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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.

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Jared
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Remote internship in Thailand

A great experience during this difficult period of time has taught me many things. I actually would like to have an internship abroad at the beginning, but due to the pandemic that causes traveling be harder than before. Therefore I decided to change the type of my internship to be a remote internship instead of an in-person internship.
On the other hand, this internship has given me many things such as remote working skills in which we will have to be concentrated and prioritize our tasks carefully to finish them in time and also it helps me improve my communication skill as we worked remotely, therefore, we have to make it be most efficient.

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Gaylord
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I learned a lot

The remote internship is something that should be promoted more among students since from my experience distance work is truly the future of the workforce. The young generation should be the one moving forward and not just changing the world into a better place but also providing alternatives that will be more efficient and profitable for everyone. Rather than staying in a cubicle in the office, remote work develops strong self-discipline and lets you work on something meaningful without being checked every minute by a supervisor. Appreciate AIP's help in opening eyes into new normal reality and smooth process of the placement.

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Kraig
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It has been a journey!

Monique Festejo, 21 min
I desperately needed an internship to complete my degree. I tried looking for internships on my own, but to no success. Luckily, I came across AIP. I applied on their website, sent my CV, and next thing I know I was being interviewed by one of their admin. Everyone has been so nice and helpful throughout the whole process. They sent many great offers until I finally found the right fit for me. They guided me through processing my visa and not long after I was on a flight to Japan! The whole process was really smooth and quick. During my time in Japan, I met so many great people, experienced their wonderful culture, and gained hands-on work experience that I will always remember. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of it without the help of the wonderful staff of AIP!

I completed by first ever remote internship with the help of AIP a few months ago. I was supposed to do an internship in Singapore but had to cancel everything last minute due to the pandemic situation. A friend of mine was doing remote internships through AIP, so I decided to do the same. Honestly, I had my doubts because I didn’t think it would be possible to gain hands-on experience through a remote internship, but I was wrong! I got a chance to work with a tech company in Singapore. Even though we were in different continents and time zones, they treated me like one of their employees and gave me tasks that helped me improve my skills. I had the freedom to work from anywhere and at my own pace. My AIP supervisor was also very kind and responsive to emails. To anyone considering a remote internship now, I definitely recommend you try it out!

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Graham
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Getting it done at home!

Saying that this internship was great is a huge understatement. We're in the day and age where remote styled work is encouraged ever since the COVID-19 global pandemic.

It was a struggle at the start to find an internship on my own due to the lack of responses from so many companies that it felt that I needed help. I came through a couple of internship providers but AIP was the one that stood out the most. Going through the whole process was great and simple. The companies provided to me were interested and I ended up finding the right one for me!

I was able to gain so much experience from this internship alone and I even decided to go through with a longer duration just because of how valuable the experience was. I would like to give my thanks to AIP and to my host company for taking care of me throughout the way.

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Denis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a unique experience

Never in my life did I think I would be doing my internship remotely. But with the circumstances we are in right now, I am lucky to have been able to do an internship at all. I admit, I had my doubts about it at first. However, AIP made the progress and the experience so comfortable for me that it ended up being a really good time. I also know that this may be the future of the work environment as well so I am glad I got the chance to experience a bit of it with my internship. Thank you AIP for this opportunity. I would never have considered it if it wasn't for your program!

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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.
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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

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President and Co-Founder
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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.