Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
With this six-week internship and seminar program, you will have the option to focus on finance or social entrepreneurship.
If you focus on finance, you will intern with a publicly traded company based in Malaysia and learn about issues including securities training, value investing, economic factors affecting developing nations, and Islamic banking and finance. You will also have opportunities to engage with financial experts, practitioners, and executives based in the region.
If you focus on social entrepreneurship, you will intern at a Malaysian-based social enterprise or nongovernmental organization working to address gaps in the social safety net. You will also develop a business model for your own social enterprise as part of your final paper and engage with experts and practitioners in Malaysia with experience scaling business-driven social impact at local, national, and global levels.
Before your internship, you will receive an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Asia, with a focus on Malaysia, as well as workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country.
You will be expected to devote approximately 37.5 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.
Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your academic director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.
- Complete an internship focused on finance or social entrepreneurship.
- Develop your professional, intercultural communication skills.
- Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments with your academic director.
- Customize the program by focusing on your academic and professional interests.
Introduction to micro- and macroeconomics at the university level.