South Korea overview

Internship Program South Korea

South Korea, also known as “The Land of the Morning Calm,” is a unique and dynamic country that offers beautiful sceneries, a one of a kind culture, and a delectable cuisine. Korea is vastly recognized as being one of the top technology hubs across the globe and is revolutionizing the industry. With an internship in Korea through AIP, you have the opportunity to explore this country first hand and experience everything it has to offer.

South Korea provides great opportunities to acquire international working experience for students and young professionals, which is beneficial to further your career. You will be highly valued if employers see that you’ve completed an international internship in South Korea. Additionally, you will have the chance to increase your network of contacts from many industry professionals.

With Korean companies continuously developing their international presence, working opportunities are expanding at a rapid rate. The Information Technology industry is well established in South Korea and is a very popular sector to undergo an international internship. In addition, other industry fields that are common to pursue in Korea are Arts & Fashion, Entrepreneurship, and PR & Marketing.

While AIP is partnered with a wide range of companies from multinational corporations to exciting startups, there are an abundant amount of opportunities available to pursue in Korea. Whether you want to do an internship during your academic studies or over the summer, we accept applications throughout the whole year.

South Korea internship locations

Internship in Seoul

Seoul Overview

Seoul (officially known as the “Seoul Special City”) is South Korea’s capital, and also its largest metropolis.

Seoul is situated strategically along the Han River and, together with neighboring Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, forms the core of the Seoul Capital Area.

Home to almost 10 million people (2017), Seoul lies in the northwestern part of the country, contains five UNESCO Heritage Sites, has recently been a hot spot of modern architectural construction, and is currently regarded as a rising global city.

Internship Opportunities in Seoul 

Seoul happens to be the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy, and, not surprisingly, South Korea’s business and financial hub.

It plays host to the Korea Exchange, the headquarters of many international banks, and several financial/insurance companies most of which are located in Yeouido, often called “South Korea’s Wall Street.”

The Information Technology industry in Seoul has been flourishing for a long while now; in fact, the city is sometimes referred to as the world’s “most wired city”.

It boasts of very technologically advanced infrastructure and numerous technology companies where a young professional in the IT field can intern.

In the manufacturing sector, Seoul does not disappoint as many major electronics manufacturers (including Samsung, LG, Kia), top beverage companies (such as Jinro and Hite), and food giants (like Seoul Dairy Cooperative, Lotte, Nongshim Group) are also located within the city.

So there definitely is no shortage of internship opportunities for you here.  

Seoul Attractions

Seoul, being a tourist city, offers many popular attractions including the National Museum of Korea with a collection of about 220,000 artifacts, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, the War Memorial, Namsan Park, Seoul Olympic Tower, and so on.


Internship in Incheon

Incheon Overview

Located in the northwestern part of South Korea is the city of Incheon, officially called the “Incheon Metropolitan City.”

It borders the capital city of Seoul and Gyeonggi province to the east, and about 3 million people currently inhabit the city.

Incheon, lying near the mouth of the Han River, serves as a chief seaport to the capital city due to its proximity and natural advantages as a coastal city and is also home to South Korea’s main international airport. 

Internship Opportunities in Incheon 

The Logistics industry of Incheon has been experiencing rapid growth in recent times.

Incheon Port, the second largest port in South Korea, serves as one of the nation’s gateway to the outside world and is still undergoing expansion.

The ultramodern Incheon International Airport has also been ranked as the fourth in the world in terms of cargo traffic.

For students or young professionals in the Supply Chain & Logistics field, Incheon is one of the best cities in Asia for an internship.

As a result of the several industrial complexes built within Incheon during South Korea’s industrialization, the city was, until very recently, largely dependent on the manufacturing industry.

Several notable manufacturers are present today in the city, and some of them are Roush Korea (car manufacturers), IL KWANG Metal Forming Co., Ltd (machining manufacturers), and Korea Yokogawa Electronics Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Incheon Attractions

The city of Incheon, especially the northern areas such as Kanghwa Island, has many cultural and historical attractions to offer.

The Incheon City Museum, Jajangmyeon Museum, Incheon Chinatown, Hyundai Motor Studio, the Korean Traditional Culture Experience Center, etc., are all points of interest in Incheon. 


Internship in Busan

Busan Overview

Busan, referred to officially as “Busan Metropolitan City” and located on the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula, is the second most populated city in South Korea after Seoul, with a population of approximately 3.5 million. 

Popularly known for its mountains, beaches and temples, the city of Busan is southeastern Korea’s center of economics, culture and education, and a center for sports tournaments in Korea. It also hosts Korea’s busiest port, which is the fifth busiest port in the world as well. 

Internship Opportunities in Busan 

Manufacturing makes up about 19% of Busan’s economy, and the government of the city has also designated IT, Finance and Futures, tourism and convention, textile and Fashion, as well as a few other sectors as the city’s core and endogenous strategic industries. 

This goes to show that students or young professionals in Busan can intern with numerous companies across different industries.

A few of these companies are Daeyoung Innotech (manufacturers of automotive gear, plastic molds, etc.), Segwang Network Co., Ltd (IT Consultants, ERP Developers, etc.), Daewoo Pharmaceuticals, and Mesco Ltd. (manufacturers of satellite communications equipment).  

Given Busan’s status as a maritime logistics hub in Northeast Asia due to its world-class mega ports, the city’s Supply Chain & Logistics industry is an important contributor to its economy. Some notable employers in this sector include United Shipping Co. Ltd., Woosung Shipping, DHL Global Forwarding, etc.

Busan Attractions

Some must-see attractions in the city of Busan include the Jagalchi Market which is Korea’s largest seafood market; the Haeundae Beach with its Sea Life Aquarium; Gwangalli Beach with its restaurants, bars and cafes; Yongdusan Park which is home to Busan Aquarium (the largest in South Korea), Busan Tower, and the Yongdusan Art Gallery; Gamcheon Cultural Village, etc.


Internship experience in South Korea

Internship in South Korea

South Korea is unlike any other country in Asia which possesses a very unique and rich culture. A particular aspect of Seoul (capital of South Korea) that you will observe is that the city is very modern and technologically advanced but still maintains a deep Korean magnificence about itself. Whether it is the savory smells coming from a nearby Korean BBQ restaurant or the K-Pop beats from a karaoke cafe, you will be acquainted with the lifestyle of living and working in South Korea. 

When you have some free time outside of your internship, we highly encourage you to explore everything that South Korea has to offer. A few must-see landmarks during your internship in South Korea are the famous Gyeongbokgung Palace which was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty, Haeundae Beach in Busan that has a lot of popular nearby restaurants and shops, and Jeju Island that possesses incredible landscapes and terrains.

South Korea accommodation

  • Fully furnished accommodation
  • Free Hi-Speed Wifi access
  • Close proximity to the workplace
  • Walking distance to public transportation
  • 24-hour security surveillance
  • Local & international restaurants nearby
The photos of the accommodations are just examples and may vary based on location, availability, and time of the year.

South Korea accommodation

  • Fully furnished accommodation
  • Free Hi-Speed Wifi access
  • Close proximity to the workplace
  • Walking distance to public transportation
  • 24-hour security surveillance
  • Local & international restaurants nearby
The photos of the accommodations are just examples and may vary based on location, availability, and time of the year.

Visa information

South Korea offers a Working Holiday Program Visa, which allows young people to travel and work in South Korea for a maximum period of 12 months. The visa also allows you to enter and re-enter the country as many times as you wish. You will be able to apply for the Working Holiday Program, provided that your internship is unpaid.

There are only a limited amount of countries that participate in this program, which include: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, USA.

If you are not eligible for a Working Holiday Program visa, and your internship duration is less than 3 months, you will have two options; you are either eligible for a Visa Exemption (which means you can stay up to 90 days without a visa), or you can apply for a Tourist Visa.
Apply online and our staff can help you further in regards to your visa eligibility for South Korea.

Note: Immigration laws are updated frequently, so the above text may be subject to change.

Our process

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    Apply online and our admissions team will get back to you within 24 hours to schedule your interview with an AIP representative.

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    2. Interview

    During your interview, one of our AIP representatives will ask you questions about your background, past work experiences, internship preferences and goals.

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    3. Pay Deposit

    If you are officially accepted into AIP, you will be asked to confirm your spot in our program with a deposit fee.

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    4. Placement

    Our experienced placement team will match you with your ideal host company and arrange an online interview for you with them.

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    5. Final Payment

    Once your internship has been accepted by yourself and the host company, you will be invoiced for the final payment which will officially confirm your placement.

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    6. Prepare

    After your payment confirmation, we will assist you in the visa application process, as well as arranging airport pickup and accommodation (if applicable).

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