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APAC Global Online Internships 2023/24

Pagoda Projects are excited to offer our Global Online Internship Programme for APAC students for 2023/24! 

 Our mission remains focused on increasing cultural understanding, developing employability skills and helping our participants to gain valuable work experience.

University? Please visit our Universities Page for more information or send us an enquiry here.

Key dates:

Applications open: 13th Feb 2023

Applications close:  5th May 2023

Booking Deadline:  22nd May 2023

Programme Begins: 31st July 2023

Please note that a specific duration, number of hours per week, and/or (virtual) host location may be required by your university and grant scheme. Please check with the Pagoda team if unsure.

Applications open: 24th April 2023

Applications close:  30th July 2023

Booking Deadline:  8th September

Programme Begins: 4th December 2023

Please note that a specific duration, number of hours per week, and/or (virtual) host location may be required by your university and grant scheme. Please check with the Pagoda team if unsure.

DEVELOP YOUR SECTOR, TIME & PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS

GAIN INTERNATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME

LEARN CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

PROGRAMME DETAILS

NOTE: Available remote locations may be subject to your university’s preferences and grant funding.

  • An 8-12 week internship (20 – 40 hours per week) in the sector of your choice.
  • Chat with our experienced placement team, undertake interviews and secure your position.
  • Be paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing overseas destinations and provided the platform to discuss interesting topics selected by Pagoda.
  • Gain access to our weekly live virtual events all themed on improving skills, cultural understanding, and interesting insight into a variety of industries.
  • Complete the digitally delivered Pagoda Skills Courses focusing on improving your employability, cultural fluency and digital skills, to prepare you for the post-pandemic, remote working world!
  • Become part of the global network of students and graduates completing various Pagoda programs from around the world.
  • Dedicated check-in service and staff on-hand at the touch of a button through the Pagoda Projects APP to assist you throughout the internship.
  • Enjoy all the benefits of being a Pagoda Alumni member with dedicated LinkedIn / Facebook groups & know about Pagoda Job opportunities first!

FUNDING & ELIGIBILITY

Funding available! Find out if you are eligible in principle.

Studying in Australia? If hoping to receive NCP funding you must…

  • Be studying at an Australian Partner University
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Currently be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Be able to receive university credit for this internship
  • Not be a citizen or permanent resident of the host location
  • Have not previously received a New Colombo Plan mobility grant for an in-country experience
  • Complete the separate application process required by your university prior to the deadline. NOTE These deadlines are likely to differ to Pagoda’s

Still not sure? Get in touch.

Studying in New Zealand? You must… 

  • Be studying at New Zealand Partner University and eligible as per your institution’s criteria.

Still not sure? Get in touch.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1

Submit your application below and register your interest

STEP 2

Pagoda will confirm programme details with you and assess your suitability. These recommendations will be provided back to your university to decide who may receive funding.

STEP 3

Once you are approved just sign our booking form, pay your deposit, and we’ll introduce you to recommended companies to consider for your internship.

INTERNSHIPS

  • Company Sector

  • Destination

EVENTS

DURING THE PROGRAMME WE WILL BE HOSTING LOTS OF EVENTS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS & GAIN EXPERIENCE

THE COURSES

What are the skills courses?

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of your skillsets with a focus on ‘work readiness’ in a post-pandemic business world.

The Skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability, Digital Competency and Workplace Basics. This framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a globalised and ever-changing workplace, preparing you with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international team, approach the job-market with confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ technologies.

As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a certificate is awarded to you following each completed course.

Why are they important?

Based on the Universities UK – Higher Education in England: Provision, Skills and Graduates Survey, ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’ when asked what mattered most when entering the labour market and attaining a job. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.

This coherence between student and employer views supports our framework in being able to provide learners with accessible skills courses that can be integrated into professional internships; this will allow you to achieve the most important attributes considered by employers.

COURSE DETAILS

EXPAND A COURSE FOR MORE INFORMATION

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and wider society. There is a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed your abilities of intercultural communication and identified areas of improvement
  • Understood how to adapt this knowledge into the working world through business-scenario case studies

This course improves employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify your current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer your skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout your working life.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to your skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand skills that need to be developed

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to your advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course will equip you with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide you with the skills needed to identify your current skillset, recognise the skills you may be lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified your strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.

CULTURAL MENTORS

A UNIQUE WAY TO SHARE CULTURES

You will be partnered with a Cultural Mentor who will help you to increase your cultural awareness.

  • As part of this you will be expected to schedule one audio or video call each week with your assigned Cultural Mentor
  • This will be based on a Pagoda-assigned  theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food music/arts etc.) to discuss and share knowledge and experiences in relation to your respective home country cultures.
  • Note your findings as part of your weekly check-in via the ‘Cultural Journal’ including any videos, pictures or other content you may wish to share.
  • Interact with your Cultural Mentor and Intern Community in online events and discussions

APPLY NOW

DON’T FORGET TO APPLY BEFORE THE DEADLINE. 5th MAY 2023 (GROUP 1), 30TH JULY 2023 (GROUP 2).


APAC Internships in Asia 2023/24 (In-Person)

INTERNSHIPS IN ASIA: VIETNAM & THAILAND

DELIVERED BY PAGODA PROJECTS

Pagoda are delighted to be offering our fully supported in-person internship opportunities for 2023/24!

Students taking part have the option of a partially funded 6-10 week internship programme in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi) or Thailand (Bangkok). Regardless of destination, internship and sector, Pagoda will support you before, during and after the programme, provide quality accommodation, assist with the required visa and be there in-country to ensure an amazing experience!

All internships are full-time positions, Monday-Friday each week for a duration of 6-10 weeks. The duration of your programme is dependent on the agreed duration with your university, or, where no requirements from your university are in place, based on your preference and availability of opportunities.

The exact number of contact working hours each week will differ slightly between the different host companies and the role you’re able to secure. We suggest you clarify all key details with our team before accepting an offered position.

Get in touch if you have any questions relating to the dates of the programme.

You can also join Pagoda for an online info session where you can learn more about the programme and ask questions. Even if you can’t make it, simply take a minute to register and we’ll send you the recording!

  • Live Information Session: 30th May 2023 15:30 Singapore Time / 17:30 Sydney/ 19:30 Auckland Register Here

KEY DATES

Applications Open24th April 2023
Live Information Session30th May 2023
Applications Close25th June 2023
Booking & Payment Deadline6th August 2023
Arrival Date*1st December 2023
Programme Begins4th December 2023
Programme End & Departure Date**
  • 6 weeks – 14th January 2023
  • 8 weeks – 28th January 2023
  • 10 weeks – 11th February 2024

*Participants must arrive between 9.30am and 5.30pm

**Participants must vacate premises by 12pm Sunday of the week the internship finishes

WHAT’S INCLUDED | INTERNSHIPS | DESTINATIONS | ACCOMMODATION | SUPPORT | APPLY

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

MORE THAN JUST AN INTERNSHIP

Six to eight-week full time internship.
Choose your destination, sector & host company.

Private room, inclusive of all bills & Wi-Fi, on good transport links, sharing with other students on the programme.

Visa support and comprehensive travel/medical insurance (covered either by Pagoda or your university)

Airport pickup, transfer to accommodation, welcome pack & detailed orientation.

Regular organised events, trips & activities throughout the programme.

24/7 on-site emergency and general support from the friendly Pagoda team.

Access to Pagoda’s online Skills Courses to improve your employability, cultural fluency & digital skills.

 

Join over 4000 previous students in the Pagoda exclusive alumni network for future employability opportunities across the globe.

 

FUNDING & ELIGIBILITY

Before committing to the programme, your university and Pagoda will work with you to clarify funding you may be eligible for any outstanding costs.

Studying in Australia? You must…

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be studying at Pagoda Partner University 
  • Currently be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Be able to receive university credit for this internship
  • Not be a citizen or permanent resident of the host location
  • Have not previously received a New Colombo Plan mobility grant for an in-country experience
  • Complete the separate application process required by your university prior to the deadline. NOTE These deadlines are likely to differ to Pagoda’s

Still not sure? Get in touch.

Studying in New Zealand? You must… 

  • Be at least 18 years old at the date of applying
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Have been a resident in New Zealand for at least 12 of the previous 24 months
  • Not be an immediate relative of an Education New Zealand staff member or selection panel member
  • Be medically fit to travel (successful applicants will need to agree to complete any routine medical checks performed at the border, such as COVID-19 tests)
  • Be able to attend the full duration of your proposed programme overseas
  • Be eligible for an entry visa into your host country
  • Have not previously received an Individual Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia
  • Complete the separate application process required by Education New Zealand

Apply for a Prime Ministers Scholarship for Asia here

Still not sure? Get in touch.

Studying in Singapore? You must…

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Study full-time at a local Institute of Higher Learning
  • Not be an immediate family member of any key shareholder, or associated with the company in any way that may give rise to any conflict of interest
  • Complete the separate application process required by Enterprise Singapore

Still not sure? Get in touch.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Pagoda will be taking applications of interest from students with the aim of providing confirmation and final acceptances onto the programme by September 5th 2022 (or when all places have been filled). You are welcome to apply as soon as possible as places are limited.

There will be a $200 AUD refundable programme deposit that will be requested if offered a place on the programme, with no further financial commitment or flights needing to be booked until your programme has been clarified.

Application Deadline – 25th June 2023

STEP 1

Apply through the link below and we will be in touch within 48 hours. You may be asked to submit a video interview or complete a phone interview (your choice!) so your application can be assessed as part of the initial selection process.

STEP 2

Pagoda will provide university/scholarship-specific next steps where you must also register externally. You may need to meet specific eligibility criteria and/or receive credit to access funding. You will need to pay a refundable deposit/bond when committing to the programme. Terms of the deposit are in the programme agreement should you be offered a place on the programme.

STEP 3

Our team will support you with pre-programme activities and tasks. Once the internship programmes begin, Pagoda will continue to support you through each step of the process. You will be greeted at the airport, transferred over to your accommodation and be introduced to all the fellow students from various universities who are completing a similar programme.

INTERNSHIPS | DESTINATIONS | ACCOMMODATION | SUPPORT | APPLY

INTERNSHIPS

WE HAVE YOUR IDEAL POSITION

1,000+ UNIQUE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

ALL SECTORS FROM MARKETING TO ENGINEERING

APPLY TO BROWSE OUR INTERNSHIP LISTINGS

Choose from over 1,000 global internship opportunities, across a wide variety of sectors, company sizes and roles, or just get in touch to find out more from a human.

Our team goes to great lengths to source meaningful internship opportunities for our participants, with extensive vetting of each company. Our internships are enjoyable, high quality and align with students’ academic and career goals.

You will be able to review the full position and company details before letting us know which you wish to apply for. We then ask you to set up an interview directly with the company and accept an offer of an internship when you’re happy with an offer.

WHAT’S INCLUDED | DESTINATIONS | ACCOMMODATION | SUPPORT | APPLY

ACCOMMODATION

FURNISHED APARTMENT ACCOMMODATION

The on-site Pagoda team in each destination sources and manages apartment accommodation for participants, in line with our accommodation quality policy.

You will always be provided your own private bedroom and any shared facilities will always be with Pagoda participants only. Female-only accommodation is available and provided at no additional cost, with all located on good transport links in secure area of the cities where Pagoda delivers programmes.

WHAT’S INCLUDED | INTERNSHIPS | DESTINATIONS | SUPPORT | APPLY

SUPPORT

PERSONALISED SUPPORT THROUGHOUT YOUR PAGODA EXPERIENCE

Our Student Support Outline gives a comprehensive guide to our support. 24/7 emergency support is included in every in-person programme.

Our local teams organise regular optional social, networking and travel activities for participants. This includes regular dinners and weekend trips to fit around your internship schedules. Our local knowledge helps you to discover hidden gems and visit sites on a student budget.

PAGODA PORTAL

All participants will have access to the Pagoda Portal. This features a secure, centralised space for you to access all elements of your programme. You can communicate with our team & other students, check-in each week to reflect upon your Internship and Cultural Mentorship, gain legendary Pagoda status via gamification and the awarding of ‘Pagodas’ on the Leaderboard, view and register for upcoming events and complete our optional Skills Courses.

WHAT’S INCLUDED | INTERNSHIPS | DESTINATIONS | ACCOMMODATION | APPLY

DESTINATIONS

BROWSE THE NEW COLOMBO PLAN FUNDED DESTINATIONS

BANGKOK

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, and often ranked among the world’s most visited cities. With rich buddhist tradition meeting lively nightlife, the city is home to all kinds of experiences as impressive as its internationally loved cuisine. And if you find yourself wanting a change of pace, there’s a myriad of adventures possible outside of the city, whether its waterfalls, diverse landscapes or elephant sanctuaries that take your fancy.

HANOI

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, embodying a rich intersection of old and new. With imperial landmarks and colonial facades meeting modern invigoration, the city has the gravity of a historical and cultural centre. Recognised by Unesco as a ‘Design City’, there is a creative vibrancy to enjoy alongside the legendary street kitchens and traditional tones of the Old Quarter. And if you fancy getting away from the city, there is no shortage of rugged vistas and captivating seascapes to venture to.

HO CHI MINH CITY

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the capital of Vietnam. This bustling city is the business and financial hub of Vietnam. With it’s classic French architecture, sleek skyscrapers and mixture of French, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine it’s no wonder why millions of tourists visit the capital each year.

WHAT’S INCLUDED | INTERNSHIPS | ACCOMMODATION | SUPPORT | APPLY

FAQ’s

Your university and Pagoda will confirm your eligibility/ eligibility in principle for the programme before any deposit or programme fee is required. Before agreeing to any overseas experience, it is the responsibility of your university to outline what financial contribution (if any) will be offered and what funding you will be able to access to help towards the costs of your programme.Pagoda will be following government travel advice and we will keep you updated should any restriction changes affect your programme. In the event of a programme cancelation, your deposit and any other programme financial contribution will be refunded in full**. Alternatively, you may also have the opportunity to switch to our highly rated Global Online Internship if an in-person programme is not possible.

**Please note: As flight costs are not covered by the programme funding, Pagoda would not refund flight costs in the event of a programme cancellation. Therefore, as a precaution, we strongly advise that all flights are booked as refundable.

You can either speak with our team or browse our website at any time, which can be filtered by destination and industry. You can submit your application for as many positions as you like, however we prefer if you focus on one preferred location. You will only complete your internship with one host company.The deposit is $200 AUD/NZD/SGD and it is a refundable sum of money which guarantees your place on our programme and covers your accommodation deposit. If your accommodation is left in the same standard as it is found, your deposit will be refunded within 6 weeks after your internship programme. See our Terms & Conditions for more details.

Vaccinations will depend on which destination you decide on and what the relevant government and travel advice is at the time.

Once you have decided on your destination, Pagoda Projects will direct you to your GP for vaccine recommendations and COVID-related vaccine advice. You can also contact Pagoda for any additional information.

Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process, including the visa application. Once you have chosen a destination, we will send the steps you need to complete to apply for your visa. The visa type will depend on your chosen destination.

IMPORTANT: To avoid any complications with the visa process, your passport must be in date for more than 12 months from your programme start date, i.e. if your programme start date is December 2023, your passport expiry date cannot be any date before the 30/11/2024.

Established in 2007, Pagoda Projects have over a decade’s worth of experience in successfully delivering international programmes on behalf of governmental bodies and universities worldwide.

Our internship and employability programmes have spanned over 20 destinations worldwide, and have welcomed over 4000 students and counting. We are confident in our team’s ability to deliver meaningful career developing opportunities to prepare the next generation of global graduates!

Internships are limited and participants host companies will be arranged on a first accepted, first served basis. Places can be competitive, so it is important to engage and respond to the team and prospective host company in good time.

In the interest of quality, we limit the number of interns in each host locations regardless of internship availability. In the event that your preferred host location is no longer available, you will be offered an alternative where possible. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and we will explain why any certain destinations are not possible at that time.Once confirming your place on the programme you will be guided through our internship placement process. Our placement processing time, including company interviews, can take up to 14 weeks. This of course depends on the availability of both interviewer (your supervisor) and interviewee (you) as well as how quickly you are able to respond to our team.Step 1: Submit an application to Pagoda and your university/scholarship scheme and secure your place on the programme ASAP
Step 2: Review eligibility and funding in principle with our team and your university/ await outcome of scholarship.
Step 3: Select an internship opportunity and complete the interview process.
Step 4: Book refundable flights, obtain relevant visa and go to your GP for vaccine advice.
Step 5: Ready to go!

Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process. We will keep you updated regularly and provide detailed information each step of the way.

Yes, many! Pagoda Projects works with many universities from all over the world. Therefore, it is highly likely that other students both from your university and other universities will be participating in the programme across the same dates as you.This depends on the programme funding you receive. You will likely be required to cover the costs of flights, accommodation, visa application fees and Covid-19 fees such as quarantine (if required). You should also budget for food, drink, social events and transport in country. You will be understand the funding available to you and outstanding costs expected of you before committing and paying any deposit.

It may be useful to refer to our blogs about budgeting in our various destinations, found here: https://pagodaprojects.com/cost-of-living

Use this link to find out the current daily exchange rates: https://www.xe.com/currency/aud-australian-dollar/

Our short-term internships (6-12 weeks) are unpaid; however, our short-term internship programmes are funding driven, where the cost of Pagoda supporting you throughout the process and in-country, along with your accommodation is typically offset on behalf of Pagoda participants. If looking for long-term (6-12 month) paid opportunities please let the staff know as we also have opportunities in Taiwan and the EUFully comprehensive travel and medical insurance will be provided either by Pagoda or your University. This is subject to review depending on the latest government travel advice, but no student completing any Pagoda programme will be able to take part without the appropriate insurance.

ANY QUESTIONS?

APPLY NOW

APPLICATION DEADLINE – 25TH JUNE 2023

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ACEN Equity Scholarships

WHAT ARE THE ACEN EQUITY SCHOLARSHIPS?

ACEN have partnered with Pagoda Projects to offer 7 Global Online Internships which enable eligible students from equity groups to access a diverse range of work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences. The Scholarship program is part of ACEN’s mission to promote quality and inclusive WIL for all in collaboration with industry partners.

The ACEN Equity Scholarship is valued at $2,400.00 AUD per student (a total of $16,800) and consists of:

  • A full or part-time Global Online Internship in one of Pagoda’s world-wide host locations
  • Dedicated English-speaking internship supervisor
  • Individually matched Cultural Mentor from the host location
  • Regular online events with guest speakers and subject matter experts
  • Four (4) courses for work-readiness and intercultural fluency
  • Full support from the Pagoda team; training and coaching where required
  • Access to Pagoda’s online portal
  • Access to the Pagoda Alumni Network

*This program is fully funded by the scholarship*

GET A HEAD START IN YOUR CAREER

GAIN INTERNATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME

LEARN CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

PROGRAM DETAILS

Which academic disciplines have internships?

You can access an internship in: Business; Sales & Marketing; IT and Technology; Engineering; Finance; Accounting; Trade; Logistics; Design; Architecture; Media; Health; and Sport. If your academic discipline is not on the list, please use the Pagoda contact at the bottom of this page to check current availability.

If I receive the scholarship, when do I start and finish the program, and what is the process for placing me with an organisation?

Students must be available to begin the internship placement on a full or part-time basis from 20th February 2023. The internship runs for 8-16 weeks.

If you are awarded a scholarship, one of the Pagoda team will be in touch to discuss available internship opportunities with you. They can suggest options based on your interests, goals, and requirements. Alternatively, you are free to browse the examples on the scholarship page at any time.

Once you have been accepted for your preferred position, Pagoda will introduce you to your company supervisor, provide all onboarding instructions, and make sure you’re ready for your program.

 

How many hours will I be expected to work?

You can let us know your preferred duration of internship, from eight to sixteen weeks, however, the number of hours you will be expected to contribute to your host organisation each week will likely vary depending on the total duration you will be able to commit to.

Approximate expectations in terms of duration and number of hours are as follows:

  • 8 to 10 weeks– 20 – 40 hours per week
  • 11 to 16 weeks – 10 hours or more per week

HOW TO APPLY | INTERNSHIPS | EVENTS, COURSES & MENTORS | APPLY

HOW TO APPLY

Apply through our online application form… It’s free!

Applications will open on 1st June, 2022 and close on 31st August, 2022

Successful candidates will be announced on 30th September, 2022

Your university determines your eligibility to receive credit towards your degree for participating in the internship. It is your responsibility to contact your university and enquire about your eligibility to receive credit. To assist with your enquiries, you can provide the university with details about the virtual internship with Pagoda Projects.

To be eligible to apply for an ACEN Equity Scholarship, you must:

1. Be enrolled in a tertiary degree with a current ACEN member institution at the time of starting the Pagoda Projects virtual internship program. Students must produce a copy of their academic transcript to Pagoda Projects on request;

2. Be available to begin the online internship from 20th February 2023.

3. Be a member of at least ONE of the following equity groups:

  • Students who have a long-term medical condition or disability which impacts their study.
  • Students who can demonstrate financial disadvantage, through receipt of Youth Allowance or other means-tested Commonwealth support.
  • Students who have relocated or will be relocating from interstate or a regional area to study at university.
  • Students who are current or former refugees.
  • Students who identify as LGBTQI+.
  • Aboriginal and Torres strait islander students and who are identified as such by their community.
  • Students who are the first in their immediate family (partner, parent, grandparent, children, siblings) to attend university.
  • Students who are from a non-English speaking background (who speak a language other than English at home).

4. Be able to prepare a 3-5 minute pre-recorded interview according to the instructions available here.

5. Be available to attend an online interview if required.

Students will be short-listed for an interview based on the quality of their responses to the following prompts in their pre-recorded video:

  1. Tell us about any previous work experience you have and the skills you have that make you a good candidate for this programme.
  2. How do you think this experience will benefit your future career?
  3. What type of internship role are you looking for, what responsibilities are you expecting to have in place and what skills are you looking to practice during the remote internship?
  4. If successful, what potential challenges do you think you could face during your remote internship?
  5. Why do you think you should be awarded the scholarship?

A copy of the criteria used to evaluate student responses is available here .

Shortlisted candidates may be required to join a live interview to discuss suitability and clarify certain elements of their application. These will be conducted online and at a mutually agreed time.

The decision to short list students for an interview and the awarding of the ACEN Equity Scholarship is made collaboratively between ACEN and Pagoda. The decision is final and there is no right of review or appeal.

Successful recipients may be required to provide written and video testimonials of their experiences as part of this program. These will be used for promotion of the program components and scholarship outcomes. By applying, you are committing to your availability for the program dates, and understand that you may be required to provide content relating to your experience on request.

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EVENTS

TAKE PART IN NUMEROUS EVENTS THAT ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

THE COURSES

What are the skills courses?

Our courses focus on Employability, Digital Competency and Intercultural Fluency. We believe this framework will provide you with the agility needed for a global and ever-changing workplace. We’ll give you the aptitude to communicate effectively within an international work-group or team so you can tackle the job market with awareness, preparation and confidence. You’ll also have an amazing understanding of ‘digital’ for once you’ve gained employment.

As qualifications have become a significant measure in terms of employability, each course provides a certificate of completion to show in your job applications.

Why are they important?

On a survey conducted by Universities UK which asked about what’s most important for getting a job, the survey showed that ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.

COURSE DETAILS

EXPAND A COURSE FOR MORE INFORMATION

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and society. There will be a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing the individual’s cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed their knowledge of intercultural communication and how they can improve management of these
  • Understand how to adapt this knowledge into the real working world through business-scenario case studies

This course aims to improve employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify their current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer their skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout their working life.

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to their skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand the skills that need to be developed

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and making the most of the LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to their advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course is designed to equip all students and recent graduates with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide learners with the skills needed to identify their current skillset, recognise the skills they’re lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified their strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.

CULTURAL MENTORS

A UNIQUE WAY TO SHARE CULTURES

You will be partnered with a Cultural Mentor who will help you to increase your cultural awareness.

  • You’ll schedule one audio or video call each week and exchange common interests and areas of study.
  • Pagoda will provide you with a theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food, music/arts etc.) to discuss knowledge and experiences in relation to the home country culture.
  • You’ll produce a weekly cultural blog sharing what you have learnt with inclusions of videos, pictures etc.
  • Interact with your cultural mentor and intern community in online events and discussions.

APPLY NOW

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For further information about the ACEN Equity Scholarship, please use the contact details below:

Students
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Global Work-Ready Certificate – 2022 (for students at Australian and New Zealand Universities)

Pagoda Projects are delighted to offer of our 4-week Global Work-Ready Certificate!

We have renamed our ‘Future Skills’ programme to reflect the positive response from employers and students in how this short, 4-week programme has improved their work-readiness and employability prospects in preparation for graduation.

Our mission remains focused on increasing cultural understanding, developing employability skills and helping students to gain valuable experiences in new and innovative ways.

We’ve designed this exciting new and flexible programme in 2022 for those studying at universities in Australia and New Zealand. This interactive short-course has been designed to be flexible and work around your own busy schedule.

GAIN INSIGHT TO NEW AND INTERESTING SECTORS

GAIN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME

LEARN NEW AND RELEVANT SKILLS FOR YOUR EMPLOYABILITY

PROGRAMME DETAILS

  • A full induction to the Pagoda Projects APP from a member of the Pagoda team.
  • Access to several digital courses focusing on improving cultural fluency, your employability, and digital skills.
  • Paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing overseas destinations and provided the platform to discuss interesting topics selected by Pagoda.
  • Gain lifetime access to all of Pagoda’s live virtual events in 2022, and back catalogue of recorded events, all themed on improving skills, cultural understanding, and interesting insight to a variety of industries.
  • Opportunity to network with current participants completing a similar variation of our programme from around the world.
  • Full support from our international Pagoda team throughout the duration of the programme.
  • Access to the Pagoda Projects alumni network, with over 3,000 past participants of our programmes and where exclusive international job opportunities are posted regularly
  • Programme fee: $1000 AUD/ $1050 NZD (there may be full or partial funding available via your university)
  • Refundable deposit: $200 AUD required upon enrolment 

PROGRAMME DATES

Fully Flexible Start Dates*

You can expect the programme to comprise of a total of 25-30 hours over the 4 weeks. All aspects of the programme can be completed at time that’s convenient for you.

*Start dates are flexible, however we recommend applying four weeks or more prior to your preferred start date to allow amble time for onboarding and introduction to your Cultural Mentor.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1

Submit a quick application below and one of the friendly Pagoda team will respond within 1 business day to confirm your application has been received.

STEP 2

You will be issued a booking form that summarises the programme T&C’s, which is something you’ll need to look over carefully and sign to finalise your place on the programme.

STEP 3

When you’ve confirmed your place on the programme, our team will be in touch with the initial steps of the onboarding process and begin the process of matching you with a cultural mentor. More details regarding the first few days of the programme would follow closer to your chosen start date.

EVENTS

DURING THE PROGRAMME WE WILL BE HOSTING LOTS OF EVENTS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS & GAIN EXPERIENCE

Throughout each programme we’ll arrange live workshops, sector-specific webinars, Q&As sessions with industry leaders, fireside chats, specific networking events, alumni reunions and social activities to ensure a well-rounded events package that covers a huge variety of topics.

All the events will be delivered virtually, meaning you can access from anywhere in the world.

Each event is no more than an hour long and typically takes place on weekdays only. The event schedule including content of sessions, speakers and topics to be discussed would be finalised closer to the programme start dates and communicated with those taking part.

THE COURSES

What are the skills courses?

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of your skillsets with a focus on ‘work readiness’ in a post-pandemic business world.

The Skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability, Digital Competency and Workplace Basics. This framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a globalised and ever-changing workplace, preparing you with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international team, approach the job-market with confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ technologies.

As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, an individual certificate is also awarded to you following each successfully completed micro-course.

Why are they important?

Based on the Universities UK – Higher Education in England: Provision, Skills and Graduates Survey, ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’ when asked what mattered most when entering the labour market and attaining a job. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.

This coherence between student and employer views supports our framework in being able to provide learners with accessible skills courses that can be integrated into professional internships; this will allow you to achieve the most important attributes considered by employers.

COURSE DETAILS

EXPAND A COURSE FOR MORE INFORMATION

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and wider society. There is a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

 

 

 

 

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed your abilities of intercultural communication and identified areas of improvement
  • Understood how to adapt this knowledge into the working world through business-scenario case studies

This course improves employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify your current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer your skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout your working life.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

 

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to your skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand skills that need to be developed

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to your advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course will equip you with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide you with the skills needed to identify your current skillset, recognise the skills you may be lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified your strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.

CULTURAL MENTORS

A UNIQUE WAY TO SHARE CULTURES

You will be partnered with a ‘Cultural Mentor’, who will help you to increase your cultural awareness.

  • Schedule one audio or video call each week.
  • We provide you with a weekly theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food music/arts etc.) to discuss and share knowledge and experiences in relation to your respective home country cultures
  • Share what you have learned each week in your ‘Cultural Journal’ as part of you weekly check-in, with inclusions of videos, pictures etc. if you wish
  • Interact with your Cultural Mentor and wider community in online events and discussions

APPLY NOW

FUNDING MAY BE AVAILABLE FROM YOUR UNIVERSITY


Homestay & Internship Programme in Qingdao, China.

Name: Sophie Comber
Nationality: Australian
Destination: Qingdao
Accommodation: Homestay
Programme details: 3 months, homestay and internship experience
University: University of South Australia
Year: 2016

Sophie completed a 3 month internship at a media company, whilst also living with a Chinese family.

“Really for me it’s been amazing. There are a lot of different advatages to it. You can experience Chinese culture first hand because you’re living with locals.”

Interning in China, as well as living with a Chinese family meant that Sophie was able to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.

“I understand that it’s possible to understand China a bit more now. That you can come to China and you can learn about it and you can function there, and you can live and thrive and really enjoy yourself”

If you’re interested in living with a Chinese family, learning the language and becoming involved with the culture, why not APPLY NOW?

Sophie from University of South Australia at the Great Wall in Beijing

Sophie’s Media Internship in Qingdao

Not many people from the West have heard of Qingdao, but to Chinese people and Westerners living in China, Qingdao is one of the most sought after living destinations in the whole country. The mix of clean air, pristine beaches, a moderate climate, active expat community and its close proximity to Beijing and Shanghai make Qingdao a dream location for ‘foreigners’ living in China. Qingdao is a city with over eight million inhabitants, about 2.5 million of which live in the downtown area, and boasts the third busiest shipping port in Asia. To read more about Qingdao – click here 

InternChina - Qingdao
InternChina – Qingdao

This month’s featured internship is with a Qingdao expat magazine company called REDSTAR. This magazine company is the number one seller in the City. They are cool, edgy and always the people to turn to to find out what is happening in Qingdao. The English magazine and WeChat account serve as Qingdao’s Official Guide. In addition, they also offer comprehensive contract publishing services (print and web), event services, translation and sourcing. Their office is open plan and they often have live bands playing in the evenings. It is the perfect place for creative people to thrive. This is a great platform for interns to publish and showcase their own writing skills and build up a strong portfolio of professional work. Find out more about REDSTAR from their website.

We have been talking to Sophie Comber about her experience of interning at REDSTAR.

InternChina - Sophie at the Great Wall
InternChina – Sophie at the Great Wall

IC team: What is your role at REDSTAR?

Sophie: My roles at the REDSTAR magazine’s open plan office have so far included journalist, social media operator, website operator, and English grammar and style editor.

IC team: What are your main tasks?

Sophie: I have used my journalistic skills for research, carrying out interviews, and writing engaging stories for an expat family audience on timely and relevant matters. My writing has so far taken the forms of feature stories, current world events, upcoming event promotions, restaurant reviews, music promotions, and film reviews.

When the magazine is a few days from completion, I read over its entire content to check the grammar and style. A few weeks ago, I also decided upon a system for how the magazine should refer to Chinese words in regards to pinyin, characters, and tones.

IC team: What have you learnt from your internship?

Sophie: As is usual for China, REDSTAR puts a great deal of emphasis on the Chinese social media app WeChat, which was not an app I had used much before. I have gained skills in the area of social media and online layouts, producing WeChat posts about a great number of topics. Previously, I had little experience in lifestyle writing, my experience mostly being in the area of hard news and current affairs, so I welcomed this widening of my skill set.

IC team: What do you like best about REDSTAR?

Sophie: REDSTAR has an informal, friendly atmosphere with cheerful co-workers. We are all always willing to be supportive and lend a hand to each other—one of my favourite rituals of the day is going out together to buy lunch from one of the many delicious local eateries!

 

Sophie's Chinese Host Family in from Shinan District, Qingdao

Sophie’s Homestay Experience in Qingdao

My September homestay family lives in an apartment complex in northern Shinan District.  They are kind, hospitable and very friendly, a couple and their ten-year-old son—I am really enjoying my time with them. Living in the building is like living in a beehive—so many apartments—fittingly; the ten-year-old is a fan of honey. We eat breakfast and most dinners together, which I really like, as they are lovely people, and I also hope my Chinese will get better as a result.

InternChina - My host family
InternChina – My host family

Our towering building is built against the base of a mountain, part of Fu Shan Forest Park. In the midst of the complex, there is a garden with a shivering river, pink lotuses floating on its surface. At nightfall, many adults and children come out to the garden. They laugh, chat, play, dance, run around and listen to music, and with handheld coloured lights, they trail luminous patterns and characters on the dark. The windows of buildings glow like jewels, and the moon hangs low, as large as painted in ancient Chinese artworks; full, round, golden, celestial.

There are many reasons why I decided to come to China for three months shortly after graduating university, reasons both professional and language-related. But perhaps none of those reasons would exist, and perhaps nor would my Chinese language skills, if not for stories I loved at a much younger age. So, for my first entry, I will begin with these stories.

When I was a child, one of my favourite books was named Dragonkeeper, which told of a slave girl who lived in ancient China’s Han Dynasty. Complaining all the while, she selflessly rescued an old green dragon from captivity and death in the mountains. Beset by dangers, she and the dragon travelled together on a long, difficult quest. Their twin journeys: his to find the ocean, a safe place for his child to hatch; and hers to find her own name and her own identity.

Every morning from my bedroom window in Qingdao, I look outside and see the craggy peaks rising high above, revealing twisting trails which seem to appear and vanish, intricately carved sculptures of fish and lions, jagged rocks, birds that wheel and hover, and trees that whisper and sway.

InternChina - Climbing Fushan
InternChina – Climbing Fushan

When I look upon the light and dark greens and blues and browns of these high peaks, all blending together like the hues of a half-remembered dream, I think of Dragonkeeper—the mountain range before me just as I always imagined in the story. I wonder if the girl and her dragon friend may have made their way, clambering and climbing, tired and footsore, among these mountains. If they came to Qingdao, perhaps they soon found the sea. (But first, I’m sure they took the time for a rest stop at Gaoshan, “High Mountain”— for what a perfect place for a dragon, after having curled up and rested, to take flight!)

On the mountain hike I took with my host family in Fu Shan Forest Park, I could just as easily imagine Sun Wukong, the mischievous Monkey King of the Chinese classic Journey to the West, leaping from peak to peak, treetop to treetop, soaring atop his cloud, spinning his gleaming magic staff, his grinning face coloured brown and gold.

InternChina - Fushan mountain
InternChina – Fushan mountain

When I was five years old, I read with relish a set of Stories of the Monkey King, coincidentally; the same tales most Chinese people come into contact with at a similar age. They told of the noble Buddhist monk Xuanzang who goes in search of sacred Buddhist sutras, and of his disciples; the food-loving pig-man Zhu Bajie, the stoic soldier Sha Wujing, and the Taoist trickster god, the Monkey King.

The Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, and the Jade Emperor, sentence the Monkey King to act as bodyguard for the three other travellers, as penance for his past crime in Heaven—he had ruined the heavenly garden of the Peaches of Immortality belonging to the Queen Mother of the West. He is sworn to protect and defend the other travellers against a host of malevolent supernatural beings led by the White Bone Demon, who are determined to kill and eat the holy monk, and destroy the sacred scrolls. The stories were exciting, hair-raising, dramatic, emotional and funny—perfect for children. Tales of bravery, tragedy, redemption, which were all about fighting battles against hordes of demons using magic, weapons, wits and Buddha-esque compassion—what could be better?

Dragonkeeper and Stories of the Monkey King were my first experience with Chinese culture—I adored these stories, and I never forgot them.

Without them, I might not be here today.

It makes me very happy to have come to Qingdao, where I can imagine the stories taking place.

Sophie Comber