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Low Income Household Unit & Healthcare Unit"The team was very supportive, including the director. The director had one-on-one sessions with me every 2 weeks to keep track of my progress and to give advice." Full review »Siti Eva , 4th Year Bachelor in Accounting (Hons), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)Ratings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 4How many weeks was it for?15 weeksMonthly payRM 1400What did you do?
As I was assigned to 2 different units, each unit gave me a few projects on the very first day. I had 3 months' worth of projects, with a few assignments on the side. Other than that, the Special Project team gave the interns a project, which, at the end, they had to present to Idris Jala. Some of the projects involved developing an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure), organizing a site visit (I was sent to Miri for this), attending government meetings with the ministers, and doing research & analysis. There was never a boring day! Something new to be done every day.What did you learn?
-Was your supervisor supportive?
The team was very supportive, including the director. The director had one-on-one sessions with me every 2 weeks to keep track of my progress and to give advice. I had 2 mentors, one from each unit - but being a small knitted group, everyone was a mentor to me. Everyone helped a lot with my projects.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
-Advice for future interns?
It depends on the unit to which you are assigned. Each unit will provide a different experience. For me, LIH (Low Income Household) would attract those who enjoy being on the ground, doing charity work etc.
Analyst Intern"The internship did not meet my expectations as I felt I was under-utilised and unchallenged. I expected not only more work, but also tasks that are intellectually challenging." Full review »- , BSc Government, -Ratings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 3How many weeks was it for?8 weeksMonthly payRM 1400What did you do?
It wasn't a structured internship, hence a lot of tasks are on an ad hoc basis. I was placed under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) part of PEMANDU, where the bulk of my time was devoted to attending meetings with various stakeholders and the remainder of the time doing desktop research and correspondence. Depending on which National Key Economic Area (NKEA).National Key Reform Area (NKRA) an intern is in, he/she has the opportunity to travel. My unit rarely travels, but I was lucky to enough to be sent to East Malaysia for an assignment.What did you learn?
The internship did not meet my expectations as I felt I was under-utilised and unchallenged. I expected not only more work, but also tasks that are intellectually challenging. However, I did pick up one valuable soft skill - stakeholder management. In addition, as I was involved in high-level policy making, I gained first hand insight into the intricacies of the policy formulation to implementation process.Was your supervisor supportive?
My mentor was mostly attentive and made up for lack of structure with active improvisation.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
The lack of structure; the staff may not know what to do with interns, leaving interns with menial jobs to occupy them. The lack of structure also means that interns are confined to their own unit, denying them the opportunity to have an overview of the whole organisation. Interns are also left to themselves to socialise with other interns as there aren't any social programmes planned. However, having said that, how interesting/enriching interning in PEMANDU can be depends on the i) timing, ii) unit, and iii) team members and the director. I was told I came in at the wrong time as most of the initiatives are under way already.Advice for future interns?
This internship would interest individuals who are looking to have an insight into the inner workings of the government, policy-making, and individuals who wants to be part of the transformation programmes. There is no specific academic background they are looking for, as most degrees can find its "natural home" within the whole transformation programme.