This prestigious internship program will involve an eight-week internship in an organisation related to your field of study in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The program will include a variety of additional empowering events focused on exposing you to topics relevant to women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field, which includes certain areas of design and health science.

Key information


This program has 15 x A$3,000 Australian Government New Colombo Plan scholarships. These grants are available to Australian undergraduate students (with no citizenship or residency rights to Malaysia), who have not previously received an NCP short-term grant. Scholarships are allocated on a rolling basis and students are automatically considered for a grant as part of the application process. 

Study Areas

Swinburne STEM Fields:

  • Engineering (NOT Biomedical or Telecommunications)
  • Science (NOT Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry or Physics)
  • IT and Computer Science (all majors)
  • Business Information Systems (all majors)
  • Health Science (ONLY Health Promotion, Nutrition and Psychology)
  • Architectural and Industrial Design (Architecture, Interior Architecture and Industrial Design) 

Note: These study areas are just a guide, and availability of relevant internships depends on many individual factors. Some study areas and majors are more difficult than others to source internships for. If your study area is not listed here, but you are interested in this destination, please let us know and we can confirm with the internship provider.

Eligible students

Specific eligibility requirements depend on the academic unit being utilised, but all students must meet the minimum program eligibility criteria below:

  • Female student
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate STEM course
  • Completed at least 100CP (8 units)
  • Have an average weighted mark of at least 60% (or satisfy additional eligibility criteria if mark is between 50-60%)
  • Have available space in your course for the applicable academic unit (domestic students may be able overload their degree)

Application deadline 

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, with places (and scholarships) allocated to the first students to complete a full application and meet eligibility criteria.

  • Applications open: 1 June 2020
  • Final deadline for applications: 30 August 2020

Please note this program requires a minimum of 6 participants to run.

Melaka in Malaysia. 


  • Tailored internship placement
  • Accommodation (private room in shared apartment)
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Women in STEM events and activities throughout the program
  • Day trip to Melaka (or similar)
  • Invitation to networking events
  • Farewell dinner with host and debrief
  • Swinburne travel insurance (subject to eligibility requirements)


  • Tuition Fees
  • Airfares
  • Visa application fees (if applicable)
  • Daily living expenses 

What about COVID-19?

Our team are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely, and will not allow programs to run if it is not safe. At this stage, we are planning for travel to be safe by Summer 2020/2021, but will have various review points over the coming months. Ensuring your wellbeing and protecting you financially is our priority, so you can be comfortable applying for this program with the following measures in place:

  • First deposit payment (A$500) is not due until mid-September
  • The program will be reviewed prior to this time, and if not deemed safe the program will be cancelled and students re-allocated to other programs if available and preferred
  • Any deposits made are fully transferable to a virtual or future program starting before 31 March 2022
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