The Structured Internship Programme (SIP)
The Structured Internship Programme is a collaborative programme between the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and TalentCorp. In this programme, companies are encouraged to provide a high quality practical learning experience through internships to students from local public and private institutions of higher education.
SIP objectives are to provide practical perspectives on the academic concept and theories that interns have studied at their University; prepare local graduates from the IPTA (Institusi Pendidikan Tinggi Awam / Public Institute of Higher Learning) and IPTS (Institusi Pendidikan Tinggi Swasta / Private Institute of Higher Learning) to become relevant to industries and ready for employment; encourage companies/industries to make internship programmes more structured in terms of their competency development; and introduce students to the working world as early as possible.
- Chance to experience working life and put the theories learnt in university into practice.
- Familiarise themselves with the working culture of preferred industry or company before embarking on their careers.
- A platform to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities to be considered as a future employee.
- Effective 1 January 2012, participating companies will enjoy double tax deduction incentives on cash allowances and other internship training-related expenses for the years 2012 – 2016.
- SIP will serve as a platform for employers to assess and select interns that fulfil their requirements to be part of their future team.
Am I Eligible?
Students need to be a Malaysian citizen who is pursuing a degree programme (or equivalent*, as defined by TalentCorp) on a full-time basis in the local IPTA and IPTS.
*Refers to any programme approved by the MoHE/Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) as equivalent to a degree i.e ACCA, ICAEW. Visit www.mqa.gov.my to check on whether the programme is equivalent to a degree programme.
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Companies interested in SIP must have partnerships or share capital of at least RM2.5 million, and a proven average revenue record of RM21 million and more over the past 3 years. For non-manufacturing companies, a minimum headcount of 50 full-time employees is required. For manufacturing companies, the minimum is 100 full-time employees.
Companies must at least have been established for 5 years or more. However, if the above requirements are met, companies between 3 to 5 years of establishment may be considered. More details can be found here.
Read more about FasTrack and SIP from its participants.
Kenny Gan is a FasTrack participant who is currently attached to Intel Corporation in Penang.
Read more about Nasibah Dzulkifly, the Mechatronics Engineering graduate who is doing life-saving work at Motorola Solutions.