Malaysia Internship Program (ENGR90033)

The Malaysian Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to undertake an 11 week placement in Malaysia as part of their studies in the ENGR90033 Internship subject over the Summer period.

The ENGR90033 Internship is a 25-point subject that gives eligible students the opportunity to undertake an internship for academic credit within their degree.

This is a unique opportunity to apply your skills in a real-life work environment and gain international experience.

It will give you the practical experience to enhance your employment prospects, networking opportunities and, ultimately, provide you with an edge in the competitive graduate job market.

Successful students will undertake the ENGR90033 Internship subject in Malaysia over the 2018 Summer study period. (See Key dates)

What type of internship will I undertake?

Students who meet the Weighted Average Mark requirements will be invited to access a portal where internship positions will be listed. Each position has different degree requirements. Students can apply for the positions individually within the portal.

The internships will be taking place in and around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Each position on the portal specifies the location of the internship and which degrees are eligible for the position.

Students who meet the Weighted Average Mark Requirements for the subject (70 or above) will be invited to a portal where they can apply for the positions. Applications close for the Malaysian positions on Thursday 3 August 2017 at 11:59PM.

Cost and accommodation

To participate in the program, students will pay approximately $3,400 AUD. This contributes to the cost of accommodation, in-country networking events and orientation.

In addition, students are required to organise, book and pay for their own flights to and from Malaysia in accordance to the program dates. Students should not book flights until advised to by the University of Melbourne.

Students must cover all other costs, including food and transportation to and from the accommodation to the host organisation.

Accommodation will be located in the Klang Valley and will be organised via the University of Melbourne. Students will stay in shared apartments, sometimes with interns from other Australian universities. Accommodation is allocated according to host location to facilitate daily transport.

Domestic students may be eligible for up to $2,000 of funding to contribute to the cost of the program.

Visa information

Visa requirements for Australian citizens

Australian citizens do not need a visa to visit Malaysia provided:

  • Your passport is still valid for at least six months on arrival. Student must have a valid passport to participate in this program which is valid for at six months from the program arrival date.
  • Your visit does not exceed 3 months. Students must depart Malaysia by the 20 February 2018.
  • You have a confirmed return or onward international ticket. Students must purchase their return flight prior to leaving Australia.

This information was valid as of 26/06/2017. For current information, visit the High Commission of Malaysia website.

Visa requirements for students who are citizens of countries other than Australia

A list of countries that require a visa for the program is available on the High Commission of Malaysia website. Most international students are likely to require a Short Term Social Visit Pass.

International Students are encouraged to make enquiries with their local embassy to discuss their visa requirements for the program.

Assistance will be provided to produce the required documents to assist students in applying for their visa with their respective embassy.

Students must have a valid passport to participate in the program.

Available support

What support is available to me while I am in Malaysia?

Students will undertake an orientation weekend on arrival that will cover health, safety and security advice, basic language and cultural norms, and undertake a ‘Race around Kuala Lumpur’ to familiarise themselves with the city and the public transport system.

Students will be expected to attend follow-up meetings with the in-country support team at intervals during the program, and will have 24 hour emergency support. The in-country staff are always available for issues pertaining to health or issues in the workplace.

One weekend activity will be included early in the internship to assist with settling and group bonding, after which students are free to make their own arrangements on weekends. Students travelling outside the greater Kuala Lumpur area (eg: to Penang, Langkawi or Singapore) will be required to submit a travel advice document to the in-country support staff at least two days prior to travel.

Invitations to networking functions, business talks and alumni events will be accompanied by expectations of dress and behaviour, and advice on networking and key people to look out for.

Students will be invited to a farewell function with their mentor/supervisor and will be required to submit an online evaluation upon completion of the program.

Am I eligible?

Eligibility criteria

Students wanting to apply for the Malaysian Internship Program must discuss their eligibility for the ENGR90033 Internship subject with an adviser at Stop 1 before applying for the program to ensure you meet the below requirements.

  • A Weighted Average Mark of 70 or above in your current eligible Master’s degree
  • You must be within 150 points of completion
  • Have the required 25 point electives remaining to accommodate the subject in your study load
  • Both domestic and international students are eligible for the ENGR90033 Internship subject. International students should check with your local embassy to confirm if any visa restriction apply which would limit your ability to undertake the full 11 week placement in Malaysia. (Please see visa information above)

Further information about the subject eligibility criteria is available in the handbook: ENGR90033 Internship.

Degree requirements

Due to the subject requirement, this program is open to students from the following degrees:

  • Master of Engineering (Biochemical)
  • Master of Engineering (Chemical)
  • Master of Engineering (Civil)
  • Master of Engineering (Electrical)
  • Master of Engineering (Environmental)
  • Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)
  • Master of Engineering (Software)
  • Master of Engineering (Spatial)
  • Master of Engineering (Structural)
  • Master of Information Systems
  • Master of Information Technology

Application process

Students must confirm that they are eligible for the program by discussing their eligibility with an adviser at Stop 1 before applying.

Students must apply for the internship positions individually on the ENGR90033 Internship Portal. Students who meet the WAM requirements will be invited to access this portal. Applications close at 11:59PM on Thursday 3 August 2017.

Students will be asked to supply the following document as part of their application in one single PDF document in addition to any information requested in the individual job advertisements.

  • A cover letter addressing why you would like to pursue this opportunity and why prospective host organisations should consider you for the program
  • A resume
  • A copy of your current academic transcript
  • A photocopy of your passport showing your photo and your passport expiry date

After the application close date, student applications will be shortlisted. Shortlisted applications will be forwarded to the potential host organisations for consideration. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified.

Host organisations will make direct contact with the shortlisted students to discuss their suitability for their organisation and their current opportunities.

Successful candidates will be made an offer and will enrol into the ENGR90033 Internship Subject for summer.

Key dates

Please note, a range of events and activities will be scheduled for students to participate in whilst they are in Malaysia. Further information will be made available to students about these activities in the lead up to the departure date.

Date Activity
Thursday 27 July 2017 Malaysian Internship Program Information Session Students who meet the WAM requirement of 70 or above will be sent an invitation to register for the event.
Thursday 3 August 2017 11:59PM

Internship Positions Application close date.
Apply via the Internship Portal.

Week commencing Monday 7 August 2017 Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted or if they are unsuccessful.
Thursday 17 August – Friday 22 September 2017 Host organisations will make contact with students to undertake interviews and make offers. If a student is made an offer, they will be asked to sign a vocational placement agreement.
Wednesday 1 November 2017 Student visa to be confirmed (if required)
Friday 10 November 2017 Pre-departure briefing takes place
Thursday 23 November 2017 Group Arrival (for 11 week placements from Monday 27 November 2017 – Friday 9 February 2018)
Friday 24 November 2017 In-country welcome/ orientation
Monday 27 November 2017 Internships Commence
Friday 9 February 2018 Internships Conclude
Tuesday 20 February 2018 Students must depart Malaysia due to their expiring visitor pass (90 days) (if required/applicable)

Subject requirements and assessments

To undertake the Malaysian Internship Program, students must enrol into the ENGR90033 Internship subject and undertake the related academic assessments.

Details about the academic assessments for the ENGR90033 Internship subject are available in the Handbook.

Arrangements will be made for students in order to facilitate the face-to-face components of the subject.

Enrolment advice

Students wanting to take ENGR90033 Internship must have 25 points of free elective credit in their degree and meet the subject eligibility criteria.

Students wanting to apply for this program should book a course advice appointment to confirm their eligibility.

Summer enrolment is restricted to 25 points so students cannot take another subject alongside ENGR90033 Internship.

Further information

Email: eng-klintern@unimelb.edu.au