Internships are an excellent tool for advancing your skills in a field of interest. These positions help young adults find a career path, test their aptitude for certain kinds of work, and further develop their resume or CV. Internships are almost always unpaid as the intern is gaining skills and experience. It is critical to find the right match so that the relationship is beneficial to both intern and company. Full time students have the easiest time finding internships because of their age, lack of real life skills, amount of free time, and education.
To secure an internship aboard, it is usually necessary to find a company that sets-up the internship. Internships are commonly set-up through a university for its students.
There are many internship opportunities within the industries of finance, business and engineering. While most internships are for locals, companies hold a few positions for internationals. Most are place in Kuala Lumpur or in Kuching in East Malaysia.
Job Search sites often have listings for internships. There are also online search engines to help you find an internship:
It is also possible to apply directly with organizations. Research your area of interest and find if there are any organizations with online applications.
As mentioned in the section on job hunting, newspapers are not a great resource for professional classifieds.
Malaysia is a relatively small country and its capital, Kuala Lumpur, is well connected. Networking can take you far professionally.
Join professional networking sites, such as Linkedin. Start contacting local businesses and institutions that you're interested in. Even if they cannot offer you an internship, they might be able to put you in touch with a colleague or give you useful leads.
To secure an internship aboard, it is usually easiest to find a company that sets-up the internship. Some agencies require a fee to secure a placement. Such agencies include:
If hired through an agency, the agency usually guides the intern through the process. Most interns receive an Internship Visa or Student Visa. For more information on visa, consult the section on "Passport and Visas".
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