Internship Programs in Asia

Next Step Connections offers one to six months Internship Programs all-year round, allowing undergraduates and graduates to experience the best of Asia. All of our internship programs offer the unique opportunity to develop professional skills in your preferred industry, whilst also gaining exposure in Asia’s top cities.

Why Asia?

Asia is a region set to lead the world as it becomes an increasingly important engine of growth leading the world out of the worst recession in over half a century. On current trends, it is estimated that by 2030, Asia’s economy will be larger than that of the United States and European Union combined with the region’s share of world GDP swelling from a little under 30 percent closer to more than 40 percent

Since 2007, over 800 participants from 50 countries have taken part in our programs in Asia.

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Shanghai is one of the largest cities by population in the People's Republic of China, and the world. The city is located in eastern China, at the middle portion of the Chinese coast, and sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Due to its rapid growth over the last two decades it has again become a global city, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, technology and culture. It is often described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of Mainland China.
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Hong Kong is one of two special administrative regions (SARs) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. As one of the world's leading international financial centres, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy.
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Since its early days as a fishing town, Singapore has come a long way to become the richest city in the world and a shining beacon of light of Asia. Numerous global talents flock to the city each year. Strategically located, Singapore first came to fame as a trading port, but grew into a financial hub of Asia. What stayed the same though, is that it remains a gateway between the Western and Eastern markets.

How does our program work?

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Who should I contact?

Before making an application decision, we advise you to get in touch with our Admissions Manager, Ms. Kathryn Rivera by Skype, email at or by phone at +86 (21) 6322 5990

Choose your preferred program

Our internship programs are tailor-made enabling you to choose your preferred destination, starting date, length of stay and industry. If you are unsure of which option to choose, you may contact us at anytime to discuss our programs.

How do I start the application process?

1. Fill and submit an application

Click on Apply Now and fill out our online application form. It shouldn't take you more than 20mns. You will also have the option to save your application and continue later if you wish.

2. Application review

Once your application is submitted, our application manager will review your qualifications, expectations and documents. Once this done, he will come back to you by email to confirm if you're accepted or not in the program.

3. Program acceptance

This is the last step before we start working on your placement. At this stage, we're asking you to confirm your commitment into the program by paying a USD 450 deposit(*).

(*) This deposit is fully refundable if we fail to find a placement that fit your requirements and timeline

What happens after I submit my application?

Within 24-36 hours, Kathryn, our application coordinator, will acknowledge reception of your application by sending you an email for you to confirm your application details.

Once you have confirmed your information, our application committee will review your application and decide on your acceptance. (3-5 days)

If accepted, we will schedule a skype conversation to get a full understanding of your goals. We will also make sure to answer any questions you may have.

Deposit Payment

If you're accepted to our program, you will be required to settle a deposit of US$450 to start the placement process. The payment can be done via international bank transfer or via credit card using PayPal. Once we have received your initial deposit, your internship is guaranteed. In case we can not find an internship placement that meets your industry background, we will return your fees.

Why am I paying a deposit upfront?

As we receive hundreds of inquiries on a daily basis, the deposit is an initial commitment that enables our team to start working on your application. The placement process involves a lot of interactions between potential host companies and our advisors. It's a rather complicated process, thus our team only start working when the deposit has been received.

Internship Placement Process

Once we have received your deposit, you will be assigned a program advisor who will be your main point of contact during the entire process.

We will liaise with you by email, skype or phone. The process takes a minimum of two weeks and can take up to six weeks or more depending on when we receive your application.

When we start the placement process, we will assess which position fits your internship expectations based on the company requirements.

We usually are able to offer you 2 to 3 positions to choose from. We organise phone interviews with companies to make the process easier on both sides.

Internship confirmation Once you have officially accepted an internship that has been offered by one of our partner companies. We will require you to settle 50% of your outstanding balance in order to start working on your visa application

Pre-Arrival stage

Once your visa has been granted by the immigration authorities, we will ask you to settle the remaining 50% payment. At this stage, we will make the final arrangements and prepare your arrival (airport pick-up, housing booking, first day of work).

In-country pick-up and orientation

Our team will pick you up at the airport upon arrival. We will take you to your housing and organize a formal orientation to get your familiar with your surroundings, meet our team and fellow participants. You are now ready to start your internship and take on the next step to a life-changing journey.

Close-up of our NSC's unique placement processin three easy steps !

Step 1

Describe your preferred internship, requirements and goals.

Step 2

Phone Interview with potential host companies.

Step 3

Confirm your Internship, sign agreement and start your experience!

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