From Good to Great

Malaysiakini Internship Program
Together, towards a better Malaysia through Independent Media !
The Malaysiakini Internship Program (MIP) is aimed at attracting blossoming talent from all over the country in an effort to engage young minds in order to help Malaysia’s first independent media flourish and forge ahead in a new direction as the number 1 news portal for the young.
It is our firm belief that the future of the nation lies in the hands of the young. It is our intentions to hand the baton over to the future generation in order to determine the future of independent media. In order to carry out our intentions, we need to build a strong affiliation with the young through the Malaysiakini’s Internship Program.

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We make it our responsibility to create and design projects suited for Interns to independently and collectively make a contribution towards the growth and betterment of our organisation. Our fertile learning ground will expose young talents to the organisational workings of independent media. While we make it our responsibility to ensure the highly structured learning and development of our interns, there is much room for dialogue, exchange of ideas, innovation, room for mistakes and finally a exposure to a unique organisational culture.

We encourage those who are especially attracted to non-linear thinking, innovation, creativity and execution to join our team. We encourage those who have a passion for learning, challenges and are unafraid to drive ideas. We welcome greatly those who are purpose-driven and have the mission to make a contribution to the betterment of Malaysia through the media.

The Malaysiakini Internship Program aims to fully integrate and offer job prospects to interns who we find would fit into the organisation’s mission and culture. While not all interns will make the cut, we will ensure that the learning experience gained from the exposure to Malaysiakini will cut the interns out to be more progressive thinker and people of purposeful action.

For those interested in joining our internship program, may send in a short 2-minute video to [email protected] answering the following:

  1. Your greatest desire
  2. Your greatest fear
  3. One life-changing experience
  4. Why Malaysiakini
  5. Your take on Malaysian politics
Hear it from our past interns
The last three months I spent at Malaysiakini were some of the best I’ve ever had. I first came here as an inexperienced teenager, never having worked a day in my life, wondering if I could really be of any use to the company. I quickly realized that the transition from student to working adult was a pretty big leap.

The people I worked with, of course, made the job a lot easier. My colleagues were very easy to get along with and always gave proper guidance even if I asked what I thought were stupid questions. It really is the perfect spot to land on when you jump from being a student to a working adult and will undoubtedly, give you exactly the experience you were looking for. Sheryll Devina

June 2016

As a law student who had previously interned at a law firm, my internship experience at Malaysiakini was a refreshing and interesting change of pace. It was a great opportunity to report on various news and I was proud to see the reports that I had written. Going to various events and press conferences throughout my internship gave me an opportunity to view Malaysia through a different lens.

The people there are friendly and having Steven Gan (Editor in chief) taking time off his schedule to have a personal chat with me before I left is something I feel more employers should do with interns. My colleagues also gave me the necessary guidance and were willing to teach me, which was what I needed since I was relatively unfamiliar with the field of journalism. A highly rewarding experience and challenge that I would recommend to other students. Goh Cia Yee

July 2016

I am a Hong Kong undergraduate who spent over two months in KiniTV as a Summer Intern. Working in Malaysiakini gave me a thrilling and rewarding experience. It is undoubtedly the best choice so far I made to enrich my profile. The most amazing part is the acquisition of thousands of meaningful working experiences which are mainly related to the field of video editing, videography, news broadcasting and media production. It widened my horizon on news reporting and journalism, in addition, it expanded my knowledge about the political and social environment in Malaysia and globally.

Nevertheless, without the unconditional assistance and kind advice from all the colleagues I collaborated with, I would not be able to gain a wide range of useful experiences and insights. Working with them enhanced my interpersonal network and most importantly, inspired me to strive harder to be as professional and efficient as them. Susan Wong

June 2016

In Malaysiakini, if you are willing to put in the effort, the people around you regard you as family, not just another colleague. In the space of 3 months, I did research, created content for the education site, jumped onto the Pokemon Go bandwagon, developed ideas for campaigns, was heavily involved in a marketing campaign with one of the largest smartphone manufacturers, and organised an education forum at Sunway International School. The level of responsibility offered was not limited to your ‘status’ as an intern, but to your ability to apply the required effort.

The different personalities that I interacted with inspired and imparted stories and life lessons; this was what made my experience with Malaysiakini so rich. Everyone at Malaysiakini is used to performing more than is expected of them and each one of them has a great passion for the work they do. Finally, I would be profoundly surprised to find a company that is more rooted in its values of ethics than Malaysiakini. I have grown immensely from witnessing and debating the conflicts between the metrics of business and the values being upheld. Teoh Jia Her

June 2016

I am very thankful to have been able to experience an internship with Malaysiakini. My time here has been a caffeine fuelled work hurricane and I loved every second of it thanks to supportive co-workers who took the time out of their day to coach the floundering intern.

Best part? They hired me at the end. Daniel Lau

August 2016

For the past three months ago, I become Malaysiakini first internship student that from photography academic background. In Malaysiakini i was been taught how to work fast, as i have to provide variety of news pictures for all three desk which was English, Bahasa Melayu and Chinese.

Thanks to Malaysiakini once again as I gain a lot of experience and knowledge throughout covering variety of news, entertainment, sports and etc. On the other hand I get the chance to enhance my photography skills and I would like to personally thank to Nazir Sufari @ Wak (former Malaysiakini news photographer) and Lim Huey Teng (News photographer) for shared knowledge and everything about news photography world. Syukri Ariffin

September 2017

I have spent two months in Malaysiakini to complete my internship, a precious experience which allowed me to understand how an online media operates. I was impressed by the working environment in Malaysiakini, which is comfortable and democratic. The colleagues that I have met and worked with personally were undeniably friendly and willing to provide assistance whenever I needed it.

Each news cover which I had been assigned to gave me opportunity to update myself with the current issues. I was honoured to be able to meet prominent leaders in person and have a short discussion with them during my internship. The editorial group with which I was placed in also encouraged me to organise a special report on Chinese dialects, where I was able to put into practice my knowledge and skills attained as a Chinese Studies student in Linguistics and Chinese Cultural Studies. In a nutshell, it was a golden opportunity for me to discover for myself the rush of excitement one could only experience as a journalist in Malaysiakini.

CY Lee

July 2017

I was truly surprised when Malaysiakini actually allowed me to intern with them for four months, knowing the fact that I have just completed my SPM, and I was 17! I wanted to do something worthwhile during that few months after my exams and I always wanted to dive into the world of journalism, and well, here I was. The first few days were indeed challenging, I pretty much had zero knowledge on how to write “news,” but well, I really have to thank the wonderful editors who have indeed been very patient with me throughout my journey. It was really wonderful working with them, getting the opportunity to meet very reputable and inspiring individuals and well, it was a constant learning experience for me, a beautiful learning experience! Everyone was friendly, and well, really, if you’re looking for an internship, please join this and I will say, you’ll learn more than news writing, like how to not get chased out of a room when asking mind boggling questions to question-sensitive people. Well, me, as a person of zero knowledge on what’s news writing all about, saying that I’ve enjoyed, really means the effort the editors had to go through to make me understand, and like I said, they’re truly patient and very inspiring individuals.
I thank Malaysiakini once again for the wonderful opportunity. Cheerious!
Ariv Chelvam

October 2017

Who We Are

Launched in 1999, Malaysiakini believes that independent media is critical to a country’s progress. Independent media inform citizens of current affairs, helping them hold the government of the day accountable through citizen action, participation and voting decisions. Without a vigilant media, those in power are tempted to use their financial powers to bribe the influential and their policing authority to limit dissent. Acting in the interest of a few, such actions lead to disunity of the nation and decay of society.

In Malaysia, traditional print and broadcast media are tightly regulated and controlled by the government. Media operations are closely monitored and owners encouraged to toe the line on matters of political interest.

However, the online media has to date not subject to the same licensing, and allowing more diversity on the Internet. Nevertheless, Internet media is subject to laws that restrict freedom of speech, such as the Official Secrets Act and the Sedition Act, as well as civil action such as defamation.

Malaysiakini is now published in four languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil – reaching over 9 million readers every month with independent coverage of political and current affairs. We achieve this independence by allowing editors and journalists the full freedom to practise professional and ethical journalism, without interference of the shareholders, advertisers or government. We believe that past and present journalist will vouch for the independence of the newsroom from external influences.

Editorial independence is the fruit of financial independence. By paying for content, news readers help maintain the focus on quality news. It is a small investment towards an informed society, as well as an accountable government. Find out more about our finances and how you can contribute. We have also benefitted from donors who share our vision of a free press.

Malaysiakini is co-founded by Premesh Chandran (CEO) and Steven Gan (EIC) since its inception in 1999.

Key Areas


  • Human Resources
  • Accounting
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Creative Design
  • Copywriting
  • Programming
  • Social Media Curating
  • Subscription
  • Customer Service


  • Journalism
  • Data Journalism
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Videography
Internship Agreement of Responsibilities

Student Intern

As a student intern enters Malaysiakini, he or she is expected to assume, as much as possible, the role of a regular staff member. The responsibilities include:


  • Adhering to company work hours, policies, procedures and rules governing professional staff behaviour.
  • Adhering to company policies governing the observation of confidentiality and the handling of confidential information.
  • Assuming personal and professional responsibility for his or her actions and activities.
  • Maintaining professional relationships with company employees, customers and so forth.
  • Utilizing a courteous, enthusiastic, open-minded, critical approach to policies and procedures within the profession.
  • Relating and applying key knowledge acquired in the academic setting to the company setting.
  • Developing a self-awareness in regard to attitudes, values, behaviour patterns and the culture that influence work.
  • Preparing for and utilizing conferences, workshops and other opportunities for learning within Malaysiakini.
  • Being consistent and punctual in the submission of all work assignments to the supervisor and faculty coordinator.
  • Providing the faculty coordinator with periodic progress reports.


It is the responsibility of Malaysiakini to provide direct on-the-job supervision of the student intern that includes the following:
Orienting the student intern to the company’s structure and operation.


  • Orienting the student intern to the company’s policies and procedures regarding appropriate dress, office hours, and applicable leave policies.
  • Introducing the student intern to the appropriate professional and clerical staff.
  • Providing the student intern with adequate resources necessary to accomplish job objectives.
  • Orienting the student to the policies and procedures of the respective departments.
  • Affording the student intern the opportunity to identify with the supervisor as a professional staff person by jointly participating in office interviews, meetings, conferences, projects, office and management functions.
  • Assigning and supervising the completion of tasks and responsibilities that are consistent with the student intern’s role in the company.
  • Consulting the faculty coordinator in the event that the supervisor becomes aware of personal, communication and other problems that are disrupting the student intern’s learning and performance.
  • Providing regular supervisory meetings/ feedback sessions with the student intern.
  • Submitting and evaluation on the intern’s job performance.
  • Submitting a job description for the student intern.
  • Completing Malaysiakini Intern/Organisation evaluation forms.

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