Our next internship is from May 2017 to July 2017 (3 months). Closing date for submission of application 15th February 2017.
Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is the fastest growing emerging market in the world. According to the IMF in October 2014 report – Myanmar will grow by at least 8% annually in the foreseeable years.
The entrance of a democratically elected government in April 2016 led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the lifting of US sanctions on Myanmar on 7th October 2016 by President Obama has led to an increase in the number of listed companies from the West looking at investing in Myanmar.
In this very exciting period in Myanmar history – we offer a 3 to 4 months internship in our Yangon (Rangoon) office for recent graduate with the right attitude. We can take up to 4 interns a year. Compensation is modest, housing will be basic, you will have to pay for your own airfare and insurance but you will be exposed to the full spectrum of work that our consultancy performs in Myanmar. If you are a rugged person, quick to learn, quick on your feet and do not mind getting your hands dirty, thrive in adverse environment, then read on.
Job scope includes working on client’s projects which may involve project planning, survey design, field interview, data analysis and writing recommendations. The intern will also be responsible for covering the tech start-up scene in Yangon and conducting English lessons for Burmese kids as part of our social program. Interns are encouraged to publish an original research about the Myanmar market (subject to the approval of his/her supervisor) in a local Myanmar business journal.
You can see articles published by some of our international interns in Myanmar Business Today journal such as
- Yangon Door2Door – Food Delivery growing from Strength to Strength by David Harrod (Australia) on 10/9/2016
- Finance Education in Myanmar: Demand Grows as Capital Market Develops by Christopher Markey (USA) on 8/9/2016
- Organic Farming vs Commercial Farming in Myanmar by Ms Ruth Nyun (Myanmar) on 28/6/2016
- Microfinance in Myanmar: A Silver Bullet to Stamp out Poverty? by Mr Tadhg Walker (NZ) on 29/2/2016
- Myanmar businesses slow to adapt to improvements in Internet by Mr Jonathan Millar (NZ) on 19/11/2015
- Food Delivery Business in Yangon – Is it Viable? by Mr Jeramie Agosta (Australia) on 14/6/2015
- The State of Service Office Business in Yangon Part 1 by Mr Kevin Heng (UK) on 3/9/2014
- The State of Service Office Business in Yangon Part 2 by Mr Kevin Heng (UK) on 11/9/2014
- Getting A ‘Reasonable’ Lunch: Yangon’s Western Restaurant Scene by Mr Jonathan Harvey (UK) on 2/6/2014
- Expat Experiences in Yangon: The Wild, Wild East by Mr Jonathan Harvey (UK) on 24/5/2014
- Prospects for women in changing Myanmar by Ms Tan Ren Rong (Singapore) on 3/2/2014
You can also view a recent video documentary on the subject of “Myanmar Education Challenges” produced by our intern Miss Tan Si Hui from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University Singapore on 16/9/2015.
The ideal candidate should have the following qualities:
- A recent graduate from a major university. If you are a 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate we are willing to consider as well as long as you fit our internship schedule.
- Preferably from Business, Finance, Communication, Accountancy, Law or Economics.
- Some working experience is helpful but not necessary as we are looking for a candidate with the right attitude.
- Must have the desire to work in an Emerging Market where conditions are never ideal, where you need to improvise and learn as you go.
- Demonstrated leadership and project management skills.
- Must be resourceful, culturally sensitive and have good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Good analytical skill is a must.
- Must be a whiz with Microsoft Office.
- Must read, write and speak excellent English
- Foreign language skill is a plus.
We will provide you with free accommodation and will pay you a monthly salary in local currency of Kyat 300,000 per month at the beginning of each month. However, you will have to pay for your own round-trip air ticket to Yangon and your own travel and medical insurance for your 3 to 4 months stay in Yangon.
It is important to take note that we take in intern 3 times a year in January, May and August. We only accept application from students 3 months before they are available to start their internship – for example if you are available to start your internship in May you apply to us in January.
If what we describe appeal to you then write in to the HR Manager at internship(at)consult-myanmar(dot)com with the Subject: “Application for Internship”. Please submit your CV, Skype ID & the name/contact details of 2 character references (preferably a school counsellor or ex-employer) using Microsoft Word, the 3 to 4 months period (please specify the month) that you are available to do the internship and tell us in your cover email why we should offer you the internship in not more than 300 words. Please keep your email size to below 1 MB.
Applicants that do not adhere to the word and file size limits will automatically be disqualified.
Q. Is my work and stay in Myanmar legal?
A. We will sponsor your business visa, stay permit and pay your tax while you are working as an intern for us. Your work and stay in Myanmar will be totally legal. You will have no problem continuing to work in Myanmar after your internship as the Inland Revenue Department will have a record of your employer paying your tax on your behalf here in Myanmar.
Q. Is it true that property rental in downtown Yangon is more expensive than Manhattan?
A. It is true for now as there is a shortage of rentable property and many investors are rushing into Yangon trying to find office and accommodation and bidding up the price. It is a bit of a Gold Rush mentality at the moment as Myanmar has been described as “The Last Frontier” by the media as it is rich in mineral resources such as oil,gas, gold, ruby, sapphire, jade, etc…. That is why we provide free accommodation for our interns near our office – as it is something that is in short supply and very expensive at the moment in Yangon. You can learn more about the property market in Yangon by reading this report written by one of our intern State of the Service Office Market in Myanmar.
Q. Is living condition very bad in Yangon?
A. Yes and No. If you are used to travelling through emerging markets like Cambodia or Laos – conditions are very similar. Our office is in the downtown area, in a middle class enclave – so quality of the shops and restaurants are good by Yangon standard.
Q. Will the bedroom that you provide be air-conditioned?
A. Yes, the bedroom is air-conditioned, very clean and you will have proper bed, pillow,blanket and locker. However you may have to share with 3 other employees. So it will be very communal and there may not be as much privacy as you are used to.
Q. What about the bathroom?
A. We have clean bathroom with shower and seat toilet.
Q. I’m a very light sleeper, if I pay for my own accommodation and live in downtown Yangon by myself – can I still join your internship program?
A. We are not able to make exception at the moment as we want all our staff to be living in one place close to the office. This makes it easy for our manager to account for the interns as ultimately we are their sponsor, guarantor and employer in Myanmar and is responsible for their welfare. Moreover, the whole purpose of the internship is to get people to live together and work together as a team.
Q. Will I get a chance to travel round Myanmar?
A. You will get 4 days of paid leave during your 4 months internship (i.e. you get 1 day leave for each month of work). The leave should be sufficient for you to go to Bagan and Inle Lake. Our working hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. So during the weekend you can always travel to nearby attractions such as Chaung Tha Beach, Mount Popa or the Golden Rock on short 2 day trips.
Q. Will you be providing insurance?
A. No you need to buy your own comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to the trip to cover for travelling in Myanmar. Take note that the insurance industry just started in Myanmar – so it is very difficult for foreigners to buy travel or medical insurance in Myanmar.
Q. What about my round trip air ticket to Yangon? What about my living expenses?
A. You will have to pay for your own round trip airfare to Yangon. We will take care of your visa application, accommodation and will pay you a monthly salary in local currency of Kyat 300,000 per month at the beginning of each month. For your information, there are not many direct flights to Yangon from Europe or North America – most of our interns fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong and catch a connecting flight from there. You can book your ticket online on Singapore Airline, Thai Airway, Bangkok Airways, Myanmar Airways, Silk Air, etc. as well as on budget airlines such as Golden Myanmar, Jetstar, Tiger Airway, Air Asia, NOK, etc.
Q. How much clothing should I bring?
A. Yangon has a tropical climate. In April temperature can hit a high of 36 degrees Celsius which is during the Water Festival. In the “winter” month of December the temperature in Yangon can drop to a low of 18 degrees Celsius. There is no need to bring winter clothing unless you are going trekking in Putao in the Kachin State that borders the Himalayan – where there is alpine weather and a snowline in winter. If you are just going sight-seeing in the highland an autumn jacket would be sufficient.
Q. Is the salary that we get in local currency sufficient for us to survive in Myanmar?
A. As you do not have to pay for your accommodation the salary that you get in local currency will be sufficient for you to live comfortably like a local Myanmar manager. FYI, a fresh graduate in Myanmar makes around Kyat 100,000/month, a Department Head in a government department makes about Kyat 250,000/month. If you plan your budget well you will be able to go occasionally to expat pubs on weekend and still maintain a pretty decent lifestyle in Yangon. Just don’t expect to live like royalty on your internship salary.
Q. Will there be any curfew hours that I have to adhere to?
A. Yes, on weekday you must be back to your apartment by 10pm. On Friday and Saturday, you must be back by 11.55pm. If you are travelling out of Yangon for a holiday and that includes weekend trips – you need to fill out a leave form that states your travel itinerary and how we can contact you if there is an emergency and if need be we can contact your next-of-kin. Take note that we are your employer, sponsor and guarantor for your visa application and internship and is responsible for your well-being during the period of the internship.
Q. What happens if I break the rules?
A. After 1 warning – if you were to make the same mistake again we will end your internship immediately.
Q. At the end of the internship do I get a testimonial from your company?
A. If you successfully completed all your projects and assignments we will give you a testimonial stating that you have completed your internship successfully. If you have been outstanding both as a person (i.e. your co-workers think highly of you) as well as in your work (i.e. your supervisor think highly of your ability) our MD will write you a recommendation letter that you can use to propel yourself ahead of all your peers in your next job interview.
Q. What is the prospect of finding employment in Myanmar after the internship?
A. Myanmar today is like China in the 1980s – there is a serious shortage of skilled labour in practically all industries. Our previous intern had a few job offers even before he completed his internship with us. As Myanmar is a frontier market the career opportunity tends to be bigger and more extreme than what you get as a fresh graduate in mature economies like the US, UK, Australia, HK or Singapore. For example most foreign companies investing in Myanmar are looking for people who can start a company, start a business unit or start a department for them. The question is “Are you up to it?”
Q. When will I know if my application for internship is successful?
A. You will know within 1 month from submission if you have been shortlisted for an interview.
Q. I am a Myanmar citizen who is studying in an overseas university. I am in my 1st or 2nd year in university and would like to apply for internship with your firm during my summer vacation. Can I apply?
A. Yes you can apply. As long as you can fit into our internship schedule we are willing to consider you.
Q. I need more information about business condition on Myanmar before I can decide. How can I find out more information?
A. You can watch the YouTube video https://youtu.be/pCvYiQYDHcE . This is a presentation given by our founder to MBA students from the National University of Singapore’s Business School about the challenges an entrepreneur face in doing business in Myanmar.
Q. Can you send me an email reminder 3 months before you next internship intake?
A. Just fill up the Internship Reminder Form below and we will send you a reminder 3 months before the next internship intake begins when we are open for application: