Got questions about INKOMPASS? We're here to answer them all

Why does INKOMPASS offer a 2-cycle approach?

The main purpose of this program is to contribute to your journey of self-discovery. This is why it is structured in 2 cycles:

The 1st one will give you the opportunity to discover the different aspects of our company (operations, people and culture) through projects that will require you to interact with people from different functions/departments.

If you are invited to join and continue with the 2nd cycle, the focus is to give you the opportunity to experience a deep dive into a specific department or functional area. You will achieve this by working on a Business Project that will allow you to discover this particular function’s challenges, opportunities, processes and systems.

All in all, it gives us a better chance for us to get to know you and for you to learn more about PMI and different aspects of the business here. This will help you decide if a career in PMI is what you are looking for.

What happens if I don't want to commit myself to participate in the 2nd cycle?

We believe that by participating in both cycles of the program, you will have a more rounded internship experience. It will not only help you discover yourself, but also have the opportunity to receive a job offer prior to your graduation and/or acquire portable skills that will provide you with solid credentials.

However, we understand that this internship is an opportunity of mutual discovery: for us to discover you, and for you to discover us. As much as we get the chance to select the best fitting interns to invite to the next cycle and finally a job placement with us, you also get a chance to discover and decide if you want to stay with us. We strive to ensure you have a great 1st cycle experience so that you eagerly look forward to making the cut to the group that are selected for the 2nd cycle.

What happens between the 2 cycles of internship?

Staying in touch with you throughout your internship journey is very important to us. You will hear from us between the 2 cycles of your internship, through:

1. Invitations to company activities and events

2. Communication from your COACH and BUDDY

I reside outside of the country where I would like to do my internship, can I still apply to the program?

Yes, we welcome everyone to apply. However please take note that the selection process will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The internship program location will also be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

What is the selection process like and what are the timings?

As a first step, submit your application by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab – located at the upper-right corner of this webpage.

If your application form meets our criteria, we will send you an invitation to complete two online tests – one that will assess your ability to manage numerical data and another one that will require you to make decisions on a wide variety of simulated scenarios.

If you pass our online assessment, you get invited to participate in an exciting on-ground assessment day, consisting of different activities and fun exercises that you will go through individually and as a team with other fellow applicants.
We end with an appreciation party, a celebration of your efforts and a great networking opportunity. Fun is a constant through this experience!

You will receive feedback along the process, letting you know whether you made it to the next step or not. To learn about the specific recruitment dates and timing, please refer to "SCHEDULES & TIMELINES" Tab

If I cannot attend the on-ground assessment, are there any other dates available?

The On-Ground Assessment is the final selection process to become INKOMPASS intern which will be held only on May 18th. Unfortunately there are no other dates available. Should you have any concerns, you may email INKOMPASS team at INKOMPASS.MY@pmi.com.

Will I receive feedback if I don't get selected? When?

You will receive feedback along the process letting you know whether you made it to the next step or not. To learn about our recruitment process dates and timings, please refer Question #6.

When will the internship start and how long will it last? Is there any flexibility with these dates?

The internship will be divided into 2 cycles. The first cycle will commence on July 18th 2016 and the second cycle on January 3rd 2017. Duration of the program will be 6 weeks. Unfortunately, these dates are fixed.

What are the normal work hours?

Normal working hours will be from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Monday - Friday).

What contractual conditions will I be under as an intern? Will I be compensated/paid during my internship?

You will have an internship agreement stating the details of terms and conditions applied during the internship period. You will be compensated with an attractive allowance upon completion of your internship tenure.

Will I be assigned a group project or an individual project?

The projects that we assign to our INKOMPASS interns are carefully selected by our teams in each country. Depending on the scope and the expected deliverables of these projects, we decide if it is best that they are carried out individually or by a project team. In any case, we always make sure that all of our projects meet high quality standards and that they are meaningful and challenging for our interns.

Will I receive guidance and support while I work on my project?

Definitely yes! On your INKOMPASS journey, there will be three important people appointed whose main focus will be to ensure you have a great learning experience that allows you to discover yourself.

You will be assigned a COACH, typically a functional Manager, who will introduce you to your project, explain what is expected of you, guide you and provide you feedback as well as help you build connections and relationships with different people and departments from the company.

The PROJECT SPONSOR is the owner of the project you will be working on. During your internship, he/she will make sure you have everything you need to be able to deliver and/or execute your proposals. Along with your coach, he/she will also provide you with regular feedback.
Last but not least, you will also receive support from your BUDDY who will help you with day-to-day questions and provide you advice regarding your project work based on his/her own knowledge and experience.

What is the criteria for advancement (or not) into the 2nd cycle of the program? How will I be assessed?

As soon as you join INKOMPASS paid international internship, your coach will introduce you to your project. This project will have a definite scope and deliverables based on which you will be assessed. At Philip Morris International, we believe that WHAT you are able to achieve and deliver is important, but HOW you do it is equally important. This is why you will also be assessed on the behaviors you display along your internship which should be aligned with our company’s work ethics.

The final assessment will take place at the end of each internship cycle, however you will receive feedback throughout the experience so that you are able to understand what is expected of you. We will also give you guidance on how to achieve it.

Will I receive feedback regarding my performance? When?

Your Coach and Project Sponsor will provide you with feedback throughout your INKOMPASS experience. It is important for us to make sure you have a fulfilling learning experience, so we also want to learn from YOU! Your insights, feedback and ideas are very valuable to us, therefore we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Can I use my internship project experience as a university assignment? (Credits for graduation)

Any material or information that you come across during your INKOMPASS internship is the property of Philip Morris (Malaysia) and is not allowed to be released to external parties without the consent of the company. Please consult with the INKOMPASS team first.

Will I receive a job offer with Philip Morris International when I complete my internship?

INKOMPASS is a journey of mutual discovery. You get the chance to discover yourself, the company, and your interest to join us. We may also provide the best fitting interns with a job offer.

We do this by conducting an individual assessment at the end of each internship cycle – based on your project deliverables and the behaviors you displayed throughout the internship – if you meet the required performance standards, you may receive a job offer on the last day of your 2nd cycle internship.