Intern in Malaysia
Intern in one of South East Asia’s fastest growing economies – Kuala Lumpur! If you’re seeking a dynamic and enriching environment and want to take your learning outside of the classroom, KL is the place to be. You’ll have the chance to choose from a diverse range of opportunities and get to know what it’s like to work in this exciting region of Asia. Many business operations in Malaysia use English as the primary language, so you will get all the benefits of an international internship without having to learn a completely new language.
Malaysia is not only Australia’s third largest ASEAN trading partner, but it is also a quickly developing market economy and offers a unique environment in which to gain valuable international experience. Our internships in Malaysia provide you with a chance to gain high-quality professional work experience in the field of your choice. Equally important is the opportunity to take in all that Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia have to offer. You can choose from a wide variety of different placements: from architecture, design, engineering and manufacturing, to tourism, marketing, finance, law and human rights, technology, communications and media, performing arts and much more!
Use our well-established network to find the best intern placement for your interests and talents
All CISaustralia staff have international experience. We have worked, studied, interned or lived overseas. Our advisers know Malaysia and what makes a great internship. We will provide you with an invaluable career opportunity, as well as memories to last a lifetime.
Intern in one of South East Asia’s fastest growing economies – Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur (often abbreviated as KL) is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia. The city covers an area of 243 square km and has an estimated population of about 1.79 million in 2017. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 7.25 million. It is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in the country, in terms of population and economy.
With such a vastly growing economy, interns will have the chance to choose from a diverse range of opportunities and get to know what it’s like to work in this exciting region of Asia. Many business operations in Malaysia use English as the primary language, so you will get all the benefits of an international internship without having to learn a completely new language. Another great aspect to this progressive location is the diversity in population. Depending on your placement choice, you could be working with locals, tourists, migrants, expatriates or all of the above!
While in Kuala Lumpur, explore the culture
Smell, taste, touch and see this vibrant region of Malaysia. No international work experience would be complete without the appropriate balance of adventure and discovery. Your CISaustralia experience comes complete with orientation and activities included so that you can get to know the other interns on your program, the area where you will be working and how to get around. You’ll have multiple opportunities to taste authentic cuisine and visit the local landmarks.
CISaustralia allows you to expand your future horizons by securing a professional internship placement and quality international experience, complete with around the clock assistance. We know the value of having global experiences on your CV, which is why we’re dedicated to making sure your experience is a positive one, full of growth and exciting development.
We want you to get the most out of your experience, which is why we provide you with airport pick-up, accommodation and the other logistical details that can become a distraction from the real purpose of your trip. This way, you get comfortable quickly and start enjoying the KL lifestyle, while being able to focus on your customised internship.
The program’s on-site support is made up of a diverse and dynamic team of passionate travellers and professionals who know the local environment and also get where interns are coming from. Having original roots in Australia and experience with multiple Australian Institutions, our on-site team has a sensitive and comprehensive grasp on the needs of Australian students. Though language does not have to be a barrier in this location, it’s always good to have a contact that can speak the local lingo fluently and that’s just what interns will get here.
If you’re seeking a dynamic and enriching environment and want to take your learning outside of the classroom, Kuala Lumpur is the place to be. Start to apply what you have gained from coursework. No matter what your purpose is for taking on an international internship, CISaustralia can guarantee that you will grow and learn more than you ever thought possible. The ultimate aim is to support your interests and provide you with a unique placement, which will build your career prospects.
Top Ten things to do in KL:
Petronas Towers – Anchoring the sprawling Kuala Lumpur city centre are the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Hailed as the Twin Jewels of Kuala Lumpur, a visit to KL just is not complete unless you have visited these doppelganger structures. The 88-storey chrome and steel towers are joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58m-long, double-decker Sky Bridge.
Kuala Lumpur Tower – Standing atop the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the 421m-high KL Tower is, at present, the world’s fifth tallest structure.
Chinatown – The colourful Chinatown is a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise that seemingly never sleeps.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building – Among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-style buildings, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a distinguished city landmark that originally served as the secretariat for the colonial British administration.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park – Water slides that whirl and twirl, a manmade ‘river’ ride, surf beach, wave pool and 360° revolving pirate ship.
Aquaria KLCC – On the concourse level of the KL Convention Centre, the 464,515sqm Aquaria KLCC is home to over 150 species of marine life.
Jalan Alor – Called the cultural heart of the city’s local cuisine, Jalan Alor (located just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang), is basically a strip of atmospheric air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants, with a row of hawker stalls set up on the 5-foot walkway on both sides and plastic tables and chairs spilling out onto the road.
KL Bird Park – The showpiece of the renowned 600,000sqm Lake Gardens, the 209,000sqm KL Bird Park (also called Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur) is billed as the world’s largest covered bird park.
Batu Caves – 11km north of KL, Batu Caves is a 400-year old limestone hill (with a 100-year old temple incorporated within it), best known as the focal point of the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam.
Central Market – The focus for the city’s artistic community, Central Market is a KL cultural landmark, just a short walk away from Petaling Street.
The following is a list of companies that CISaustralia has the potential to place you and where interns have been placed in the past. Your placement will be customised to your interests and the interests of the host company.
If you can’t find a field that gets you excited, contact our advisers and we’ll help you find an internship that meets your interests.
Architecture and Design
Pentago, Pentago House, Business Boosters
Spark Activators, EBM, Global Virtual Support, InCube8, Intermovers, Santa Fe Relocation Services Sdn Bhd
Communications, Marketing, Advertising, Journalism, PR
Strategic Public Relations Sdn Bhd, Weber Shandwick, Havas media, Malaysiakini, Mongoose Publishing, Hill and Knowlton, Sime Darby, Centriq PR, Ogilvy Worldwide PR, Lucidideas, BPC Solutions, GO Communications, Go International Group, LINS Advertising, Kitching Sports, KLCC Runners Group Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Cricket Association
UCSI Blue Ocean Strategy Regional Centre, Global Business Advisory
Brain Bytes, PACOS, Online, Primary, Secondary and Early Childhood opportunities
Prasarana, GNP water, Digi Telecommunications, Airestec, Fusionex, KSM Group
Celadon Capitol, Blueprint Planning, EquitiesTracker International Sdn Bhd
Ramsay Sime Darby
Hospitality and Tourism
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ri-Yaz Hotels and resorts, Swiss Garden Hotels, Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Human Resources and Recruitment
Sheffield Executive, Brain Dynamic Global, Talentsearch International
SUARAM, Tenaganita, Amnesty international Malaysia, Lawyers for Liberty
Shearn Delamore and Co., Chur Associates, Wong and Partners, KASS International, Lawyers for Liberty, Zaid Ibrahim, Thomas Philip
Royal Selangor, Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Pulse Group Plc. Working with a range of different industries
MalaysiaKini, BFM radio station, Red Communications, TotalSportsAsia
National Cancer Society Malaysia, PACOS Trust (Sabah)
MyDance Alliance, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, The Sutra Foundation
Discover the magic of Malaysia and get out and explore the exotic country you will be living in! As a part of your orientation you will get to know the local neighbourhood, learn the city and local transport options.
Included in your program is a half day tour of the city on your orientation day and an excursion to Melaka. Also known as Melacca City, it oozes colonial charm and is a large drawcard for many tourists. With markets, museums and churches available for all to visit, you could not possibly be bored in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia – a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. The country’s multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It’s no wonder that the people love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly.
The Federation of Malaysia comprises of Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. In the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia lies Thailand, with Singapore neighbouring to the south. Sabah and Sarawak are bounded by Indonesia while Sarawak also shares borders with Brunei. Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. Eleven states and two federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia, which includes the two states (Sabah and Sarawak) on the island of Borneo and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan.
One of Malaysia’s key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further adds to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs. Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
Visit the official Tourism Malaysia website for more information about this exciting country.
Accommodation is included in your intern placement. Apartments are a mix of single and shared rooms in a shared apartment. Single rooms cannot be guaranteed and depends on availability in a specific location. Most accommodation will include a pool, gym, security (guards are standard at condos / apartments), mini-convenience store, laundry and weekly cleaning. Again, all these facilities cannot be guaranteed as accommodation does vary from placement to placement. Some locations may not provide linen, in which case a small charge might apply. Some locations may also request a small deposit for keys and pass card.
The priority for CISaustralia in relation to all accommodation is that students are safe, comfortable and close to their placement and public transport. All apartments are neat, clean and include Wi-Fi.
An added bonus to your CISaustralia internship is that many universities in Australia will recognise your internship and grant you academic credit. Many progressive universities recognise high-quality internships as part of an elective course, a practical experience element of your degree studies and/or a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.
If you are interested in gaining academic credit for your internship towards your degree at your university in Australia, you should apply for pre-approved academic credit at your home university. Contact your International Office, Academic Advisor/Head of Department or Careers Office to see if this option is available.
CISaustralia will work with you, your university’s Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.
CISaustralia can provide a certificate of participation for every placement. Please contact us for more information.
Program Fee & Dates
|Customised Internship - Year Round|
|Application deadline is 90 days prior to commencement. Arrive on the Friday before your internship begins the following Monday. Program orientation is held Saturday. Depart the Saturday after your internship ends.|
|Program Fee||A$ 3,899 - 5,599|
Program fees include the following:
- Internship placement and supervision
- CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
- Financial advice
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Accident and medical insurance (unless provided by your home university)
- Public Liability Insurance
- Pre-departure guide and session
- Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
- On-site orientation
- Welcome meal and welcome pack
- Day trip to Melaka
- Ongoing meetings during the placement**
- Networking opportunities
- Farewell dinner and debrief
- CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
- CISaustralia Certificate of Completion
*Accommodation is typically in shared apartments. Accommodation will vary depending on the time of year and the location of the internship in and around KL. All attempts will be made to accommodate students close to their internship and close to public transport, but this may not always be possible. Wi-Fi may be included in accommodation, however it cannot be guaranteed. Students should plan on purchasing a local SIM and data pack to get reliable internet. Please enquire with CISaustralia for detailed information.
**Ongoing follow-up meetings are conducted in week 1, then every 3-4 weeks. May be conducted in-person and/or via phone.
What is not included:
- Visa application costs
- Optional excursions or free-time activities
- Departure airport transfer
- Personal travel expenses
Students will also be required to pay a $200 refundable bond towards accommodation being left clean, without damage and without excessive utility charges. Should a student not make this payment prior to arrival, they will be required to pay a RM500 bond in KL, however, this can only be returned once check-out has been completed to satisfaction. Any subsequent bank fees incurred in transferring will be borne by the student.
Please note that you also need to budget for flights, visa, meals and personal travel expenses. We can provide a realistic sample of expected additional expenses so you can be fully prepared for all expected costs and budget accordingly.
Please note that no internship placement is ever guaranteed, even after acceptance into the program. CISaustralia is in constant communication with each candidate providing ongoing updates on final placement confirmation and associated organisational opportunities.
CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.
Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.
1. Is a passport or visa required? How and when do I apply for my passport and visa?
It is a requirement of entry to any international destination to have a valid passport. It is important to remember that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months PAST your return date. To apply for a passport visit Australia Post to collect an application or learn more at: www.passports.gov.au
Passport application forms can be filled in and printed online, but not lodged. You will need to sign the completed application form in black ink and lodge it at the time of your personal interview, together with all of the supporting documentation listed on the application form. In Australia most forms are lodged at Australia Post outlets.
Visas are specific to the destination, please check with trained counselling staff at CISaustralia for further information.
2. Where will I be staying during my internship?
Accommodation is provided as part of your internship. This is often shared accommodation or a single room in a shared apartment. Please see the ‘Accommodation’ tab of the internship you are interested in to learn more.
3. Will there be other students with me in the program, and if so, how many?
CISaustralia programs are a great way to not only meet local and international students but also others from Australia on a similar intern journey as you. We often have U.S. students on intern placements through our partners in the United States. Depending on the year, intern program sizes will vary. Often flexibility is the key! If you need more information on specific program sizes, please contact us.
4. Will I be paid during my internship?
You won’t get paid but the experience is priceless. Your resume will look outstanding and you will open up a whole new world of opportunities. Professional internships are invaluable experiences, and educational and resume-building programs that will greatly enhance your employment prospects when you return home. Some universities will also offer academic credit for your internship. Check with your home university in Australia.
5. How do you match me with businesses and organisations?
Matching you to the best available internship is crucial to the success of the program. We take a detailed look at your interests, goals and skills and match you accordingly with businesses and organisations that fit your needs. This is why the application process is so crucial. Here you will nominate your top two areas of interest and we will also conduct an interview with you through our Program Coordinator or on-site team to help us achieve the best placement. Once you have paid the $750 ($1,100 Intern in England) internship deposit, our team will move ahead with placing you with the best match in one of your two chosen fields of interest.
6. I am thinking of an internship in my major – is this possible?
It is possible and wherever possible, we go even further to individualise your placement to truly match your major. For sample placements take a look at the ‘Placements’ tab.
7. Is the internship matching deposit necessary?
It is necessary for one very important reason. It shows your commitment to the program, not just to us but also potential businesses and organisations that we are approaching on your behalf. When you’ve paid the deposit we can confidently approach these businesses on your behalf to find the best possible match. It is not an extra fee – the $750 ($1,100 Intern in England) deposit is part of your overall program payment.