Is this Business placement in Mongolia right for me?
This project is perfect if you're an undergraduate student hoping to take your theory-based business knowledge to the next level. If you're a recent graduate, you'll also benefit as you'll gain practical experience before seeking a job.
Business work experience in Mongolia will give you insight into global business practices, boost your CV, and give you the chance to network with professionals.
An internship of this kind also prepares you for the working world, and helps you practise the skills needed to be a successful businessperson. You will excel in your internship if you are punctual, professional, and hard-working at your business placement in Mongolia.
Please note that to engage with your colleagues and clients, you should have conversational English skills. You’ll also need to bring your personal laptop with you on the project.
What will I do on this project?
On this Business internship in Mongolia, you can expect to:
- Gain practical business experience while working alongside professionals
- Learn about business practices and opportunities within a developing country
- Lead training and workshops to help local staff at smaller companies
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Gain practical business experience
The hands-on experience you’ll get at your business placement in Mongolia will make your CV stand out. You’ll assist with research, attend business meetings (when possible), and apply your academic knowledge to real-world situations.
Depending on your placement, you could find yourself writing project proposals or coming up with new organisational development ideas. All activities are guided by professional staff at your placement.
Learn about business practices and opportunities within a developing country
This internship is also a great opportunity for you to learn. In Mongolia, many firms work with international clients and deal with issues around cross-border contracts. Learn about where international clients can invest, conduct research, or provide information to foreign investors.
You will also find that English plays an important role in Mongolian businesses. Use your English language skills to quickly assess the practices of your placement, and compare this to your home country.
Lead training and workshops to help local staff at smaller companies
As some of the companies we work with are in their developing stages, you can have a bigger impact there. Help with the training of staff, or organise workshops to develop the skills of employees. This is a chance to put your theory into practice!
You can also give English lessons to staff at your business placement, boosting staff capacity.
Where in Mongolia will I work?
Our Business placements are in Ulaanbaatar, your home city for the duration of your internship in Mongolia.
The capital city, Ulaanbaatar, is the largest in Mongolia, and has become the country’s financial hub. Your time abroad will give you an opportunity to explore the professional and fun side of Mongolia, as you live and work with locals.
You can explore the city during your free time. Visit a Mongolian Buddhist monastery, take a trip out of the city to visit the nomads, or just wander Sükhbaatar Square.
A typical day on a Business Internship in Mongolia
Working hours are usually between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
At the start of each day, you’ll eat breakfast with your Mongolian host family, then prepare for your working day. Dressed smartly and with your laptop packed in your bag, you’ll either walk to your placement, or use public transport.
Punctuality and professionalism are important in a Mongolian work space. When you arrive at your placement, you’ll chat with your supervisor about the tasks for that day. Use this time to ask your colleagues questions, and get advice on challenging assignments.
Your work may include a research study you have taken upon yourself or a presentation you’ve been asked to prepare. Tasks will be assigned to you by your supervisor. Write down your questions, ask staff for advice, or join meetings when possible.
Free time and weekends are the perfect time to explore Mongolia’s cultural and historical side. Roam Ulaanbaatar’s streets, spend time with your host family, or plan a weekend trip to visit the nomads and see the vast roaming plains of Mongolia.
What are the aims and impact of this Business Internship in Mongolia?
The main aim of this internship is to give you practical work experience in a professional setting, and broaden your business knowledge.You’ll learn the ins and outs of companies working in different sectors.
English is very important on the Mongolian business scene. Companies working with international clients need to be comfortable with their English skills. You’ll work with colleagues who want to practise their English with you. This is a great opportunity to help your colleagues improve their English skills.
Regardless of which company you end up working with, you will have a role to play. Work hard, use your initiative, be ready to learn, and you’ll have the business experience of a lifetime!
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Mongolia is one of the most remote countries in the world. Volunteering here is a chance to experience a completely different way of life.
Our projects are based in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital. This city is an eclectic mix of modern and traditional. The Government Palace is a perfect example of this, with it’s old-world style architecture and glowing blue and gold lights.
Even when you’re in the city, you’re never far from the countryside. Just a quick trip can take you out to a nomad settlement, where you can meet travelling families who live in traditional gers. We recommend going on a horse ride or trek to take in the beauty of the endless countryside horizons.
The famous statue of Genghis Khan is a must-see. You can also learn about the country’s history at the National Museum of Mongolia.
We run a range of different projects in Mongolia so there will likely be other volunteers in the country with you. So you can travel alone or explore the country with a group of like-minded new friends.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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