|Name||Institute of Strategic & International Studies (ISIS)|
|Full Address||"No. 1, Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin P O Box 12424, 50778 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia"|
Institute of Strategic & International Studies (ISIS)
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Foreign Policy & Security Studies"An internship with ISIS would most likely benefit internship-seekers from one of these study backgrounds; International Relations (IR), Political Science, History, Law, Public Policy and Communication Studies, Economy, and Environmental Science." Full review »Nurul Izzati Kamrulbahri , 3rd Year International Relations, Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaRatings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 5How many weeks was it for?8 weeksMonthly payRM 500What did you do?
The internship scope ranged from assisting my mentors to finding related articles to help them with their writings; to writing a proposal for an upcoming event and writing my own articles to be published. The scope also included me actively joining in a few international affairs forums (IAF) held at ISIS as an Observer, as well as leading a colloquy session with other interns and analysts in my department. I have been an Observer for three IAFs so far. 1) 'The Conflict in Syria: An Insider's View' by Mother Superior Agnes-Mariam de le Croix from Qara, Syria; 2) 'India and Malaysia: Intertwined Strands?' by Prof. Veena Sikri; 3) Closed-Door Discussion on Regional Maritime Security with Captain Justin Jones, Director of Sea Power Centre, Royal Australian Navy. I have also written an article entitled 'TRANSBOUNDARY HAZE: HAZY EFFORTS OF ENGAGEMENT IN ASEAN'. And now I am currently working on an event proposal that will be used as a guideline for ISIS's next bilateral dialogue with India. As for the 'Recent Issues Colloquy' session, it is a project specifically for interns to conduct a discussion on any recent issues relating to international/ regional security issues. I've had my turn on leading the discussion on the second session in which I talk about the issue of Australia's Asylum Seekers.What did you learn?
This internship has definitely met my expectations, especially as a student of International Relations. I was always encouraged to get involved in forums and presentations by analysts. ISIS tried their very best to get their interns to participate as much as they can. My mentors were great teachers in guiding me into the real world of working in an organization, they taught me how to conduct discussions and helped me overcome the anxiety I faced when interacting with fellow analysts and researchers during presentations. They also coached me throughout my article writing process to reach a certain level of academic professionalism.Was your supervisor supportive?
My mentor actively involved me, was mostly attentive and ensured I gained from the internship. The biggest take away was experiencing how academic research and discussions are done and how to build networks with other groups and individuals for future cooperation. Another lesson I gained from my internship was how to come up with more structured research that can be used to help me brush up on my analyzing and writing skills.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
-Advice for future interns?
An internship with ISIS would most likely benefit internship-seekers from one of these study backgrounds; International Relations (IR), Political Science, History, Law, Public Policy and Communication Studies, Economy, and Environmental Science. Here in ISIS we have six research and services departments; 1) Economics, 2) Foreign Policy and Security Studies, 3) Technology, Innovation, Energy and Sustainability (TIES), 4) Social Policy, 5) Information Services (ISIS Library) and 6) Public Affairs and Conference Services (PACS). Mostly interns are accepted in department (1), (2) and (6), thus, intern-seekers from International Relations Studies, Political Science, History, Economic and Public Policy and Communication Studies background would benefit the most if they are ever to do their internship here.