University of the Sunshine Coast


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



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


Applications Open24th April 2023
Live Information Session30th May 2023
Applications Close31st July 2023
Booking & Payment Deadline31st August 2023
Arrival Date*24th November 2023
Programme Begins27th November 2023
Programme End & Departure Date**
  • 6 weeks – 7th January 2024
  • 8 weeks – 21st January 2024
  • 10 weeks – 4th February 2024

*Participants must arrive between 9.30am and 5.30pm

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




Six to ten-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.



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.



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. Only once the deposit has been paid will your place be secured

Application Deadline – 31st July 2023


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.


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.


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.







Choose from hundreds of 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.




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.




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.


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.





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 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.


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.



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:

Use this link to find out the current daily exchange rates:

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.





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*

Applications close 31st August 2023





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 19th February 2024. The internship runs for 8-16 weeks and must end by 7th June 2024.

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

Applications close 31st August 2023



Apply through our online application form

Applications will open on 1st June, 2023 and close on 31st August, 2023

Successful candidates will be announced on 29th September, 2023

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.

You must inform Pagoda Projects if you are expecting to receive credit for this program.

The scholarship is open to both undergraduate and post graduate students, including international students. 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 19th February 2024.

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.

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.

6. Provide a recorded testimonial video and other content relating to your programme

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 will 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 will be required to provide content relating to your experience on request.



  • Company Sector

  • Destination





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.



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.



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.



I have more questions, who can I contact for further information?
For further information about the ACEN Equity Scholarship, please use the contact details below:

Subject: ACEN Equity Scholarship

Paul Bailey – Regional Partnerships Director, Pagoda Projects