NGO Management Internship in Cambodia

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Engage in broad skill-building opportunities, varied workloads, and a chance to make a tangible impact for impoverished communities

Earn diverse experience in management roles as you coordinate construction projects, education programs, and the daily operations of an NGO. Interns on this program will develop a broad set of skills through practical learning opportunities, and contribute to an incredible cause as they do.

You’ll join a locally-founded NGO in Siem Reap dedicated to combating the extreme poverty in the region. Their primary focus is constructing proper housing and sanitation systems for rural neighborhoods of the province where these basic necessities are lacking. The organization has also built a community center where English language and computer classes run.

As an intern, you’ll gain your insight and experience in all aspects of the organization’s management; from fundraising to project coordination to impact reports. The NGO has a small team, so you’ll work closely with the founder and senior team, assisting with behind-the-scenes operations of running an NGO.

Learning Objectives

  • Practical experience in management roles
  • Insight into the behind the scenes operations of an NGO
  • Broad skill-development in marketing, fundraising, and management

ORGANIZATION

This is a locally-founded NGO working to improve living conditions among impoverished communities of Siem Reap. Founded in 2014 by locals in the city, this organization is dedicated to addressing a lack of basic necessities like drinking water and sanitation facilities. The organization combats this by providing families and neighborhoods in rural areas with proper housing, wells, WASH systems, and solar systems.

As well as their building programs, the organization runs a community center. Here community members can find daily computer and English language classes. In providing safe, secure housing, sanitation facilities, and education the organization hopes to help break the poverty cycle and support its families on their journeys to self-sufficiency.

TASKS & REQUIreMENTS

This internship offers a varied workload and the opportunity to follow your interests in what you focus on. Daily tasks might include marketing and communications, social media management, grant research and writing, project management, impact reporting, and more.

Responsibilities

  • Engaging with a range of marketing & communications tasks
  • Liaising with donors and managing relations
  • Devising and executing fundraising strategies
  • Assisting with grant research and writing
  • Playing a role in monitoring and evaluation visiting sites and projects
  • Writing impact reports
  • Helping with daily operations and administration
  • Taking part in graphic design for website and social media content
  • Optionally, contributing to vocational training courses

Requirements

  • Open to a broad range of academic backgrounds and experience levels, but strengths will be discussed during interview and programs will be tailored to match
  • Adept organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Fluent English skills and willing to help locals practice
  • Skills to be shared in vocational training are a bonus too

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Interns will stay in a local family-run guesthouse in their own rooms, comfortably furnished with personal bathrooms and fan (with the option to upgrade to an A/C room). You’ll have access to the guesthouse, restaurant, laundry facilities, and Wifi. Walking distance from Siem Reap’s yet away from the hustle and bustle, the guesthouse provides a quiet refuge conveniently located for those wanting to explore the restaurants, bars, and nightlife of the town.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

The guesthouse where interns stay has its own 24/7 security, as well as a doctor and nurse on call. Siem Reap is known as both the safest and the easiest city to travel in Cambodia. Nonetheless, interns are advised to practice basic safety precautions: avoid walking alone at night, guard valuables, and consult a doctor for necessary medical precautions.

Communication

Communication

Interns have access to the guesthouse’s Wifi. You can also find many local cafes and restaurants with Wifi around town. It is possible to purchase a local SIM card to stay connected with family and friends – as long as your phone is unlocked for international carriers.

Meals

Meals

Interns will receive breakfast as part of the internship package and will have the choice of many affordable restaurants in Siem Reap for lunch and dinner.

Location details

Location details

Known by most as the gateway to the famous ancient Angkor Wat Temples, Cambodia’s provincial capital is well geared for tourists and expats. English is widely spoken throughout the city and while a quieter city than Phnom Penh, you’ll enjoy a wide selection of local restaurants, bars, and amenities. Of course, you’ll also get the chance to explore the millenia old Angkor Temples and the beautiful natural surroundings in your downtime too.

DATES & RATES

Fee Breakdown

Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with you during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

8 WEEKS USD 1,867

10 WEEKS USD 2,155

12 WEEKS USD 2,443 

16 WEEKS USD 3,020

18 WEEKS USD 3,308

Inclusions

  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • Accommodation in a single room with a fan at a local guesthouse. If you’d like a room with A/C, please contact us for the rates.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily transport to the project site
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship

Exclusions

  • Flights to Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
SCHOLARSHIP & FUNDING

FAQs

Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Cambodia.

What can I expect from an internship in Cambodia?

Participating in an internship in Cambodia guarantees a dynamic and enriching experience. This Southeast Asian gem, known for its profound historical legacy and cultural heritage, serves as a unique backdrop for both professional development and personal growth. Interns can expect to gain valuable knowledge in various sectors, actively contributing to impactful projects, and immersing themselves in the local culture. Whether working in urban centers or rural communities, these internships offer exposure to diverse challenges and opportunities, fostering an in-depth understanding of Cambodia’s social, economic, and cultural landscapes. Beyond the workplace, the chance to explore historical sites, engage with the warm and welcoming community, and savor the local cuisine adds an extra layer of richness to this internship adventure. If the possibility of undertaking this internship has piqued your interest, explore further to discover the motivations for pursuing an internship in Cambodia and uncover the distinctive experience this country holds for you.

How will a nonprofit internship in Cambodia help my career development?

Embarking on a nonprofit internship in Cambodia offers a transformative experience for career development. Your involvement contributes to meaningful initiatives, as you become part of a greater endeavor dedicated to grassroots projects. This opportunity allows you to apply your skills to a worthwhile cause, creating a tangible difference in the community. By being a vital component of something larger than yourself, you forge deeper connections with local communities, gaining priceless insights into their challenges and strengths. This immersive experience not only enhances your professional skills but also nurtures a sense of social responsibility, positioning you as a well-rounded and socially conscious professional. Delve deeper to explore the career benefits of participating in a charity internship.

How can I prepare for my internship?

Prepare for your upcoming adventure by immersing yourself in the vibrant history and culture of Cambodia. Take the time to reflect on your internship goals, envisioning the impact you hope to make during this enriching experience. Be reassured that our support goes beyond mere preparation – we are your partners throughout this journey. Feel empowered to contact us with any questions related to placement logistics, matchmaking, or for guidance on visa and insurance matters. Throughout your placement we’ll check in regularly and make sure you’re on track to reach your goals. We’re dedicated to assisting you at every stage of your experience, ensuring a smooth and rewarding journey.

Can I get university credit for an internship in Cambodia?

Undoubtedly! Numerous interns have successfully earned university credit for their experiences in Cambodia. To ensure a seamless process, consult with your academic supervisor or the relevant department at your university. They can provide guidance on specific requirements and procedures for obtaining credit. Moreover, you have the option to purchase transfer credits, enhancing the overall value of your internship journey.

QUICK FACTS

LOCATION: Siem Reap, Cambodia OR Remote
PROGRAM FOCUS: Community Development NGO
TASK FOCUS: Communications, Fundraising, M&E, Daily Operations
LENGTH: Min. 8 weeks
COST: From USD 1,867

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain international experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Develop a broad skill set in highly transferable skills
  • Enjoy a varied workload of exciting projects
  • Take part in impactful work for meaningful causes
  • Live and work in Cambodia
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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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