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Myanmar Tech and Entrepreneurship for Social Impact


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Program Dates: 
June 20 - August 8, 2016 

Join VIA for a 7-to-9-week internship program in the lively city of Yangon, bringing your business or tech skill-set to companies, nonprofits and social enterprises that are coming up with creative ways to address social challenges.

Myanmar is in the throes of rapid change, offering visitors an extraordinary opportunity to witness this transformation first-hand. As the country opens up to the outside world and resources flood in, local businesses and organizations are rising to the challenge in new and inspired ways. You can be part of that change as you contribute to their efforts and develop new skills, while learning more about this fascinating country at a crossroads.

You’ll be matched with a host organization that fits your skill-set, and connected with language-learning and cultural exchange experiences. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore the city, from its famous teashop culture to the iconic Shwedagon pagoda.

Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Applicants can expect to receive a response within two days of completing an application.

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Internship Placements

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

Myanmar Intern1 Phandeeyar

Phandeeyar - Myanmar Innovation Lab

Phandeeyar is a space where the tech community can come together with other parts of society — NGOs, businesses, and media — to build the tools and platforms to accelerate change and development in Myanmar.

Myanmar Intern2 Mymeproject

Myanmar Mobile Education Project (MyME)

MyME was set up to engage with the difficult and pervasive problem of child labor in Myanmar. MyME brings its mobile classroom to teashops all over the country to teach basics in math, Myanmar language, English language to the young boys and girls working in teashops.

Myanmar Intern3 Geekgirls

Geek Girls Myanmar

Geek Girls sponsors workshops, events and hackathons, and specialized trainings. Their mission is to “inspire and encourage the next wave of female tech professionals in Myanmar.”

Myanmar Intern5 Tagufilms

Tagu Films

Tagu Films is an award-winning Myanmar film crew, renown for their documentaries. They do creative work, but also direct for clients such as USAID and UNOPS. Their documentaries have received awards at countless local and international film festivals, and have even garnered public praise from U.S. President Barack Obama during a 2014 address in Rangoon.

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Koe Koe Tech

Koe Koe Tech is a Yangon, Myanmar-based IT social enterprise that has created Myanmar’s first mobile health apps: “maymay”, an app for maternal and child health; and “Kyan Mar Yae”, an app for general health. All of Koe Koe Tech’s 14 employees are locals except for the managing director, Michael Lwin, who is a Myanmar-American. Half of Koe Koe Tech’s employees are women, one-third are Muslim, and two-thirds of Koe Koe Tech’s senior engineers are women.

Click here to see a video about the launch of Koe Koe Tech's health app

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The program will be capped at 10 U.S. participants. Acceptance to the program will be based upon the written application and an interview. A deposit of $500 is due within a week of acceptance into the program.

The program fee is $4,950 for an eight week program, which includes:

The fee does not include the following:

  • Internship placement
  • Lodging
  • Travel insurance
  • Orientation
  • Some meals
  • Airfare
  • Visa application fees
  • Shopping
  • Most meals


Participants 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 - Myanmar Tech Program

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


When you're ready, click the button below to get started:



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