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!
Here are some things to expect while on this unique program:
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
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.