Food Science and Technology internship in Bali

Food Science and Technology internship placements are usually located around areas such as Denpasar and Ubud. Interns have scope to assist with a variety of tasks, typically related to:

  • Improving supply chain stabilization
  • The efficiency of processing operations
  • Food safety research and development
  • Strategies to reduce waste and improve sustainability
  • Solutions for developing updated production methods

We encourage applicants to submit a comprehensive application and state any placement/activity preferences when applying. A customized approach is taken toward matching each intern to their best placement opportunity. The specific details of the assigned placement will be provided to interns who have confirmed their participation.

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Minimum Duration

8 weeks

Eligibility Requirement

Interns in Bali must be currently enrolled in a related university program, such as food science and technology. This documentation will be required when obtaining your visa to intern in Bali.

Associated career paths

Food Technologist, Research Technologist, Imported Foods Advisor, Operations Process Improvement Facilitator, Product/Process Development Scientist, Quality Manager, Chemical Engineer, Technical Brewer, Viticulturist, Production Manager, Purchasing Manager, Toxicologist

How to intern

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.

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.

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!

I feel that I have grown a lot personally in terms of being more independent, culturally aware and being more open to new ideas and proactive at everything I do. It was also an extremely eye-opening experience to me, as I was so close to the sustainability issues that are often discussed in lecture rooms but rarely experienced first-hand like I have in Bali. Seeing with my own eyes and experiencing these problems, realizing that sustainability issues are impacting real human lives and communities instead of reading it from the media or hearing about them from another person really puts things in perspective, and gives me the motivation to do something about it.
Elizabeth Lo
Nationality: British
Age: 21
Destination: Bali

Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
8 weeks $1690
9 weeks $2025
10 weeks $2275
11 weeks $2300
12 weeks $2325
14 weeks $2910
16 weeks $2960
18 weeks $3545
20 weeks $3595
24 weeks $4230

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 Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
  • 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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What extra costs will I have?

  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
  • Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, meals, laundry, and transportation. Interns generally find US$100 per week to be sufficient but should budget more for tourism excursions.

Registration fee

What it covers
  • Dedicated intern support
  • Comprehensive internship guide
  • Reflection learning course
  • Flight and travel insurance deals

Program fee

What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Learning support service
  • Accommodation
  • Visa extension support

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!
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).