Summer Science Internships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

UNSW Science is working with The Global Student to provide 8-week internships in Malaysia, within science industry fields such as Biotechnology, Medical, Biological, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. 


With the objective of becoming a developed nation by 2020, Malaysia is rapidly investing in infrastructure and focusing on attracting foreign investment through development of science and technology industries.

Students will receive 6 UoC credit towards their science degree by enrolling in SCIF2199 Science Work Placement, and completing a number of assessment tasks online prior to and during the placement. A number of cultural excursions will be offered, as well as networking opportunities with key business and UNSW alumni working in the region.

This program is supported by the Australian Government New Colombo Plan (NCP), with $3000 scholarships available to domestic students. 



Sunday, 15th of December 2019 – Friday, 14th of February 2020


  • 8-week internship within science industry (related to your major)

  • Accommodation and work placement arranged for you

  • 6 UoC credit-bearing course SCIF2199 Science Work Placement

  • $3000 scholarships available for domestic students


  • Gain global work experience and give yourself the graduate edge

  • Experience South East Asian culture and life in one of the world’s most diverse big cities

  • Gain credit towards your Science degree




Program development and operations:      

  • Liaison with host organisations

  • Pre-departure support

  • Orientation and farewell events

  • Networking events

  • 24 hour emergency support

  • Accommodation for 8 weeks

  • Day trip to Melaka



Scholarship recipients: UNSW Science uses scholarships funds to pay full program fee;

remaining $50 returned to the student

Non-scholarship recipients: student responsible for paying full program fee

Return airfares Sydney-KL

Approx $800
Approximate cost only. Fares vary. 

Students responsible for purchasing own airfares.


SCIF2199 (6 UoC) tuition

Based on standard International or Domestic CSP rates.

As per any normal course, can be deferred via
HECS, or paid up-front.




Review program and applicantion information before applying

Program Overview

Application Information 




Applications close at 11:59pm Sunday 2nd of June

Questions? Contact the Science Work Placement Team 


Program overview: Professional Science Work Placements Kuala Lumpur 2019/20

This program provides 8-week science work placements in Kuala Lumpur for students to undertake as a 6 unit of credit science elective (SCIF2199). Students are offered an internship role within an organisation and are expected to contribute productively to a project or series of activities set up by the organisation for their placement. While to exact nature of the work will vary depending on the organisation, it is expected that students will be involved in work that is related to their major of study. Student are also expected to complete online assessments before and during the work placement in order to prepare them for a professional work environment, and to critically reflect on their professional development through the experience. Specific details of assessments can be found here. Students will be allocated a supervisor within the organisation to mentor and support the student throughout the exprience. A course coordinator is also assigned to SCIF2199, who will monitor student progress throughout the experience. 

SCIF2199 is graded on a satisfactory/fail basis only. Students will receive a ‘Satisfactory’ (SY), or Unsatisfactory Fail’ (UF) grade upon completing the course. 

The dates for the work placement are set as Sunday, 15th of December 2019 – Friday, 14th of February 2020. These dates are non-negotiable and students applying for the program are expected to be available within this timeframe. 


Domestic students are eligible for the Australian Government New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding if they are successful in securing a work placement. $3000 is available per student to go towards expenses related to the work placement in Kuala Lumpur. Commonwealth-supported students also have the option of applying for an OS-Help loan. Five $3000 scholarships are available for summer session 2019/20. 

International students are welcome to apply and participate in the program, however they are not eligible for NCP Scholarship.       

Host Organisations 

The following organisations have offered to host a student intern for the program. Students should review these organisations before applying, as they will be asked for their preferences. During the first stage of the application process, students are only required to select the host organisations they would like to work for. Once a student is successful in securing a placement with one of the approved organisations, a position description and specific work tasks will be negotiated, depending on the capabilities of the host employer, and your skills, interests and career goals. Host Organisations are available for students studying BABS, BEES, Chemistry and SOMS majors/programs only.     




Application Information

There are 3 stages to the application process.


Stage 1: Written Application

Apply online HERE. UNSW Science will select applicants to proceed to stage 2. In order to proceed to Stage 2, students must:

  • have a minimum credit WAM;
  • have room in their program to enrol in SCIF2199 as a science or free elective (student can request a progress check with the Science Student Centre if they are usure);
  • be studying a major or majors related to their requested host organisations; and 
  • provide all requested supporting documents (academic statement, CV, cover letter, copy of passport).  

Students must also exhibit four attributes expected of successful applicants:

  • Responsible, with the ability to behave with a high level of maturity and professionalism.
  • Culturally adeptwith the ability to act in a respectful and culturally sensitive way.
  • Motivated, with a strong drive to learn new skills and undertake challenging work.   
  • Resilient, with the ability to deal with new and difficult situations.

NCP scholarships will be awarded to the top 5 domestic applicants, based on WAM and cover letter reposonses. Additional places may be awarded to both domestic and international students.

Supporting Documents 

Students must submit four supporting documents with their application. 

1. Academic Statmement (can be accessed via the Student Tab on myUNSW).

2. Copy of the photo page of your passport.

3. Current CV. The UNSW Careers and Employment Unit can assist with CV and resume writing/editing. Please contact them if you require assistance. 

4. Cover Letter. Please address the cover letter to UNSW Science. The cover letter should be 1 to 2 pages in length, and should:

  • explain why the applicant is interested in the summer placement opportunity;
  • highlight the applicant's current skills and experience in their major of study (whether that is through coursework, co-curricular activities, or other work experience); and
  • address the four attributes expected of successful applicants.


Stage 2: Interviews

Students selected for Stage 2 will be introduced to our partners at 'The Global Student' in Kuala Lumpur, who will help students to secure a work placement. The Global Student will hold an initial Skype interview with each student, before arranging online interviews with preferred host organisation/s. The Global Student will do their best to place students with their preferred host organisation, however this may not be possible. 


Stage 3: Work Placement Agreement

When a host organisation has agreed to host a student, both the student and the host organisation must clarify the specific work tasks that the student will undertake during the work placement. The nature of the work conducted by the student will clearly depend on the organisation, and the skills and interest of the student. It is expected that the host organisation will provide work that is related to the student's major of study and commensurate with the level and experience of the student. Activities that a student may undertake could include a combination of the following:

  • shadow members of staff in science-related roles
  • contributing in an assisting capacity to a range of activities
  • being a team member on a project for the duration of the work placement – an ongoing project, or one that is completed during the placement
  • assigned to an individual project that can be completed within the placement timeframe
  • office-based tasks including data entry, literature searches, or preparation of figures for presentation/marketing materials
  • hands on laboratory or field-based activities.

Upon agreement, both the student and the host organisation must complete a SCIF2199 Work Placement Agreement Form. This form is a written agreement/contract between the host organisation, the student and UNSW Science, and will outline the work tasks that the student is expected to perform. The student is repsonsible for retunring this form to UNSW Science, for final approval. UNSW Science will check if the work is related to the student's major of study and it will be reviewed by the Head of Teaching of the student's major of study. Students will not be permitted to participate in the work placement program unless a Work Placement Agreement is submitted and approved.    



Students should direct questions about the Kuala Lumpur Work Placement Program to the Science Work Placement Team ( 

Students requiring a progression check (to detemine if they have room in their degree to participate in the program), should contact the Science Student Centre