Thursday, December 09, 2010

Otak Otak: placing students in high-quality internships

I can tell you from personal experience that getting a good internship in Malaysia is hard. There is no easy way to discern the good from the bad, and very few companies even have actual internship programmes. Those few that do tend to offer mixed results, with interns often feeling they are an afterthought and an adjunct to the organisation's work. (When I talk with friends who intern at local banks, they often have more stories to tell about running the photocopiers and buying kuih than they do about actual finance-related work.)

Of course, where there's a problem, there's an opportunity. Some friends have set up Otak Otak, a project to match qualified interns with good companies, and provide structure to the internship programmes. They are currently looking for companies interested in hiring competent interns for a month or two, as well as interested students looking for internship opportunities in Malaysia. The website is otak2.com; more details after the jump.

Otak-Otak : An Elite Internship Program for Future Malaysian Leaders

What is it : Otak-Otak is a highly selective leadership program for interns to be held during the June - July 2011 period. We are looking to accept 50 top students and place them in leading organisations across 4 sectors in Malaysia - the corporate sector, small businesses, goverment, and the non profit realm. All interns will have access to events most evenings after work (networking, site visits, training from corporates), and also share common accomodation - with regular sharing and development sessions planned.

Why it's important : This is a unique oppurtunity for students to participate in a highly selective program of its kind and share experiences with other students who are going through the same program. It will be the first year (of many to come) for a very innovative program that will allow young Malaysians to work at top companies across KL and at the same time be part of a larger group.

How to Apply : Application details and more program information can be found at www.otak2.com

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks.
I do appreciate your friends' effort in helping the students securing internships.

What are the companies involved?

lan said...

good effort for those graduating!

Hezan Aurora said...

Congrats for having this superb idea to help those graduating...Me myself experienced a very weak internship program from a very well known organization..It was totally unexpected to experience such from that organization. Basically what should I do was to help the clerk preparing the room for any training program such as organizing chairs,tables,papers,pens,u name it.. None of it relates to what I learn back in my Uni.. I learnt nothing from my internship...sigh...

Good effort and good luck..

moot said...

In real world, there is no such things as "quality internship". It is the intern willingness to learns that matters.

FYI, so called "cheap" internship inside Mac Donald are better than many cooperate internship. McD never hide all those process procedure,, but few people able to learn management from there.

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DWEN RASID said...

thanks....nice sharing

fatin eya said...

What moot says is kinda right. Its up to intern's effort and willingness to learn. ask more questions and tell your expectation to the host company as they might not know what are you looking for. those who put you there are pple from HR. not from the departments.
Btw admin, i dont think such a quality internships could be acheived in 2 months time like otak2 promoting.maybe more than that?

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eddi88 said...

Great info for interns, sure helps a lot, thanks.

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Really this internship program is a great opportunity for the students to work at good place in Malaysia.So be ready to grasp this opportunity.This type of program should be held in India also.

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Ohhh its really great to hear that the company is providing the internships for the students. keep on doing.

Joshua's Law said...

Its really a great job and appreciate you a lot. As it is very difficult to get a job nowadays for any student. Placing a candidate as an internship is much difficult, you are doing a really good job. Keep it up.

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