Hospitality Internships in Thailand
Gaining experience on a paid internship in Thailand will enhance your future career prospects.
We work with hotels in many locations in Thailand, from top hotels for business travellers in Bangkok to luxury tourist retreats in some of the most desirable tourist locations like Phuket, Ko Samui and Chiang Mai.
Your internship placement
We work with high-end 4 and 5 Star hotels in Thailand which offer incredible work placements.
Our Thailand placements are ideal for undergraduates or graduates wanting a short-term or long-term internship experience. With hotel placements running from 3 to 18 months there are plenty of options to suit your requirements.
After accepting you on the Thailand programme we will match your preferences, requirements and previous training with the most suitable hotel. This personal approach ensures you receive the experience and training you want and the hotel receives someone with the skills they need.
Our hospitality placements in Thailand are open to students, recent graduates and those working in the hospitality industry who want support arranging a paid placement in Thailand.
You can be studying, or have studied a related degree (Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Tourism, Hotel Management etc). You can be studying Business or Languages and have some experience of working in the hospitality industry.
You may have at least 6 months’ work experience of working in the hospitality industry and want to gain some international experience to help develop your future career and make your CV stand out.
Hospitality placements include roles within the following areas: Front Office & Guest services, Restaurant management, Food service & bar, Sommelier, Banqueting, Events & Catering, Culinary Arts. We can often organise rotations giving you experience in more than one area, depending on your length of stay.
Our Thailand-based Business placements are available to students and recent graduates of Business-related degrees. This includes Business Administration & Management, Marketing, Human Resources Management and of course our placements are ideal for anyone focussing on International Business.
If you don’t have a related degree but you do have at least 6 months’ practical work experience in one or more of these business areas, and are motivated to gain some related experience overseas, please contact us because you may also be eligible to join us.
Business placements can include roles in Business development, Human Resources, PR, Revenue & reservations, Sales & marketing, Social media management, Training & development. We can often organise rotations giving you experience in more than one area, depending on your length of stay.
Sports & Leisure Placements
We also offer some incredible opportunities in Thailand for students and graduates of subjects like Sports Management, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism.
We can often arrange you a placement even if you’re not studying a related degree but do have at least 6 months’ related work experience, and want to gain some practical experience overseas.
Placement roles include planning, implementing and evaluating adaptive sports and recreation activities for people of all ages and abilities, organising and leading Beach & Water Sports activities, Programme Administration, Golf Management.
All the placements are based at some of the most idyllic and impressive hotels in South East Asia.
Do you want the experience of a lifetime while gaining international experience to help develop your future career and make your CV stand out? Then join us in Thailand! Contact us now for more information.
You will have a work supervisor throughout your placement. This is normally the HR Manager or head of department you work in.
Your work supervisor is the main “go-to” person for all your work-related queries. They will arrange your work schedule, do a thorough induction to the hotel when you arrive, give you feedback, answer your questions and help solve any problems which arise at work.
The hotel will provide training throughout your stay and, if you work hard and impress your colleagues, you may be offered opportunities you never expected.
Health and safety
Your safety is our first priority. Our staff in Thailand complete comprehensive checks before you arrive and if you join as part of your degree, we will help ensure that your university health and safety documents are checked and signed by your hotel.
This means your university is able to verify the work placement meets their criteria. We work directly with universities on this.
Orientations & Staff support
One of our representatives in Thailand will meet you on arrival in Bangkok to welcome you to the programme.
You’ll receive a general orientation in Bangkok, including a briefing about cultural differences, which will help you to adjust to life in a new and exciting culture. If your hotel placement is in Bangkok, you’ll be taken to meet your new work colleagues and get settled into your accommodation.
If your hotel is another short flight away, for example in Chiang Mai, then you’ll spend the first night in Bangkok and travel to the hotel the following day. You will be met by your friendly hotel supervisor who will give you a thorough local orientation.
Our staff will visit you frequently to check how you’re getting on and are on hand 24/7 for emergencies. If you join as part of your degree we will also communicate directly with your university Placement Office or Employability Office when necessary.
What you pay for
We charge a £195 registration fee to ensure your commitment to the programme. This is 100% refundable if we can’t arrange a suitable placement.
For our Thailand programme your other costs are a placement fee of £900 for up to 6 months, £1,100 for 7-12 months or £1,300 for 13+ months, flights, visa, insurance and a medical check-up costing about £20. We’ll give you advice about the best airlines, routes and prices and we arrange all the visa documents. Some universities provide insurance on a university insurance policy so it’s worth checking before buying your own. We expect your costs to total under £1,950 for 12 months in Thailand, less for shorter durations. You can spread these costs out over several months rather than paying everything at once.
If your placement is in Bangkok, you just buy a flight to Bangkok. If your placement is elsewhere you may need to buy an onward flight for the following day, for example to Phuket or Chiang Mai. These onward flights can cost as little as £30. In this case, you’ll also need to cover one night’s accommodation in Bangkok which is around £30.
Accommodation is usually included in either a staff accommodation block or a guest bedroom. If the hotel doesn’t have accommodation available, they will provide you with an allowance to cover renting an apartment close by. The hotel also pays you a local salary, normally around £200 per month. This may not sound a lot but most interns find it easily covers socialising and travel in your free time as costs in Thailand are considerably less than back home and remember your food and accommodation is provided.
Placement Year International arranges and pays for pre-departure support, airport meetings and transfers, orientation and cultural briefings, support and advice throughout your stay and 24-7 emergency help.
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We have placements available at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.
“I wanted to personally thank you for all the help you've given me the last few months, and for allowing me to have this fantastic opportunity.”
Jason Billam - Plymouth University
“I arrived at the Sheraton hotel and there are no words to describe how amazing this place is and how well they treat me. I hope my work here makes up for the good treatment I get!”
Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University
"I would really like to thank you for being so involved in finding my internship. It was a great thing to discover your program."
Marko Djukic - Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland
“I have always wanted to travel with my work, and experience different cultures and lifestyles. China is now a place with so much to offer due to its phenomenal growth in the last few decades.”
Jason Billam - Plymouth University