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Do you wish to gain practical experience, learn new skills, and expand your international network for your future career? Then doing an internship in Indonesia may be a great way to start and stay ahead of the curve, while also experiencing an incredible culture and a completely different way of life.

An internship in Indonesia will grant you the opportunity to upskill and experience a company culture. A good internship should combine a company's needs with your personal strengths so that both parties can benefit from the experience. There are several internship programmes on offer in Indonesia that could suit you.

For example, many international hotel chains offer programmes during which you can develop your skills in becoming a hotelier and seek an understanding of the hospitality industry, as well as be introduced to a specific hotel's culture and management philosophy.

Internships come in a variety of disciplines, and vary in length and start dates, depending on the company, industry, and specific project requirements. Many companies will even provide certain benefits and help with work permits, and some internships also provide stipends, food, or accommodation. However, it's best to travel to Indonesia with enough personal funds to last for the entire duration of your internship.

Most companies will require that you be an undergraduate or graduate with a strong academic record, good communication skills, and a high proficiency in written and spoken English. The nature of an internship programme also often requires interns to be flexible and able to work in a multi-faceted role.

Visas

As always, visa requirements and fees can vary depending on your nationality and your local embassy, and they are also known to change every few years, so it's important that you contact your nearest Indonesian embassy before you travel to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information regarding visa requirements and procedures. It's also a good idea to have at least one month for the visa application process.

To do an internship in Indonesia, the simplest option is to apply at your nearest Indonesian embassy for a Visit Visa for internship purposes, which has the index code 211.

This is similar to a Visit Visa for social/cultural purposes in that it is a single-entry visa that allows you to stay in the country for up to 60 days. However, the main difference is that you will need to submit an invitation letter from your host company or project in Indonesia.

You will also generally be required to submit the following documents, although this can vary depending on the embassy (for example, the Indonesian Embassy in Paris also requires a Telex Visa, which is an approval from the Immigration Directorate of Jakarta that can take up to 14 working days to process.) 

  • Completed online visa application form
  • Original passport (valid for a minimum of 18 months)
  • Two passport photos (4×6 cm)
  • Copy of your return flight ticket
  • Internship agreement (signed by the Dean at your university and your host company)
  • Sponsor letter (the company where you will be interning must state that they will act as your sponsor during your time in Indonesia)
  • Identity Card (KTP) of the Indonesian director of the company that is sponsoring you.

Once you have been issued your visa, you will have 90 days to enter Indonesia and the visa will be valid for 60 days from your arrival date. If the length of your internship is longer than two months, you can apply for a 30-day visa extension up to four times at your local immigration office in Indonesia.

Find an internship

Many international companies, such as Accenture and Deloitte, offer internship programmes for undergraduate students in Indonesia, so it's worth signing up for newsletters or check out the websites of organisations for which you would like to work.

The same applies if you are interested in working in the hospitality industry. Big hotels, such as Anantara, Four Seasons, and Hyatt, tend to advertise internship programmes on their websites, so you can apply directly for a relevant internship if there are opportunities.

There are also independent agencies, such as Internship Indonesia, that will arrange an internship programme for you for a fee. These organisations specialise in arranging internships so will be able to place you somewhere suitable and help you with most arrangements, such as visas, flights, and accommodation. These companies will also handle the process of applying for visa extensions for you once you're in Indonesia.

 Useful links:

JobStreet Indonesia
Accor Jobs
Iagora
Directorate General of Immigration

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