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Internships for Chiang Mai, Thailand

Due to heightened concerns about student health and safety and the need to limit student exposure outside of classes and USAC-sponsored activities, we have decided to not offer in-person internships or service-learning activities during the Spring 2021 semester. Instead, Spring 2021 internships will be offered in a virtual format through USAC’s Global Perspectives Virtual Internship program, even for students attending in-person programs abroad. For more information on dates, costs, and placement options, please see our virtual internship program page.

We hope to resume in-person internships in Summer 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact the USAC internship team at internship@usac.edu.

Internships in Chiang Mai are offered during the summer, semester and yearlong terms. Those interested in doing a summer internship must attend both summer sessions. Summer internships are limited and only one-credit.

Internships are optional and included in your program fees. They range from 1-3 credits and are counted as part of your academic credit load, in addition to the minimum credit requirement. Interns earn credit, but no financial compensation. In addition to professional and academic experience, internships are a great way to immerse yourself in the culture, meet locals, and practice your language skills.

Internship placements in Chiang Mai include:

Business

  • Metta Herbs - An herbal products business.
  • Mu-See Shop - A local crafts business.

Conservation/Ecology/Environmental Sciences

  • National Park Office - Nature conservation.
  • Chiang Mai University Faculty of Science - Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU) - A Chiang Mai University team who develop methods to restore tropical forest ecosystems for biodiversity conservation, environmental protection and carbon storage.

Journalism/Communcations

  • CityLife Magazine - An English language publication for Northern Thailand.

Government/Foreign Affairs

  • Provincial Government Foreign Affairs Section

Engineering

  • Chiang Mai University Faculty of Engineering - Engineering research and learning innovation.

Education/English Language Instruction

  • Thasatoi Municipality Elementary and Secondary Schools - English language teaching.
  • Chiang Mai Buddhist University - English language teaching.
  • The Northern School for the Blind - English language teaching.
  • American University Alumni Association Language Center - English language teaching.

*Placement with a particular internship provider is not guaranteed.

Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Junior standing (at time of internship)
  • Foreign language proficiency (some placements)

Beginning in Summer 2021, a non-refundable internship placement fee will be required of all students participating in an in-person USAC internship. This fee helps offset the costs of securing quality internship placements and helps provide a range of professional development activities, including an online internship seminar, career workshops, and panel discussions. The fee amount has not been finalized but will be announced in the near future.

Placement is not guaranteed by USAC; rather it will be determined by your application, supporting materials, and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Spring: Open

Spring Accelerated (Jan-March): Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Open

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50 students

Semester: 60 students

Instruction

English

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