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Welcome to Internships in the Philippines

For an internship experience that is equal parts exotic and enriching, the Philippines is the destination to pick! Find world-class diving, mind-blowing natural beauty, and a fascinating history to unveil.

With its crystalline waters, world-famous beaches, and some of the best diving spots on the planet, the Philippines is a haven for marine enthusiasts and ocean lovers. The country’s lush landscapes extend beyond the shoreline though. You can explore the rice terraces of Banaue, hike the mountains of Luzon, or venture into the jungle for a taste of the country’s diverse ecosystems. All the while, you’ll be immersed in Filipino culture. Interning in the Philippines, you can enjoy your downtime participating in vibrant festivals, taking in a rich heritage of art, and enjoying great food. What’s more, Filipinos are renowned for their warm hospitality and friendliness, so interns will be welcomed by warm, lively communities.

The Philippines, an archipelago of 7,641 islands in Southeast Asia, beckons interns with its important history, burgeoning economy, and thriving nonprofit sector. While the country has made significant progress in terms of development, it still faces challenges in terms of income inequality, infrastructure, and poverty. The Philippines offers an array of nonprofit internship opportunities working towards these causes, but they also offer some of the best marine conservation internships in the world. A global hotspot for marine biodiversity, the Philippines boasts extraordinary marine research opportunities, studying thriving coral reefs teaming with countless fish species and unique creatures like pygmy seahorses and whale sharks.

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Philippines Highlights

Explore a true tropical Paradise

When you aren’t busy interning in the Philippines, there are numerous beaches, islands, and nature wonders to explore.

Experience Filipino Hospitality

As an intern in the Philippines, you’ll get to experience their welcoming, friendly nature in every aspect of life.

Build lasting Connections

The Philippines is world renown for their openness to meeting new people, and interns will benefit immensely from building meaningful relationships with their coworkers.

Cultural Diversity

The Philippines is known for its cultural diversity, with over 175 ethnolinguistic groups. Experience a wide range of traditions, festivals, and cuisines.

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Sports Coaching Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Sports Coaching, Youth Empowerment, Project Management
Build a versatile repertoire of sports coaching and youth development skills to uplift disadvantaged communities.
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students working in a wooden library with bookshelves and trophies

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Teaching and Youth Development Internship

  • Min. 12 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Mentoring, Academic Guidance, Safe Play
Develop well-rounded teaching and education experience as you uplift the indigent communities of Tacloban City.
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Fundraising and digital marketing internship

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Fundraising and Digital Marketing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks (in-person) / 12 weeks (remote)
  • Tacloban, Philippines OR Remote
  • Digital Media, Campaign Management, Strategic Marketing
Help raise awareness and funds for an organization uplifting impoverished communities through education.
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Business development internship

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Business Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Research, Data Analysis, M&E, Strategic Development
Build diverse business skills and experience supporting an impactful education and community uplift nonprofit.
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Nutrition Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Program Development, Nutrition Research, Seminar Leading
Empower communities by promoting healthy living and addressing nutritional disparities through hands-on engagement, research, and educational outreach.
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Social Welfare Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Counseling, Workshops, Mentorship, Empowerment
Support vulnerable populations, empower individuals, and foster community growth through hands-on social welfare initiatives.
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Special Education Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Teaching, Developing Learning Plans, Individualized Support
Collaborate with seasoned mentors to deliver captivating lessons and positive transformations in the lives of children with special needs.
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Communications and Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines OR Remote
  • Content Creation, Fundraising, Communications
Seize the chance to make a meaningful difference, gaining hands-on experience in communications, fundraising, and development initiatives.
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Marine Research Assistant Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Bulak, Dauin, Philippines
  • Data Analysis, Research, Reporting, Education
Explore marine research as an assistant, actively contributing to scientific discovery and conservation in the wonders of the underwater world.
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Marine Research Fellow Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Bulak, Dauin, Philippines
  • Data Collection & Analysis, Lab Research, Reporting, Mentoring, Education
Transform global marine ecosystems through community-based conservation strategies, gaining insights and contributing to a sustainable future.
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two divers underwater reading a map

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Research Assistant and Divemaster Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Bulak, Dauin, Philippines
  • Data Collection & Analysis, Monitoring, Research, Reporting, Education
Utilize your marine science expertise to conduct vital research on Coral Triangle marine ecosystems while earning certification as a divemaster.
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Important information about the Philippines

Internship locations in the Philippines

Dauin

Escape to Dauin, a tropical paradise in the Philippines. Dive into crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life, explore vibrant coral reefs, and encounter unique underwater critters. This tranquil coastal town offers relaxation, adventure, and a chance to connect with nature in a serene, unspoiled setting.

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Weather and Climate

The Philippines experiences a tropical maritime climate with three distinct seasons: Tag-init (hot and dry from March to May), Tag-ulan (rainy from June to November), and Tag-lamig (cool and dry from December to February). Dauin, situated in Negros Oriental, shares similar weather but may experience more stable conditions due to its location. Both areas enjoy warm temperatures year-round, making them ideal travel destinations, especially for beach-related activities.

Safety and Support

Throughout your internship abroad we’re here to support you. Staying safe in the Philippines, including Dauin, will require some vigilance about petty crime, especially in crowded areas. In Dauin, a coastal town known for diving, safety risks are generally low but always follow local diving guidelines.

Additionally, stay updated on government advisories and weather warnings, as typhoons can impact both areas and there have been cases of civil unrest in the country in recent years.

Philippines Travel Requirements

  • Visa – For internships under 3 months a tourist visa will typically suffice. This can be extended up to 6 months or longer. Extending your tourist visa is relatively easy as long as you are not receiving any payment from a Philippines company.
  • Travel Insurance – You want to have a carefree experience during your internship abroad, so it’s important to get the right travel insurance; a package that is suited for your upcoming trip. Check out our page with more information on flights and insurance.
  • Police Clearance / Background Check – This is a standard policy for most of our internships, as you are often working with vulnerable individuals. The procedure on how to obtain a police clearance/background check varies per country.
  • Vaccinations – Generally recommended vaccinations for the Philippines include Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and routine shots. Malaria prophylaxis might be needed in some areas. Always consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice.

PHILIPPINES FAQS

Are there language requirements for nonprofit internships in the Philippines?

While English is widely spoken, basic knowledge of Filipino or local dialects will be hugely beneficial.

Can I get paid for my nonprofit internship in the Philippines?

Generally, non profit internships in the Philippines are unpaid. On occasion, organizations may offer stipends or benefits; these opportunities are rare.

How can I make the most of my nonprofit internship experience in the Philippines?

Engage with the local community, embrace cultural experiences, and actively contribute to your organization’s mission for a fulfilling internship.

Is the Philippines an expensive country to visit?

The Philippines tends to be budget-friendly, but costs can vary. Accommodations and food are generally affordable. That said, luxury options exist for those seeking them.

How long can I intern in the Philippines on a Temporary Visitor Visa?

You can usually stay for up to 59 days with an option to extend your stay as long as you don’t receive any payment from a Philippines based company.

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HOW TO APPLY

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

APPLY

Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.

GET STARTED

SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR

We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.

INTERNSHIP MATCHING

If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.

PAYMENT

If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.

CONFIRMATION

Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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