Ho Chi Minh City

About Ho Chi Minh City

Located in the South of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, is the economic centre and largest city in Vietnam. With a population of approximately 10 million, Ho Chi Minh City has irresistible energy and bustle, and is ranked as one of the world’s top 10 most dynamic cities. The metropolis is a mixture of French architecture, an ever-changing skyline, Buddhist temples and pagodas. Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s most international city, with a growing expat community and exploding tourism sector. Its main language is Vietnamese, but English is increasingly spoken particularly by younger Vietnamese. The city also has no less than 80 universities and colleges.

Why do an internship in Ho Chi Minh City?

With Vietnam being among the most successful economies in ASEAN, Ho Chi Minh City offers opportunities in tourism, IT, services, food and beverages, energy, manufacturing and investment. Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s most exciting and sophisticated city, embracing consumerism and capitalism, but without forsaking its Vietnamese charm. Drivers include domestic demand, a result of a fast-growing middle class, the golden population structure with a median age of 30, a highly educated and digitally-savvy generation, and export-oriented manufacturing. Investment in the technology manufacturing sector indicates that Vietnam is being looked at as the new manufacturing hub for Asia. The city is benefitting from an ambitious program of major infrastructure developments and international trade links.

Our In-Market Representative

In Vietnam you will benefit from the deep experience and networks of our in-market representative, LightPath Consulting Group. LightPath’s Founder, Haike Manning, is the former New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam.  Haike has lived and worked in Vietnam since 2012, in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Haike’s mix of government and commercial experience during his time here gives him unique perspectives on Vietnam. LightPath’s business is focused exclusively on education. LightPath’s Senior Advisor, Sam Korsmoe, an American, first arrived in Vietnam more than 25 years ago.  An author, journalist and entrepreneur, Sam has recently returned to Vietnam to focus on his passion: education. Haike and Sam will oversee the informal mentoring, giving interns incredible access to a combined 20 years of senior in-market experience to make sense of this rapidly changing, dynamic country.

Programme Fee

All fees are quoted in USD:

What this includes:

Note: The pictures above are indicative of the type of accommodation interns can expect to receive, however, the exact room / apartment may differ.

What the Programme Fee excludes:

Note :  If you do not want accommodation or wish to pursue other accommodation options please discuss during the application process and to receive a revised Programme Fee. We will endeavour to assist you in identifying alternative accommodation options where possible, subject to availability. Please be aware a service charge could apply to this assistance.