Internship after Covid-19 Pandemic: An In-Depth Interview among Journalism Program Interns of a Malaysian Public Higher Learning Institution


This paper intends to explore the challenges encountered by journalism undergraduates while undergoing their internship after the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic has interrupted students’ learning; thus, causing concern about their performance when undergoing industrial training. Poor performance by students during industrial training can create a negative perception among industry players toward a university. The study aimed to achieve in-depth interview sessions with a small group of final-year journalism program students at a public university in Malaysia who underwent a 14-week internship at various Malaysian companies after a series of nationwide lockdowns spanning almost 2 years. The findings of this research hopefully will provide rich insights into internship experiences, especially regarding the challenges faced by the students, which in turn will benefit the stakeholders, including the students, employers and educational institutions.

Keywords: journalism, internship, industrial training, students’ experience, post-Covid- 19 1.

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