Internship in Vietnam

Vietnam Internship overview

Vietnam is an extraordinary and charming country, which offers many opportunities to grow as a young professional while going on an adventure of a lifetime. An internship in Vietnam will immerse yourself into the country’s culture while experiencing the work and casual lifestyle. With beautiful sights such as the islands at Ha Long Bay, the gorgeous seaside resort town of Nha Trang, or the breathtaking Marble Mountains in Da Nang, there are an abundant amount of activities to do an explore. A Vietnam internship with AIP will set the foundation for your professional career and put you on the right path for future success.

What makes an internship in Vietnam so valuable, is that international work experience is highly sought after amongst employers. Not only will your CV stand out with a Vietnam internship, but you will also increase your network of contacts by meeting business professionals from many different industries. All of the features from an internship in Vietnam will be remarkably beneficial for your future career.

Currently, for our Vietnam internship, we are offering 2 programs:

  • Ho Chi Minh Internship
  • Hanoi Internship

By enrolling in a Vietnam internship, you give yourself the prime opportunity to gain international work experience and further develop your professional skills. As Vietnam’s economy is rapidly growing as one of the fastest in Asia, this makes the country an ideal destination to explore internship opportunities. Vietnam is seeking to become the next up and coming business hub in the Asian region, as they follow previous economic strategies utilized by Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Some popular industries to pursue an internship are Import & Export, Manufacturing, and Engineering.

While AIP possesses an extensive network of partner companies in a broad range of industries, we are sure to find the perfect internship placement for you. Furthermore, our program has no application deadlines and allows you to start your internship at any time of the year. So if you’re interested in a summer internship or winter internship, we can accommodate whichever time period is most convenient for you.

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Internship experience in Vietnam

Vietnam is a very unique country which allows a plethora of opportunities for young professionals to grow and develop themselves. Once you arrive in the country, you will notice that Vietnam has a lot of hustle and bustle but still maintains a very relaxed lifestyle. Your lifestyle as an international intern in Vietnam will provide you the chance to experience first hand what it is like to live and work in this rapidly growing Southeast Asian business hub.

When you have free time outside of your internship, we highly encourage you to immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture which also has a lot of French influences. While in Vietnam we recommend you to visit as many landmarks as you can. A few we can recommend are Nha Trang which is a popular seaside resort town where you can enjoy the white sandy beach and clear blue waters, the famous sand dunes at Mui Ne, and the breathtaking mountains in Sa Pa. These are just a small sample and there’s much more to experience during your Vietnam internship.

Top industries

Vietnam’s success story began with a major economic shift in 1986 which led the country to move away from its state-controlled to a socialist-oriented market economy, today. Over the past several years, its economic development has taken the world by storm and is projected to foster an optimistic growth in years to come as its economy is believed to be capable of competing with that of Britain.

As the economy continues to expand at an exponential rate, Vietnam experiences a rise in its middle class population— the fastest-growing across Asia. With the emergence of so many market opportunities domestically, the country becomes one of the region’s most attractive markets for foreign investment in some of Vietnam’s most thriving industries including business, engineering, and environment.

Favorable business environment like attractive labor cost is not the only factor that prompts gradual rises of foreign investment in Vietnam. This southeastern Asian country has several advantages over its neighboring countries such as its position as one of the key global players in the technology sector; its high likelihood for it to become the new world factory in lieu of China; and its ever-growing GDP.

Other than that, Vietnam has also grown to become one of the world’s top three producers and exporters of commodity goods like rice, coffee, and marine products over the decades. For Vietnam, the title brings in more foreign investments to the country and opportunities for it to conduct more trade internationally.

The road towards becoming an upper-middle income economy by 2035 demands for Vietnam to grow new talents and boost its overall economy. The country is currently injecting funding for its mechanical engineering, data engineering, electrical engineering and chemical engineering in the hope of building a better ecosystem as a support for future developments.

The current Vietnamese engineering industry is focusing on promoting the productions of its domestic creative inventions in various platforms. Vietnam is expecting its digital technology businesses to increase in number by large in the near future with some unicorns to compete on the world stage.

Environmental protection has been included in one of the country’s visions for 2050. Due to the country’s immediate demands in environmental services in order to combat and prevent future natural exhaustion as well as to restore nature's stability, Vietnam’s environmental industry is receiving a lot of support from the government and private sectors alike.

Vietnam’s diplomatic relationships with several countries have also brought about aid. Japan, Germany, Holland, and many others have provided and financed the country with advanced environmental technologies, one area in which the USA is, reportedly, falling behind.

Work culture

Existing in other Asian cultures, the concept of ‘face’ is one essential cultural component of Vietnamese culture. It is crucial that you do not cause yourself or others to lose face or respect. Showing up late to a business meeting is an example of how one would lose face in public and therefore damage their overall societal reputation.

Another way to maintain your face in important business events like a conference is to show up in proper and modest attire that is to avoid bright color or revealing clothes. Men typically follow a neutral color suit and women in neutral color blouses and skirts. Workdays usually call for a more relaxed dress code: plain shirts and trousers or skirts are expected!

Although Vietnamese is considered to be the country’s official language, English being the second most spoken language nationwide; and both are used in business settings, other colonial languages like Chinese and French are used in some Vietnamese communities today.

By being attuned to their cultural beliefs and virtues (not to mention speaking their language) you are already one step closer to developing professional networks in Vietnam! To make yourself memorable and to greater your chances of successfully establishing long-term connection, we suggest you look for common interest between you and your network.

After you have greeted your professional connection, it is customary to present them with a small gift of gratitude. Especially when you are an intern at a Vietnamese company, this could tremendously benefit you in your career development. Remember that respect is at the center of Vietnamese culture!

Benefits and challenges

An internship in Vietnam with AIP offers you more than just an opportunity to improve your skills in one of the world’s most rapidly growing industries; but it allows you to fully immerse yourself in the country’s distinct contrast of the western and eastern cultures in local food like Banh mi or Banh xeo; and architectural designs like Notre Dame Basilica.

Everywhere you go in Vietnam, you will be in awe with their natural beauties. From Phu Quoc Island to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Halong Bay, you will be able to take in fresh air and stunning views all across the country for less! This means that we highly suggest that you do travel to Laos, Cambodia, or China!

Despite that, you should definitely take into account the challenges that may appear during your internship in Vietnam. Since most Vietnamese strictly follow the teachings of Confucius, personal connections must be properly established before any sort of professional events or activities to be held which could be relatively time consuming.

In addition to that and unfortunately, gender stereotypes are present in Vietnamese society today; though they are not as prevalent as before. Generally speaking, Vietnamese men tend to be at high management positions while women are left with limited work opportunities. On the plus side, women-owned enterprises are rising in number in order to break the stigma!

Vietnam accommodation

  • Furnished accommodation
  • Free Hi-Speed Wifi access
  • Close proximity to the workplace (within 1 hour or less)
  • Accessible by public transport
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Visa information

Vietnam offers a DH Visa. This visa is issued to people who want to study or participate in an internship in Vietnam. The duration of the visa is a maximum of 12 months. Furthermore, people who received the DH Visa are also eligible to apply for a Temporary Residence Card for the period not exceeding 5 years.

Apply online and our staff can help you further in regards to your visa eligibility for Vietnam.

Note: Immigration laws are updated frequently, so the above text may be subject to change.

Our process

1. Apply
Click "Apply Now", fill the form and schedule an interview to discuss your dream internship.
2. Interview
During your interview, one of our AIP representatives will ask you questions about your background, past work experiences, internship preferences and goals.
3. Pay Deposit
If you are officially accepted into AIP, you will be asked to confirm your spot in our program with a deposit fee.
4. Placement
Our experienced placement team will match you with your ideal host company and arrange an online interview for you with them.
5. Final Payment
Once your internship has been accepted by yourself and the host company, you will be invoiced for the final payment which will officially confirm your placement.
6. Prepare
After your payment confirmation: For remote internships: We will put you in contact with your host company so that you can start to work right away on your internship. For all the other AIP programs: We will assist you in the visa application process, as well as arranging airport pickup and accommodation (if applicable).
AIPx might be a suitable option for those that are in a hurry. Via AIPx, we will have a confirmed interview for you within 21 working days (The normal process can take up to 8 weeks).
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