• Semester 1 applications open (1st May- 31st June)
  • Semester 2 applications open (1st October – 30th November)
  • Summer applications open (1st March – 17th April)

Communications Intern (minimum 100 hours/semester)

Research Intern (minimum 300 hours/semester)

Research and communications intern will share responsibilities. However, the primary difference is the research intern is expected to work a minimum of 3 days a week with additional research related responsibilities such as supporting TLC research projects and trainings.

The Tea Leaf Center Co., Ltd. is a social enterprise research and training consulting firm registered and based in Thailand and working throughout Southeast Asia.

We seek to shift the balance of power in international development and research toward local organizations, communities and individuals directly impacted by the issues they are working on. We do this through three work areas: 1) mentorship and training to local groups, organizations, and communities to improve their research skills and increase the impact of their research; 2) support to early-career researchers from Southeast Asia working in civil society; and 3) MEAL services focused on creating more effective empowerment and more equitable partnerships.

The Tea Leaf Center is founded and directed by two experienced researchers who have lived and worked across Southeast Asia, and now has diverse staff from the US, Myanmar, and Thailand. Since its inception in 2019, the Tea Leaf Center has conducted many training and research projects, with its focus on Myanmar and northern Thailand. It has also formed strong connections with other CBOs, CSOs, and NGOs to collaborate in the future.

Since the Tea Leaf Center is still in its start-up phase, this position gives the opportunity to contribute to the development of the organization, to learn about managing social media and organizing events, and to meet researchers from around the world.

The Position

The intern supports tasks including collecting resources for our monthly newsletter, creating and editing social media posts, and other similar projects. The intern will help the Tea Leaf Center share knowledge about research with its audience and increase visibility and awareness of the Tea Leaf Center’s work.

In this position, you will learn about preparing communications and social media posts for a regional organization while experiencing a diverse and dynamic working environment. You will also gain exposure to civil society organizations doing work on development, human rights, education, and other topics in Southeast Asia by monitoring and summarizing their research work.

This position will be part-time, with minimum two days a week of work in the Tea Leaf Center office in San Sai Noi.


  • Assist on planning social media posts and campaigns, including assisting colleagues prepare posts based on their work and preparing graphics and other materials to accompany posts.
  • Monitor, collect and share resources about research, and research reports published by civil society organizations in Southeast Asia, through our newsletter and social media.
  • Assist with identifying potential partners and/or clients by monitoring social media and supporting the Finance, Admin and Outreach Officer to conduct stakeholder mapping.
  • Assist in organizing events to promote locally-led research, including public talks, forums, roundtables, and others, as relevant.
  • Assist in other research and research training activities as need.


  • Enrolled in the 3rd or the final year of bachelor’s studies or a recent graduate in Social Sciences, Political Science, Journalism, Mass Communication, or related fields.
  • Good knowledge of social media platforms.
  • Fluent Thai or Burmese and proficient English; another regional language including Karen, Shan or Lao would be considered an asset.
  • Interest in supporting and working with local civil society organizations.
  • Ability to interact respectfully and inclusively with people of diverse backgrounds, including ethnic and religious minorities and other marginalized populations.

How to Apply

Send the following application materials to info@thetealeafcenter.org with the subject line “Internship Application”. (Applications will be reviewed when received and a decision may be made on a rolling bases):

  • CV/resume; and
  • Cover letter explaining relevant experience and reason for applying.
  • Letter of recommendation is suggested but not required.