Internships in Thailand
Updated 7 months ago

If you are a self-motivated individual with good communication skills and a strong command of English, then doing an internship in Thailand is a great way to develop and apply academic knowledge to the realities of day-to-day life in business. The practical skills you will gain can give you a head start in pursuing your career, and international work experience will look great on your CV. An internship can also contribute to your academic credits if you are still enrolled at university and help you to make valuable industry contacts for your future.

Where to look for internships in Thailand

Some multinational companies, such as Nestle, run student internship programmes that offer on-the-job training in key business functions, as a way of preparing young people for their professional careers. In many cases, undergraduate and graduates can apply for intern positions in fields such as sales, marketing, finance and accounting, human resources, and production.

Depending on the company, interns may receive a minimal daily allowance on their working days, but it is still advisable for them to come to Thailand with enough funds to support themselves during that period. As an intern, you will need to be prepared to make a full-time commitment to the length of the internship.

If you wish to work in the hospitality and tourism industry, eventually, an internship at a four- or five-star hotel in Thailand can also be a great steppingstone. Internships can be just four weeks in length or can last up to one year. In most cases, while working at a luxury hotel in Thailand, your accommodation will be provided for you, as will your meals during working hours. You will also receive a stipend to help supplement your living expenses, which is usually around THB9,000 per month, depending on where you intern.

Aside from these, Engineering, Law, and Business development are also popular for internship in the kingdom of Thailand.

Finding an internship in Thailand

There are several companies that are now playing the role of middleman in organising internships in Thailand. They will set up interviews on your behalf in exchange for a fee and will help guide you through processes.

Alternatively, you can search the websites of international companies that offer internship programmes and apply directly.

Visas in Thailand

Once you have applied and been accepted for an internship in Thailand, you will generally receive an internship offer including details of the role, location, working hours and compensation included. You will then be required to apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa 'ED' (Education), which is the type of visa that is issued to applicants who wish to study or complete internships in Thailand. This visa entitles you to stay in Thailand for a maximum of 90 days, and you must then apply for an extension of stay at the Immigration Bureau if you wish to stay for up to one year from the date when you first entered Thailand.

Citizens of certain countries can only apply for a visa at the Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in their home/residence country. It is advisable to contact your nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate-General to find out before you leave what rules apply to you and where you should apply.

You will need to submit the following documents along with a completed visa application form:

  • Your passport (with at least six months validity)

  • A recent photograph (4x6cm)

  • A recommendation letter addressed to the Consulate

  • A letter of acceptance from the relevant company/organisation and a recommendation letter addressed to the Consulate

  • Your academic record and student ID if you are currently studying

Useful links:

Nestle ' Student Internship Program
Immigration Bangkok ' Thai Education Visa
UNESCAP ' Internships

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