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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.

Reviews

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Roni
9/10
No, I don't recommend this program

There are better programs

I used AIP to come to Korea. The internship experience was great, but that is definitely not thanks to aip. One of the interns I met used ISA to come to Korea, and not only was it $2,000 cheaper, her accommodation was much nicer and the program manager living in Korea was much more helpful to her. They went out for lunch together multiple times and her package even included free trips by ISA (like visiting the sky tower).

In comparison: my housing was much smaller (again her program was $2,000 cheaper), the manager living in Korea was not of great help to me and her attitude towards Korea was very negative (she said she hated the language here and wish she didn’t understand it). Lastly I had trouble at the airport upon arriving and was actually stuck there for 3 hours because AIP did not give me anyone’s korean contact number. And the check in time to my accommodation was wrong by 4 hours- I had to wait in a cafe alone for almost the whole day because of this. (side note: the manager living in Korea dropped me off at the cafe and left immediately, fully knowing I couldn’t speak any Korean at the time so I didn’t know how to order)

Final thoughts: the internship itself was great and I met a lot of people, but that is not thanks to AIP. If you want a cheaper and better quality program I recommend going to ISA or a different internship program

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Sarah
6/10
No, I don't recommend this program

AIP-Agency was a disappointment, internship company was great

I have to say that overall I was very disappointed with AIP.
In the beginning, the agency seemed very competent, the registration worked perfectly and my supervisor took a lot of time for me during the consultation and answered all my questions. After I decided to find an internship in Korea through AIP, I transferred the deposit and immediately received notification that they were looking for suitable positions now.
I waited and waited.... and nothing. After asking several times whether there is a problem with my CV I finally got an appointment to talk to a potential company - but this appointment was never confirmed to me and on the day itself I didn't get any notification. The notification came one day later with the message that the interview could not be perceived by the company. I wanted to fly in April and it was the end of February now (I had registered at the end of December) and I still had not had a single interview.
After putting more pressure on my supervisor, I finally had an interview - and this company was great!
After the interview, it was clear to me that I wanted to go there, and luckily the company wanted me as well. So my supervisor and I discussed the process and when I could fly.
But for my documents, which I needed for the visa, I had to write several emails and I wrote directly to my future boss in between because I didn't get any news from AIP.
AIP already seemed very disorganized at this point, which was confirmed during my stay in Korea. When I arrived there, I let them know that I had arrived and was now sitting in my quarantine hotel for the next two weeks... I hoped that I would get some introduction to the Korean work-life or something... but again nothing. I got a reply to my email saying that I shall get back to them if I had any questions. That was the last time I heard anything from AIP while I was in Korea for those three months...
Finally, after my return to Germany, I got a mail asking me to rate them. That is what I am doing now.
In my opinion, AIP makes a thoroughly competent impression with their website and their possibilities throughout Asia. Unfortunately, this has not been confirmed. I perceived the company as very disorganized. You pay a lot of money, so I think more help should be definitely included and expected.
Especially in comparison to other companies, I think AIP performs poorly. A friend of mine came to Korea with Korea GapYear and was supported by them at all times and was even asked several times how she liked the internship and if there were any problems. (so a clear recommendation to Korea GapYear at this point).

I was lucky that my internship place was great and I got along very well with my boss. Therefore, despite the chaos in advance, my time in Korea was a success personally as well as professionally. Unfortunately, AIP had nothing to do with the success except for establishing contact with my internship company.

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Cruz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a unique experience

I was very worried I would not get the chance to go to South Korea and complete my internship because of the pandemic. However, things ended up working out and I didn't miss the opportunity to experience the culture of South Korea and interact with so many different people. I am glad I extended my internship to 2 months. I really got a lot out of it. The company I interned at taught me a lot about the import/export industry and how things are changing because of the pandemic. This internship will definitely benefit me in my future career. Thank you very much!

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Chance
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A meaningful internship

Anybody who is looking for a meaningful internship experience I advise to use AIP’s service. Very reliable, transparent and so far most affordable on the market. My internship was not just meaningful in terms of getting practical experience but also in terms of finding what I am really passionate about. Now I am planning to go back home and start a business with a person I’ve met during the internship program this year. Thank you AIP for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I will never forget it.

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Robby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Want to go back!

I was definitely scared at first to be going to South Korea by myself because it was the first time I have travelled by myself in my life, and it was also during the pandemic. But, AIP helped me throughout the whole process and dealt with my concerns and worries when I was in South Korea. They gave 24/7 support for me when I needed it, they answered questions that I had any concerns about as well. The overall team was just amazing and helpful!

The internship itself was an experience! I managed to learn some Korean through working in a local Korean company, I made new friends and learnt so much about the culture that it makes me want to go back to Korea and live there! I already miss the country and will definitely be going back to travel when the pandemic is better!

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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.