Program Overview

Intern abroad in Thailand to gain practical experience in the areas of community development, healthcare, education, journalism or NGO management. You’ll live and work in or nearby the scenic city of Chiang Mai, a popular destination located in northern Thailand. We’ll tailor your internship to match your goals and interests, and you’ll gain marketable skills and boost your résumé. In Chiang Mai, enjoy the great climate, delicious food unique to the region, surrounding mountains, and hundreds of ancient temples. In your down time, it’s easy to explore the rest of the magical country. Thailand has a lot in store for you!

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: February 1 | March 1
Fall: June 1 | July 1
Spring: October 1 | November 1 | December 1
Avg Course Load
3-12 US credit option available
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Thai

Key Program Highlights

  • Hands-on placements in the fields of healthcare, education, journalism, and community development
  • Homestay for full immersion into the beautiful and welcoming Thai culture
  • Flexible start dates throughout the year
  • Quaint college town of Chiang Mai, full of charm and adventure
  • Easy and inexpensive options for independent weekend travel
  • Delicious and affordable Thai cuisine
  • 3 to 12 U.S. credit options available

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Life in Chiang Mai

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Thailand. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where the shops are, how to get around, and the likes will be covered in our orientation. In the afternoon you will participate in the Thai Cultural values training, where staff will cover the differences in working and communication style between, Thailand and the West.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

At the end of the program we will all get together for one last epic meal and talk about your adventures and experiences. Our staff will also share some precious tips on going back home feeling like a champ! Your study abroad experience is something to be cherished and shared with your family and friends back home.

Housing Options

Homestay

Homestay’s are the standard housing.  Interns will live with a warm and welcoming Thai family. Homestay’s include two meals per day and a private room.

Shared Guest House

Depending on the location of the internship, a small number of placements require interns to live in guest houses with other interns.  Interns will have  access to a full kitchen and shared lounge areas. Note: This option does not include food.

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Local Life

  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: Chiang Mai’s most holy temple, located on the side of the mountain, after an elephant carrying a relic of the Buddha died there. This beautiful temple is a must visit for Thai and foreigners alike.
  • Sunday Walking Street Market: Chiang Mai’s biggest attraction, local people from all over the region converge on the old city to sell homemade and unique northern style clothes, jewelry, art and other amazing souvenirs.
  • Elephant Programs: Spend some time with these amazing animals and learn about efforts to look after them.
  • Trekking: Chiang Mai is known for the surrounding mountains and their hilltribes, do you research and find a trekking program that allows you to visit these communities in a sensitive and responsible way and you will have the experience of a lifetime.
  • Thai Cooking Class: Sign up for a program where they teach you all about Thai herbs and vegetables, visit a market to learn the names and then make several delicious dishes of your own choice.

More About Chiang Mai

Known to Thais as the "Rose of the North," Chiang Mai is a breathtaking city surrounded by mountains and bisected by the Ping River. Visitors flock to experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere and delicious food unique to the region, and to venture out into the imposing mountains. The city resides on an elevated plateau approximately 1,000 feet above sea level.

Recently voted the world's second-best city, Chiang Mai has a rich history and culture. Chiang Mai is home to 150,000 people, with a greater metropolitan population of around one million. This city has 700 years of ancient history and was a prominent place as the heart of Lanna culture. The fortressed Old City center was the former capital of the Lanna kingdom. This is one of the few cities in the world that still features an intact moat, which encircles the Old City. You'll notice that the common mode of transport is to ride a songtaew (pronounced "song- tau"), or red truck-taxi. You'll feel like a local as you zip around the streets. 

From Chiang Mai, you can explore the mountains and visit hilltribe villages, learn to cook Thai food, ride elephants, or go bamboo rafting. Other popular activities include hiking in Doi Inthanon National Park (home of Thailand's tallest mountain), savoring tasty street food, enjoying the nightlife, and witnessing the city's many festivals and cultural celebrations.

 

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Elephant Riding

CISabroad participants will enjoy a day of friendly elephant riding. You will learn how to control and ride a elephant with other participants.

Trekking

A shorter day trip to visit the amazing mountains and national parks surrounding Chiang Mai, not only will you see some beautiful natural scenary, this is also a great opportunity to visit hilltribe villages in person and in a respectful and sustainable way.

Thai Cooking Class

During this excursion you will learn all about Thai fruits, vegetable, and herbs, visit the market and learn about the different ingredients and then make 5 dishes of your own from scratch.


Internship Placement

Advising and Guidance

Step 1: Complete the CISabroad Internship Application and pay $200 application deposit. Then, an advisor will grant you online portal access and schedule an interview to discuss your experience, internship goals, and go over any questions.
Step 2: Start working with your Program Coordinator! You’ll finish your application by completing the forms in your online portal.

Placement and Preparation

Step 3: Upon acceptance, we will schedule another interview between you and the placement team so they can learn more about your skills, your interests, and what type of internship you are looking for.
Step 4: Pay $500 Internship Deposit and work with your Program Coordinator who will help you know what to expect and how to prepare for your time abroad.

Earn Credit Through CISabroad

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. To learn more please click here.

Internships are available in the following fields:

Don’t see your field? Contact an advisor and we’ll be happy to help find the best internship for you!

Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/ organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!

Communications Fields

Education Fields

Health Science Fields

Humanities Fields

Social Sciences Fields

STEM Fields

Student Feedback

CISabroad Summer abroad in Thailand Student photo grass and mountains
The excursions included in the CISabroad program were amazing. The site directors chose awesome tour guides for our excursions and made it a great experience. Both the site directors and the tour guides were extremely caring and knowledgeable about their job. I felt safe at all times.

Ellie Ashbrook - Valparaiso University

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

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Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Orientation in Chiang Mai
  • Thai language classes
  • Multiple excursions depending on the length of your program
  • Internship Placement and support
  • 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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program