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Economics Intern at Policy Research Center

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This role is ideal for an economics/ business student who is interested in the Asia Pacific region. This independent research think tank in Vietnam consists of top experts recognized for their high-quality and policy-relevant research in a wide range of socio-economic issues.

About the Host

This thinktank is an independent research organization that produces high-quality and policy-relevant research in a wide range of socio-economic issues in Vietnam with the mission to confront challenges, develop solutions and create social changes through better informed policy and decision making. 

Established for over 15 years, the team has been co-founder and main co-organizer of the Vietnam Economist Annual Meeting since 2008, the most prestigious economics conference in Viet Nam, and a founding member of the Vietnam Association of International Economists. They also  work as consultants for different international organizations in Vietnam such as the World Bank, IFAD, British Council, UNDP.

Internship Highlights

  • Improve research and data skills
  • Involve in variety of projects studying pressing social-economic issues in Vietnam
  • Gain in depth knowledges in socio economic issues and policy making in Vietnam/ Asia region
  • Secure professional reference upon successful completion

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 or Bali is just 2 hours flight away)
  • Join our networks of international students to discover Vietnam together 

    As an intern, you will be part of the research team and report to the project manager. Research areas include: poverty analysis, macroeconomic policies, business and investment environment, market research, trade liberalization, governance, gender equality, project M&E and impact evaluation.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Engage in initial phase of research design and development, including developing research proposals
    • Participate in all implementation stages, including designing research protocols
    • processing and analyzing data, writing reports, journal articles and other publications
    • Assist in preparing and delivering presentations and other communication/ promotion activities
    • Other tasks as assigned by the directors

    Requirements:

    • B.A or M.A degree in Economics, Statistics, Public Health, and other relevant fields
    • Proficiency in STATA/R or other statistical software is a plus
    • Strong critical thinking, analytical skills and leadership
    • Demonstrated knowledge and Having publication in international refereed journal in relevant fields of is an advantage
    • Hard working, Strong capability to both work independently, and cooperate with team members



    *Job Description is for reference only. Your actual responsibilities are subject to change based on your capacities, 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 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 NOT 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)

    I am satisfied with the internship in Vietnam provided by ABROADER Vietnam. The internship placement was ideal and my local buddy was great. During the internship I worked at Ho Chi Minh Hospital of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. At the host organization, I was clear about the responsibilities & rules expected to accomplish & follow. I had a lot of supervisors who were all very caring. The doctors there were very gracious and explained a lot of cases to me; all in all I was well equipped to perform the job at my best.

    Andrew Nguyen

    Surgical Internship ,University of Oregon, USA

    I am thankful to God that my daughter had an opportunity to be in Vietnam for 3 months through ABROADER. She stayed with a host family for a month and half and was able to learn a lot about the culture and the food. She loved her host family and misses them. Then she had traveled to Hanoi and worked with ABROADER. The staff was very friendly, caring, and hospitable. After 3 months in Vietnam, I had noticed the changes in my daughter about her outlook of life. She is no longer as much of a picky eater and her compassion and understanding of the Vietnamese people, the culture, and the food has greatly increased. I believe that this experience has helped her grow fast in her journey of life. Thanks ABROADER!!

    Maryann Mohney

    Marketing Internship ,Natasha Mohney’s mother

    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

    My internship in Vietnam with ABROADER was a life changing experience. I was a marketing intern at a travel company in Hanoi and now work for the same company as a full time employee. Being in Vietnam has taught me so much about different people and cultures, as there are many other foreigners working here as well from all over the world. My internship coordinator at ABROADER was so helpful, and was a huge support for me whenever I needed it. I would definitely recommend ABROADER if you are looking to do an internship here. They really cater to your needs and care about what you want and are looking for.

    Lillian Sarah Grant

    Marketing & Communication Specialist Internship ,University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

    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 whole experience of doing internship in Vietnam, living and meeting the people in this beautiful country will be a memory I’ll always remember. My host organization was ABROADER Vietnam. For the most part, I was clear about the responsibilities & rules expected to accomplish & follow during my filming and photography internship at the company. My supervisor and the program coordinator cared a lot about me, even when they didn’t pay attention to me, the only downfall was my skills on graphic design which I still need to improve to support my work in the company. My work was crucial at a marketing and branding level, which is the image of the company itself. If there is anything I wish to do that would make the internship in Vietnam perfect was that I could stay in Halong Bay one more day.

    Miguel Fernando Del Moral

    Filming and Photography Internship ,Relativity School, USA

    Overall we would say it was very positive. The immediate feedback and replies especially when she first arrived were so appreciated. I loved the Facebook posts and it made us feel a little closer to the experience there, especially when Monica was in the village and her internet was sporadic. Of course the village experience was exactly what Monica was hoping for, experience with children in another culture, living with a host family and having the support of mentors and people taking care of her, including taking her to the school each day. The excursion adventures were also amazing experiences for her and she was eager to participate in as much of exploring the Vietnamese countryside and culture as she could in her limited time.

    Linda Zang

    Education Internship ,Monica Anderson’s mother, USA

    I was satisfied with the Internship Service provided by ABROADER Vietnam. The Program Coordinator always listened to my worries, and they tried to keep my safety and that really relieves my anxiety being in a foreign country. The organization where I did the Early Childhood Education Internship was with Fuji kindergarten, I got to work in different campuses with different teachers who were also my supervisors. All of them were very kind and supportive towards me. However, some of them cannot speak English so sometimes it is hard to communicate with them but eventually it was fine. At one campus, there is a translator that helps me communicate with the teachers so it wasn’t a big problem. In some classes, I ran my class arrangements well (such as art and drawing activities), but in young children’s classes, it was very challenging to do it, so I improvised by singing songs and dancing to the music, which makes them very happy. In come campuses, they awake children’s imagination through art with foods, clay, and nature and so on. It was very interesting. Through my internship in Vietnam, I learned that, in order to communicate with children, it is important that you communicate smoothly with teachers first. The challenging part was that not everyone at my workplace speaks English and we had to learn to communicate effectively with each other. All in all, I would recommend ABROADER Vietnam service to anyone who in interested in doing an Internship in Vietnam.

    Maiko Otsubo

    Early Childhood Education Internship ,Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan

    I am grateful to everyone who has helped organize my internship in Vietnam this summer. I am grateful to ABROADER for finding me the best placement that I could ever hope for and for being so caring, accountable and responsive during my whole internship duration. I am grateful to my supervisor and all the coworkers at my host organization for being so hard-working, responsible, encouraging and supportive. Without their kindness and support, my holistic learning experience while in Vietnam would not be that worthwhile. I would definitely recommend this internship in Vietnam program to anyone that is interested in doing an internship abroad.

    Bryant Chu

    Culinary Internship ,Master’s Degree at Stanford University, USA

    During my environmental engineering internship at my host company, I have learned a great deal of practical knowledge and skills that I hadn’t been taught in schools before, in particular my design skills have been improved a lot. My supervisor and coworkers gave me very helpful support and guidance which is what I expected to have in an internship, although I wish I was more freedom to explore and do independent work. Adding to the experience, I got to go on a field trip to Hai Duong in 2 weeks while I was an intern. It was a valuable experience for me because I was able to travel and see the different practices in a smaller city of Hai Duong compared to Hanoi, I of course made new friends and had a little peak into the local life of people outside the busy capital.

    Geogre Wilson

    Environmental Engineering Internship ,Durham University, England