The 5 most popular internship destinations in Asia

The 5 most popular internship destinations in Asia

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Owing to its size, diversity and rapid development, Asia is an exciting internship destination. With so many countries offering opportunities in a range of sectors, choosing the right location isn’t easy. To help you out, the team at Intern Asia has put together a list of the top 5 most searched countries for internships in Asia and what they have to offer.



internship in ChinaIntern in one of the worlds fastest growing economies and witness history being made. China’s growing importance in international politics and ever-present role in the global economy is no new phenomenon. Though, it’s becoming increasingly recognized by businesses across all sectors, making an understanding of the complex Chinese business environment nothing short of crucial.

Well-known cities like Beijing and Shanghai are goldmines of opportunity that play an important role in the country’s economy. Internships in the finance, marketing and IT sectors aren’t hard to come by, and provide an exciting insight into modern-day China. Despite the significance of these ‘first-tier’ international cities, it’s time to look to less well-known destinations like Hangzhou and Chengdu that are making their mark as technology and business hubs. An internship in one of these cities will enable you to learn about the country capable of changing the face of the world as we know it and help make your resume a cut above the rest.  

Even the language barrier needn’t be cause for concern anymore; companies like Hutong School offer award-winning Chinese courses to help you quickly settle in to your new surroundings.



internship in IndiaJourney to the home of one of the oldest civilizations and fastest growing economies in the world and work in one of many thriving industries. With 20 official languages, 9 recognized religions, and thousands of unique cultures, India is a country of cultural, geographic and linguistic diversity.

With such diversity comes huge professional possibility. Major Indian cities like Delhi and Mumbai offer career driven individuals the opportunity to step on the career ladder in industries like IT, engineering and banking, while surrounding areas provide those looking to work in the medical or social care fields a real chance to make a difference.  The shortage of foreign knowledge and skills in India means interns are often given a high level of responsibility and included in important projects. The experience and cultural knowledge you’ll gain from an internship in India is sure to make you stand out from the crowd.

As if that’s not enough, consider the low cost of living, rich history and gorgeous landscape the country has to offer. These factors combine to make India a rewarding destination for anyone brave enough to take the plunge.



Internship in JapanChoose Japan for your internship and discover the truth behind the crazy stories you read. This country, famous for its work-ethic and team spirit, is an excellent choice for anyone passionate about their chosen sector. Boasting the world’s second largest developed economy, a booming export industry, and diverse landscape, Japan is a key player in international business and a tourism hotspot.

An internship in Japan is sure to provide you with a highly sought-after understanding of a complex culture important in the modern-day business world. The diversity of destinations, from major cities, to paradise islands, means Japan has something to offer for everyone. Major cities like Tokyo and Osaka offer opportunities in marketing, accounting and finance, while paradise islands like those of Okinawa are perfect for working in the sport, tourism and hospitality fields. Whichever town, city or island you choose, you’ll discover the fascinating culture, outstanding manners and efficiency that make Japan one of Asia’s most popular internship destinations.

Unsure how to get started? Zentern and Study and Intern Japan can help! They will help you find your ideal internship in Japan and provide you with language lessons to help you make the most of the experience!



internship in SingaporeEmbark on an internship adventure in one of the most successful economies in the world and discover what makes Singapore one of the most popular expat destinations in Asia. Home to one of the four ‘Asian Tiger’ economies, Singapore boasts a booming financial hub, a cosmopolitan workforce and a reputation of being the safest country in the world.  

Interns in Singapore can enjoy a high standard of living, nightlife that frequently tops global polls, and exciting networking opportunities. English is the official business language in Singapore, and around 30% of the country’s workforce is accounted for by foreign talent, making settling in the least of your worries!

This small island country certainly packs a punch when it comes to professional opportunities. Interns in Singapore can choose from industries like banking and financial services, tourism and hospitality, digital media, biomedical sciences and fashion. Though Singapore already boasts an impressive economy, exciting new developments suggest the best is yet to come. But beware; the booming economy and high quality of life make the cost of living substantially higher than other countries on the list!



Discover true international diversity and the opportunities that come with rapid economic development by interning in Malaysia. This small South East Asian country, separated in two by the South China Sea, has it all. A booming global mega-city, sleepy fishing villages, and a tropical jungle, Malaysia has it all.

internship in MalaysiaKuala Lumpur, or KL as the locals call it, is a true cultural melting pot. Its vivid diversity is reflected in the Chinese, Indian and western influences that characterize the city and make it an exciting place to live. As Malaysia’s only international city, Kuala Lumpur is home to hundreds of large, global companies, giving interns a range of professional possibilities.

Outside the city, you can find opportunities to make a difference among local, less prosperous communities. NGO’s and wildlife conservations offer positions in Women’s Aid, Human Rights and environmental protection.

Malaysia is an extremely diverse and interesting country that has so much to offer in terms of professional experience, culture and travel. With the country set to achieve its goal of becoming a first-world country by 2020, what better time to experience working in South East Asia’s most multi-cultural nation? 

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