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Deposit and Program fee

Your Initial Deposit (“Initial Deposit”) is 300 US Dollars regardless of destination. Your deposit can be converted in other currencies as needed.

Upon payment of your Initial Deposit, you agree to fully co-operate with NSC to secure your internship placement. If we are unable to find a suitable internship company for you, and thus you wish to withdraw from the program, we will refund US$ 150 of your deposit. However, cancellations for personal reasons at any point of the pre-arrival or arrival process or non-cooperation during the process will not result in any refund of the deposit.

Next Step Connections is a fee-based professional internship program organisation. Our program includes your internship placement, housing, travel insurance, airport transfers and more. Program Fees starts at US$1100 and can be consulted on each of our program information page.

Most of our destinations do not enable students to legally get paid during their internship except Singapore and the United States.

It really depends on the lifestyle you choose to live. The inclusions of your internship program are another factor to consider. If you decide, for example, to deal with your own housing arrangement, you will have to budget this element accordingly. At NSC, we're offering various program inclusion options to help limit your living expenses budget. This does not include your meal or shopping expenses so we recommend that you find a balance suitable to your needs.

  • Shanghai: The cost of living can range from as low as 2,000 RMB ($300 USD) to 6,000 RMB ($1,000 USD) per month. Most students who eat most of their meals at local restaurants can survive on around $300 per month.
  • Hong Kong: The cost of living can range from as low as 3,500 HK$ ($450 USD) to 9,300 HK$ ($1,200 USD) per month. A meal at a western restaurant or higher class local restaurant cost around $20 per meal (Dinner).

Program inclusions

Our English-speaking team at destinations set up internships, preview your accommodation beforehand, meet you at the airport, and provide you with any support you need during your placement. You will also have a supervisor at your place of work.

If you are ill while abroad, our staff will know where the best medical care can be found. You will receive information on this when you first arrive in the city. You are also covered by a comprehensive insurance policy, which includes flying you home and all your medical costs.

No, flights to/from the destination are not included. However, we can give you advice about where to look for great rates. You should also check with our partner Student Universe as they are able to get amazing rates for students.

Mainland China: Yes. We will provide you with all the necessary documents so that you can get your M business visa from the Chinese embassy in your home country. Hong Kong: We provide all our applicants with training visas valid for up to 12 months. The process is handled in Hong Kong by our team. Singapore: Yes, we will assist you to obtain the Work Holiday Visa Thailand: Yes, we will assist you to obtain a non-Immigrant ED Visa. Indonesia: Yes, we will assist you to obtain a cultural visa. Chile: Yes, we will assist you to obtain the appropriate visa Chile: Yes, we will assist you to obtain the appropriate visa USA: Yes, we will assist you in obtaining a J-1 visa

During your internship program you will be living in a studio or shared accommodation (private room in shared apartment) in the city centre with other interns who are in the program at the same time as you. There will be no members of our staff living with you.

No, apart from the dinner events we organize regularly, meals are not provided as part of the program. However, we organize dinner events once or twice a month with all participants.

Program eligibility

We do have a lot of experienced professionals looking for a career break/change who have joined our program in the past. Each internship is tailor-made so we really take the time to understand each applicant's requirement before securing the right internship.

Our program is custom-based, meaning that you can choose when your internship starts and finishes. We do generally need at least 8 weeks to process your application, but we encourage you to apply as soon as you have decided to go. If you decide last minute, you can still contact us and we will try our best to arrange your international internship.

No. All you need is enthusiasm and a drive to succeed in your chosen field. With that said, relevant experience in your field prior to the internship may help your chances to enter a larger firm.

Participants should be over the age of 18.

While all our internships are based with English-speaking companies, it is a valuable asset to speak the language of the country where you are heading, as It opens up more placement opportunities. We also offer the opportunity to learn the local language (or improve it) should you wish.

Other questions

Our internships are located in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Bali, Surabaya, Bangkok.

It is recommended that you see your physician and preferably a doctor at a travel medicine clinic at least 4-6 weeks before you are scheduled to depart. There are some recommended vaccines (especially Hepatitis) and it's important that you take the necessary precautions and be up-to-date on your routine vaccines.

Of course! Once you have made up your mind, our local staff will help you out with the formalities. However we need at least three weeks to make the necessary arrangements.

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