Internships in Indonesia

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Updated 2020-05-22 15:00

Indonesia is a captivating country, rich with natural and cultural beauty. But what many people may not realise is the fact that this tropical paradise is rife with endless opportunities and possibilities. As one of the world's major economies, Indonesia is an ideal destination for students and young professionals to develop their skills and careers.

Going to Indonesia to do an internship will certainly give you a great advantage at the start of your career. It will not only increase your skills and knowledge, but it will also be a wonderful opportunity to expand your professional network and experience new, unique cultures. From journalism and hospitality to IT and business, Indonesia offers countless internship programs in many different fields.

If you wish to enrich yourself and experience a completely different way of life, then Indonesia will be the perfect place for you.

Paid or unpaid internship in Indonesia?

Let's address the elephant in the room first. Unfortunately, all internships offered for foreigners are unpaid due to Indonesia's strict immigration and labour regulations.

But don't worry, that does not mean you will have to pay for everything during your internship program. While your employer will not give you any salary, you will still receive allowances, often in the form of free accommodation, meals, transport fees, and so on.

Finding internship programs in Indonesia

Many international companies, such as Accenture and Deloitte, offer internship programs in Indonesia for foreign undergraduate students. Make sure to sign up for their newsletters and check their websites regularly so you don't miss any internship opportunity.

The same applies to Indonesian companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). They tend to advertise internship programs on their websites. They also post internship openings on various online job portals, such as Glassdoor, Indeed, and LinkedIn.

There are also independent agencies, such as Internship Indonesia, that specialise in arranging internships for a fee. They will help you find an internship program that fits your interests. These agencies will handle other arrangements, such as visas, flights, and accommodation.

Internship visa in Indonesia

There are two types of visa you can choose from during your internship program, the social-cultural visa or a limited stay visa (KITAS). If your internship program is very short (60 days or less), then the social-cultural visa will be perfect for you. But if your internship period lasts more than 60 days, then you'll need a KITAS.

For more information on how to obtain either of those visas, read our articles about ‘Travelling to Indonesia' and ‘Visas for Indonesia'. Both articles have the necessary basic information you'll need to know about applying for an Indonesian visa. Lastly, visit the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate in your home country to get further information on how to submit a visa application.

Planning your trip to Indonesia

Staying and working in a foreign country requires a lot of planning. To ensure you make a smooth transition to your new life as an intern in Indonesia, here are some things you need to know.

Cost of living in Indonesia

The cost of living in Indonesia will vary based on where you choose to stay and your lifestyle. Living in big cities like Jakarta and Surabaya can be costly, ranging from $500 to $1,000 per month. Meanwhile, staying in smaller cities such as Yogyakarta and Denpasar will be more affordable, ranging from $300 to $800 per month.

Accommodation in Indonesia

Many large corporations offer free accommodation for their interns. Independent agencies can also help you make necessary arrangements during your internship period. They will be able to place you somewhere suitable and find accommodation that fits your needs and budget.

Alternatively, you can rent a kost room. It is the Indonesian version of an affordable apartment; you can stay in a room alone or with roommates. A kost building usually hosts 10-50 other people. This usually means you'll also be sharing the kitchen and the bathrooms with other people. Different kost offers different amenities; more facilities equal higher rent. The best thing about kost is the fact you can choose a room that suits your needs and pocket.

 Useful link:

Indonesian Immigration Portal
Online Indonesian Visa Application System
Go Overseas
Asia Internship Program
Go Abroad
Bali Internships

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