Internship Programme (for International Students)

Anyone who is currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for the program. This includes both undergraduate and graduate programs.


Educational background
If you are attending a college or university, you must be a final year student by the end of the semester you are currently completing. You should major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Immunology and other Biological Sciences.
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong academic track record and recommendations from the immediate supervisor or mentor at the university.
  • Able to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Well organized with attention to detail and ability to carry out tasks independently.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Physically fit.
  • Able to stay in jungle for several days depending on the period of conducted field trip.


Interns are required to abide with the rules and regulations of SBC which including safety and security, general administration and laboratory safety requirements. A guideline will be forwarded to interns once the application is accepted.

Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
All the projects conducted at SBC belong to Government of State of Sarawak, operated through Sarawak Biodiversity Council. All information related to the internship project is considered confidential. If accepted, interns are required to sign an agreement with the Council.

Report and Publication
A full report will be submitted at the end of the internship. The research findings obtained from the internship needs to put in at least one publication (peer review journal) within six months after the internship has ended, with joint authorship between the intern and SBC.

Intellectual properties (IP)
All the materials collected or used in the programme are the property of the Council. If any new invention, development, patent, copyright, any form of IP or discovery are made during the programme, ownership of such inventions shall be owned by the Council.


Interns are required to source their own funding to travel to Malaysia, and to cover accommodation, transportation or any other daily expenses throughout the internship period.

Housing and transportation
SBC is located 20 kilometers from the heart of Kuching city, Sarawak. Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, SBC will assist in suggesting suitable housing options and locations.

Schedule commitment
Duration of the internship: minimum of 3 to 24 months. SBC’s working hours are from 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM, from Mondays to Fridays. Lunch breaks are from 1.00 PM to 2.00 PM on Mondays to Thursdays, and from 11.45 AM to 2.15 PM on Fridays. Interns are required to follow SBC working hours.


The interns need to submit a short proposal (2-3 pages) on the project that he/she is interested in working on at SBC. The proposal should indicate the duration of work and date to start the project. The inter’s resume must be attached with the proposal.

The interns are required to apply for Professional Pass. SBC will aid in the application for the pass. The cost of the application will be borne by the interns. The cost will vary according to the country of origin. The interns can contact Mdm Jadyn Nicholas at email addresss - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire on the cost. The following documents are required for the application process:

  • Passport (front page of the passport) (foreigners/West Malaysian)
  • Full Curriculum Vitae/ resume
  • Passport sized photos (5 pieces)
  • Support letters

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For more information, please contact us via the following details:

KM20, Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

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