Earn credit and practical experience as part of ACICIS Indonesia

Professional experience is becoming a requirement that more and more employers look for out of graduates. An ACICIS experience in Indonesia offers students the opportunity to do an internship whilst completing a semester exchange program with organisations as diverse as think tanks, local businesses, schools and even internationally recognised organisations such as Save The Children, working on issues as diverse as humanitarianism, immigration, disaster relief, education, social policy, government, infrastructure, business, labour, children and the environment.

This article will give specific information about only a handful of the internship opportunities available with ACICIS in Indonesia. With programs based in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Bogor and Salatiga, there really is an opportunity for students of all disciplines to find a great experience that will set them apart from other graduates.

In Bandung, the third biggest city of Indonesia, the diverse range of internships available make it an attractive program for any Australian student who is seeking a professional placement. What makes it even better is that this placement can count as one of your subjects whilst studying at UNPAR University, the university at which the ACICIS program is based. That means less time in the classroom and more time in a professional environment or even out in the field conducting research with a team.

One of the most popular internship placements is the disaster relief think tank Resilience Development Initiative (RDI). As an intern, students conduct their own research on a topic of their choosing under the guidance of an expert in the field in relation to disaster relief in Indonesia, often in the province of West Java where Bandung is located.

Previous research topics that ACICIS students have done include topics as diverse as migrant preparedness to earthquakes and seismic activity, urban heat islands, the effects of social media in disaster response, renewable energy and its effects on women’s empowerment, and differences in gender responses to disasters. Regardless of what your specific interests are, RDI can generally accommodate any topic and use it as a way to further public knowledge and make a difference in helping Indonesia better deal with what one of their presidents called the “number one security threat to the country” – natural disasters.

Also in Bandung is a branch of Save The Children. Save The Children welcomes students as interns and gives them a truly unique experience working with local communities to achieve a wide range of goals. Not only is it a great opportunity to get experience at an internationally-renowned organisation, but interns at Save The Children in the past have gone on trips with the organisation in West Java conducting research on a wide range of topics from children’s education to traffic management.

It is also possible to do just an internship program without completing a semester exchange program, and many come with generous government grants to cover your expenses while in Indonesia. Whilst managing your way through the crazy traffic of Jakarta and exploring the fascinating city, you can complete short four to eight week programs available in a wide range of fields.

If you are interested in the media or journalism, previous ACICIS internships have included some of the biggest media companies in Indonesia such as “The Jakarta Post”, “The Jakarta Globe”, “CNN Indonesia”, “Fairfax”, “Forbes” and “Reuters”. Furthermore, other opportunities are available at Greenpeace, the Australian Embassy and even United Nations programs.

In the much quieter and tranquil city of Yogyakarta there are again more programs of either a semester exchange with an internship or just a short placement by itself. For those who already have a sufficient level of Bahasa Indonesia, the East Java Field Study program is extremely popular. Students have the opportunity to get out of the classroom and conduct their own independent research on a topic of their own choosing. Many students have even used this research to turn into a thesis project once back in Australia.

If your Bahasa Indonesia isn’t quite there yet, there are plenty of programs where you can study in English whilst learning the language, considered to be a highly accessible language. ACICIS has Yogyakarta based programs at some of Indonesia’s best universities. These include “Universitas Gadjah Mada” (see our Asia Options university review), a top four university, and the “Islamic University of Indonesia”, founded by one of Indonesia’s most famous sons, Mohammad Hatta, independence leader and first Vice President of Indonesia.

Universitas Gadjah Mada

Between Bandung, Jakarta and Yogyakarta, as well as other programs in Bogor and Salatiga, ACICIS offers a diverse range of programs that offer students a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain valuable real world experience at both local and internationally recognised organisations. With study areas such as agriculture, arts and humanities, business and commerce, creative arts and design, development studies, media and communication, international relations, journalism, law, public health, public relations, science, sustainable tourism and Indonesian language there is something for everyone.

Don’t miss an incredible opportunity to put yourself ahead of other graduates, gain international work experience and enjoy a beautiful country, possibly all funded by a government grant.

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Thomas Sullivan

Tom Sullivan is an RMIT Bachelor of International Studies student currently on exchange in Bandung, Indonesia with the ACICIS International Relations program. He has a focus on global development with particular interest in both Indonesia and South-East Asia more generally.

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