Upholding the independence of the press.
The Malaysiakini Internship Programme is aimed at attracting blossoming young talent to keep the country’s longest-running online news portal ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving media landscape.
While we at Malaysiakini will make it our responsibility to ensure you experience a highly structured learning environment during your internship, we also value your ideas to meet the challenges posed by the post-truth media environment and keep reporting independent, relevant and cutting edge.
The programme aims to fully integrate those who can adapt to Malaysiakini’s mission and culture. Not everyone will make the cut, but we will do our best to ensure that the learning experience that you gain will prepare you for employment in this exciting and exacting industry.
The Malaysiakini Internship Programme is open to undergraduates currently enrolled in their final year of study. Graduate students are also welcome to apply. Interns should meet these criteria:
- Currently earning a university diploma / degree in related field
- Available a minimum of 40 hours per week
- Excellent communication skills
- Language proficiency
How to apply:
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.
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 editor-in-chief Steven Gan 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.
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.
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 above expectations 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.
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.
For the past three months, I have been Malaysiakini’s first intern who had an academic background in photography. In Malaysiakini, I was taught how to work fast, as I had to provide a variety of pictures for all three news desks (English, Bahasa Melayu and Chinese).
Thanks to Malaysiakini, I gained a lot of experience and knowledge by covering a variety of stories including news, entertainment, sports, et cetera. I also had the chance to enhance my photography skills, and I would like to personally thank former Malaysiakini news photographer Nazir Sufari @ Wak and news photographer Lim Huey Teng for sharing their knowledge and everything about the news photography world.
I spent two months in Malaysiakini completing my internship, a precious experience which allowed me to understand how an online media organisation operates. I was impressed by the working environment in Malaysiakini, which is comfortable and democratic. The colleagues that I met and worked with personally were undeniably friendly and willing to provide assistance whenever I needed it.
Each news story which I was assigned to cover gave me the opportunity to update myself with current issues. I was honoured to be able to meet prominent leaders in person and have short discussions with them during my internship. The editorial group which I was placed with also encouraged me to write a special report on Chinese dialects. This report gave me the chance to put into practice the knowledge and skills I 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.
I was truly surprised when Malaysiakini actually allowed me to intern with them for four months, given the fact that I had just completed my SPM, and I was 17! I wanted to do something worthwhile during those few months after my exams and I had 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 it was a constant learning experience for me, a beautiful learning experience! Everyone was friendly, and if you’re looking for an internship, please join this organisation and I will say you’ll learn more than news writing, like how to not get chased out of a room when mind-boggling questions to question-sensitive people. Well, as a person who had zero knowledge about news writing, saying that I’ve enjoyed the experience really acknowledges the effort the editors had to go through to help me understand the process, and like I said, they’re truly patient and very inspiring individuals.
I thank Malaysiakini once again for the wonderful opportunity.
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.
Internships are available for the following key areas:
- Human resources
- Business development
- Creative Design
- Social media curation
- Customer service
- Data journalism
- Graphic design
Internship Agreement of Responsibilities
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.