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Architecture Intern at Sustainable Building Firm

Green Technology, Environmental

With thousands years of history of influences, Vietnamese architecture is a beautiful mix of French, Chinese, and Vietnamese style. As environmental awareness takes over the architecture world, this company is one of the first in Vietnam to specialize in green building, combining global practices and local architectural style. As an intern, you will work closely with environmental consultants to analyze construciton’s environmental efficiency and deliver “green” solutions.

About the Host

The firm is a pioneer in doing research on sustainable building construction technologies and materials on their adaptation in Vietnam’s context. Having worked on several high-level projects in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, the team also offer consultancy services on Green Building Certification, including LEED, LOTUS and Green Mark. Their clients include: Capitaland, Samsung, Schneider Electric.

Internship Highlights

  • Work on real projects and learn from industry’s top architects and environmental engineers
  • Gain industry knowledges and networks in Vietnam/ Asia region
  • Secure professional reference upon successful completion
  • Opportunities for stipend if you are qualified

Program Highlights - All in one!

  • Immerse in local culture through Vietnamese lessons, cooking class, city tour and trip to World's top destination (Halong Bay/ Mekong Delta) – All included in the program
  • Ample supports from our onsite team and lovely “Local Buddies” – Vietnamese university students who can show you around their city and its hidden gems
  • Experience life abroad authentically - More than travelling, get to know the city with the locals!
  • Travel Vietnam or hop around Southeast Asia on the weekend (Bangkok is just 2 hours flight away)
  • Join our networks of international students and discover Vietnam together

The Architect Intern will work closely with senior architects and environment consultants to deliver “green” solutions to clients. Tasks will include:

  • Assist in preparation of designs, schematic drawings and solving basic architectural problems
  • Analyze and evaluate architectural design options, review design applications for construction
  • Develop architectural concepts using integrated process
  • Prepare analysis reports on the applications of green building certifications

Requirements:

  • University students majoring in Architecture, Construction Design, Interior/ Exterior Design or related.
  • Knowledge of physical construction simulations
  • Good understanding of physics in architecture
  • Able to analyze architectural drawings
  • Proficient in at least 1 of these programs: Revit/ AutoCAD, SketchUp/3DsMax, Photoshop/ Adobe Illustrator, Lumion, Adobe Premiere and basic office software

*Job Description is for reference only. Your actual responsibilities may change based on your skills, interests and the host's requirements at a certain time.

Tip: Check with our Advisor for more specific details and before you make any travel arrangements.

Program Fee

Duration (weeks)04*06*081012162024
Full Service $2,695 $3,052 $3,410 $3,767 $4,125 $4,840 $5,555 $6,270
No Housing $2,195 $2,302 $2,410 $2,517 $2,625 $2,840 $3,055 $3,270

Note:

  • Placement-only option: If you only need program placement, program fee is set at $700 USD/ placement for all durations.
  • 4-6 weeks option are only open for medical and education internships. For other majors, most host organizations prefer minimum 8 weeks and availability of 4-6 week options are not guaranteed.
  • Medical internship entails an extra fee of $100 – 300 USD per month depending on host hospitals. This will be sent directly to the hosts to cover training fee, administration and training tools.


What is NOT included

Our full-package program guarantees fully-supported, locally-immersive experiences and includes:

  • Internship placement
  • Visa application
  • Accommodation (homestay/ studio/ shared apartment)
  • Pre-departure guide
  • Airport transfer (pick-up & see-off at designated time)
  • On-site orientations
  • Local SIM card
  • City tour & Social and cultural activities with onsite staff
  • Excursion to top destinations in Vietnam (Ha Long Bay or Mekong Delta)
  • Local volunteer support
  • Onsite supports from ABROADER staff with 24/7 hotline
  • On-going & Final program evaluation
  • Welcome & Farewell dinners
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Certification upon completion of the program

*Accommodation

Standard option is studio room. Basic facilities will be provided, including air-conditioner, bathroom with water heater, Wi-Fi, bedding, mini fridge, kitchen. Electricity is not included. Electricity bill is typically $100 – 150 USD per month depending on your usage. Electricity bill will be charged directly to students at the end of month and when check out.

*Visa

Visa application fee is included in our program fee. The quoted fee is for standard passport holders, including those from the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, Singapore. For other citizenships, visa fee may change depending on home country and duration. 

What is included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa stamping fee (to be paid to the custom upon arrival)
  • Meals and other personal expenses

Dates

Our programs are all year round. Application deadline is minimum 2 months prior to intended start date.

For smooth preparations, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, preferable 3 – 4 months in advance.

Late application is subject to late submission fee of $200.

Procedure

Our entire process is an easy 5-step journey – from application to after you return home.

how it works 5 steps

  • Application

Browse and choose! Check out the wide range of programs we offer by major, industry or location. Select the program you want (you can choose up to 5) and click Apply! For this step, you will need to fill in personal information and upload a resume.

Can’t decide? Contact us for individualized recommendations. No fee is required at this stage and you can still change your selection later after an interview with our Placement Advisors.

  • Online Interview

After your application is submitted, our Placement Advisor team will review your application and get in touch for a FREE online consultation on available opportunities. We will also answer all your questions about the location and guide you through the next steps.

No rush to commitment! After the interview, you’ll receive a Conditional Offer with details of your chosen program. You’ll have time to review the offer and when ready, submit a deposit to secure your place. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in a program.

  • Enrollment

Welcome onboard! Our onsite team will work with you to ensure we secure a suitable placement. You will get to learn more about the role/ program you’re applying for through detailed description or interview with potential host companies/ universities so that both sides know whether it’s a good fit.  

If all goes well, congratulations! You'll receive a placement offer. Time to prepare for your departure!

  • Onsite Experience

It’s getting real! Once you’ve landed, our staff will be ready to welcome and pick you up to your accommodation.  You’ll get oriented with the city before starting work/ study next Monday.

  • Departure

You did it! In one way or another, you’ve broadened your horizons! Time for final evaluation and reflection. Our onsite team will arrange for your departure and welcome you to our alumni network.

For more details, visit our How it works. If you have any questions, contact us. Our staff will guide you through the entire process.

Tentative Schedule

Date Activity
Thursday Arrival & Airport Pick-up
Friday Orientation & Welcome Meal
Saturday City tour
Monday Company Induction & First working day
Last working week Evaluation & Farewell
Saturday Airport see-off

Your selected programs

(Select up to 5 opportunities. No fee is required)

With the services provided by ABROADER, I felt it was really helpful how they picked me up from the airport and took me to get my accommodations and phone figured out. It would’ve been extremely difficult to try and figure that entire process out on my own. I don’t think there is anything that ABROADER could’ve done better. They gave me all the support I need to get through my Social Work Internship in Vietnam. My Internship in Vietnam was with the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family – Women and Adolescent (CSAGA), a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rights of women and children who are vulnerable to violence and discrimination in Vietnam. It was pretty unclear at the beginning what was expected of me, however, I gradually figured out what was needed as the days went on. It was no problem at all. My supervisor was very sweet and so nice to me. She always asked me what I was doing on the weekends, and with my free time, and has offered me advice on different things about Vietnam. I felt that I was given everything I needed to perform my job here at CSAGA. My work seemed to be important to the agency since I did a lot of research for important proposals CSAGA was writing. The host organization had been very helpful and accommodating to anything I needed while here. They always asked if everything was going ok and if there was anything I needed to help make my time here more successful. I don’t think there was anything they could’ve done better.

Heather Joann Sheffield

Social Work Internship ,Oregon State University, USA

I am so incredibly lucky that I have people and things that make saying goodbye to Hanoi incredibly difficult. For if I did not have them, that would have meant I wasted nearly three months internship in Vietnam. I was able to make friends, experience the culture, learn a little Vietnamese in the process; all those things became part of me and make it that much more difficult to say farewell to them.

Maile Moore

Public Health Internship ,Oregon State University, USA

This internship in Vietnam with SEND offers me just that and I am grateful for the experience to teach, make friends and be in Vietnam. I’ve always wanted to become an educator but I often feel like the teachers in Japan lack the international and cultural experience to make lessons more interactive. I try to allow myself the chance of going to another country, experience another culture and become a better-equipped teacher.

So Sadamoto

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

I enjoyed the time in Ho Chi Minh city. The experience was much better than I expected. I came with an open mind to face anything, but everything was smooth and easy. The host organisation is satisfying. They tried their best to help me learn. It was satisfying. I would do this again if I get the chance. The abroader staff was really friendly and they prepared everything for me before I landed in Vietnam. So I did not have to worry about anything. I am satisfied with the program and I would recommend this program 100%.

Dan Fernando

Trainer & Communication Internship ,Deakin University, Australia

Joining this internship in Vietnam with SEND, I made a very important realization that is I can’t do everything on my own. The challenges presented during this internship got me to talk to other people, hear their ideas and craft up a conclusion. I learnt to cooperate with friends instead of struggling with any probem alone and we were able to find a solution to almost any problem that we encountered.

Ryosuke Asai

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

I was very appreciated and valued at the host school, they were extremely welcoming and friendly. The teachers provided me with plenty of opportunities to interact with different year levels and observe classes. In addition, even though it is not their responsibility to, they were also very keen on showing me Vietnam and making me comfortable, I got to go on a trip to pagodas in Ho Chi Minh where I got to wear ao dai and get to know more about another aspect of Vietnamese life. One inconvenience I had would be that my accommodation was quite far from the school and I was by myself. But overall, this can be improved on and I would recommend the internship program to anyone interested.

Alexandra Baulch

Education Internship ,Monash University, Australia

The best thing about ABROADER Vietnam was being able to plan events with other interns and with local buddy. I depended on these events to originally get out of my shell in Vietnam while I was adjusting to the new language and culture. Especially with being able to offer perspective on Vietnamese culture with schooling, media/entertainment, government, and with great local attractions in Ho Chi Minh.

Patrick West

Environment Internship ,University of Notre Dame, USA

No words can represent how much experience I have gained throughout my internship in Vietnam. Working at my host company as a research assistant, I have gained many technical and soft skills, such as participating in lab undergraduate training courses, doing lab testing services and also learning the culture of Vietnam with the Vietnamese people. After this internship, I realized that I could adapt myself to a different and foreign environment. This enables me to be able to work with a more diverse environment, even with colleagues with different background and knowledge. This pushes me as an employee to learn and work even harder to cope and manage with different people and adapt accordingly to the needs of the company. All in all, I feel that it was a breathtaking experience for me to have this opportunity to immerse myself with the Vietnam culture with the Vietnamese people, and I am really thankful to have taken up this internship experience with ABROADER for letting me experience such a new life. The funniest moment I had during my internship experience was that I had to CHASE down a bus when I was on the way to work. It was a really funny one as I have this mindset that the buses in Vietnam would wait for you to board before it starts to drive again. However, the bus did not even stop moving and kept on driving, and left me behind the bus stop. Since that day onwards, I ensure myself not to miss the bus by chasing the bus down before the driver closes its door on me. Thank you ABROADER for this memorable experience!

Kelvin On

Biology & Environment Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

The experience of doing an internship in Vietnam certainly was not easy for me but I have no doubt that it was tremendouly valuable. At first, I actually had a lot of culture shocks, for example, sometimes it was hard to communicate with Vietnamese people because not a lot of people speak English and some had very strong accent. However, Vietnamese people were very kind to me and took well care of me especially the host family and program coordinator. I realized that it’s difficult to understand another culture but it’s also really necessary to accept other culture, their life and their way of thinking. At the hotel where I did my internship, I could learn a lot of things. For example, I learnt how to communicate politely with customers, how to make them satisfied and how to manage the hotel. Everyone from the supervisor to my co-workers was helpful and accommodating, I was included in all the daily meetings and the supervisor was very open to share her knowledge about hotel management which was really helpful to my future work. I really had a good experience in Vietnam. I appreciate the people I’ve met and the experience I’ve had. This is going to be very useful in the future. Thank you ABROADER Vietnam so much for the valuable opportunity to learn about my field of work in your beautiful country!

Kaoru Mori

Hospitality Internship ,Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan

There were definitely times during my internship that the cultural difference between Vietnam and Japan made my internship here challenging. However, I was able to be in a team of amazing people and I learnt to accept the difference of opinions within my team and be patient to avoid any conflict. For me, being in a harmonious team motivated me to be positive, work harder and be a more productive person in general.

Reina Takahashi

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan