Intern in Thailand

Gain valuable experience in community development or healthcare with time to explore Thailand’s incredible northern region on the side.

On Intern in Thailand, you’ll find that our international internships are customized to match your interests and your desired length of stay in Thailand. You can choose a 4, 8, or 12-week internship.  On Intern in Thailand, you’ll experience:

Community Development Opportunities

Learn more about the local communities and help children, adults, and all Thai citizens by teaching in rural schools or focusing on environmental protection at locally owned and run NGO’s. 


Healthcare Experience in Thailand

Gain valuable skills by work in a rural health clinic shadowing doctors and nurses or help a local public health NGO reach out to at-risk children and adults. 


Cultural Adventures!

 Chiang Mai is home to the famous Sunday Walking Street, the Night Bazaar, and Tha Pae Gate. Around Chiang Mai you’ll find ancient ruins and beautiful temples. There is a never ending supply of exciting adventure opportunities. 

If you've ever wanted an international internship in Thailand, then check out our Intern in Thailand program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Diverse internship placements in and outside of Chiang Mai
  • Thai language classes
  • Work with people from Thailand and all over the world 
  • Hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city 
  • Our comprehensive internship package

On top of your on-the-job learning, excursions within the city and possibly a day trip outside of Chiang Mai will be available to you as part of internship in Thailand. Chiang Mai is home to the famous Sunday Walking Street, the Night Bazaar, and Tha Pae Gate.

As an intern in Thailand you will have the opportunity to intern in a number of placement fields. They include:

  • Health (both public and clinical shadowing)
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • NGO Management
  • Community Development

You may be able to receive undergraduate academic credit for your internship through CISabroad’s partnership with Plymouth State University or through your school. 

Option 1: Credit through CISabroad
Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed below. Note: the field is listed, the Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript, as well as the range of credits available. Contact an advisor to see if the the following fields are available in your study abroad location. 

Course Name/
Credits Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit
Art History AH 4880 3-6 Museum Studies, Curation
Anthropology AN4610 3-12  
Business  BU 4600 3-12  Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International 
Communications and Media Studies
CM 3950 3-6  Advertising, Communication, Film and Television, Journalism, Public Relations.

students must have taken "Intro to Media and Cultural Studies" and "Intro to Communication"
Criminal Justice CJ 4580 3-6  Criminology, Law, Political Science
Dance DN 4410 3-12      
English  EN 4950 3-12 English and Literature 
only offered as pass/fail. 
Environmental Planning  EPL 3960 3-6  Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
Geography GE 3960 3-6
Graphic Design
AG 4900 3-6  only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).
History HI 4000 3-6       
Music  MU 4410 3-12      
Philosophy  HI 4000     
Political Science PO 4010 3-12  
Social Sciences SO 3910 3-6 Psychology, Political Science.
Sociology SO 4601 3-12  
Theater  TH 4410 3-12      
Tourism Management  TMP 4000 3-12  Eco-tourism, Hospitality, Tourism, Recreational Management.

To receive credit from CISabroad through Plymouth State University, interns must have completed a minimum of 60 hours (approximately 2 full years) of college or university credit before going on the program and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.

GPA 2.5

There is an $800 fee for interns who wish to receive credit from Plymouth State University. There is no price difference for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits.

How is credit given?
Credit will be assessed and given based on the successful completion of a variety of assignments. Assignments include an essays, journals, and evaluations and will be assessed based on the grading rubric.

  • Minimum 3 page pre-departure paper based on intern’s goals for the program
  • Directed, reflective internship journal completed by intern during the program (four entries)
  • Mid-term Online Evaluation completed by intern
  • Evaluation completed by internship supervisor
  • 8-10 page reflective essay on overall learning experience

Credit is given in letter grade format (A,B,C,D,F) in a specific academic discipline. The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours interned: 120 hours = 3 credits, 240 hours = 6 credits, 360 hours = 9 credits, 480 hours = 12 credits. Interns will receive a transcript 6-10 weeks after the program ends stating the grade and the number of credits earned. The number of hours that can be completed depends on type of internship and location.

Plymouth State University, CISabroad’s accrediting partner, is a NEASC accredited institution with over 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact both regionally and globally.

Option 2: Credit through your university

Many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Contact your study abroad office, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available at your school!

We’ve tried to make the internship application process as smooth and simple as possible to ensure a quality experience for you. Follow the steps below to a fantastic internship abroad!

Step 1: Complete the CISabroad Online Internship Application to begin the application process. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

Step 2: Pay the $200 application deposit and have your pre-acceptance interview with a member of our staff. This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee.

Step 3: Complete all application pieces in your portal. After being introduced to your Program Coordinator, your Program Coordinator will add program-specific application pieces to your portal. (Please note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

Step 4: After all of your materials have been received at CISabroad, you will have a Skype interview with the internship coordinator based in Thailand. They will learn more about your skills,  interests, and ideal internship so they determine which placement may be the best match.

Step 5: Wait for your acceptance decision!

Step 6: Submit the $500 internship deposit. This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee.

Step 7: As your internship departure date approaches you will receive  confirmation of your placement, pre-departure materials, and complete an online pre-departure orientation .

Step 8: Off you go and the fun begins. You’ll be greeted at the airport by a local staff member and begin your Thailand adventure!

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Language Proficiency: The internship program is open to all levels of Thai speakers. However, intermediate to advanced speakers will have more placement options than beginners.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? Scholarship and grants are awarded for everything from applying early to blogging about your intern abroad experience to taking photos of the fabulous scenery on a weekend excursion or volunteering with a local green organization!

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Chiang Mai is located in northern Thailand and is a popular destination for foreign and local travelers due to its great climate, amazing foods, surrounding mountains and hundreds of ancient temples that date back to the 14th century. With 150,000 residents within the city limit Chiang Mai is active and exciting but not overwhelming.

Homestays are the normal housing and include 2 meals per day and a private room. A small number of placements might require interns to live in more communal style houses with other interns, depending on the location of the internship.

CISabroad’s Site Director in Thailand:

David was born in the UK and moved to the US when he was 16 and completed high school and University in Colorado. As an avid traveler, his first thought on graduation was to travel to Asia. He volunteered and lived with a family in Kathmandu for 2 months before travelling to Thailand. He quickly fell in love with the country and for the last 12 years has worked as a teacher, as a development officer in NGOs, and has worked with volunteers and study abroad programs for the last seven years. He has an MA in Asia Pacific Studies and is fluent in Thai. He loves his work because it allows him to share his love of Thailand and its people with participants and at the same time support the great things that people all over Thailand are doing every day.

Term: Spring 2017
Arrival Options January 7 | February 4 | March 4
Application Deadline October 1 | November 1 | December 1
Term: Summer 2017
Arrival Options May 6 | June 3 | July 1
Application Deadline February 1 | March 1
Term: Fall 2017
Arrival Options September 2 | October 7
Application Deadline June 1 | July 1
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $3,590 - $5,590 more info
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $3,590 - $5,590 more info
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $3,590 - $5,590 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

4-week, 8-week, and 12-week options available

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  •     Internship placement and supervision
  •     Housing (homestay) 
  •     Medical and accident insurance
  •     Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  •     Financial aid counseling
  •     Assistance with travel arrangements
  •     Airport pickup service
  •     On-site support