Collaborating with the Ministry of Education (MOE), TalentCorp launched the Structured Internship Programme or SIP with the aim to make the internship experience for Malaysian undergraduates relevant to industry needs and thus making them more employable to fill in the current talent shortage in corporate Malaysia.
In 2013, this programme successfully placed 10,000 interns in many leading organisations, helping both students to achieve meaningful workplace experience and employers to access quality hires.
According to Datuk Narendra Kumar Jasani, country managing partner, Grant Thornton Malaysia, structured internship programmes have the power to prepare students for successful and fulfilling careers.
He adds that a meaningful internship experience promotes critical self-reflection – which drive them to discover gaps in their practical knowledge and identify their future career goals.
Joining Grant Thornton as an intern will stretch a student’s analytical ability, while gaining an overview of a career in public accounting.
Students work with seniors on multiple assignments thereby gaining significant experience and exposure of the range of activities throughout the audit life cycle.
Interns are paired with a mentor who will facilitate their professional development and help acquaint them to the culture of the firm. Interns have the opportunity to interact with leaders and staff through:
- Grant Thornton onboarding induction programme
- Grant Thornton sponsored sports and recreational events
- Job shadow with staff
- Interactive session with client during off-site assignment
According to Datuk Narendra Kumar Jasani, country managing partner, Grant Thornton Malaysia, structured internship programmes have the power to prepare students for successful and fulfilling careers. He adds that a meaningful internship experience pro- motes critical self-reflection – which drive them to discover gaps in their practical knowledge and identify their future career goals.
“WE are looking for SWANs – students who are Smart, Willing to work hard, Ambitious, Nice,” says Mok Wai Ling, Partner, Audit and Assurance, Crowe Horwath.
Crowe Horwath believes that through SIP’s initiative, a batch of independent-minded and skilled talent can be created. It believes that a good internship experience should develop effective interpersonal skills and in-depth knowledge of the formal functional activities of a field.
Employers keen to learn more and be part of SIP, visit sip.talentcorp.com.my
Students can get a headstart and explore internship opportunities at www.ready4work.my
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