Over 150 students, government representatives and employers attended the official launching of the MY ASEAN Internship programme at Sunway University on Monday.
MY ASEAN Internship is a collaboration between the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp), which seeks to increase overall awareness on ASEAN among the youth in Malaysia.
The initiative targets 100 high-achieving students in 2015 to intern at one of the leading partner organisations which have business operations in one or more ASEAN countries.
Currently, there are 12 partner organisations participating in the initiative, which are AirAsia, Axiata, BDO, CIMB, Digi, GE, Maybank, Nestle, Securities Commision Malaysia, Sime Darby, Sunway, and ZICOlaw.Throughout the internship period, these organisations will cover the cost of transportation, accommodation, and allowances for basic expenses.During the launch, the Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Sri Mustapa said, “To realise our ambitions by 2020, our companies will need to be powered by talent who can look beyond borders, supporting their employers to export products and services leveraging on regional and ultimately, global markets. That is why we have launched the MY ASEAN Internship initiative.”
Johan Mahmood Merican, TalentCorp chief executive officer said the launch of this unique and innovative initiative couldn’t have come at a better time.
“In an era of global talent mobility, this collaboration between MITI and TalentCorp demonstrates our joint commitment in providing the Malaysian private sector with young professionals who have been nurtured to have a regional outlook,” he said.
The programme is open to all penultimate or final year Malaysian and ASEAN undergraduate students in public and private Malaysian universities with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.
MY ASEAN Internship will officially be open for applications from Feb 10 this year.