Indonesia Summer Internship


Program Dates: July - September 2018 (6 or 8 week options)
Open to: Open to university students ages 18+, native English speakers or equivalent fluency
Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Join VIA in Yogyakarta, known as Jogja, for a 6 or 8 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

We try our best to work with students to understand their skills and interests to find the best possible partner for them in Indonesia. If you have an interest you don’t see listed here, please contact us, as likely we can work with you and our partners to find an appropriate match.

Past Partner Placements

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.

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.

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.


  • 6-week program placement fee: $4,000 (approx.)
  • 8-week program placement fee: $4,500 (approx.)

The program fee includes:

  • Health & travel insurance
  • Housing in a local guest house (breakfast included)
  • Initial language lessons
  • Visa sponsorship
  • NGO placement
  • Pre-departure orientation (online)
  • In-country orientation (in Yogyakarta)
  • Weekly support meetings with VIA staff
  • 24/7 US- and Indonesia-based staff on call
  • Some meals & snacks
  • Group excursions
  • Mentorship by VIA and NGO staff
  • Local program-related transportation

The fee does not include the following:

  • Airfare
  • Visa application fees
  • Shopping
  • Most meals

How to fund your immersive learning experience

Enlight Scholarship for VIA Indonesia Summer Immersion Internships & Custom Independent Study Programs

Requirements:  Must be 18 years old or older and enrolled in a North American college or university and applying to the 2018 Indonesia Summer Immersion Internship program.
Amount: Partial to full coverage of program cost, depending on applicant merit, program length, and financial need.
Deadline(s): The program application, including the scholarship portion, and the recommendation from a mentor must be submitted by December 1, 2017 for priority consideration.
Application Process: Students must be nominated or receive a recommendation from a mentor. Mentors (e.g., professors) can nominate a student before the student starts their application. If a student submits their application first, the mentor will receive a request to complete the recommendation form to support the student’s application.

Additionally, there are many different sources of potential funding for internships abroad. First, visit your university’s study abroad, international programs, or service learning departments to inquire about institutional scholarships and grants. Universities often have funds set aside for these purposes. You can also search for intern and study abroad scholarships provided by other charitable organizations. We’ve listed a few of these opportunities on our scholarships page to help you get started.

Notice About Visa

In order to secure a visa, you will need to have a passport that is valid for at least 1 year AFTER your departure from Indonesia.

“I had the fortune of participating in VIA’s 8-week program during the summer of 2015. Our group of 7 U.S. and 7 local university students had the opportunity to live and carry out extended service projects together in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. From the beginning to the end, our experience was designed in a way that maximized service learning, fun, and personal growth….I wholeheartedly encourage everyone reading this to apply for the program! This was easily one of my most memorable life experiences.” – Sanchay Gupta, Stanford ‘15 (Summer Intern, 2015)

“I did a 10-week VIA program in Yogyakarta under the direction of Izzy Rhoads. Izzy was very knowledgable and approachable. The programming was spectacular — we visited many religious/spiritual sites like Borobudur (definitely a must-see in a spiritual country like Indonesia). I stayed in a homestay, which I would highly recommend! It was a cool way to practice the language and get a taste for home life in Yogyakarta. Because of this program, I was inspired to take time off from school to spend 9 months in China!” – Joey Leroux, Haverford College (Summer intern, 2014)

  • December 1, 2017 – Priority Scholarship Application Deadline
  • December-January – Selected applicants will be interviewed either by Skype, phone, or in-person depending on location.
  • Late January – Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance and scholarship award, if applicable.
  • Late February – Deadline to accept program placement and scholarship award.
  • March 1, 2018 – Deadline for all program applications
  • March-June – Pre-program preparations.

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.

Sample Questions:

  • 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: Enlight Scholarship Application (optional)
Be prepared to answer the following questions to determine your financial and merit-based eligibility for the scholarship:

  • Name and email address of the professor who submitted a nomination form for you, or will be submitting a recommendation form after you submit your application.
  • Financial aid packages you have received (e.g., Pell Grant, Subsidized Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study)
  • Your status as a dependent.
  • Family’s annual income (you can choose from a list of income ranges, so you don’t need an exact number).
  • Personal statement of financial need.
  • Personal statement of purpose .

Part 4: Resume
In this section, you will be asked to upload your resume as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file (must not exceed 50 MB).