Internships, Student Profiles

MPP in the Summer, The Places They Go: Yusri Jamaluddin


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Yusri Jamaluddin is a second year student in the Master of Public Policy program. Yusri has a strong background in business and information technology, and was a research assistant in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. Before starting the MPP, Yusri also interned as a Policy Analyst in the Performance Management and Delivery Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department in Malaysia.

This summer, Yusri served as a policy analyst intern at Cybersecurity Malaysia, which is an agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Tasks of the Cybersecurity Office include implementing the National Cyber Security policy, conducting strategic research on cyber security issues, as well as developing digital forensics capabilities and cyber emergency response support for Malaysia.

During his internship, Yusri has been tasked with creating a benchmark study on international cyber security policies and strategies and reviewing the National Security Policy, as well as providing policy recommendations moving forward. He has also conducted research on local and international cyber security issues and solutions and presented his research to relevant stakeholders. Through his internship, Yusri has learned that while skills in public policy analysis like logic models and statistical techniques are excellent tools for analyzing policy, they can be of limited use without a depth of knowledge in the relevant field of policy.

Coming from an information technology background, he has been fortunate to be able to study Malaysia’s cyber security policy and apply information from his previous background while also applying his public policy education. He has also learned the importance of feedback and review while conducting policy research. The feedback he has received during his internship has given him a deeper understanding of cybersecurity policy. According to Yusri, if a policy is only analyzed based on quantitative data, it can only tell so much, potentially leading to a surface-level understanding of the policy or program and ignoring the context that lies in the details. Obtaining feedback allows for less biased views and a broader understanding of the issues around the policy of interest.

Upon graduation, Yusri is looking for a position that allows him to exercise and develop his data analytics and visualization capabilities in a policy research and design environment. Ideally, he hopes to obtain a position in research think tanks or government agencies where he can be involved in program evaluation, policy analysis, or policy design while having fun playing with data.