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Internship in Cambodia

Are you looking for an affordable and quality internship in Cambodia that can help you gain a new perspective on life? Do you want to use refine your skills and explore new passions while making a real difference in a less fortunate country?

When you join an internship program, you will explore beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and remarkable temple monasteries while gaining practical experience, sharpening inter personal skills, and exploring cultural perspectives that will contribute to your future career and personal growth. You will push the boundaries of what you’re capable of to become more independent and flexible, boosting your confidence and making you a more desirable applicant for future jobs!

Internship programs in Cambodia are unique and affordable opportunities that offer something for everyone. IFRE collaborates with local organizations to work with orphans, support HIV/AIDS projects, medical internships, community development projects and more. Even if you don’t see a project that suits your needs and interests, reach out to IFRE and we will work with you to find the perfect fit for you in Cambodia.

IFRE invites you to use your skills and passion for service work in Cambodia. Please keep reading to learn about project and program details, and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or any questions you may have!

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Popular Internship Opportunities in Cambodia

IFRE offers a variety of unique internship opportunities in Cambodia with many options to match your specific needs and interests. Here are a few of our most popular programs:

There are many orphans in Cambodia. It is a developing country with thousands of families still living in poverty and many orphaned children throughout wandering throughout the streets of Cambodia.

Great emphasis has been placed on securing a safe future for orphans by offering them a stable home environment, love, and education. Our Orphanage internship programs in Cambodia collaborate with local orphanages to protect these children in need.

You will assist them with learning and improving their English, helping with homework or encouraging their involvement in activities that may aid their education, social development and creative. You will also help with various administrative duties. Sign up today to get involved and have a lasting impact on the lives of these precious children.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

While there are no specific, qualifications required to participate in the orphanage internship, you must be loving, caring and compassionate to provide much-needed assistance. Being flexible and patient as well will make you a perfect intern.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

When you join orphanage internship in Cambodia, you will teach English to children and help with daily activities. You will facilitate activities for them such as writing, drawing pictures, singing songs, playing sports and fun games, shaping clay, dancing, etc. You will develop your creative activities bearing in mind the needs and interests of the young children.

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Cambodia is a developing country with a painful history. Many local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) have been organizing various community development projects in areas such as education, women's empowerment, and peace/justice and children development.

All of these organizations aim to rectify the existence of socially crippling situations in Cambodia, and focus on the reconstruction of the country and its communities. IFRE's community development Cambodia internship opportunity works with many local NGOs to support their community development efforts.

As a Cambodia community development intern, you will work in various community development projects based on your previous experience and skills. The tasks and duties vary with each type of local project. This internship Cambodia program is the perfect choice for those who are looking for practical experience working with international development agencies while honing their own skills.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications required for the community development internship opportunity in Cambodia. However, you need to have an interest in and be enthusiastic about community work and social projects. Being flexible and patient helps too.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

IFRE Cambodia community development placements are customized based on your experience and interests. For example, a law student can help a community apply for their land rights; an English writer with knowledge of social development can write reports and proposals for fundraisers; an engineer can help create a plan for infrastructure development/improvement. Interns with land-planning/distribution can offer their assistance in establishing land and fishery communities in the Pursat province. In summary, whatever your skills, experiences, qualifications are, we can match them with the current needs of a local project.

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When you participate in HIV/AID project internship in Cambodia, you will work with the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Awareness Project to help prevent and relieve negative effects of HIV/AIDS. This is a serious and deadly challenge faced in many countries throughout the world.

While people from all walks of life are affected, those battling poverty have the hardest time living with the disease. IFRE invites you to participate in an internship working towards the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS, to help improve the quality of life of those infected and educating others to expand prevention.

Many organizations work to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs and provide comfort and reassurance to patients infected with HIV/AIDS. Local programs focus on community education, stigma reduction, gender awareness, home visits and community counseling. Sign up today and learn how with your time, dedication and support, you can raise the quality of life of those infected, educate the community about the disease and ultimately save the lives of those not infected.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There is no specific education, experience, skills and/or qualifications needed to join an internship in Cambodia and fight against HIV/AIDS. However, you must be flexible, patient, and passionate and feel compassion towards the poor and HIV-infected people of Cambodia.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

Interns will provide care to HIV/AIDS infected patients and engage the community in educational and training activities. As an intern in the HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention Project in Cambodia, your duties may include:

  • Counseling infected patients
  • Educating locals
  • Assisting clinics/hospitals
  • Increasing the personal risk perception among Cambodians through active participation in HIV/AIDS preventive education in the community
  • Assisting community HIV/AIDS organizations with outreach programs such as hospice care, recreational and educational programs
  • Assisting with voluntary HIV counseling and testing
  • Organizing and leading educational seminars and conferences about the virus
  • Providing friendship to patients
  • Assisting local organizations with administrative and organizational tasks
  • Fundraising

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer fulfilling HIV volunteer program in Cambodia .

Cambodia is among the poorest countries in the world, yet citizens continue to overcome their countries shattered past, the legacy of the Khmer Rouge government. There are many established NGOs in Cambodia, created over the last ten years to support and encourage positive progress. These recognized organizations focus on improving the citizens’ living conditions at a grassroots level by creating development programs.

Participants involved in our Cambodia NGO internship programs will assist communities in every way imaginable. Your skills and creative brainstorming efforts can aid the NGOs with profitable fundraisers and write reports/proposals. We invite interns from all backgrounds in lending their hands and minds to these NGOs which continue to enhance and improve the lives of the communities throughout Cambodia.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications required for the IFRE's NGO internship projects in Cambodia. However, you must have an interest in and be enthusiastic about community work and projects. Bing flexible, patient, and proactive and an “out of the box” thinker will help too.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

IFRE’s interns assist numerous local NGOs in Cambodia focused in educating locals about democracy, sustainable development, and human rights. As an intern, your duties will vary according to the type of project and its current needs. IFRE customizes each Cambodia NGO internship program based on the intern’s experience and interest.

If you have experience in development work, you can assist with report writing and fundraiser proposals. You can also help creating profitable activities for the poor and develop programs to help stability/sustainability in a community. If you have knowledge of land-planning/distribution you can help establishing land and fishery communities.

The minimum placement in these NGO projects in Cambodia is four weeks. Upon arrival and at the beginning of the program, you will receive an overview of the NGOs and the activities they offer as well as their goals and specific information to begin working with the project of your choice.

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Are you a native or a fluent English speaker? Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to share your passion and teach English? Yes! Then, look no further. This opportunity to participate in an internship teaching opportunity in Cambodia might be just what you are looking for.

  • Intern in Cambodia teaching English from $200
  • Have fun and feel safe during in Cambodia
  • Participate in a recommended teaching English program
  • Visit Cambodia, get involved with local projects and teach English abroad.

There is a very high demand for English-speaking in Cambodians and in as a result a desperate need for interns to teach English in Cambodia. Many Cambodian citizens are living in poverty and cannot afford to send their children to expensive, private boarding schools where English is taught.

On the other hand, state and community schools and orphanages receive very little government funding and English instruction is considered a luxury. The IFRE's English teaching internship collaborates with local schools to offer the precious resource of English instruction education, (mostly in a conversational level and pronunciation,) to the locals’ students.

When you teach English in Cambodia, you are providing essential vital English education to poor children, ultimately increasing improving their chances to have for a brighter future.

Depending on your personal skills and interest, you can teach English in a Cambodian orphanage, public school, university or within various local organizations which offer an English instruction program. Many schools, (especially in rural areas), feel honored to welcome a foreign teacher and do it with the warmest reception. Interns often feel so welcomed that they become a part of their host families and communities’ daily activities and rituals.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

No specific skills or qualifications are required to get involved in an English teaching internship program in Cambodia. However, some kind of teaching certification or education degree is appreciated. You must have a passion and genuine interest to help children and improve their education. If you are a non-native English speaker with a high and masterful command of the English language, you may also be considered for this project.

The Intern's Responsibilities

As an intern participating in an English teaching project in Cambodia, you will focus on teaching conversational English for two to three hours a day in public or private schools, six days a week. Most students of the school are between the ages of 6 and 13.

During your teaching internship in Cambodia you will be not alone, but assisted by other English teachers working in the school. You will have free time to organize extra-curricular activities like games, drawing, singing, dancing and other creative education activities. The school may need that you provide support with educational tours, homework, monitoring academic progress and carrying out in administrative tasks.

During your internship teaching opportunity in Cambodia, you will work primarily as an English-teachers or /instructors in either public and/or private schools. Depending on the needs of the school, you may also be asked to assist with in other extracurricular activities such as sports, games, etc. Some of your duties will be:

  • Teaching English in public schools, orphanages or universities
  • Assisting with other creative, extracurricular activities like (organizing games, drawing, singing, dancing, etc.)
  • Taking the students on educational tours and /field trips (occasionally)
  • Helping the students with their homework, supporting their academic progress
  • Assisting in other school-related activities or programs

At a school, you will help with preparing and delivering classes. You may also help to prepare An intern may prep schedules, lessons plans and exams, as well as assisting with the normal daily life of students. Depending on your knowledge and skills, you The interns may also find teach themselves instructing courses in IT, hair-styling, music, theater or other languages.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding English teaching volunteer program in Cambodia.

Do you dream of being a nurse or a doctor? Would you like to work alongside a medical team but have no experience? Yes?! Then read on. Who knows, this might be the right medical internship opportunity in Cambodia for you.

  • Intern assisting local doctors and a medical team from $200
  • Make a difference and feel safe during your stay in Cambodia
  • Participate in a recommended and meaningful medical internship project
  • Be part of a rewarding internship in the health care field and explore a new country

Become a medical intern in Cambodia to gain invaluable international medical experience. This program provides a great opportunity to gain professional experience, provide medical attention to impoverished patients and explore Cambodia's enchanting culture and natural beauty. Enroll today to be an Intern working in a health care/medical project in Cambodia; you will have a rewarding and life-changing experience while you gain medical knowledge and promote health.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interns interested in our medical and healthcare projects in Cambodia need prior experience or training in the medical field. Whether you’re a doctor, a nurse or a medical student, there is important work for you to do here. You should also be a kind and patient person with a deep passion for providing the needy with medical care.

The Intern's Responsibilities

When you join one of IFRE’s Cambodia medical internship program, your responsibilities will depend on your level of training, certifications and license. If you are specialized in a certain field you will be able to help in that specific field; if not you may be only able to observe. If you no or little experiences, clinics may also provide basic training. Depending on your qualifications and experience, your may carry out duties such as:

  • Help with physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Provide basic care
  • Observe the work of nurses, or doctors
  • Carry out daily administrative tasks
  • Take patient details
  • Measure vital signs such as blood pressure, height, weight
  • Distribute medicines
  • Perform basic first aid
  • Help with medical procedures
  • Provide assistance in the in-day emergency room
  • Partner with local doctors, nurses and therapists

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer life changing medical volunteer program in Cambodia.

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Internship Fee and Program Dates:

Our Cambodia intern programs begin every Monday; however, you may start any day if you have a travel conflict.

Since 2003, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected intern abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality intern programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to intern internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly program fee is paid in the host country directly to your service project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

The Cambodia internship program fee and volunteer program fee is basically same. However, unlike volunteers, interns often work closely with guided supervision from a local project director, and a small weekly supervision fee ($25-50/ week) may be incurred in addition to volunteer program fees.

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Internships vs. Volunteers Programs

In general, volunteer programs focus on humanitarian outreach and project support. Volunteering is popular amongst people who want to share their love and passion for underprivileged children, impoverished communities, or conservation efforts in need of resources.

Internship programs focus on creating a real-world learning environment for interns and students so that they practice professional development and obtain new skills. Similar to volunteers, interns may work on a variety of projects (many times alongside volunteers) that benefits local communities, children, wildlife and similar projects. Teaching programs, medical outreach, and children’s support are the most popular internship projects.

Accommodations & Food

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IFRE will your board, meals, and supervision during your time in Cambodia. Depending on the location of the project, you will either stay in our volunteer/intern house or with a host family.

If you intern in Phnom Penh, Cambodia you will stay in our volunteer/intern house is located in the center the city, near the Olympic Stadium and the Orussey Market. There is a large roof terrace with hammocks, a TV and internet access. Nearby there is a restaurant and other facilities to make your stay in Cambodia as an intern memorable and enjoyable.

If your project is located outside of Phnom Penh city, you will stay with one of our host families. Our host families are very friendly and hospitable. They look forward to learning more about your country, culture, and way of life.

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Filed Support and Supervision

Once your Cambodia internship program begins, our local staff members will stay in constant touch with you. However, if you are staying far from the Phnom Penh office, our staff will visit you every two to four weeks , if possible. You are always welcome at the Cambodia local office.

We recommend that you stop by the office once a week, if you are staying/working in the area, this way you can give us feedback on your accommodation and project work. Many minor issues can be avoided with a just little extra communication and may never develop into major issues. You will be working with local staff members and our Cambodia internship coordination staff.

If your project is located far from our office, then our local staff will be in touch with you via email and/or phone.

We are available at the local office in Cambodia via email and phone during your entire trip. It is our job to make sure that you feel safe and stay healthy.

Academic Credit

You can earn academic credit for most internship projects in Cambodia. The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university. It is up to YOU to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to IFRE. Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.

Internship Program Free Time

You will have free time during your internship project during the evenings and the weekends. While IFRE does not arrange activities during your time off, our local staff, members and internship coordinators can provide you with invaluable assistance and make travel arrangements for you to explore this lovely ancient country. Free time is an opportunity for self-discovery, learning and exploration.

Internships in Phnom Penh, Cambodia will give you plenty of chances to explore! Phnom Penh City was once known as the "Pearl of Asia". It was said to be one of the most beautiful French-built cities in the French colonies. It is a charming, rapidly developing city positioned where three large rivers come together: The Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac. The city is known for its many tourist attractions such as the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom , National Museum and ToulSleng Genocide Museum.

There are many interesting sites for interns to discover in Phnom Penh.There are a few French colonial buildings such as the Royal Palace and Phsar Thmei, as well as other French style buildings along the grand boulevards. The town offers a perfect base and can be a great starting point for day or weekend trips to the provinces and the coast. Phnom Penh has a wide range of national and international restaurants, markets, internet cafes and a wealth of places away from the beaten path.

The plethora of tourist attractions throughout Cambodia includes the infamous Angkor Wat, a great wonder of the world. Tours to Angkor Wat include learning about its legends and symbolism. You can also find in Phnom Penh many ancient temples and monasteries ("wats"). All major tourist attractions provide an amazing glimpse into this region's mystical past.

There are also natural wonders to experience when you take advantage of an internship opportunity in Cambodia. Kratie is home to fresh water dolphins, and many white sand beaches hug the Gulf of Thailand. Throughout Cambodia, there are numerous natural landscapes and different environments absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the country. Our IFRE Cambodia coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and help you making plans to explore the country.

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FAQs: Internship in Cambodia

Arrival and Departure

You should plan to arrive into Phnom Penh International Airport . Once you arrive, an IFRE representative will be waiting to pick you up.

Please consult our country coordinator before leaving your home country for your Cambodia internship, and make sure to send us your correct flight information once you have booked your travel. If there are any changes, delays, or if you miss your flight please contact us as soon as possible.

We do not offer airport drop-off service.


To prepare for your internship trip in Cambodia, you should secure a tourist visa. Depending on your nationality, a ‘visa on arrival’ may be available. You may extend your visa if you decide to stay in Cambodia longer.

To learn more about visa requirements in Cambodia, please follow these links:

Trip planner- Visa Information Cambodia

Immigration Cambodia


Before you embark on your internship opportunity in Cambodia, the CDC recommends obtaining vaccinations against:

Rabies, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Meningococcal Meningitis, Yellow Fever, Malaria

How can I apply?

Applications for internship programs in Cambodia are very straightforward and easy to navigate. Simply go to the program website, fill out the online application, and then submit it to us. We will follow up with you within 24-hours of your application submittal.

Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

IFRE Volunteers is a non-profit organization who wants to change the world. Established in 2006 and trusted by more than 22,000 people, IFRE is well experienced in providing outstanding, safe, and meaningful international experiences. Our transparent, tax-deductible fees are the most affordable rates in the world.

When you give back through one of IFRE’s intern abroad program, we will connect you with an amazing and unparalleled team of people who will support you through your journey.

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