Are you seeking a highly relevant global experience in your field of study that enables you to develop professional skills and offers you a thorough cultural immersion in a unique Asian country? Our Custom Internships enable you to develop and apply your theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement. You are matched with a local host organization according to your level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific internship plan is developed in advance of each placement. Academic credits are available, and you will be expected to complete some key course requirements. In addition to the placement, you will benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting. While we cannot guarantee that we will find a suitable host organization for you, placements are typically available in a range of fields. This includes medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, allied health, oral health, mental health, veterinary medicine, business, social innovation, global studies, communications & media, law, development, education, sustainability, engineering, or natural resource management. Custom placements are available year-round, with flexible durations (minimum 4 weeks).
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural immersion.
- Work with local colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
- Gain new insight through a unique Asian perspective on development and nation building.
- Explore the progress and challenges towards development of a leading Asian success story.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.
This course enables students to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised internship experience. Qualified students are placed with a local host organization in one of various fields, including, among others, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, allied health, oral health, mental health, veterinary medicine, business, social innovation, global studies, communications & media, law, development, education, sustainability, engineering, or natural resource management. Students are matched with host organizations according to their level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific internship plan is developed in advance of each placement. Students benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify professional and personal values, strengths and interests
- Develop an increased level of self-efficacy and competency in a specific career field
- Engage in professional workplace expectations, including organizational culture, time management, appropriate dress and professional relationship boundaries
- Display professional communication through oral and written means in professional settings
The interdisciplinary training focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), storytelling, and career development with special emphasis on international careers and networking.
Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in any major and minor. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Professionals are welcome to apply for participation without credits.
Course requirements and student evaluation
- Course participation and engagement (40%)
- Weekly reflective journal or blog (15%)
- Internship report (15%)
- Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)
1 credit per 50 hours is available from our main U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, under a Community Field Experience.
The Asian Dragon is undergoing some of the fastest socio-economic changes any country in the world has seen. It is a major development success story with remarkable rates of economic growth since the start of massive political and economic reforms in 1986. But the lure of modern living has a deep impact on the traditional networks of family and community that continue to play a pivotal role in society.
The course gateway is downtown Saigon, the bustling city center of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. The area is known for its maze of little restaurants, cafés and shops. In some cases, projects are located in other parts of Vietnam, particularly in Quang Tri Province, north of Hue.
Students live either in a host family or at a local guesthouse.
- Placement and supervision at a host organization
- Pre-placement orientation
- Weekly interdisciplinary training session
- Weekly meeting with the internship supervisor
- Accommodation – either in a host family with breakfast and up to 5 dinners per week (what to expect) or at a local guesthouse with breakfast
- Personal meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the host family or guesthouse
- 24/7 emergency support by GEI staff
Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, health insurance, transportation outside of the orientation days, meals outside of the orientation days and the homestays, personal expenses and other extras.
1 academic credit per 50 hours is available at an additional fee of US $125 per credit from the U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey.
Thuy, our Vietnamese Country Manager, is the main coordinator for custom internships in Vietnam. She has a Master’s degree in Gender & Development Studies from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and previously worked as Vice Director of the Center for Social Research and Development in Hue. She also gained experience as a Visiting Lecturer in different parts of Vietnam.
(minimum 4 weeks)
Starting at US $2,390
- 4-week placement: US $2,390
- Every additional week: US $390
1 credit per 50 hours
- Program flyer: PDF download