Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summer Internships

The application deadline is March 1. After March 1 applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. SIS cannot guarantee placement with these organizations; the list is meant to illustrative.

  1. UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) – Refugees, community development, human rights; UNHCR leads and coordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems.
    Examples of past internship work: Monitored refugee training projects, wrote reports and provided recommendations; assessment of the Iranian refugee community in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor; supported the implementation of a community-based SGBV awareness program. 
  2. Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) - A leading research institute that covers security, political, economic, social and technology issues. It has played a key role in fostering closer regional integration and cooperation through forums such as the Asia-Pacific Roundtable.
    Examples of past internship work: Helped to organize and report on the Business Dialogue sessions of the ASEAN-Japan Economic Ministers Meeting and the Federation of Japanese Chambers of Commerce and Industry in ASEAN; Reported on and presented the education component of the first US-Malaysia Study Group Meeting; contributed an article to ASEAN Monthly Commentary for Korean Min. of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 
  3. Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) - Malaysia’s top ranked think tank in 2015 with a mission to enhance Malaysia’s competitiveness through public policy, international business, and social enterprise research.
  4. Sisters-in-Islam Forum (SIS) - A Muslim reformist/modernist advocacy group that promotes gender equality, women’s rights, public policy, justice and legal reform to advance freedom and dignity in Islam through the empowerment of women as agents of change. 
  5. All Women’s Action Society of Malaysia (AWAM) - Independent feminist organization committed to improving the lives of women. Examples of past internship work: Assigned with two research projects on 1) strategies for a campaign and, 2) frequently asked questions on the issue of sex education. Assisted in AWAM’s preliminary work on starting a campaign on sexual harassment. Assisted in AWAM’s advocacy work, assigned to do reports/minutes of meetings attended with the supervisors to other coalition of women’s groups’ meetings on advocacy against discrimination of women at work. 
  6. Tenaganita - Promotes rights of women, migrant workers, and refugees through the creation of a just, free and democratic society where all are equal human beings with dignity and rights. 
  7. Malaysian AIDS Council - Promotes AIDS/HIV, youth, and women’s issues advocacy. It supports and coordinates the efforts of organizations working on HIV/AIDS issues in Malaysia through training, funding and programming. 
  8. Malaysian Nature Society - Malaysia’s largest and oldest non-governmental environmental organization that promotes conservation and science, environmental education, and communication outreach to protect Malaysia’s natural heritage and rich biological diversity. 
  9. Asian Centre for Media Studies (Star Publication) - Malaysia’s largest English-language newspaper. 
  10. HELP University - A leading institution of higher learning in Malaysia with a strong international reputation for research and development. 
  11. Teach For Malaysia - Modeled on Teach for America, TAM seeks to nurture future leaders who will contribute energy and vibrancy to Malaysia’s educational institutions. 
  12. Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP) -Economy, elections, education, politics; this is the think-tank of the Malaysian Chinese Association, the country’s largest Chinese political party. 
  13. Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) - Promotes press freedom, access to information, and an independent media in Malaysia. 
  14. The Guardian - A monthly publication of the Malaysian Chinese Association, the country’s largest Chinese political party. Examples of past internship work: Drafted press statements for MCA leaders in English in response to political issues; Covered press conferences after MCA Central Committee meetings, Presidential Council meetings, press conferences given by individual MCA leaders; Summarized the morning news from online news portals to be disseminated to party leaders; Researched, analyzed issues, wrote and edited political-based commentaries for The Guardian and Akhbar Rakyat (The People’s News). 
  15. CHILD (Children Information, Learning, and Development Center Malaysia) - Promotes children’s rights, education, community capacity building and outreach particularly within the ethnic Indian population in Malaysia. 
  1. The Penang Institute - As the public policy think tank of the state government of Penang, it seeks to spur bold thinking in the key areas of political, economic and socio-cultural development and race relations in the country 
  1. Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jakarta – Public policy, research, human rights CSIS is an independent, non-profit organization focusing on the policy-orientated studies on domestic and international issues. Research in economics, politics and social change, and international relations is undertaken with topics selected based on their relevance to public policy. CSIS seeks to improve policy making through policy-oriented research, dialogue, and public debate.
    Preferred Skills: knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia or Indonesian culture as well as experience with editing article drafts and publication software are a plus Dates and Hours: Minimum of two months Examples of past internship work: Contributed to the ongoing research by creating a database monitoring violence in Indonesia, contributed to the improvement of CSIS’s capacity to organize seminars and workshops, proofread and translated drafts from Bahasa Indonesia to English.
  2. U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, Jakarta Office - Promotes U.S. business interests in Indonesia and ASEAN 
  3. Jakarta Post Newspaper - Leading English language daily in Indonesia 
  4. Maverick Indonesia - Communications consultancy specializing in corporate communications, crisis and issues management and marketing communications.
  1. Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP)—regional studies, civil society, economic development. CICP is a non-partisan research institute that promotes both regional and domestic dialogue between government officials, national and international organizations, scholars, and the private sector on issues of peace, democracy, civil society, security, and national development. Located in Phnom Penh.
    Contact Info: Pou Sovachana – Deputy Dir. Research and Publications
    +885 017-592-018
  1. MARUAH MARUAH - means Dignity in Malay, Singapore’s national language. Human rights is all about maintaining, restoring and reclaiming one’s dignity at the individual, regional and international level. Singapore focal point for the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism.