell his stories which were very inspiring, to say the least. He told us stories of how he fled from Germany during the World War and traveled around Asia. He also told us about the different businesses he started and how he ended where he was. Until this day, every time I think of HK, it gives me the nostalgic feel where all the memories come rushing back which is rather pleasant.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

It’s definitely been a hell of a ride since day one. AIP was the first business I’ve started, and you can imagine I’ve learnt a lot from the experience. I’ve grown so much and have become a completely different person from who I was five years ago.

I think the most useful skills I’ve developed so far would be people skills. It is something that you don’t normally develop in classrooms but would come over time as you interact with more people. Working in AIP allowed me to really network and meet people from around the world – whether it is our partner companies around Asia, universities around the world, and candidates from over 70 nationalities. Everyone came from different background with different cultures, and it always fascinates me how much you can learn from people.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Over the years of working at AIP, I’ve heard so many stories from past students, and most of them are overwhelmingly positive. I can’t pick one because all of them are very special. It gives us such motivation when we hear from our alumni so I’ll share a little of different stories we’ve heard so far.

Many got their dream jobs whether it’s in MNCs, startups, or NGOs. Some started their own startups. Quite a number of people eventually landed jobs in their host companies after their internships and became very close friends with our team. They also become the point of contacts for us, which is perfect as they are able to help guide the new interns through their experiences.

Work apart, there was even a couple who met while doing our program and got married a couple of years later. It’s amazing to see how many memories we build for our interns and to see that most of them were able to get a lot more out of the experience than what they’ve set out to achieve before arriving in each of our destinations.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I’ve also wanted to experience a day in a life of being an intern in all of our programs but if I had to pick just one, it would definitely be Japan. My mother was born and raised in Tokyo, so growing up, I was exposed to the Japanese culture to quite an extent.

I love almost every bit of it whether it is the food, tradition, language, and other little things. I’ve also visited Japan a few times when I was young and later when we started to offer Japan as a destination. However, I never got the chance to stay in Japan long enough to be able to really immerse myself into the culture and community. This will also be a perfect opportunity to improve my Japanese, which I always try to pick up a little whenever I can.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I believe we connect with our interns more than any other programs out there. Our team really tries to connect with our interns on a personal level, and I think we can see the proof in the reviews that we received from our alumni.

From the start of the process during the initial interviews, we dig down on our applicants’ interests and career goals to find out how we can secure the best internships for them. When they are on ground, we help them connect with other interns and host events so they are not alone in a new country.

We understand that their experience outside of the internship is as important as their internship itself. It’s always very rewarding when our interns tell us how meaningful their internships were and how much their experience abroad will play major role in their future development. I’m proud of our team every single day because of this.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Absolutely, it is our team. We have such an awesome team that everyone works so well together. It took a while to fine-tune the way we work with one another and to have the high level of morale in the team that we have today.

Our team is very multicultural consisting of people from all around the world, and we love the diversity that we have in the office. I can see that this type of environment is not for everyone. You have to be very open-minded, service-orientated, and organized to be working at AIP. We’ve had many people come and go because we demand a high level of dedication, and for many people, it can be too much.

The people that we have now are the best not because of their past qualifications or their degree, but because of their enthusiasm, motivation, and ambition to make AIP a success.

Most of our team members started with us as interns and some had quite a few internship experiences so they fully understand the struggle and issues our program participants go through in all the stages and can help them accordingly.

I couldn’t ask for a better team to be working with. They are THE reason why we’ve been able to grow so rapidly in such a short time and still maintain a high customer service level.