|Must be at least in second year of undergraduate programme or post-graduate programme|
|Minimum CGPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent|
|Applicants should have a relevant academic background and have completed coursework in one of the following areas:
|Highest regard and appreciation of the sensitivities that comes with exposure to confidential information|
|Good writing skills|
|Proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and basic website maintenance|
|Experience conducting research via customary media such as books and journals as well as online search engines such as LexisNexis|
|Willing to commit 2 months full-time.|
Interning with CPPS was an incredibly experience, helping both professionally and academically. While working with the team, I was able to develop professional skills and gain important contacts within my field. My internship paired very well with my studies back home. At CPPS, my research focused primarily on economic and trade policy. Working with the CPPS team on a study related to regional trade agreements aligned closely with my studies in international economics and helped me develop practical skills for future use within my field. In addition to my primary research project, I had the opportunity to attend many of the organisation’s conferences, where I was able to meet Malaysian government officials and other prominent regional leaders. I also had the opportunity to have two op-eds published in a Malaysian newspaper. CPPS allowed me to focus my research on what I was interested in, and gain a better understanding of the research of other members of the team. Working with the organisation strengthened my understanding of Malaysia and its role in international politics. the organisation strengthened my understanding of Malaysia and its role in international politics.
I chose CPPS for my summer internship because I wanted to be able to immerse myself in the current affairs and policy discussions of one of Asia’s most exciting and dynamic countries. I am happy to report that my expectations were met, even surpassed, because over the space of two months I learned so much about the current challenges and issues of Malaysia, from education reform to the demands for greater democratisation.
Malaysia is today a country at crossroads on many levels: economically, it is transitioning from a developing economy to an advanced economy; politically, it is moving away from authoritarian institutions and toward a truly democratic system with separation of powers, good governance and individual liberties. And socially, it is still searching for a common national identity that celebrates diversity and overcomes ethnic tensions, almost 60 years after independence.
Through the projects at CPPS –including the events that I attended, such as lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions- I was able to gain valuable insights into Malaysia’s past, present and future. My daily interactions and onversations with work colleagues were very enriching at a professional and personal level. The working culture at CPPS is friendly, goal-oriented and professional –just the right environment to ensure that your internship is challenging and personally fulfilling. The tasks are varied and generally very interesting. Because CPPS is small, you get to participate in many projects. You also have the opportunity to look into topics of your interest, write articles on them, and have published in the local press.
I would strongly recommend CPPS/ASLI to anyone interested in Malaysia, or more generally to anyone with an interest in the South East Asia, the political economy of developing countries, good governance and anti-corruption policies, multiculturalism and/or democratisation.
Being part of the Centre for Public Policy Studies did not disappoint. With the help of my colleagues and fellow interns, I looked deeper into the TPP agreement and was able to see that these pacts are not always what they seem. I also learnt a great deal more about the NEP and the structural problems Malaysia is facing beyond just 1MBD and the depreciating ringgit. All this knowledge will undoubtedly help me contribute to Malaysia's future.
Furthermore, I pushed my limits and garnered a dynamic mix of experiences. I was the rapporteur for various events, helped organised a youth public policy roundtable, met Tun Dr Mahathir in person and asked him a question related to Bersih, today's UMNO and our currency problems. But most importantly, I had time to do my own research and writing.
It's true when they say it's about the people, not the place. My mentors guided me well and without them I wouldn't have learnt so much. The Centre for Public Policy Studies is truly the place to be for an intellectually rich experience.
Potential interns, pay attention.
Liew Yong Jian
As a student of international relations and the military sciences, I am relatively well immersed in contemporary debates and issues of such characters, but admittedly very little about policies or issues that fall within the purviews of other key fields such as education or business, especially those of my own country. My internship with CPPS, brief though as it was, afforded me a valuable glimpse into the dynamics of the Malaysian policymaking process. Over the course of this internship, I was able to engage with ongoing discussions on areas such as Malaysian entrepreneurship development and municipal governance, while honing my writing and research skills in the process. This learning process was further supplemented by an outgoing CPPS staff who were very well-versed in their areas of expertise and were more than ready to exchange thoughts and opinions. Ultimately, I am very grateful towards CPPS for fostering in me a fresh perspective in regards to the complexities, challenges and nuances of Malaysian national policymaking
Chu Kah Leong
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