NEW COLOMBO PLAN FUNDED INTERNSHIPS IN VIETNAM AND TAIWAN – 2022-23
DELIVERED BY PAGODA PROJECTS
Pagoda are delighted to be working with Western Sydney University to offer our fully supported in-person internship opportunities in 2022!
Students taking part have the option of a funded 6-8 week internship programme in Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam or Taipei – Taiwan. Internships are available across a variety of sectors, and you will receive full support from the Pagoda team for these programmes.
There are a limited number of New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants available to help offset the cost of the programme. To establish what funding you can receive, please make sure you apply to both WSU and Pagoda Projects before 31st August and follow instructions carefully. You can also check whether you fulfil the New Colombo Plan eligibility criteria. Funding and places are allocated on first come, first served basis.
Regardless of destination, internship and sector you choose, 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 amazing experience!
All students will receive ten hours of group language classes and select activities and events delivered by Pagoda’s University and Industry Partners in our host locations.
MORE THAN JUST AN INTERNSHIP
Six to eight-week full time internship.
Choose your destination, sector & host company.
Private accommodation, inclusive of all bills & Wi-Fi, on good transport links, sharing with other students on the programme.
Visa processing and comprehensive travel/medical insurance as an optional extra.
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.
Western Sydney University have secured funding via The New Colombo Plan from The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to help their students offset the cost of completing this Pagoda internship programme.
To establish your eligibility to take part in the programme and whether you can access funding, register your interest with WSU and follow the steps provided by your university.
There are several places available for those who are currently enrolled at the institution, with potential further funding available to help cover the Pagoda Programme fees.
Before committing to the programme, your university and Pagoda will be able to confirm the exact amount of funding you’re eligible for and what your outstanding costs will be.
8 Week Internship: Programmes will begin on 28th November 2022 and finish on 20th January
6 Week Internship: Programmes will begin on 12th December 2022 and finish on 20th January
You are welcome to arrive and begin using your accommodation up to 3 days prior to your chosen programme commencing and stay up until the Sunday when your programme finishes.
The final deadline for applications is 31st August 2022, however we highly recommend applying as soon as possible as funding and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Pagoda will be taking applications of interest from students with the aim of providing confirmation and final acceptances onto the programme by August 15th 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 – 31st August 2022
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 register your interest and explore your funding eligibility options with your university. It may be required for you to follow up with relevant staff at the university to make sure you can receive credit from taking part in this experience if hoping to receive NCP funding. You will have the choice to confirm your place or withdraw and have your deposit refunded, should your original preference of destination not be viable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vietnam Trip Example
Mexico Trip Example
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.
BROWSE THE NEW COLOMBO PLAN FUNDED DESTINATIONS
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.
Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan, located in the north of the island, only a short metro ride away from the beach. The city is home to around 3 million people and one of the tallest buildings in the world (Taipei 101). Free wifi throughout the city, one of the best transportation systems and amazing street food… no wonder Taiwan wIns the top country in the world for best quality of life every year!
What funding am I eligible for?
Your university and Pagoda will confirm your eligibility for the programme before any deposit or programme fee is required. Before agreeing to any overseas experience, your university will outline what contribution (if any) will be needed and what funding you will be able to access to help towards the costs of your flights and spending money.
What happens if the programmes are cancelled due to COVID-related restrictions?
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 will 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.
When will I know the destination that I can travel to and complete a programme in?
31st August 2022.
What are the internships can I choose from?
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.
What is the refundable deposit for and how much is it?
The deposit is $200 AUD 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.
What vaccinations will I need to travel?
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.
What visa will I need for the programme?
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 2022, your passport expiry date cannot be any date before the 30/11/2023.
What's Pagoda's previous experience at delivering internship programmes overseas?
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!
What destinations are most likely to proceed?
All locations are depending on border controls and capacity to secure an appropriate visa. Remember that you will only be eligible for the generous New Colombo Plan funding in our Asia host locations (Taipei & Ho Chi Minh City).
What happens if my original choice of destination isn’t possible?
Destinations will be confirmed by the end of August 2022, at which point you will be given the option to officially accept your destination before proceeding further. You may also be given the option of a second destination. If you decide not to accept either destination, you can withdraw from the programme and your deposit will be refunded. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and we will explain why any certain destinations are not possible at that time.
When will I have my internship confirmed?
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 from 2 to 10 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. Your internship should be confirmed between September and early November 2022.
How does the internship placement process work?
Step 1: Submit an application and secure your place on the programme ASAP
Step 2: Placement accepted and destinations to be confirmed by September 2022.
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.
Will there be any other students on the programme and from where?
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.
What other costs should I budget for?
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/
Are the internships paid?
Our short-term internships (8-12 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 paid for 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 EU
What insurance will be required?
Fully 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.
APPLICATION DEADLINE 31st AUGUST 2022