SMU Abroad Digital Internship Programme: Setting Izzaty Up for Success in a Profession in Tax


By the SMU Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Profession Centre

As an Accountancy main, SMU College of Accountancy pupil Nur Izzaty Bte Mohamed Izam has at all times had an curiosity in tax. Whereas Izzaty had theoretical information on the topic, she needed to achieve extra skilled expertise within the tax field.

When the opening for a Tax Analysis intern at Myanmar-based legislation agency SMPP Authorized Myanmar Firm Restricted got here up on the Abroad Digital Internship Programme (OVIP) itemizing, Izzaty knew it was the proper alternative for her. Having heard concerning the good work ethics and administration cultures of firms within the area, Izzaty opted for an ASEAN internship with out hesitation. The truth that the internship was a digital one didn’t faze her. As a substitute, Izzaty noticed this as a chance to learn to talk, collaborate and socialise in an more and more digitalised world.

Having gained a tough understanding of Myanmar’s financial system from world information and market analysis executed for college initiatives, Izzaty knew that though its financial system fluctuated in development resulting from its political instability, new initiatives in direction of improvement within the nation had been within the pipeline. Izzaty was interested by this potential and needed the prospect to be taught extra.

Because of SMU Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Profession Centre’s (DKHMCC) involvement all through the method, Izzaty’s utility for the internship went easily. Other than facilitating administrative work such because the completion of needed formal paperwork, DKHMCC additionally acted because the liaison between Izzaty and the hiring firm to make sure that the internship targets had been aligned.


Secure house to discover pursuits at personal tempo

SMU OVIP Setting Izzaty Up for Success in a Career in Tax


SMPP Authorized Myanmar Firm Restricted is a full-service Myanmar-based legislation firm owned by US expatriates advising on a variety of economic authorized and tax points with a concentrate on overseas direct funding. The firm additionally gives authorized and advisor companies in Myanmar. Their follow areas embody company and industrial legislation; M&A; actual property; banking and finance; mental property; immigration and employment legislation; and tax and customs.

Izzaty was accountable for conducting analysis and decoding knowledge of varied tax insurance policies in different industries, from prescription drugs to girls’s management initiatives in accounting and finance. From her findings, Izzaty would then determine gaps in present tax legislation, the affect of current tax sourcing guidelines and growing practices in tax enforcement.

Other than analysis, Izzaty drafted studies concerning the digital financial system’s affect on auditors and Singapore’s perspective on VAT and supplied options on what Myanmar can do to enhance its tax legal guidelines in relation to the digital financial system. She additionally identified tax and accounting points by firms in Myanmar by way of qualitative knowledge assortment.

The agency enabled Izzaty to broaden her understanding of all issues tax-related by assigning her an enormous vary of subjects to review and analyse. As a Tax Analysis Intern, Izzaty discovered that she was in a position to make good use of her information of accounting insurance policies and analysis expertise, gained from the numerous assignments accomplished at SMU. Learning Myanmar’s tax panorama additionally helped Izzaty to raised determine and perceive variations and differences between tax views in Singapore and in different international locations. Izzaty actually appreciated with the ability to put her accounting information to follow in the true world, the place stakes and methods of doing issues could differ from college initiatives.

Working remotely when most of her group was in Myanmar was of little difficulty, even with the time difference. Doing a digital internship meant that Izzaty had better independence and autonomy. Other than the fixed final deadlines for every venture, Izzaty’s working hours had been flexible, with no set time to clock out and in. To juggle her many ongoing initiatives effectively, Izzaty made an effort to handle her time extra effectively.


When effectivity hinges on readability in communication

SMU OVIP Setting Izzaty Up for Success in a Career in Tax


Initially, Izzaty was involved with how she and her group in Myanmar would have the ability to talk effectively and efficiently together with her internship being carried out utterly nearly.

Her worries had been put to ease quickly sufficient as soon as she began her internship. E-mail was the first mode of communication, although cellphone calls had been typically used to facilitate discussions. Even then, Izzaty’s communication together with her colleagues was clear all through. Regardless of English not being their first language, Izzaty’s colleagues had been all fluent in it, so nothing received misplaced in translation.

Though Izzaty had little prior expertise with tax, she confronted little difficulty with finishing the duties assigned. She credit this largely to her supervisor’s exact directions each time Izzaty was assigned a brand new job. The supervisor additionally ensured that ample background and context had been supplied firstly for Izzaty to construct her understanding earlier than delving into the venture. Most frequently, emails had been greater than sufficient for venture brief-ins.

As Izzaty communicated together with her group principally by way of e mail, practising getting her message throughout succinctly with written phrases sharpened Izzaty’s skilled communication expertise. Studying the way to differ her tone and phrase decisions relying on the character of the work message was additionally an enormous takeaway for Izzaty.

Working in a global group additionally taught Izzaty a lot about cultural sensitivity. Although a sister nation from the identical area, Izzaty learnt that Myanmar has its personal social and work customs which might be distinctive from Singapore’s.


Skilled and private development for profession readiness

SMU OVIP Setting Izzaty Up for Success in a Career in Tax


Being in her third yr at SMU, Izzaty had began contemplating her profession choices upon commencement. Nevertheless, she recognised the restrictions of solely studying about different sectors by way of case research at school. Earlier than embarking on the OVIP, Izzaty knew little concerning the inside workings of the tax sector. With the internship, she had gained a clearer image of what the sector is about, each in Myanmar and Singapore, and may now extra confidently filter her profession choices.

Apart from studying extra about tax, Izzaty’s OVIP has educated her talents to speak and work effectively in multicultural groups and handle a number of duties independently.

Izzaty appreciates how SMU opens doorways to world work expertise for college students to achieve a bonus in right this moment’s aggressive job market earlier than commencement. She urges her SMU friends to seize such alternatives whereas they will.

“Taking over an ASEAN internship was a fulfilling and eye-opening expertise for me, regardless of it being a distant one. The teachings and takeaways couldn’t have been gained wherever else. Due to this fact, if time permits, go forward to embark on one as will probably be a precious expertise,” Izzaty says.



The ASEAN Internship Programme (AIP) and Abroad Digital Internship Programme (OVIP) are a part of the offerings supplied by Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Profession Centre (DKHMCC) to encourage college students to construct up a global community and be International Residents.

Apply for a Winter and/or Summer season OVIP in an ASEAN nation by way of OnTraC now.


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