We have been providing innovative and affordable customized in-person internship programs and faculty-led programs in Asia for global colleges and institutions since 2008 and pioneering remote internships since 2017. 

We are a boutique organisation highly flexible in meeting needs of our partners

We can customize program models

We are responsive to students and partners

We are very competitive when it comes to program pricing   


1. Custom Internships

We can work with your institution to build a custom group option to enable your students to intern in one of our locations in Asia. The minimum period of internship is 4 weeks and the maximum is 12 weeks. The exact dates can be customized. This custom internship program will target your undergraduates or graduates in a specific academic discipline or across a broad range of majors. Our team can create a program to meet your specific academic, residential and cultural needs.

Options of support we provide for the needs of the participants

  • Internships in Asia (placement & supporting services)
  • Internship supervisor and 24/7 on the ground support
  • Welcome Meals, orientation & classroom sessions
  • Airport Transfers
  • Cultural & Professional Events
  • Visa Support
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Housing 
  • Weekend Excursions
  • Pre-Paid Cards
  • Language Lessons
  • Additional Weekend Excursions

Academic credit For Internship Program 

Each institution holds individual policies regarding credit for Internship Program Abroad. Credit can be awarded through the registrar, education abroad, experiential education, career services, or even an academic department. Options vary so we are happy to discuss the best solutions for your institution. We can also discuss an option through our School of Record – the University of Montana.


  • In-person
  • Remote


Career Tracks

  • Business
  • Finance
  • Engineering
  • Health & Wellness
  • Sustainability
  • Startup & Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & PR
  • Education
  • Hospitality and more

2. Custom study tours

Our customized Faculty-directed Programs or ‘Study Tours’ enable students to learn and engage with inspiring and influential industry professionals and entrepreneurs as well as to immerse into transformative cultural experiences. We work hand-in-hand with professors to design programs that match the curriculum requirements, objectives and budget. The program can be organised in-person or online.

Faculty-Directed Programs Coordination Services and Capabilities 

  • Business visits
  • Cultural activities
  • Workshops
  • University Visits
  • Capstone case-study
  • Meals, orientation & classroom sessions
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Housing 
  • Transportation
  • 24/7 Support Services
  • Pre-departure information
  • Immigration
  • Excursions
  • Pre-Paid Transportation Cards

Destinations For Faculty-Directed Programs and Study Tours (In-person & Hybrid/Digital)

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
  • India
Sample Itinerary

Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship Practice

Duration: 10 to 14 days

Location: Korea, Hong Kong, India, China, Singapore

Content: Learning with Tech Giants, Startups, Accelerators, Corporate Innovators

See sample itinerary ‘Study Tour in Singapore’ here.

3. Drive an Innovation culture on campus

Creating an innovation culture in higher education is not just a choice; it’s a strategic necessity to avoid being disrupted in today’s rapidly evolving landscape. Here’s why:

  • Adaptability to Change:
    • In an era of constant change, fostering an innovation culture allows higher education institutions to adapt swiftly to emerging trends, technological advancements, and shifts in student expectations. This adaptability is crucial for staying relevant and competitive.
  • Student-Centric Approach:
    • Students today seek more than just traditional education—they crave dynamic, interactive, and forward-thinking learning experiences. An innovation culture allows institutions to tailor programs, teaching methods, and support services to meet the evolving needs and preferences of their student body.
  • Preventing Obsolescence:
    • Institutions that resist innovation risk becoming obsolete. Embracing a culture of innovation ensures that higher education evolves alongside the demands of the modern workforce and society, preventing stagnation and irrelevance.
  • Enhancing Global Competitiveness:
    • Internationally, higher education is becoming increasingly competitive. Institutions that prioritize innovation distinguish themselves, attracting top talent, fostering research excellence, and forming strategic partnerships that elevate their global standing.
  • Meeting Industry Demands:
    • Industries are evolving rapidly, with new skill sets and interdisciplinary approaches in high demand. An innovation culture enables higher education institutions to anticipate and meet these industry needs, producing graduates who are well-equipped for the challenges of the future workplace.
  • Technology Integration:
    • Embracing innovation involves integrating cutting-edge technologies into the educational experience. This not only enhances the quality of education but also prepares students for a technology-driven future, ensuring they are tech-savvy and adaptable.
  • Entrepreneurship and Research Excellence:
    • An innovation culture fosters entrepreneurship and a thriving research ecosystem within higher education. This not only benefits the institution but also contributes to societal progress, economic development, and the generation of new knowledge.
  • Future-Proofing Education:
    • Innovation is the key to future-proofing education. By creating a culture that values experimentation, creative thinking, and continuous improvement, higher education institutions can navigate uncertainties and proactively shape the future of education.

In essence, embracing innovation is not just a strategic choice—it’s a fundamental shift toward ensuring the longevity, relevance, and success of higher education institutions in an ever-changing world.


Value Proposition

Highly Flexible in Meeting Needs

At Next Step Connections, flexibility is not just a feature; it’s our commitment. We understand that each academic institution is unique, with distinct needs and goals. Our highly flexible approach ensures that we can seamlessly adapt our programs to align with the specific requirements of our valued partners, providing a tailor-made experience that fits perfectly within the context of your institution’s vision and mission.

Customizable Program Models

Recognizing the diversity of educational objectives, we offer a spectrum of customizable program models. Whether you seek specific industry focuses, duration variations, or unique academic integrations, our team works collaboratively with your institution to design a program that reflects your distinct identity. From curricular components to cultural immersions, our customizable models empower you to shape a program that resonates with your academic ethos.

Responsive to Participants and Partners' Needs

Responsiveness is woven into the fabric of our services. We prioritize open communication channels, ensuring that both participants and partners have a dedicated support system. From the initial consultation to program execution, our responsiveness ensures that any evolving needs or concerns are addressed promptly. Your success is our success, and we are committed to being a reliable and responsive partner every step of the way.

Very Competitive Program Pricing

We believe that exceptional educational experiences should be accessible. Our commitment to very competitive program pricing is rooted in making high-quality experiential learning within reach. While maintaining the highest standards in program delivery, we strive to offer cost-effective solutions that provide maximum value. This affordability ensures that institutions can invest wisely in enriching their educational offerings without compromising on quality.

Case Studies

Western Sydney University, Australia

We have developed a unique Innovation in India study tour both in-country and online for Western Sydney University as part of the New Colombo Plan funded by the Australian Federal Government. The model has enabled over 100 students to build 1-2-1 relationships with Indian businesses, learn about Indian innovations and culture.

Botho University, Botswana

We developed a 12-week customized virtual internship program embedded as a for-credit internship program. Each internship is approved by tutors from faculties to ensure the industry project is aligned with academia. 20% students have received international employment offers post program enabling the university to enhance their student employability KPIs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us if you can’t find an answer to your question in our
Frequently Asked Questions.

Safety is our paramount concern. We conduct thorough risk assessments, collaborate with trusted local partners, and provide comprehensive pre-departure orientations. Our 24/7 on-call support and adherence to international safety standards guarantee a secure environment for your students.

Absolutely. We understand the importance of aligning programs with your institution’s unique identity. Our team works closely with you to customize program models, integrating industry-specific focuses, academic components, and cultural elements to ensure a tailored fit.

Responsiveness is at the core of our service. We prioritize open communication channels, providing dedicated support from program inception to completion. Our commitment is to address any evolving needs or concerns promptly, ensuring a smooth and enriching experience for both participants and partners.

Our focus is on delivering maximum value at a very competitive price point. While maintaining high-quality standards, we strive to offer cost-effective solutions. Our commitment to affordability ensures that your institution can provide enriching experiential learning without compromising on budget.

We embrace technology as a cornerstone of our programs. In remote internships, we leverage cutting-edge tools for seamless virtual experiences. Our approach includes innovative methods for collaborative learning, ensuring that students gain valuable skills and insights even in a remote setting.