Global Internship Program

Global Affairs: Internships in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Dates

    Internship Abroad: *Suspended for 2020*

    Online Courses: *Suspended for 2020*

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Program Fee

    UCLA Undergrads (4 – Units): $6,079

    UCLA Undergrads (8 – Units): $7,195

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Ho Chi Minh City is an enticing blend of the old and the new. The city boasts a fascinating history mixed with a high-octane, modern economy that has been steadily growing annually. Vietnam provides the accessibility and allure of a beautiful Southeast Asian nation, whilst simultaneously staking its claim as a dominant ASEAN economic powerhouse. This allows for an internship in the main economic hub of Vietnam yet surrounded by natural beauty.

Internship placements are approximately 8 weeks long. UCLA partner’s with CRCC Asia to place students at internship sites  based on personal career goals, interests and experience. While completing the on-site internship, students will also be enrolled in 1 or 2 online courses, earning 4 to 8 units of academic credit. Online courses follow Summer Session A and will last for a total of 10 weeks. Student’s looking to receive financial aid must be enrolled in 2-courses during the program.

Internship Placements

After enrolling in the Ho Chi Minh City program via the UCLA Global Internship Program registration portal, a placement coordinator from our partner organization, CRCC Asia, will work with you one-on-one to find the perfect internship match. Internship placements are customized to your personal career goals, interests and experience. Internship placement is guaranteed as long you meet the minimum qualifications and follow appropriate steps and deadlines. Students will work approximately 32 to 40 hours per week at their internship placement.

Ho Chi Minh City Placement Options:

  • Global Health
  • Embassies/Consulates
  • Law and Politics
  • NGOs
  • Non-Profits

Examples Placements:

Please note that these are examples of student placements in the past and does not guarantee availability for future terms.

Curriculum

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate student
  • Minimum of 90 units completed by end of Spring 2020
    • Units can include transfer credit
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Good academic standing

Program Courses

All students are required to enroll in the I A STD 195CE course while attending the program. Students who wish to earn more units and/or apply for financial aid, may also enroll in an optional 4-unit upper division course as well. The optional course name and number will be announced soon.

  • I A STD 195CE (4 units) ~ Mandatory
  • CESC 130 (4 units) ~ Optional 

Please note that in order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in both the mandatory course AND the optional course (total of 8-units).  

Course Descriptions

I A STD 195CE: Internship Course (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

International and Area Studies (I A STD) 195CE is a 4-unit course designed around an individual internship experience. This course will offer you the opportunity to apply international studies theories and concepts to your internship experience. This course will help you analyze the effects the global and interconnected nature of our world has on people, cultures, politics, economics, and organizations. You will take your academic knowledge beyond the classroom, and in your papers and during one-on-one meetings, you will analyze your organization and work experience within an international context. I A STD 195CE must be taken for a letter grade. Auditing and pass/no pass is not allowed.

*The course is open to all majors and may fulfill electives for any of the programs housed in the International Institute (International & Area Studies majors and minors, Global Studies major and minor, International Development Studies major and Global Health minor) by petition to the program Chair.

CESC 130: Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

This 4-unit course is designed to help students critically analyze their own cultural values and beliefs and the impact they have on their communication. It will provide students with strategies and tools to more effectively communicate and to manage intercultural conflicts in the global workplace. Students will study and critique intercultural communication theories, review relevant case studies and discuss first hand experiences from their global internship. This course must be taken for a letter grade. Auditing and pass/no pass is not allowed.

*The course is open to all majors and fulfills the following electives for programs housed in the International Institute: 

  • Global Studies Majors & Minors: Applies to the Culture & Society upper division pillar.
  • International and Area Studies Majors: Applies to the International Societies and Cultures category.
  • International Development Studies Majors: Could apply towards Regional or Disciplinary elective in the major, by petition only.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UCLA Undergrads (4-Units)  UCLA Undergrads (8-Units)
Program Fee $6,079 $7,195
IEI Fee $61 $61
Visa (U.S. Citizens) $25 $25
Airfare (estimate) $1,300 $1,300
Meals & Incidentals (estimate) $1,000 $1,000

*Pell Grant recipients will receive a $200 refund on their program fee. This refund will be assessed prior to the financial aid payment deadline.

**Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Internship placement
  • Private room accommodations in shared apartment
  • On-site orientation (including welcome meal).
  • Optional social and cultural activities
  • 24/7 on-site healthy and safety support from the CRCC Asia staff
  • Health insurance.

Personal Expenses NOT Included:

  • Round trip Airfare to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Personal travel during program
  • Costs for medical expenses and emergencies
  • Meals and entertainment expenses
  • Transportation to/from housing to internship site
IEI Fee

All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.

Budgeting

Financial aid for Summer Global Internship Programs is available to qualified UCLA students. Students must be enrolled in a total of 8 units (2 courses) to be eligible for financial aid. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

Purchasing Airfare

Students should wait until final internship placement confirmation, prior to purchasing their flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Global Internship Programs is available to qualified UCLA students. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location

Arrival

Our partner organization, CRCC Asia, will provide airport pickup for your internship program.  You will be responsible for making your own arrangements back to the airport at the end of the program.

Accommodations

Students will reside in private room accommodations in shared apartments with other interns or young professionals. All apartments come with bedding, kitchen appliances, and basic Wifi. Apartments are typically within a 30 to 60 minute commute from internship sites.

Meals

Meals are not provided. Students have access to fully furnished kitchens in their apartment to cook.

Optional Social and Cultural Activities

This program offers weekly organized events around the city that are free to participate in with the other internship program participants.

Travel

Travel to Ho Chi Minh City

All Global Internship program participants are required to purchase and arrange their own travel accommodations to Ho Chi Minh City. Students should wait until CRCC Asia confirms placement prior to purchasing their flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Students will receive specific arrival instructions to assist with arrival to program housing.

Visa Information:

All students are required to obtain a business visa to do an internship in Vietnam, which requires obtaining a certified invitation letter (provided by CRCC Asia), and paying a small stamping fee upon arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

For non-US citizens, please contact the Global Internship Program manager for questions regarding your visa eligibility for the program.