Nutrition Technologies internship, Malaysia


The Asia New Zealand Foundation supports students and recent graduates in engineering, agricultural engineering and biological sciences to apply for an internship in Johor, Malaysia, with biotechnology company Nutrition Technologies.

The internship is scheduled for a duration of three months, commencing in June 2024. 

The successful intern will be placed in Nutrition Technologies at SiLC, Gelang Patah, Johor, Malaysia.

During the internship, the intern will be provided with a project to complete or other meaningful work.

The purpose of the Foundation's internship programme is to provide New Zealand tertiary students with an experience of working in a business environment in Asia in order to gain a better understanding of the people, places and culture of the host country.

Applications open late June 2024

About Nutrition Technologies

Nutrition Technologies Sdn Bhd is an innovative biotech and feed manufacturing company, producing high quality ingredients for the animal feed and agriculture industries, through a 100 percent natural nutrient recycling process. Being a global leader in the production of sustainable feed ingredients, the company is building a highly talented, dedicated team to grow the business to the next level.

Nutrition Technologies co-founder and chief executive Nick Piggot describes the company's work and what life in Malaysia is like for an intern

What the intern will do

The intern will be given a specific project or meaningful work relevant to their area of study and a mentoring supervisor will be assigned to monitor the intern’s professional development.

Key responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • co-designing molecular, microbiological, physical, microscopic, characterisation, analytical, isolation of strains/cultures, and bioassay experiments
  • evaluating and trouble-shooting chemical and biochemical analysis for substrates, products and intermediaries alongside research scientists
  • utilising mathematical modelling, IT and/or statistical approaches to upgrade bioprocess design, data study and outputs for both the commercial and R&D teams
  • preparing samples for multiple series of trials
  • conducting and assisting in field trials
  • collecting data from trials in the laboratory, at the factory and/or external sites
  • cleaning and preparing experimental materials, tools/equipment and the laboratories according to the standard in biosafety and biosecurity guidelines.
  • creating slide presentations, drafting reports, designing trials, researching trends, reviews.

Other than R&D work, you may also be responsible for non-R&D work with the commercial team.

Elegibility

This internship is for third and fourth year undergraduate students, post-graduate students and recent graduates.

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have permanent resident status
  • have recently completed or be due to complete their studies by November 2024 in one of the following fields: agronomy, plant pathology, agriculture, biotechnology or equivalent
  • be in good health.

Who we're looking for

The successful candidate will

  • be adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • be interested in pursuing a career involving Malaysia and/or the wider Asia region
  • be strong critical and analytical thinking,
  • have high attention to detail and evidenced based decision making
  •  be active in extra-curricular activities and have strong leadership qualities.

While useful, the ability to speak local language is not a requirement of this internship.

How are costs covered?

The Foundation will cover :

  • return airfares
  • accommodation
  • most living costs.

The intern will be required to contribute $500 of their own funds to cover some living expenses while offshore and take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation).

Internship terms and conditions

Interns are expected participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return and seek opportunities to share their internship experience. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about the Foundation, the internship programme and developments in Asia. 

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting requirements

Foundation interns are expected to write a 600-word article (with accompanying photos) on their internship that will appear on the Foundation’s website (to be submitted during the internship) and write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience at the end of the programme.

How to apply for the internship

Information on how to apply will be made available late June

Key dates

Information on the key dates for this internship will be made available late June

 

Terms and conditions

Interns are expected participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return and seek opportunities to share their internship experience. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about the Foundation, the internship programme and developments in Asia. 

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting requirements

Foundation interns are expected to write a 600-word article (with accompanying photos) on their internship that will appear on the Foundation’s website (to be submitted during the internship) and write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience at the end of the programme.

Questions

If you have a question about the internships, please first check our 'What you need to know' page.

If your question is not answered there, email the Foundation’s project officer (internships) Joyce Bonde: jbonde@asianz.org.nz.