Try out for the KPMG Asean Scholarship

(From left) Bong says her internship allowed her to grow outside of her comfort zone while Uqail says it’s an honour to be selected to start his dream career in audit.

KPMG is inviting Malaysian undergraduates to apply for the KPMG Asean Scholarship.

This provides funding and employment opportunities in five Asean nations, namely Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

KPMG is the first of the Big 4 professional services firms to offer such a programme in the region, which was set up in 2015.

Scholars who are keen on getting first-hand corporate experience or have interest in acquiring structured cross-border experiences are encouraged to apply.

It is open to outstanding Malaysian undergraduates who are currently in their first or second year of their degree programme in any discipline.

KPMG in Malaysia Head of People Adrian Lee said the KPMG Asean Scholarship programme enables undergraduates to engage with people from different countries while learning employable skillsets that will benefit them when they graduate and join the workforce.

“Selected applicants will have the opportunity to broaden their experience with two internships; one with the Malaysia firm and the other within one of the four participating member firms in Asean.

“Last year, we received over 460 applicants from various universities across Malaysia and through rigorous selection, have supported five promising graduates from Malaysia to stretch their potential to grow and become leaders of the future, ” he added.

Scholars will receive an annual scholarship grant of RM12,000 per annum and allowance for internships abroad.

This programme also offers employment prospects for excellent scholars upon graduation.

KPMG’s structured programme is supported by three pillars – professional development, strategic engagement and social connection – where KPMG’s Asean Scholars can anticipate diverse learning and development opportunities.

From the 2017 cohort, local scholar, Natasha Bong Sue Yan, who graduated last year, explained how her internship in Singapore has allowed her to grow outside of her comfort zone.

“I was in my second year of studies at the time of my internship and I was privileged to be able to meet clients from various engagements.

“This allowed me to gain insights on how different industries function and I brought this knowledge to the classroom.

“This experience helped to expand my learning curve, especially in areas of customer-centric operations, ” she said.

Bong added that she is thankful for the support system that she received during her internship as her managers and peers were supportive and willing to guide her through, which made her feel appreciated.

“In the course of my internship, I was able to integrate along with other Asean scholars and we were able to participate in one of the firm’s corporate citizenship initiatives, which was a great platform to interact with the community, ” she said.

Bong will be commencing as an Associate with the Strategy and Operations department at KPMG in Singapore in March.

Currently in his last semester pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting and Management, Mohammad Uqail Esa, said it was an honour to be selected to jump start his dream career in the field of audit.

“I look forward to be able to contribute and learn throughout the KPMG Asean scholarship programme as I anticipate working alongside colleagues and other Asean scholars from different countries.

“To me, that is the epitome of diversity and inclusion, ” said Uqail who will be embarking on his career journey with KPMG in Malaysia.

Throughout this programme, scholars will be mentored by senior members of staff and management to ensure that they have an all-inclusive experience working at KPMG.

Upon joining this programme, they are also eligible to access employee benefits such as Flexible Working Arrangements, rapid career advancement and the chance to participate in CSR activities that contribute towards improving the communities.

The application for the KPMG Asean Scholarship closes on March 20. For information and to apply, visit

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