CSDS’s NGO Traineeship Program gives emerging young Vietnamese professionals the opportunity to complete six month funded internships with NGOs in Hanoi, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the NGO sector.

With the aim of connecting NGOs with hardworking and enthusiastic students and recent graduates, CSDS supports up to 20 young and dynamic applicants to participate in the NGO Traineeship Program.

NGO Traineeship participants will be provided with intensive training, traineeship placement and on-going support by CSDS to gain direct experience in community services and development work, as the first step to embarking on a career within this field.

This is an activity under the Youth Drivers for Change project, which is being implemented by CSDS with funding provided by Irish Aid. The project aims to build the capacity of young people and voluntary, youth-led, community-based organizations to generate social action that will contribute positively to the on-going development of Vietnam.

CSDS partners with over 25 different non-governmental partners in Vietnam which host NGO Trainees.

The program

The program takes place over six months. After being recruited through a competitive process, trainees are then given a two week intensive training by CSDS and experts in the NGO sector. After the training has been successfully completed, they are then placed with their NGO and work either full time or close to full time for 6 months. Trainees receive a monthly stipend for their work, and pay a deposit of 1,000,000 VND at the start of the program which is returned to them once they successfully complete their placement.

Total number of trainees

The program is currently in its fourth round. In total, 75 young people have been trainees.

  • July 2017: 18
  • November 2016: 22
  • July 2016: 15
  • July 2015: 15


In 2017,  survey of former trainees was conducted by CSDS. The key results are:

  • 70% of former trainees are working in an NGO or in a related sector such as a University or social enterprise
  • 30% of former trainees are not working in the private sector