The Simple Guide to Hiring Interns for Startups in Malaysia

Interns are a great fit for startup companies, at all stages of their growth

Teckwai Saw

10 Dec, 2021

The Simple Guide to Hiring Interns for Startups in Malaysia | BEAMSTART News

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An internship is a professional learning experience that offers meaningful, hands-on work related to a student's major or career interest.

Internships are typically undertaken by students looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field.

Employers will benefit from these internship placements because they often recruit employees from their best interns, who have known capabilities, thus saving both time and money in the long term.

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Internships in Malaysia

In Malaysia, the enrolled program and university determine whether an internship is required.

While some universities state that internship is not compulsory, students can do so on a voluntary basis.

Internship Duration

The internship period is dependent on the student’s major or specialisation as well as the requirement specified by the university.

A typical internship period in Malaysia ranges from 3 months and can last up to 6 months.

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What is the Pay of an Intern in Malaysia

The pay of an intern is subjective as it is up to how much companies are willing to pay.

An intern’s salary ranges from RM300 up to RM1,200 per month.

Some companies are even willing to pay higher if the intern can take on tasks of a full-time employee.

An unpaid internship is not unheard of, as students have no option but to accept just to fulfil the course’s requirements.

However, the main goal is not about the pay, but to provide the right experience for the intern as he or she might be a future potential employee of the company.

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Why Hire Interns

Many companies welcome interns who wish to receive hands-on and practical experience about a particular career with a set of job scopes.

Interns are young and they are usually aspiring individuals with a strong desire to learn.

Even though interns lack work experience, it is through internships that students will be able to obtain workplace skills and improve their interpersonal communication.

As long as the right guidance and mentorship is provided for them, there will be rapid growth for both the company and intern in a short span of time.

In turn, an employer can assess the intern’s potential to transition into a full-time employee as well as ensure whether the intern will fit into the company’s culture.

This will save valuable time and money for the company in looking for talents as the intern is already nurtured and molded since day one of the placement.

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How to Hire Interns

An internship is usually project-based and interns typically work on projects that are fitted in a way that a student can complete their placement within a couple of months.

Hence, it is important to determine the job scope or role of the intern before even hiring.

Even though an intern might not be hired permanently after the internship, companies should still carefully review their resume.

Ensuring that the intern has the necessary skills needed to perform the job at hand is very crucial.

Apart from deciding on the pay of the intern, another key aspect to consider is the work hours.

Full-time employees usually are required to work overtime or long hours but interns are not obligated to do so.

If there is a need for the mentioned criteria, it is best communicated before-hand during the interview to avoid any disappointment for both parties.

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Where to Hire Interns

Once the intern’s job description and role is sorted out, companies can start looking for one.

One of the easiest ways to hire interns is by advertising on job portals such as: 

Most of the mentioned platforms above have seamless user experience and hassle-free onboarding process.

This remains true when hiring on Beamstart as it should be fast, effective and affordable, which is Beamstart’s core value.

Another great place to start with is academic institutions that are in the business of training students on those skill sets.

Most universities have structured internship programs that students will need to complete as a requirement for their major.

Another effective way is to approach student councils or organizations in universities and run an “internship fair”.

This requires more effort and manpower but companies will be able to assess the applicants directly whether they are suited for the role.

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Hiring interns has more pros than cons as it helps companies identify talent early before the intern graduates.

The company’s brand is further improved by “giving back” to the community in terms of training future workers and leaders.

The best way to hire an intern is to ensure quality time is spent in nurturing and guiding the intern by providing rich learning experiences.

In short, it is all about finding the best fit to meet the expectation for both the company and student.

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