Finding an internship in the Philippines as a foreigner should not be a difficult task. Here is how to proceed.
Nowadays, globalization has a particular meaning for young professionals who are about to complete their higher studies. Acquiring foreign skills abroad through an internship is often part of this process. So if you have chosen the Philippines, you are likely to discover a dynamic country, both in economic and demographic terms, as well as a different lifestyle which can definitely enhance your personal experience, as well as your resume.
Good to know:
The country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate stood at 6.3% in 2013.
Find an internship
There are various ways to find an internship in the Philippines. You can start your search from abroad by browsing job and internship websites. In fact, many students have found internships across the globe through the Internet.
Networking can also be a helpful tool if you have friends or contacts in the country. If one of them has his own business there, you could be taken on board if you have the required qualifications. Otherwise, they can recommend you to local companies which are looking for trainees.
On the other hand, if you are already in the Philippines, even as a tourist, you can inquire about possible internship offers with companies operating across the country. Make sure to have your resume within reach, as well as a cover letter.
Before you start looking for an internship, it is important to update your resume according to Filipino norms to have better chances of being considered by potential employers. The first thing to do is to create a serious e-mail address which the potential employer will not hesitate to record in his contacts list. Avoid fancy types of e-mail addresses and go straight to the point with your first and last names (eg. firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thereafter, do your best to summarize your resume on a single page. If you are a student, you will probably not have any work experience. But in case you have, you can mention it provided it is related to your field of studies. Other related activities may also be mentioned within the single page. You do not have to mention your high school activities, for example, but your bachelor's studies, whether in a national or international university or other institution should be mentioned.
Make sure to use a single font type and size throughout the resume. Filipino candidates, for their part, usually attach a copy of their passport-size photo on their resume. You can do the same. Do not hesitate to smile on the photo so as to show that you are an ideal and motivated candidate. Moreover, boys are advised to wear a shirt on the photo while girls are advised to wear a collar blouse.
To perform an internship legally in the Philippines, you will need the following documents:
- a visa
- a classical training agreement between the company and your university
- a personal insurance
- a return ticket.
Good to know:
In the case of an unpaid internship, you can apply for a tourist visa at the Philippines embassy or consulate in your home country or request for a visa on arrival at the airport. You can as well apply for a business visa. You can have more information in the articles “Work in the Philippines” and Visas for the Philippines.
Expat.com – Work in the Philippines Forum
Expat.com - Internship Offers in the Philippines
Philippine Council for NGO Certification www.pcnc.com.ph
Go Overseas www.gooverseas.com
Go Abroad www.goabroad.com