Internships in Malaysia

Add an international dimension to your resumé by undertaking an internship in Malaysia over summer!

Our Malaysian program offers you the opportunity to apply for positions in Kuala Lumpur advertised via the University.

Malaysian internships will include a program of social, networking and cultural activities run by our locally based partner in Kuala Lumpur, The Global Student. This program will compliment your workplace-based internship, will help you integrate into Malaysian life and further develop your cross-cultural skills and global networks.

Accommodation is provided in secure apartments, which you will share with other Melbourne School of Engineering interns. You will have access to amenities such as food outlets, laundry and basic cooking facilities.

In the unlikely event of any emergency or if you simply require some extra assistance while adjusting to the Malaysian workplace environment, our local partner provides 24 hour in-country support in Malaysia.

You are eligible to undertake the ENGR90033 Internship subject (University sourced opportunities) in Malaysia if you meet the following criteria:

  • Eligibilty

    You are eligible to undertake the ENGR90033 Internship subject (University sourced opportunities) in Malaysia if you meet the following criteria:

    • You are enrolled in the Master of Engineering (all disciplines, excluding Chemical and the ‘with Business’ stream), Master of Information Systems or Master of Information Technology
    • You have completed at least 50 credit points in your current Masters program as an enrolled Masters student
    • You have at least 25 points available for an ELECTIVE subject in your degree
    • You must not have completed another internship subject within your Masters course. Disallowed subject combinations are listed in the Handbook
    • You have a Weighted average mark (WAM) of 70 or above in your current course.

    If you meet the above criteria, you will be invited to access the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal where internship opportunities that have been sourced via university networks are listed.

    Although the Malaysian internship University sourced opportunities are currently limited to students with a WAM above 70, if you do not meet this requirement you will still be eligible to participate in the subject by sourcing your own internship in Australia. If you are unsure of your course requirements, you should book a course advice appointment.

    University sourced Malaysian internships take place over the Australian summer only, from mid-November to mid-February.

  • Plan to succeed

    Students who prepare effectively for the internship subject are more likely to succeed in securing an opportunity.

    Most opportunities require you to address key selection criteria via a cover letter and Malaysian style resumé.

    Each time you submit an application for an internship, you will be expected to update your application documents to reflect your suitability for the position.

    When exploring options in Malaysia, make sure you prepare to succeed in the local context and have a Malaysian style resumé.

    A Malaysian style resume is similar to an Australian resume, but must also include a colour headshot in the top right-hand corner as well as date of birth, marital status and religion (if not religious, just state “no religion”) Malaysian internship hosts will be interested in the skills and experiences you have gained so far, as well as your capacity to successfully adapt to the Malaysian work environment.

    Create or update your application documents

    Internship employers will be interested in the skills and experiences you have gained so far. These experiences will be conveyed via your application documents. To ensure you are able to put an effective application forward, consider if you need to add to your resume by:

    • Undertaking some volunteer work
    • Working in a part time or casual role
    • Joining and contributing to a professional association
    • Getting active in your professional student club
    • Brushing up on skills in demand in your industry
    • Practising your written and spoken communication skills
    • Keeping up to date with developments in your industry

    Set up a plan a semester prior to when you expect to undertake your internship and upskill in areas where you have gaps.

    Prepare for interviews

    If your application is shortlisted for an opportunity you may be invited to an interview for the internship. A range of career orientated and professional skill workshops are advertised on Careers Online which you are encouraged to attend prior to an interview. Before your interview you should also look to undertake the following:

    • Study the organisations website or look for articles about the organisation in the media
    • Re-read your application
    • Review the most common interview questions available [PDF]
    • Review the selection criteria and ensure you can provide interesting examples to demonstrate the skills that are listed
    • Prepare some questions for your interviewer to ask at the conclusion of the interview
  • Resources

    Utilise resources accessible to you whilst you are a student to gain a competitive edge in your approach

    MSE specific resources including example resume and cover letter templates: Career resources
    University of Melbourne Careers and Employment resources and information

  • Find opportunities

    Malaysian internships are advertised to eligible students via our ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal from the 15th of July, for students starting the following November.

    If eligible, you will be sent an email invitation to attend an information session about the subject’s Malaysian opportunities. This email will also provide access to the portal and its advertised internships.

    Each internship has specific requirements, for example opportunities normally stipulate that the host company seeks students from a certain degree or discipline.

    You may only apply for opportunities for which you are eligible. While we endeavour to provide a range of opportunities in Malaysia, you may also wish to pursue opportunities either through our advertised Australian internships or by sourcing your own opportunity which you can apply to have approved.

    Students can apply for multiple positions on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal, however once you have secured an opportunity and verbally accepted, either in Malaysia or Australia, no further applications will be considered.

  • Submit your ENGR90033 application

    Each internship has an application deadline. After the application deadline has passed, you will be notified if your application(s) have been shortlisted and passed on to the Malaysian host company.

    Applicants whose applications are shortlisted and sent to the Malaysian host company may be contacted for phone or video interview.

    If you are offered an internship, both you and your host company will need to complete a legal agreement, which covers the terms and conditions of your internship.

    You will not be permitted to enrol into ENGR90033 until the completed documentation has been finalised by both parties and returned to the University.

  • Subject enrolment

    Agreement, enrolment and OHS training

    Enrolment will be permitted via email into ENGR90033 Internship once the appropriate legal agreement has been returned by both you and the host organisation.

    You will not be able to self-enrol into the subject until this time. The agreement will be managed by the Melbourne School of Engineering.

    Once returned, you will be sent an approval email which will detail the steps you must undertake to submit an enrolment variation to Stop1.

    To remain enrolled in the subject you will need to undertake OHS training and ensure that you hold a valid visa for Malaysia if required.

    If required, your host company can provide documentation you may need to apply for a visa. It it is students’ responsibility to research visa requirements and ensure that you have the correct visa for Malaysia. Please refer to the High Commission of Malaysia for further information as the University is unable to provide visa advice.

    Further information will be provided at the time of enrolment. For further details regarding subject requirements, please refer to the handbook.

  • Key dates

    Summer 2019/20

    Date Activity
    July 2019
    • Students who are eligible for Summer university sourced placements will admitted to the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal for the ENGR90033 Internship subject where Malaysian internships will be advertised
    • An information session for interested students will take place at 12pm (noon) Tuesday 30 July in the Forum Theatre (room 153), Arts West Building.
    August 2019
    • Applications will close and students will be selected for internships
    September 2019
    • Students will be informed of outcome
    • Successful students who wish to accept their Malaysian internship offer will pay a $500 deposit towards their program fee, which covers items such as accommodation
    November 2019
    • Mandatory pre-departure session (in Melbourne) and bootcamp
    • In-country induction in Kuala Lumpur (29th November)
    • Internships commence (2nd December)
    Mid-late February 2020
    • Internships conclude (14th February)
  • Cost

    Regular subject tuition fees will apply to this subject. Determine your subject fees on the University’s Students website.

    In addition to subject tuition fees, a program fee applies to the Malaysian internships through ENGR90033. This fee covers accommodation, in-country support and a program of social, cultural and networking events in Malaysia. The Program Fee does not cover flights to Malaysia, incidental expenses, meals or public transport costs incurred during the program. The program is offered as a package and the internship component cannot be undertaken in isolation.

    2019/20 program fee: AU$3100 (please note that MSE has provided a $1000 subsidy which has been factored into this price)

    An $500 AUD deposit is required at the time of accepting internship offers, in early September. The balance is due in early October.

    Students may be eligible for additional funding through the University’s Melbourne Global Scholars Awards which provide $1000 for students taking programs of up to 12 weeks (this is an 11 week program)