Environment Internship
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Overview: As a result of rapid economic development, population growth, and urbanization, Vietnam has been facing significant environmental challenges which, on the positive side, enable students to study on environmental issues in Vietnam and how the Vietnamese government & environmental organizations have been dealing with those problems, at the same time search for feasible solutions to help with the country’s sustainable development. 
Work Benefits:
International students will usually get some or all of the following benefits provided by their host organizations while doing an internship in Vietnam: 
  • Professional on-the-job training
  • Build business network
  • Develop project management skills
  • Reference letter for good performance
  • Certificate of completion
  • Get monthly allowance and/or other types of financial support 
It should be noted that the benefits a student can be provided with often vary by placement and depend mostly on their host organization. 
Internship Titles: Environmental Engineering Internship, Environmental Protection/Conservation Internship, Environmental Remediation Internship, Marine Protection Internship, Forest Protection Internship, Renewable Energy Engineering Internship, Water – Sanitation & Hygiene Internship, etc. 
Intern Requirements:
  • Be enrolled in university, graduated or have relevant work experience in the field of interest
  • Languages: English (required by most host organizations) 
  • Proficient computer skills: MS Office, Email, Internet Usage, etc
  • Soft skills & interpersonal skills (communication, teamwork, presentation, decision-making, time management, etc)
  • Passion for work & ability to work under pressure 
  • Other specialized knowledge, professional skills & qualities to perform the job (vary by placement and depend on the specific host organization) 

  • Main tasks:

    1. Make research on waste management system in Hoi An City
    2. Collect the data in the surrounding places near Hoi An City
    3. Analyse and generalize the data, write report
    4. Raise the awareness of local people about protecting environment
    5. Access the social – ecology system in the specific projects


    Host Organization


    The Cham Island Biosphere Reserve, which comprises a group of 8 coastal islands and marine site in the central part of the Vietnam, is now one of the 553 UNESCO Biosphere Reserve sites in 107 countries of the world. The objective of declaring the islands as Biosphere Reserve is to adopt different approaches of integrated management of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine resources and biodiversity. The biodiversity marine species of the reserve are particularly corals, molluscs, crustaceans and seaweed. This ecosystem also includes Hội An, a UNESCO cultural World Heritage Site, which is well known as an ancient trading port that blends Vietnamese and European cultures; this blend is expected to encourage sustainable ecotourism.

  • Main tasks:

    The desired intern is required to support the VFD (Vietnam Forest and Deltas) team with its exploration to improve the charcoal production – starting with a market research on the available (improved) technologies followed by field visit and advisory on how to improve and/or replace existing technologies.


    Host Organization


    SNV is an international not-for-profit development organization. We believe that no-one should have to live in poverty and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development. Founded in the Netherlands nearly 50 years ago, SNV has built a long-term, local presence in many of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Their global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

    SNV aims to make a lasting difference in the lives of millions of people living in poverty. By sharing their specialist expertise in Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, SNV contributes to solving some of the leading problems facing the world today – helping to find local solutions to global challenges and sowing the seeds of lasting change.

  • Main tasks:

    The focus of the assignment will contribute to improving the ability of poor communities in Vietnam to develop sustainable livelihoods by: adapting to climate change – in particular by accessing the benefits from reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation – and sustainably manage their forests.

    1. Assist with the development of project concept notes and proposals that support Climate Change section’s short and long‑term strategy.
    2. Assist with writing and editing website and newsletter articles which are related to Climate Change, forest management and environment fields.
    3. Write and edit reports on Climate Change programs/ projects
    4. Support ongoing Climate Change mainstreaming activities
    5. Support the development, management and implementation of Climate Change projects, including undertaking needs/vulnerability assessments, conducting baseline surveys etc as required.
    6. Participate in other related activities of the organization and engage/liaise with partners through climate change networks.
    7. Assist with organizing logistic and reporting of Climate Change department led workshops.

    * Assignment is based in Hanoi. However, the intern is periodically required to travel to different projects at Northern and central of Vietnam. All cost incurred are covered by the host organization.

    Host Organization


    The Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) is a Vietnamese non-profit non-governmental organisation granted establishment decision from the Vietnamese Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA) number 281/QD-LHH dated 21 March 2006, and operation permit from Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE) dated March 30, 2006.

    SRD is a national NGO that inherited CIDSE’s 28 years of experience in working in the field of poverty alleviation in Vietnam. Founded in 2006, SRD has been implementing over 50 projects with the main focus on Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Livelihoods, Climate Change Adaptation, Forestry Governance, Research and Pro-Poor Policy Advocacy. SRD has also been a founding member and chair of major national CSO networks including VNGO&CC, VNGO-FLEGT, and an active member in many other national/regional networks and policy forums.

  • Main tasks:

    1. Perform and foster interactive research and education in basic, translational, and clinical
      stem cell research
    2. Enlist and foster interactions among stem cell researchers throughout the Vietnam
      National University and neighboring institutions and corporations
    3. Enhance education on stem cell biology and ethical, legal and societal issues with
      Participation of other VNU-HCM schools, including University of Technology, Medicine
      School; and HCM Stem Cell Society.
    4. Develop collaborative graduate and postgraduate educational programs, seminar series
      highlighting important themes in stem cell research
    5. Educate the community via lectures, Mini-Med School, and interactions with media
    6. Improve core resources for stem cell research, including stem cell production,
      differentiation, and banking, training in stem cell methodology, and support for trainees
    7. Actively collaborate with other hospitals to push some research results into clinical trials;
      some biotechnology companies to set-up and produce some products developed from the


    Host Organization


    Stem Cell Institute (SCI) has been a leader in stem cell research in Viet Nam since 1999, as part of University of Science, Vietnam National University (VNU-HCM). Our mission is to create a research environment that stimulates and fosters a broad range of interdisciplinary work designed to fully understand stem cell biology and transform medicine with its discoveries.

    Our goals are to enhance understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of multiple human diseases, to cultivate a range of interdisciplinary basic and translational stem cell research and encourages rapid translation of discoveries into innovative and practical clinical applications. We provide an organizational working group structure for stem cell biology research and regenerative medicine and translation at the University of Science, VNU-HCM, develops seminars and symposia to encourage stem cell research and regenerative medicine studies. We also organize philanthropic and economic development efforts to contributes to the ongoing local and national dialog on policy and ethical issues related to stem cells. In the near future, SCI will develop two new core facilities to enhance stem cell production, differentiation and develop cell bank.

    To date, SCI successfully developed an environment for dynamic collaboration among those who will create the future of medicine: scientists, clinical researchers, medical care providers, legal and ethical scholars, biomedical engineers, business leaders, and venture capitalists.

*Note: Internship placements and job descriptions can always be CUSTOMIZED to best meet students’ personal and professional goals

Featured Host Organizations: Cham Island Biosphere Reserve Office, SNV Netherlands Development Organization – Vietnam, Vinaxanh Environment Limited Company, etc. 


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