Eligibility requirement: Interns in Bali must be currently enrolled in a related university program, such as Civil Engineering, Building or Structural Engineering. Proof of academic enrollment is required when obtaining your visa in advance to intern in Bali. Interns should have experience with industry-relevant software, such as AutoCAD or similar.

Associated career paths: Contractor, CAD drafter, Structural Engineer, Construction project manager, Risk Assessor, Building service engineer, Urban designer, Site engineer, Design engineer, Estimator

Minimum duration: 8 weeks

Internship details

Civil Engineering internships in Bali place interns in a range of engineering companies across the island, contributing to a wide variety of construction projects. Interns can assist from the planning stages to construction itself, with the involvement of clients and support from experienced local engineers throughout.

This is an opportunity to gain real-world insight into civil, building and structural engineering, where interns contribute to real construction projects in a range of ways. Interns are able to split time between the office and job sites, helping local engineers to ensure plans are up to date and overseeing construction.

Civil Engineering & Architecture internship in Bali

Interns assist with a range of tasks, such as:

  • Gathering data
  • Making calculations
  • Analysing environmental impacts
  • Reviewing zoning ordinances
  • Determining development limitations and guidelines
  • Investigating job sites
  • Managing budgets and spending
  • Obtaining building permits
  • Preparing concept drawings
  • Presenting drafts to clients
  • Designing utility systems, and more

Interns on this Civil Engineering internship will be guided by local engineers, who can offer their experience in assisting where it’s needed. You may be working across multiple projects at one time for both public and private sector clients, including governments, private homeowners and international companies.

This internship is conducted in English.

Civil Engineering interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Managing construction spends, using whole life cycle costing techniques
  • Overseeing and supervising the installation of building systems and processes
  • Analyzing systems equipment and arranging replacements where necessary
  • Project management, liaising with engineers, builders, architects and other project teams
  • Attending a range of project group and technical meetings
  • Ensuring designs are legally compliant
  • Advising clients and architects on energy use and conservation of projects
Professional development opportunities:
  • Build your understanding of issues related to the planning and execution of construction projects
  • Learn to design, create and build structures efficiently, making best use of available resources and techniques
  • Use industry-relevant software such as AutoCAD to design the systems required for the project or use
  • Develop Building Information Modelling (BIM) to ensure complex construction systems are coordinated
  • Develop numeracy, IT and communication skills
  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
Typical schedule:
  • Monday to Friday, 9am - 6pm. Internship tasks will be given by your senior supervisor and you will provide the necessary reports.
Internship highlights:
  • Contribute to a range of stages of real-life construction projects in Bali
  • Learn from an experienced local engineer, who can guide your work
  • Experience the unique lifestyle and culture of Bali, one of the world’s most popular tourist islands
Types of host organizations:
  • Engineering consulting companies

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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
8 weeks 8 weeks $2,139
9 weeks 9 weeks $2,474
10 weeks 10 weeks $2,724
11 weeks 11 weeks $2,749
12 weeks 12 weeks $2,774
14 weeks 14 weeks $3,359
16 weeks 16 weeks $3,409
18 weeks 18 weeks $3,994
20 weeks 20 weeks $4,044
24 weeks 24 weeks $4,679

It is important to note that internships in Bali do not include meals and interns should budget to cover this Independently.

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  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
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Program fee for abroad internships

What it covers
  • Securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • International reference letter
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Experiential Learning Curriculum
  • Accommodation
  • Visa extension support

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Arrival and Orientation

Internships in Bali begin every Monday and interns may choose to spend a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks. (Exceptions to start date availability may occur when start dates are closed due to public holiday disruptions or if the program has already reached capacity).

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Thursday night before the Monday start date. Interns are asked to arrive on Thursday, to allow sufficient time to rest, recover from jetlag, and become oriented before beginning the internship on Monday. The last night of accommodation that is covered by the Program Fee is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns to depart on Saturday morning. Extra nights of accommodation can be pre-arranged upon request and paid for separately.

The typical port of entry into the program is the Ngurah Rai International Airport (the airport code is DPS). Airport pick up is included in the program fee.

Please note that interns are advised not to book any flights until they have first registered to confirm participation. In order to intern in Bali, all nationalities are required to obtain a visa in advance. To receive this visa, all interns must be a student and be prepared to show proof of academic enrolment. We’re here to help with the visa application process. Different nationalities may have varying regulations for visiting Indonesia and receiving a visa. However, once you submit an application to express your interest, we can provide specific guidance as it pertains to you.

Upon arrival to the accommodation on Thursday, interns will be greeted by the house owner or their staff. The remainder of the day is free time to rest. The following day, (Friday) the procedure will be explained for the next steps, concerning your internship orientation and introductory period. The internship orientation typically takes place on the Friday (after the Thursday arrival). It covers important details for the internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more.

If you are planning to spend time independently in Bali prior to your internship start date, and will not require an airport pick up, we can arrange an alternative pick up from another location within the Denpasar and Kuta area.

Accommodation

All interns in Bali are conveniently accommodated in the desirable touristic areas of the island. This may include the southern beach resort areas of Seminyak and Canggu, or the artistic and cultural epicenter of Ubud. Specific accommodation arrangements are made, taking into consideration the location of assigned internship placements, to ensure that any commute time for interns is as minimal as convenient as possible. The internship accommodation is designed to offer proximity to the various amenities of Bali, such as shopping, cafes, restaurants, wellness studios, tourism operators, and more. Taxi services may also be utilised within these central areas.

The accommodation typically features shared living facilities. However, interns can expect to have their own bedroom and bathroom for privacy. Kitchenettes are not common but if they are provided, they are quite basic, featuring just a bench, refrigerator and/or stove. Most people eat out, which is very affordable, opposed to the cost of purchasing ingredients to prepare home-cooked meals. Accommodation includes WiFi but the speed can sometimes be slow (compared to what you might be used to at home). The cost of electricity is also included with the accommodation.

While some placements may be within walking distance, due to the layout of Bali’s urban and residential areas, it is normal to expect a commute to and from the internship placement. The average commute time (between accommodation and the internship placement) is approximately 20 minutes and should not be more than 45 minutes (depending on traffic). Interns should expect to budget approximately US$40 per month for transportation to and from the internship placement. Additional guidance on transportation and getting around will be provided by the local team in Bali, during your initial orientation and introductory period.

Meals

It is important to note that internships in Bali do not include meals. The accommodation is unlikely to provide kitchenette facilities. Rather than purchasing ingredients to prepare home-cooked meals, it is more common to eat out (which can be very economical). Of course, there are plenty of supermarkets to shop from if one desires to stock up on some basic items.

Meals in Bali are very affordable when purchased from local establishments. Hearty, healthy meals can cost as little as US$2-3 (although you should prepare to pay more for dining within cafes or restaurants that are targeted toward tourists). Interns are recommended to avoid street food and eat hot cooked food. Staying hydrated is a must and bottled water should be consumed only (not tap water).

Balinese cuisine typically features rice in every meal. This may be accompanied by vegetables and meat or seafood. As Bali is predominantly Hindu, beef is rarely consumed. Common spices and seasonings may include galangal, ginger, shallots, garlic, turmeric, and lime.

We recommend that interns chat with their colleagues for tips on recommended eateries in their area. Locals will be proud to make recommendations and share their favorite places with you. Sharing a meal with others is a great way to connect and learn about a different culture, while also being one of the most rewarding (and delicious) aspects of international travel!

Activities and tourism

During the weekend, interns have spare time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area and attractions. Some of our favorite things to do include:

  • Check out Ubud’s “arts and crafts” hub with countless galleries, artists’ workshops, shops and markets to explore.
  • Tegalalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces - tours can be combined with trips to spice and coffee plantations where you can taste the famous Coffee Luwak (Kopi Luwak).
  • Sunrise tour of Mount Batur or Mount Agung - Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano and can be easily climbed (up to 1,700 meters ) in under two hours. For the more adventurous, Bali’s highest peak, Gunung Agung (3,142 meters), can be conquered in around 6 hours.
  • Explore Nusa Lembongan Island - just a short speed boat ride away from the mainland. The waters around the island are a marine protected area and offer world class diving.
  • Visit the shores of Lake Bratan, where the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple stands - a major water temple. The temple is an hour drive from Lovina and is a great day trip, combined with Git Git waterfall.
  • Visit Lombok, two hours by speedboat from Bali. Lombok is well known for the beautiful Gili Islands. Laze the day away on the white sandy beaches of Gili Meno!

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Country profile

Capital Denpasar
Population 4.22 million
Languages Bahasa Indonesia
Currency Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)
Time zone UTC+08:00

Weather and climate: Bali has a tropical climate with year round warm weather and an average temperature of 86°F (30°C). High humidity can be expected during the wet season, from October through April. The dry season is between the months of May - September and has the lowest humidity. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 75°F (24°C) to to 89°F (32°C) and is rarely below 71°F (21°C).