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Indonesia Summer Internship


Isi Stanford

Program Dates: 
June 19 - August 15, 2016 

Join VIA in Yogyakarta, known as Jogja, for an eight week internship at a community development NGO. Interns are paired with local students to help build bridges to NGO partners and enhance cross-cultural learning. At the end of the summer, each team makes a presentation to local community groups. The goals of this experiential learning summer program are threefold:

  • Cultural immersion: learn directly from Indonesians about language, culture, and traditions
  • Cross-cultural relationship building: learn and share with a peer Indonesian student at your internship and your work colleagues
  • Service: contribute to the mission and projects of a community-based organization through an internship placement

Goals ISI

Internship Placements

Learn more about the summer internship opportunities with our partner organizations:

Myanmar Intern1 Phandeeyar

PKBI - Planned Parenthood Indonesia (Public Health)

PKBI is part of International Planned Parenthood and has offices throughout the country. Each district branch office provides public sexual and maternal health services and youth advocacy on issues from sexuality to teen pregnancy, sexual health, and sexual violence.

Indo Intern2 Kampunghalaman

Kampung Halaman (Youth Education)

Kampung Halaman has been working in youth development through programming in media for almost a decade. They were recently commended by the U.S. government for their work with youth across Indonesia and traveled to the U.S. in 2012 to receive an award from Michelle Obama.

Indo Intern3 YAKKUM

Yakkum (Disability Rights)

Yakkum is the best known NGO in the region working on disability rights in a holistic fashion. They have educational and therapy programming for youth and adults with a wide range of disabilities.


Arkom and Kalijawi (Microfinance and Community Development/Architecture)

Arkom, or 'community architects', have been working in community organizing in Jogja's 'informal' (insecure land tenure, often lack of city sewage and water) urban riverbank settlements along the Winono and Gajah Wong rivers in Jogja. "Kalijawi" is a women's savings organization.

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The program fee is $4950, which includes:

The fee does not include the following:

  • Internship placement
  • Housing
  • Travel insurance
  • Orientation
  • Initial language lessons
  • Airfare
  • Visa application fees
  • Shopping
  • Most meals


The program will be capped at 10 U.S. participants. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.


There are three parts to the online application:

Part 1: Personal Information

In this section you will be asked to provide information about yourself, your contact information, and your education background.

Part 2: Short Answer Responses

In this section, you will be asked a series of questions about your interest in the program and personal experiences that support your application. We hope for thoughtful, candid responses to aid in selection and to help you prepare for your overseas experience. Responses may vary in length, but please do not write more than two paragraphs per question.


  • What interested you in this program and why did you decide to apply? How do you see this opportunity as unique among short term international exchange programs?
  • What do you believe are your strengths and weaknesses with regards to participating in this program? What will be your contribution and what challenges do you anticipate?
  • How will your participation in this program contribute to your personal and professional development?

Part 3: Resume

In this section, you will be asked to upload your resume as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file (must not exceed 50 MB). Please name your document in the following manner:

  • [Last Name-First Name] Resume - Indonesia Internship Program

After beginning your application, you will be able to save your progress and return to complete it later.


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