Internships Thailand

About

"We provide the best internships to the next generation of hoteliers".

Based on the tropical island of Phuket, Internships Thailand offers professional Internships in the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Industry. Internships are available in most of the International 4 & 5 Star Hotels on the island and other major tourism locations.

Our internships are professionally designed to suit the intern's training needs, desired start date, duration. All of this includes professional support and monitoring to ensure your success.

The host companies provide:
- Accommodation
- Board
- Remuneration / Allowance
- Supervision, training plan
- Reference letter, Certificate
- Visa extensions, work permit

Contact us today to find out how to kick-start your career in a unique life experience.

Founded
2009

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Staff Interviews

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

Judith Arndt

Job Title
Internship Placement Manager
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What position do you hold at Internships Thailand?

I am the Internship Placement Manager, which basically means I am the mediator between the interns and the host companies. When we receive an application, I will assess it and contact the applicant to invite him/her for an interview. During the interview I will ask various questions and also explain the program and Thailand in more detail. When the applicant enrolls with us, I will match his/her requirements to the open opportunities of our host companies. Then I follow up with the host companies to place the intern and support the arrangements for the visa, accommodation, transportation and so on.

I also keep in regular contact with all the interns across the country. As we are based in Phuket, I visit the interns during their internships and conduct appraisals with the interns and their supervisors in the host companies. Once a month, I also coordinate a social activity day with all the interns (in Phuket) to show them the island, go to an event (for networking in hospitality) and catch up on the interns’ experiences, needs and questions.

What has your career path been like so far?

My career started in Thailand in 2003 when I worked for a local incoming travel agency representing international travel agents. I had fallen in love with the country when I came to visit (as a tourist) and was lucky to be at the right place at the right time. After three years in Krabi, I moved back to my home country, Germany, to study as a Tourism Marketing Management Assistant.

With the aim to spend my life in Thailand, I returned in 2007 and found a placement as a Management Trainee in Sales & Marketing with the Holiday Inn Resort, Phi Phi Islands. There, I was promoted to Sales & Web Marketing Manager after a few months into the internship. I spent a total of two years working in hotels on Phi Phi Island.

In 2010 I moved to Phuket and worked as freelance teacher for three years until I joined Internships Thailand early February 2013. My passions are Thai culture and language, meeting new people with multinational backgrounds and working closely with the Hospitality & Tourism Industry.

What separates Internships Thailand from other internship providers?

Our team at Internships Thailand is passionate about what we do and we strive for constantly improving our services for our customers. We believe that with more than 15 years experience in the internship business of our co-founder Simon Samaan, and over 15 years of experience in hospitality of our co-founder Jorge de la Torre, we have the perfect combination of knowledge and connections in both industries, and this is what sets us apart.

What are the core principles Internships Thailand strives to achieve?

Our core principles or values are:

- Customer service committed to deliver excellence through exceeding client's expectations
- Accountability to take ownership and responsibility to ensure completion
- Innovation to pioneer the internship industry in Thailand
- Communication to listen, understand and respond
- Team work to deliver a common goal
- Quality to offer unparalleled service
- Passion dedication and enthusiasm
- Integrity to be true to our customers and ourselves
- Life experiences to deliver unforgettable life experiences to interns from around the world through our internship opportunities in Thailand

How can an internship in Thailand help interns prepare for the job market?

There are several advantages in having an internship in Thailand: With our help, interns are shown opportunities in international 5 star hotels in a tropical country that they would probably never have dreamed of working in.

Thailand is one of the most hospitable countries in the world and is known for its customer-oriented mind and curiousness towards other cultures.

For our host companies, taking in an intern means having the opportunity to train an intern in Thai hospitality, to see how well educated and skilled international interns are and, of course, have the opportunity to offer the intern a career as full time employee after the internship (which has happened to our interns in several cases).

Our host companies and Internships Thailand provide references and certificates to the interns which are not only an attractive addition to the resume but also beneficial for future career opportunities.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Thailand?

With the unlimited availability of information on the internet, one can be overwhelmed by the stories you hear about Thailand. So my piece of advice is: Do your research, check your sources and ask as many questions as you can think of; make your own experience, don't live someone else's.

Anything else you would like to share?

There are many stories and experiences I would love to share, so don't be shy to contact me and ask whatever you would like to know.