International Internship Program 2017

Who are we?

The Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF) founded in 1972 by Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra (The late mother of the present King of Thailand) is a Thai non-profit organization working in sustainable development to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life of the people regardless of race, religion and gender. We empower the people to be economically, socially resilient and self-reliant; while fostering co-existence between man and nature. The Foundation has several development projects in Thailand and internationally—Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Indonesia—with the Doi Tung Development Project (DTDP) in Northern Thailand being the model project.

 The Doi Tung Development Project (DTDP) was established in 1988 on Doi Tung, a high mountain in Chiang Rai province, covering approximately 150 square kilometers which was once a secluded area in the heart of the Golden Triangle—the world's largest opium-producing region. Recognizing that the root causes of such problems were poverty and lack of opportunity, the Princess Mother decided to improve the conditions of Doi Tung, socially, economically, and environmentally by introducing alternative legitimate livelihoods; ranging from reforestation jobs, economic crops cultivation, horticulture, handicrafts, and hospitality, all based upon local wisdom and capacity of the community, with an emphasis on value adding process and zero-waste management. 


 Our Living University   

 The Foundation aspires to spread our guiding principles and best practices from over 40 years of experience through the “Living University”. We welcome study visitors and interns from all corners of the world to learn beyond textbooks and from “local scholars” at our campuses--our ongoing development areas.

Our international internship program fosters firsthand experience through direct exposure to Sustainable Development, cross-cultural immersion, and hill tribe ways of life. We have received around a hundred interns from world-renowned universities in several countries such as Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Cambridge, Carnegie Mellon University, Rhode Island School of Design, the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po - Paris), University for Peace, Cornell University, as well as prominent universities in Thailand, namely Chulalongkorn, Thammasat, Mahidol, and Srinakharinwirot.


2017 Internship Topics 

 This is our 8th international internship program. For this year, we are looking for two teams of interns during June-July 2017 (9 weeks) to develop two projects as follows:

  1. Ten–minute introductory film of the Doi Tung Development Project
  2. Doi Tung experiential tourism market research

Team 1: Ten–minute introductory film of the Doi Tung Development ProjectBackground


More than 40 years of MFLF journey and with lessons learned from our many projects in and outside of Thailand, the Mae Fah Luang Foundation has a robust story to tell. Our development principles have been successfully replicated in different sites regardless of races, religions, and backgrounds. We are positive that our best practices and lessons learned—if communicated clearly and effectively—are personally inspiring if not universally applicable to make the world a better place.

 Doi Tung Development Project is one of our flagship projects where opium cultivation in the heart of the once notorious “Golden Triangle” had been eliminated using an approach called Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Development (SALD). People’s lives have been uplifted. They become skilled artisans, agriculturists, service providers and social entrepreneurs who produce world class goods and services. People of Doi Tung are now live legitimate and dignified lives, harmoniously with nature.

 We are looking for students with Film, Multimedia, and Communication background to produce two documentary films portraying the Mae Fah Luang Foundation’s development principles, process, and success stories. The interns will be responsible for the conception, planning, designing, and execution of visual solutions.


1. Content Strategist

2. Scriptwriter / Storyboard Artist

3. Cinematographer

4. Director

5. Film Editor

 Expected Outputs

By the end of the internship, the interns are expected to provide the final presentation along with two deliverables:

1. Ten-minute version of the introductory film

2. Two-minute version of the introductory film


Team 2: Doi Tung experiential tourism market research



Doi Tung has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in north Thailand for over 25 years and has the continued potential for experiential tourism. The panoramic forest landscape, cultural heritage, hill tribe way of life, and a touch of sustainable development story are the perfect combination that attracts visitors, Thai and foreign alike.

 We are looking for interns interested in Sustainable Tourism and background in Tourism Management, Communication, Marketing, and Business Administration.

 Expected Outputs

By the end of the internship, the interns are expected to provide the final presentation along with two deliverables:

1. Market research on Doi Tung Experiential Tourism

2. Business/marketing strategy on Doi Tung Experiential Tourism


General Requirements 

-      Strong interest in sustainable development

-      Strong written and oral communication skills

-      Committed team player

-      Good health conditions 

-      Open-mind, flexibility, and understanding in a cross-cultural environment


What to Expect?

-      The interns are expected to arrive in Thailand by May 30th, 2017, and stay until July 31, 2017.

-      A nine-week, six-day-a-week commitment

-      A full-time stay at our provided accommodations at the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai province. And if necessary, occasional visits to other project sites

-      An intercultural working environment—working with Thai and non-Thai colleagues as well as hill tribe people. Cultural and language barriers are expected.



 -      Support with obtaining a temporary visa if required

-      Transportation within Thailand, to and from Bangkok-Chiang Rai

-      Transportation commutes between accommodation and work station

-      Accommodation in Doi Tung, Chiang Rai

-      Monthly stipend

-      A ten-day study tour to various sites of MFLF’s development projects


If interested, submit an application consisting of your resume, portfolio, and an application letter stating your preferred team to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with a limited number of spots in our program. Once you pass the application screening, you will be scheduled for a teleconference interview on the first come first served basis. The deadline for application is April 5, 2017 and all applicants will be notified of first-round interviews by April 10, 2017.

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