PenBorneo seeks more youth interns
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Borneo Research Centre (PenBorneo) is urging more youths to apply for internships with them so they can hone their research skills and gain work experience.
In a recent interview, Mardiah Hj Ramli, a history officer at PenBorneo, told The Brunei Times that more than 20 interns have done their placements at the centre this year, comprising students from higher education institutions as well as government officials.
She said most placements are done through collaborations with education institutions such as Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali and the Institute of Technical Education’s Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College (IBTE MTSSR).
“But we’re also encouraging others — especially fresh graduates who are currently unemployed — to apply for placements at the centre as this is an opportunity for them to gain new insights (particularly on Brunei’s history) and valuable work experience rather than doing nothing at all,” she said, adding that interns would also be given certificates.
Mardiah said they would also have the opportunity to have their written works published.
“The interns can use the time they have during placements to write essays (on Brunei’s history) based on documents or resources available at PenBorneo and submit them to our publication section at the Brunei History Centre,” she said.
The two publications by the history centre would be Pusaka and Journal Darussalam, she said.
“So students or anyone — especially those coming from the related field of history — can grab this chance of internship not only to add to their work experience but also to deepen their knowledge in their particular field of expertise.”
Mardiah said the young interns can also contribute their own input on how to further develop PenBorneo and attract young people in the sultanate as well as those from overseas.
“Having them with us means we can also use their knowledge on how we can make the centre more interesting to cater to the youth, especially students, as well as ways to improve our facilities by making them more interactive and user-friendly in line with the current trend (in information technology),” she said.
Since its establishment in 2013, a total of 91 students have done their work placements at the centre.
The Brunei Times