Get Valuable Industry Work Experience in Malaysia

UNSW Science is working with The Global Student to provide you with an eight-week internship in Malaysia. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your practical skills and knowledge over the summer holidays.

Malaysia is rapidly investing in infrastructure and attracting foreign investment through the development of science and technology industries.

You can work within science industry fields including Biotechnology, Medical, Biological, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.

Benefits of the Internship

  • Gain global work experience and give yourself the graduate edge
  • Enjoy networking opportunities with key business and UNSW alumni in the region
  • Experience Southeast Asian culture and life in one of the world’s most diverse cities
  • Gain credit towards your science degree: you’ll receive 6 UoC by enrolling in SCIF2199 Science Work Placement and completing online assessment tasks
  • This program is supported by the Australian Government New Colombo Plan (NCP), with $3000 scholarships available to domestic students.

What does the Internship Include?

  • 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.

Program Overview and Costs

This program provides eight-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 contribute productively to a project or series of activities set up by the organisation for their placement.

While the 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.

Students are also expected to complete online assessments before and during the work placement. This prepares you for the professional work environment, and helps you reflect on your professional development through the experience.

You can read more about specific details of assessments on SCIF 2199.

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.

You will be allocated a supervisor within the organisation to mentor and support you throughout the experience.

A course coordinator is also assigned to SCIF2199, who will monitor your progress throughout the experience.

SCIF2199 is graded on a satisfactory/fail basis only.  

You will receive a ‘Satisfactory’ (SY), or Unsatisfactory Fail’ (UF) grade upon completing the course.

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.

You should review the organisations in the link below before applying, as you will be asked for your preferences.

During the first stage of the application process, you are only required to select the host organisations you 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.

The organisations in this document have offered to host a student intern for the program.

View the Host Organisation Pack for more information.

It’s important to know the costs of participating in this program so you’re prepared before you go.

Item Cost

Program development & operations:

  • Liaison with host organisations
  • Pre-departure support
  • Orientation, networking & farewell events
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • 8 weeks accomodation
  • Day trip to Melaka

Scholarship recipients: UNSW Science uses scholarship funds to pay full program fee.

Non-scholarship recipients: student is responsible for paying full program fee: $2,950

Return airfares Sydney - KL

Approx: $800

Students must purchase own airfares.

SCIF 2199 (6UoC) Tuition

Based on standard international or domestic CSP rates.

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

There are 3 stages to the application process. 

Stage 1: Written Application 

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 unsure);
  • 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 adept, with 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 responses. Additional places may be awarded to both domestic and international students. 

Supporting Documents  

Students must submit four supporting documents with their application. 

  1. Academic Statement (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. 
  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) 
    • 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 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 responsible for returning 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.