‌Thailand Internship Programme

Undertake an internship in vibrant Bangkok as part of the Thailand Internship Programme 2017. Applications close on Thursday, 26 May 2016.

Valuable experience

This six-week internship programme, organised in collaboration with Mahidol University, provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience living and working in an international and intercultural environment.  Examples of internships undertaken by UC students in the past include working in a research role for Greenpeace and in a marketing position with one of Thailand's biggest hotel groups.  There are also many other internship opportunities available, including working as a teaching assistant at Mahidol University or working at a foundation that cares for at risk children.

Unique insight

You will also benefit by living on the Mahidol University campus.  This combined with the internship will enable you to gain a unique insight into another culture, which is supplemented by a series of day trips in and around Bangkok, as well as three weekend excursions that in 2016 included staying with a local fishing family on an island and staying on a river in Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi Province.  This programme provides a series of experiences that would not otherwise be possible, framed by an academic programme designed to maximise learning and growth.

Earn credit

The Thailand Internship programme is open to undergraduate students from all degrees and majors.  Successful applicants must enrol in the ARTS295 course organised by the College of Arts and upon successful completion of the requirements of this course will earn 15 point credit for their efforts.  Information on the College of Arts internship programme is availabe at http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/internships/

2017 dates

Students will depart for Thailand on Monday, 9 January 2017 and arrive back on Saturday, 18 February 2017.  There will also be a week of preparation coursework before departure.

Successfully applicants will also participate in a four-week part-time Thai culture and language course run by a group of Mahidol University students who will be at UC at the start of semester two 2016.


The fee for this programme in 2017 is $2,350 and covers all of the below:

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Activities and day trips in and around Bangkok
  • Three weekend trips outside of Bangkok
  • Pick up and drop off at airport in Thailand
  • Insurance
  • Thai visa
  • Return group airfare from CHC to BKK

Key numbers

14   places available

 the number of weeks that students will spend in Thailand

1   the ranking of Mahidol University in Thailand according to the QS University Rankings: Asia


To apply, please email partnerships@canterbury.ac.nz with "UC Thailand Internship Application" as your subject line by the end of Thursday, 26 May and include:

  • A completed Thailand Internship Application 2017 form‌
  • A 500 word essay explaining why you wish to participate in the Thailand Internship Programme and why you will be a good representative of the university.

Applications are open to all students who meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a current undergraduate student, with priority given to those who are returning to their undergraduate studies in 2017.
  • You must have New Zealand permanent residency or citizenship to be eligible, although an extra place may be made availabale to an outstanding international student.
  • You will need to have a vaild passport by the time visa applications are submitted.
  • It is recommended that students have a GPA of 5.0 (B average) or above, but students with a GPA below this will be considered on a case by case basis.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held with short-listed applicants during the week beginning 30 May 2016.

More information

Email: partnerships@canterbury.ac.nz