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Current AffairsIt was a very rewarding experience. Was exposed to a lot and really got to take ownership of my work there. The work culture around the station is very accommodating and makes you feel at home quite quickly. Full review »Daniel Subramaniam , Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of WarwickRatings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 5How many weeks was it for?6 weeksDate of completion08/2014Monthly payRM 1200What did you do?
My task was to assist in the production of the Current Affairs programme that ran daily. This included podcasting and uploading the morning's episode onto the BFM website. I would also assist in research and setting up interviews. I was also allowed to pitch my own episode ideas or produce my own episodes. This would require me to research a given topic, set up and conduct interviews, record voiceovers and edit the entire audio package for air. I did episodes on both local and international stories ranging from the TPP Agreement and the MH17 Tribunal to bauxite mining and Orang Asli children. I was able to interview a whole host of people for my reports include topic experts, academics and politicians. Topics and editing would be overseen by my supervisor who gave feedback for each episode I did. However, besides a few pointers I was allowed to work almost independently. The final report, uploaded to the BFM website, is credited to me.A bit about your intenrship interview
It was a basic interview over Skype. Questions centred on my past work experience that I'd listed in my application and around which programmes I hope to work on. Didn't require much prior knowledge but an understanding of the station and its programming was key.What did you learn?
I learnt quite a bit of interview skills and approaches in setting up interviews. In particular, dealing with government agencies and politicians required me to understand how go about arranging for interviews and verifying information before airing a piece. The learning curve can be quite daunting at first especially when you're tasked with interviewing experts so you have to be prepared with good research. Researching topics thought me how to find relevant information quickly as I was mostly working on a deadline. It also taught me a lot about how to frame stories to the audience. I also learnt a fair bit about how the station works as a whole including a bit of the technical aspects of the station.Was your supervisor supportive?
A lot of the initial support was provided by the more senior interns. This included things like workflow ideas, technical help working with recordings and podcasting. However, my supervisor did keep checking if I was working on something or not. If I was having trouble with a report, my supervisor was always open to discussing it and providing possible solutions including leads and contacts for interviews.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
If there's one thing lacking it could be the slight lack of structure within the programme. Though it's not honestly a big deal and it does help give a truer feel of the work culture for individual programmes. Due to the independent nature of a lot of my work, it was really self-discipline that pushed me to do a good job rather than my supervisor. So it really comes down to your own initiative to do a good job.Advice for future interns?
Really understand the station's programming and apply for a programme that you're interested in. If you don't have an interest in the content of that programme it will affect how motivated you feel throughout your internship. Be prepared to be thrown straight into the job so you have to be confident with yourself especially when making calls and interviews. Don't be afraid to throw your ideas forward, it could actually go through and that's an amazing experience.
Morning Run CrewIt was the best internship. There is everything that you asked for. Full review »James Chai , LLB, 2nd year, Queen Mary, University of LondonRatings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 5How many weeks was it for?5 weeksDate of completion07/2015Monthly payRM 1200What did you do?
As a Morning Run intern, I had to come in at 6 am every morning. As expected, I started working the moment I entered the office, as the presenters and research team were rushing to get the news stories and research angles out before the 7.30 am BizTalk session. The one-and-a-half hours everyday became the most intense part of the internship. Apart from preliminary rearrangement of the news stories, research needs to be conducted quickly and accurately. We were constantly reminded on how much the audiences depended on diverse angles of a story and the correctness of the information.
At 8 am every morning, the flagship program - The Breakfast Grille - would air. Interns would be assigned their Grilles a week before. During my tenure, I was lucky to do high-profile Grilles like Felda Global Ventures CEO, Minister Nancy Shukri, Levi's Director, Sakae Sushi CEO, iFlix CEO and many others. This was my favourite part of the work because I was given great autonomy and independence here.A bit about your intenrship interview
There were 2 interviews. Both of them were done via Skype as I was abroad at that time.
The first interview was conducted by BFM's Human Resource Manager to assess my preferences and suitability. Prior to the interview, I was asked to listen to a few recent BFM programs which became a part of the questions asked.
The second interview was more in-depth. Questions range from my interests, personality and work experiences. This was conducted by BFM's Head of Research, Michael.What did you learn?
Coming from a law background, the learning curve was steep as Morning Run demands knowledge in business and finance. I had to digest materials in a shortest time and be able to recognise the key components of a story.
As for the Breakfast Grille research, I exercised my discretion on what would be most useful for the interviews and participated fully in the meetings.
Aside from that, I am now able to read companies' financials and conduct quantitative assessments of its performances. Occasional uses of Bloomberg Terminal became very useful.
The less exciting part of the internship consists of editing podcasts using Adobe Audition and MODX Web Content Management System. These were highly technical skills.
As for the work environment at BFM, I have never been in a friendlier place in my life. There was not a day which I did not enjoy. Part of the reason for this might be the absence of personal offices or cubicles. Everyone was seated together, everyone was friendly.Was your supervisor supportive?
Michael, Head of Research, constantly checked on us and ensured we were doing fine. If we had any challenges in the work that we do, he would help us out on the spot. He was only a few steps away. Moreover, he held mini seminars on topics like the Foreign Exchange and Journalism techniques. It was clear that he wanted us to make the most of the internship.
I also grew close to the rest of the Morning Run Crew. They were always open to teach you more, and we always went for lunch together. I was treated like a full-time employee as they respected and appreciated my work and opinions, and I was treated like an intern when I needed leeway for errors. This was the best of both worlds.
Everyone I worked with was knowledgeable, generous and kind. I have a curious mind and was unafraid to ask questions, but they were never annoyed. It is really nothing more that I could ask for.
The office also provided breakfast. To be greeted with the smell of pastry and nasi lemak, it was heaven.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
BFM's Morning Run internship far exceeded the standard of Malaysian internships, since most internships do not have good reputations. Thus, any critique here would not be to 'fix' a broken program, but merely acts as a advice for betterment.
There could more mini seminars. I found the mini seminars incredibly enlightening, as I got to learn more than what I get from the research I have done. Finance is filled with terminologies, concepts and history, and the more you know, the better.
Even when I worked from 6 am - 3 pm everyday, it certainly felt too short. There could be clearer allocation of workload for each day. But this is tricky, I recognise, because an imposition too strict would deprive the autonomy you get to prioritise which work for how long. It is a balancing act.
BFM holds regular meetings which were honestly conducted. They are open to criticisms of their own, and that means most flaws will be self-correcting over time. I don't worry.Advice for future interns?
In a radio station, there are no tolerance for missing deadlines. If something needs to be done at 8.45 am, even a minute late would spell chaos. That means you have to be at top of your game when you commit to it. I enjoy the thrill, and I reckon you must enjoy it too.
Talk to everyone you see, and do not be afraid. The only reason I got the high-profile Grilles was because I wanted to do them. Ask, and they shall be given to you. I was given the Nancy Shukri Grille when I had 2 other Grilles to be done. If you are willing to commit, they will count on your word. Be an adult, and expect to be treated as one.
Love your job. I brought work home almost any other day not because I was obliged to, but because I genuinely enjoyed doing them. Knowing that the work will be used on air and praises and criticisms will be drawn at you is an exhilarating thing. You can track your own progress and mentors at BFM will not be afraid to be honest with you. Use that to the best of you.
Assistant Producer"I learnt the importance of creativity and thinking out of the box, spontaneity in being able to react to different people and situations while on air..." Full review »Victor Chang , BA Law, University of CambridgeRatings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 4How many weeks was it for?9 weeksMonthly payRM 1350What did you do?
I was in charge of preparing the local and international business news daily, identifying the interesting and significant pieces of news, and providing some analysis and talking points for the presenters. I also had to help the producers to prepare for The Breakfast Grille, which happened daily at 8am.This involved doing research on the numerous companies and the respective CEOs who were to be interviewed, generating questions for the interviewers. On top of that, I was given a long term project on Education Reform, where I had to examine BFM's current coverage of education reform, read up on the existing reform efforts and the Malaysian Education Blueprint, and do up a report and presentation to help BFM better plan its future education-related programmes.What did you learn?
This internship far exceeded my expectations as not only did I manage to learn how to analyse businesses, it taught me journalism skills like how to structure and ask questions in order to obtain the most informative responses, and gave me greater knowledge of finance and markets, even sending me on a course on how to use a Bloomberg terminal. I learnt the importance of creativity and thinking out of the box, spontaneity in being able to react to different people and situations while on air, and resourcefulness and discernment in filtering through the endless articles from so many different newspapers daily.Was your supervisor supportive?
My mentors ensured I gained from the internship. They were always there for me to ask them questions whenever any doubts arose. They were always friendly and actively told me to ask them questions when I had any. For my long term project, my mentor met with me at least once a week to check on my progress and point me back in the right direction whenever needed. What I valued the most was that they always made me feel responsible for the work I was given, always being there to offer advice when needed, but also always giving me the freedom to do as I deemed fit and ensuring that I was actively learning from the tasks I was assigned.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
I thought that there should have been a more structured system of mentorship for my daily activities as the learning curve was rather steep in the beginning and more concentrated guidance would have been good.Advice for future interns?
1. Anyone who likes to, or thinks he/she can, think critically and be creative. 2. Someone who is interested in learning more about businesses and how well they are, or could be, performing 3. A person who loves to be in an environment of vibrant, diverse, and opinionated people