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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Harry
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Brilliant program, with everything that a person who is looking for an internship is in need. My journey with AIP have started quite a while ago, however, due to personal reasons I was not able to join the program as was initially planned. My placement coordinator kindly helped me with postponing the start date for a year, and the process cost me the exact same fee, no additional amount has been charged. Highly recommend to anyone who is looking for an internship this organization and personally suggest to go with Standard package. Even if it looks like a big amount at the first glance but in reality by dividing it into months basis, everything becomes very clear and affordable. On top of that, for me, Singapore was the place I’ve never been before so the support from someone who is present there for years is definitely vital aspect. Of course the majority of features from AIP package could be arranged on their own but you can’t imagine how convenient and easy it was for me with the package from the program. Every question I had was answered very friendly and professionally, I’ve met a lot of new people, due to work and also other participants. The company I've been placed at was really friendly and experienced with other interns before. Really grateful to my parents and AIP for making this possible. Now I am working full time in Singapore and plan to stay in Asia for longer since the region is growing extremely fast. Without any hesitation will advice to anyone with big ambitions to grow and earn to come to Asia.

What would you improve about this program?
I definitely ran into some problems in the beginning with Visa's and I wished I knew everything before.
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Ricardo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I did my internship in Korea which was a huge cultural shock for me, the food and way of living are so different than in Italy, after some getting used to it, I started to enjoy it more. My company was really cool we went to karaoke with each other every Thursday night which was really fun because I expected the company culture to be stricter and more organized. My house in Seoul was perfect, I had really fun housemates which I traveled a lot with and of course the party. I also met up with other applicants from AIP and we visited a networking event together which was really interesting because I never been to one. A place to go is the Lotte indoor world, which is the biggest indoor theme park, its worth visiting! I would recommend anyone to take on this experience with open arms and enjoy your time to the fullest.

What was your funniest moment?
I loved this one time that I was walking around the streets and I was playing with a stray cat. That was a beautiful moment.
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Susan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm literally blown away at the fact that I did everything I dreamt of doing in South Korea.
I grew up listening and following to KPop ever since I was young with my childhood friends, and to be able to actually set foot in the dreamland was just amazing for me overall.

As to my experience, internship-wise, I couldn't ask for a better place to have done it. My boss and colleagues were very helpful in showing me around and getting me to comfort zone after being out of it for the first few weeks. Some of my colleagues even went as far as to teach me Korean as I had 0 to none what-so-ever on my Korean skills.

As for AIP, the team was very supportive and helpful in getting my placement process done. I must admit, there were a couple of situations that left me afraid such as when I wouldn't be getting frequent replies or basically just being left hanging by the team. I've also been transferred to 3 different AIP staff, which was honestly hectic. Regardless, everything was done in a professional manner, and I can't commend them enough for their hard work and for getting me placed for an internship in Seoul.

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly wished that I just stuck to one point of contact to avoid all types of confusion.
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Michael
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The internship provided by AIP was very good, really enjoyed my stay in Thailand, and met a lot of new people. First of all, really appreciate the help of the program and the opportunity provided. I was really thrilled when received an acceptance letter from them. My parents were very happy and supportive from the very beginning, but my friends, on the other hand, felt bad, because that meant I would leave them for at least 3 months. After the acceptance, the process took around 2-3 months in total and of course there was plenty of back and forth communication, but it felt like smooth that I haven’t even realized how fast time flies. Second of all, after everything has been confirmed and the company offered my position, flights were booked and the visa was ready. So I flew to Bangkok and straight-up met at least 5 other interns even before starting my internship since they were staying in the same building. Can tell you in advance Friday evening gatherings were unforgettable. Apart from the internship experience itself there were few cultural trips organized by AIP, one was to the Authaya (sort of old capital of Thailand) and the second was to one of the islands. The food was extremely tasty and cheap, which made me less worried about budgeting for meals. Of course, not all of the program participants were easygoing, and only a few of them were quite toxic, but it is not really AIP to blame about it, since no such community that could be perfect. Finally, since AIP provided networking opportunities that I’ve been going to and using all of them. By doing so I expanded my business network quite a lot. Only my LinkedIn profile increased to 500+ connections from only 20 before the internship. On top of that, the majority of those connections were international, since the networking events were attended by people from different industries and different countries.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I would honestly say the most surprising thing that I ever did was take this opportunity to do this internship and getting out of my comfort zones
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Rosaria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Beautiful experience and I love Thailand so much it's crazy how much I've done in the past 2 months. I was filled with so much joy and just living in the city was such a crazy adventure. At first, I was so nervous that I wasn't going to survive in Thailand because I thought that no one could speak a word of English. Honestly, it's true, not a lot of people could speak but you could see foreigners left and right and you'd be surprised by the number of people that know how to speak English in the malls and general stores. This made is so much easier for me to get to places and explore the city as I please. Although, if any of you plan on coming to Thailand, many roads are pretty sketchy so always go with a friend, don't go alone.

AIP was a great internship provider as well. They always kept in touch with me and always asked how I was doing at work. There were a couple of times that I found myself lost in something and the people at AIP would be more than happy to help as fast as they could. It felt really nice to be in touch with someone all the time.

On top of everything, I had to chance to visit the islands that I wanted to and my god, they were so beautiful. Some of the beaches were clean and some were dirty, but it was still worth the experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I definitely recommend this program and if you have the opportunity, take it, and if you are scared to do anything new, get out of your comfort zone.

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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.