Internship Experience

05During my internship period, I was blessed enough to be given a lifetime opportunity to be present at an international event organized by the International World War II Museum Association (IWMA).  The association has organized a First Congress Session on the 12th of October 2016, which Penang War Museum was invited to attend the congress along with other international World War II museums around the world. Initially, I was instructed to prepare a speech for one of the museum’s director that is related to the topic provided, which understandings of the company’s background is essential for delivering an effective speech. I also had to communicate with the IWMA secretariat and prepared information, graphics, etc., for the museum’s presentation material which is now being displayed at the Central Museum of The Great Patriotic War, Moscow.

My journey to Moscow was filled with tons of activities and experiences which has opened my eyes on how international management and tourism works. The host,(collaboration between China and Russia) managed the event efficiently where they prepared accommodations and transports for the association members, translating services and even excursions in between the museums in Moscow. I also grabbed the fortunate chance to socialize with the association members with different backgrounds and cultures. Although sometimes there were some communication barriers between members, we however managed to overcome it quite well understanding each cultures and also with excellent soft skills. The tourism activities in the museums around Moscow is very encouraging which I personally think that Penang War Museum could learn and apply some methods in order to improve the existing infrastructure to meet the international criteria of international war museums around the world. Representing this museum, USM and Malaysia, I would like to say how proud I am with the achievement that we as a team managed to bring Penang War Museum to an international stage. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank School of Management, USM and also Penang War Museum Sdn. Bhd. for the wonderful experience I have gained.  

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Tan Yi Ling



Name: Tan Yi Ling
Major: Organizational Behavior
Company Name: Cisco Systems, Inc.
Company Address: No31-17-1, Level 17, The CEO, 11950, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia         
Position Held: Project Specialist

What do you enjoy most during your internship?

The event that I enjoyed the most is to be able to participate in Intern Case Competition where I am given the chance to cross collaborate with interns from different functions in India. Me and my teammates work closely to brainstorm ideas, carry out intensive research on the topics given, and finally we present our findings to all the folks through tele-presence. Moreover, I am given the opportunity to revamp the traditional way of writing newsletter, turning it into a brand new infographic template which has received numerous positive feedback from the top management. I love the working environment so much as the peers and managers values my opinion, and I feel empowered whenever I am given projects to manage.

How do you think the internship has changed your view on your career path?

The invaluable internship experience has taught me that it is important to make the right move at the very first step. This is because I have made my way to get in to the company I am now working for and I am very glad that I am able to continue my career with Cisco after graduating. During the 4 months of internship, I am able to engage with my future employer and that actually increases the chances of being hired as their permanent employee. Finding the right company to get attached during internship has eased the process of finding job after ending the internship period.

(For students who went for student exchange programme)
How do you think the student exchange programme has changed your view on your career path?

The best decision I have made in life is to go for student exchange program to University of British Columbia, Canada. It has totally widen up my views as I was exposed to different cultures, different education system, thus I believe that I am now able to see things differently, which is very important to change the way we work, live, play and learn – Cisco’s vision. My student exchange experience has opened up my mind in welcoming all the challenges that I might face at work. It has changed my view in a way that I am able to see things in a bigger picture and think critically. Not only that, I came to learn that it is important to always challenge status quo, as we might have better way of doing things that could drive innovation, simplification and automation.

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Tan Suk Ee




Name: Tan Suk Ee
Major: Finance
Company Name: Lumileds Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Company Address: Lebuh Kampung Jawa Bayan Lepas FIZ, Phase 3, 11900 Penang, Malaysia.
Position Held: Accountant

What do you enjoy most during your internship?

I get into real working environment which enhance my hands-on working experience from the company. I get to explore to the tasks I never do before during my part-time job and it is so much valuable and exciting. At the same time, I do have fun with my colleagues! Moreover, I also gain more connections and learn how to communicate in the professional way during my internship. Throughout my internship I get to absorb a lot of useful resources and give me opportunity to meet variety of professionals relating to my field.

How do you think the internship has changed your view on your career path?

I believe the most important thing in working field is not the tasks that assign to us, but is the people who we communicate and work with. Therefore, throughout the internship, I feel the most important thing would be to have good colleagues even the job or tasks are loaded. This is because you cannot work alone; you need to have support from colleagues. So, cheers up and enjoy the work!

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Lee Ming Huoy



Name: Lee Ming Huoy
Major: International Business 
Company Name: Intel Technology
Company Address: Intel Penang, Halaman Kg Jawa, FIZ 3, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Position Held: Supply Chain Analyst

What do you enjoy most during your internship?

Learn about Intel culture, especially understand what the true meaning of “Great Place to Work”, where company allowing employees to learn, earn, play and have fun. Another thing that I enjoy the most is working together with other interns on projects and events that related to corporate responsibility and teambuilding.

How do you think the internship has changed your view on your career path?

Internship giving the experience of actual work life. Internship in Intel changed my view on my career path, by knowing there are many opportunities will give for recent colleague graduate. Training and development will also provide to all employees, for career enhancement and self-development in the same time. All kinds of activities and events provide by company able to let employees to have enjoy work life.

(For students who went for student exchange programme)
How do you think the student exchange programme has changed your view on your career path?

One semester studied in The University of Hong Kong (HKU), given a chance to experience world class education system. Joined exchange programme has widen my knowledge and views, given value-add for a fresh graduate to be recruit by any companies, especially multinational companies. In HKU, I’m required to work together with student from different nationality and background on certain assignment, giving an opportunity to understand how to work and communicate with students from different nationality students. This given a platform and real-life experience to understand the better method to communicate or work together with colleagues or team from different countries, especially working in a multinational companies.

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Ng Kee Hung


Name: Ng Kee Hung
Major: Marketing
Company Name: ViTrox Corporation Berhad
Company Address: NO. 85-A, Lintang Bayan Lepas 11, Bayan
Lepas Industrial Park, Phase 4, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang,
Position Held: Executive | People Management

What do you enjoy most during your internship?
I enjoyed the most during my internship was I given the opportunities to handle various types of events such as career fair in different universities, internal company events such as company annual
dinner, lunch & selfie with CEO, etc.

How do you think the internship has changed your view on your career path?
In previos, I thought HR department only involve in recruitment process and it doesn't fit with what I study (Marketing). However, throughout my internship, it changed my view on this department. HR department main focus is recruitment, yet it involve other kinds of activities as well that required marketing views such as the way to increase company brand awareness, strategies for talents
retention program, method in sourcing the right talents, etc.

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