Frequently Asked Questions

Following are the frequently asked questions about the Internship and Volunteerism Program

Q1.   What is the difference between Volunteerism and Internship
Q2.   Who can apply for an internship/volunteer placement?
Q3.   Can International students apply for internships/volunteerism program?
Q4.   When should I start looking for internships?
Q5.   Are there deadlines for applying the internship/volunteerism program?
Q6.   Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Q7.   How many hours per week will I work with the employer during my internship/volunteerism?
Q8.   Are internships paid?
Q9.   What will I be doing during my internship/volunteerism program?
Q10. What is the suitable duration to pursue internship/volunteerism placements ?
Q11. What happens if I don't get the internship/volunteerism placement that I want?
Q12. Am I required to do internship/volunteerism program to graduate?
Q13. Can I pursue an  internship/volunteerism placement abroad or in a different city?
Q14. Does my internship/volunteerism program have to be related to my major?
Q15. How can I register my internship/volunteerism placement with the School Education Office?
Q16. Am I guaranteed of a job following participation in the internship/volunteerism program? 

 

Q1. What is the difference between Volunteerism and Internship 
Volunteerism refers to hours of service performed for an organization for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons, without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation for services rendered. Unpaid internship is different from “volunteer” work. Internships may be paid or unpaid and are designed to provide interns with work experience related to their major field of studies. 

Q2. Who can apply for an internship/volunteer placement?
The internship and volunteerism program is open to all School of Business students at Monash University Malaysia. However, employers often prefer students in their penultimate or final year of study.

Q3. Can International students apply for internships/volunteerism program?
International students can pursue internships or participate in volunteer work as long as it falls within the duration of their course. When undertaking an internship placement, international students must have at least a remainder of one semester post-completion of an internship program. Internships pursued outside of Malaysia are also recognised by the University. 

Q4. When should I start looking for internships?
For summer internships, start two semesters ahead by first, preparing and updating your résumé, and second, research and list down companies/organisations that interest you. 

Q5. Are there deadlines for applying the internship/volunteerism program?
Internship from December – February – application closes at the end of September. 
Internship from June – July – application closes at the end of March
Internship during the semester – please discuss this with the IVP coordinator

Q6. Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Employers determine if they have a GPA requirement. Most job descriptions and career portals indicate the desired GPA requirement.

Q7. How many hours per week will I work with the employer during my internship/volunteerism?
It all depends on the host organisation to allocate your working hours. Standard working hours would be 40 hours per week; 8 hours per day, and 5 days a week.

Q8. Are internships paid?
Internships can be paid or unpaid. Host organisations offering unpaid internships may provide monthly allowances or a one-off stipend. 

Q9. What will I be doing during my internship/volunteerism program?
Assignments given during an internship/volunteerism placement  may depend on the host organisation, and can vary based on the student's major and interest. Duties can include a whole range of administrative and secretarial support i.e observatory training, special project assistance etc.

Q10. What is the suitable duration to pursue  internship/volunteerism placements ?
Most internships are offered for a minimum of 3 months. Please consult with the Education Office; if your internship duration exceeds 3 months, if your employer extends the agreed duration of internship, and if an internship term converges with an academic semester. 

Q11. What happens if I don't get the internship/volunteerism placement that I want?
You are encouraged to choose another host organization. If you have difficulty, please seek assistance from the Education Office.

Q12. Am I required to do internship/volunteerism program to graduate?
No. However, internship/ volunteerism placements  provide invaluable experience to students. Apart from offering a glimpse into the working world, It enhances your personal development skills.

Q13. Can I pursue an  internship/volunteerism placement abroad or in a different city?
Yes you can. You will be required to make and pay for your own travel arrangements and visa applications (if relevant). Please inform the Education Office well in advance about your internship/volunteerism placement  with the host organization.

Q14. Does my internship/volunteerism program have to be related to my major?
Not necessarily. Internship / volunteerism program offer students an opportunity to explore a possible career field or gain experience in a career field of interest while applying knowledge gained in the classroom to the working environment.

Q15. How can I register my internship/volunteerism placement with the School Education Office?
Submit the IVP application form to the School Education Office.

Q16. Am  I  guaranteed  of  a  job  following  participation  in  the  internship/volunteerism program?
No. Students are not guaranteed employment with internship/volunteerism host. However, relationships built through the internship / volunteerism program can lead to future employment opportunities either with the internship / volunteerism attachment or with other employers.