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The Intern Group is one of the leading providers of international internships. Our programs are located in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia & Latin America. We place participants from all over the world in international internships that propel their career development forward. The Intern Group is built on the foundations of adventure, ambition, internationalism and curiosity. We take those applicants we accept to the next level professionally, while also providing them with a global experience that broadens minds and enriches lives.

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Founded
2011

Reviews

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Jess
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you to the team at The Intern Group (especially John + Valeria!) for helping make remote interning a smooth and rewarding experience. TIG made the selection process extremely easy, which was a relief because I was right in the midst of exams. I was surprised to find out it was quite a collaborative process, and after a bit of back and forth I found a company I wouldn't have previously considered, but so glad I took the chance!

Apart from the 10-week professional internship, the program also includes career advancement training comes in the form of modules, all of which have fascinating articles, videos, podcasts, and quizzes to build key competencies in a digital workforce. It also offers a platform (Trivia Nights and discussion boards) to meet and interact with other interns from all over the globe, so you can share your stories with people who are going through the same experience as you. The program also offers three months access to the Keynote Speaker series – exclusive, real-time talks from leaders in many different industries.

I definitely recommend this program, because apart from work experience, it will help strengthen adaptability, digital literacy and cultural awareness, all of which are pursued by employers but can best be learned beyond the traditional classroom setting.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is that you only get out what you put in. Working 30 to 40 hours a week in an unpaid internship doesn’t exactly sound glamorous, but working within a multicultural (and multi-time zoned!) team will help strengthen your soft skills like team collaboration, tolerance and creativity, as well as independence because it’s up to you to manage your time and figure out when you are at your productive peak.
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Cabell
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Glad that I found the organization I work for right now through TIG. At the beginning, I wasn't really considering this type of company but because TIG listed as one of the five options for me, I had a try for the interview. Turned out it didn't disappoint! I'm happy with both TIG and my employer. Even though the internship is online, I never felt that I was alone. There are always different kinds of online events that you can participate, from trivia to networking, my advice is to be open to the experience! I learned so much professionally and grew as a person. I also liked that there is a 3-month coupon for online therapy at TalkSpace. We all know how the past year has been challenging in many ways, so talking to someone professional definitely helped me to be more positive and set the right mindset not only for now but also for the future.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I can do another round, I'd like to try interning for a different company in a different industry. Just to explore!
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Desiree
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For future participants, this program is great experience to grow professionally and personally. You will be encountered with so many options of your field of study and many companies that will offer you a job experience through a period of time. This experience will prepare you to become a professional and be more confident in what you want to become. It is more than just working for a company, you will learn more about ways a company works and the important factors to become a great employee for a great company.

What would you improve about this program?
More advertisement, I wish I would have found this program sooner in my life.
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Gratia Evelyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I joined the January 2020 program for a month and it was such an amazing journey. I was signing up late for the program, but the Intern Group people were very handy to finally got me the internship that I want at the last minute! Everything was excellent and the other interns whom we got to share apartment with were all friendly, we then become friends until now! I learnt that if you really want something, you will get it if you put effort in it. Oh, I was faced with language barrier, but it wasn’t a big deal since Thai people are friendly, just don’t be shy to blend in! Definitely recommended :)

What would you improve about this program?
I think this program would be better if the check in procedures does not cooperate with a third party The Intern Group don’t really know about. I waited 30 minutes to be picked up since I was told to meet a guy who holds a paper of my name, but when I was there, I could not find the described guy. It was overwhelming!
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Samuel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time on program with The Intern Group has been one of the best experiences of my life (only 22 years but still)! Although I came to Toronto from Australia, just before a very poor time (COVID-19 shutdown), I have still had a sensational time in regards to work and free-time (even if the bars are closed) and managed to land myself a full-time role with my host company at the conclusion of my program!!
100% worth the time and money commitment because the people you meet, and the experience you gain is invaluable both for your career and life.
Could not recommend more for anyone on the fence about taking the leap!! Do it!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
First day of my internship, by far! I went in knowing very little about my field (recruitment), but I was trained very well and was able to fit in with everyone very quickly!!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I graduated in July 2018 and I wanted to gain experience while traveling. Asia is quite strong in the industry I will one day be working for, so this program was an amazing opportunity. The intern group offers lots of destinations and their website is well organized. It was easy to apply and I got a reply the day after. Each program is based on the city you pick and they offer to get you an internship whatever your field is. They’re friendly and for any extra questions, you can contact them by email or Skype.

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

Being an internship program, the agency helped me with finding an internship role in my career field, an accommodation and they kept in contact with me throughout the whole interview process.

Although I had to sort out the visa myself, they helped me figure out how to fill in the visa application, what kind of visa I needed and what documents I needed in order to apply.

The program includes activities such as trips around near cities, dinners together, Chinese/ language classes, mainstream tourists activities haha and you will be sharing all these adventures with all the other interns too so you are literally never alone.

The guys from the agency here in Shanghai love to organize extra dinners or cinema nights with us as extra activities just to keep in touch with us, which is appreciated by all of us, interns.

I had to sort out my own flight, but as soon as you’re done with that they will organize a taxi ride from the airport to the hotel and vice versa for your departure back home so you don’t have to worry about missing your flights/ finding your accommodation. You get a SIM card organized as well with credit for the first month and a metro card with credit for the first month as well.

In the welcome pack, there’s a bunch of apps they recommend to download.

They won’t tell you to get a VPN, but your workplace probably will.

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

The agency explains everything you need to know, they tell you which apps are blocked in China, they organize a language class / cultural class in your first weekend so that if you have questions on how to behave in China you can get answers and tips.

I probably just wished I knew how cool and fashionable people are here.

The only piece of advice is to get a good VPN; even Google is blocked and, trust me, you don’t want to have to research stuff in Chinese on Baidu (well, unless you speak the language).

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

I wake up, quick breakfast and then I go to work until 6:30pm, then I usually meet up with few internships to have dinner and a walk around the city, Tianzifang by night is absolutely gorgeous.

We go on an adventure on Saturdays and Sundays. Shanghai is massive and visiting all of it can take quite the time.

Saturday nights we usually go clubbing (and clubbing in Shanghai is an experience as well, haha). It’s great for foreigners and the agency knows few PR’s us interns can ask for deals and free entry clubs.

There are lots to do so we always try to organize things together, but going on exploration alone is something I always do, so some Sundays I just wander by myself.

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, I am used to travel to other countries.

I have never been outside Europe before, though, so I didn’t know what to expect. You know, you can read about things and try to imagine, but it is never how you expect it to be so I just let it happen.

I had no fear. I got told that Shanghai is an international and strong city and I just went with it.
It’s a rich city and, although poverty is a reality here as well, I got to realize how safe Shanghai is.
Maybe the only big question in my mind was “what if I don’t like it?”.

Well, guys, at the end it’s only a short amount of time and it’s all experience gained. You might have to stand some behaviors and you have to be understanding of another culture, so it might go against your beliefs and point of views, but traveling is all about adapting and understanding.

Luckily, it’s not my case. Shanghai is amazing and I love the people, the food, everything! It’s a real shame I will have to go back to normal life soon.

I totally recommend visiting Shanghai.

What's your advice to other travelers?

Don’t be afraid to travel. It’s an eye-opening experience and the most interesting people I got to meet were all travelers.

I am from Italy, but I moved to the UK about 6 years ago and I have traveled to Germany a few times and France and places, haha. You get to realize things, seeing the world from different prospectives helps you to understand. I’m glad I went to China, I had no clue what a beautiful place it is and what a culture!

Hopefully, I will be able to explore Japan and South Korea soon too, with all the other countries here in Asia. You’re never too young or too old to visit new places. Mixing an internship experience with traveling was a great idea and not only it looks good on your CV, but it really does improve who you are as a person.

Staff Interviews

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

Sau Yi

Job Title
Program Manager
Sau is born and raised in Hong Kong, and has a degree in Asian & International Studies. He loves backpacking in Southeast Asia, and he spent six months living in Singapore. He has been with The Intern Group for 3 years now and is very excited about the launch of the Bangkok program in 2019.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite was travelling to Mrauk-U, Myanmar in 2017. Mrauk-U was an Angkor Wat-like archaeological site, but much untainted. I was always fond of historiography and re-imagining the glory of a fallen kingdom. The trip also took place at a time when there was a huge refugee crisis bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh. It was eye-opening to understand how the locals and the world put the issue in perspective.

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

I have absolutely grown! I have met people from all walks of life, and picked up important soft skills in communication and emotional intelligence. For the past three years of working in this young, energetic company, I have constantly been reminding myself how to scale up whatever I am doing. It helps me see the bigger picture and be more strategic in planning.

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

It is always a delight to hear success stories from our alumni. There was one who won our scholarship and joined a marketing agency in Hong Kong for a short internship. He did so well in the internship which led him an invitation by his supervisor to co-found an AI start-up focusing on chatbot. He is now the CTO, and manages a team of Software Engineers in Pakistan!

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

Bangkok! This is one of the newest and an excitingly different one from the mainstream destinations. Bangkok is more affordable, English-speaking, environment friendly, and is arguably a working holiday! It is a good place if you are keen about emerging economy. Southeast Asia is the hub for growth in the coming decades!

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

The Intern Group is the most diverse in terms of program destinations we offer. Our organization places equal emphasis on interns' professional experience as well as their cultural enrichment. I am most proud when my team goes the extra mile, and surprises our clients with extra benefits. We are looking for not only a deal, but a friendship that lasts.

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

As a company in the service industry, good customer service is always the key. Swift communication and emotional intelligence are the guiding principles. Being able to think two steps ahead and addressing inquiries proactively are qualities clients would appreciate. When a company grows in scale and streamlines its operations, it is equally important that they do not lose the personal touch with their customers! Feeling the presence is a form of customization!

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