While CIPE-coordinated internships span a wide range of fields, we invite and support student-sourced internships which may be better aligned with individual interests. CIPE will provide funding on a highly competitive basis for a limited number of self-sourced internships.
If you are interested in working with an organisation and wish to source your own internship, CIPE is happy to help by reviewing your application materials or refining your targeted approach. Grants for self-sourced internships are equivalent to funding for CIPE-sponsored internships, and meant to offset the costs of living during an underpaid/unpaid internship.
Guidelines for Funding Eligibility
- Internship duties must be related to the student’s area of study and consistent with their post-graduation career plans.
- Employment should be on a full-time basis (30-40 hours per week) for a minimum of 8 weeks during the official vacation period.
- Funding excludes airfare (if applicable) and is intended to alleviate the living costs associated with accepting an internship.
- The employer must be a registered legal entity and must provide a working space to accommodate the intern at the organisation. Remote work arrangements will not be supported through this fund.
- All students are expected to serve as positive ambassadors of the College.
- If working abroad, students must acquire the proper visa to intern in the country of operation. Please note that acquiring work authorisation outside of your home country and/or Singapore is a challenging and time-consuming process that is not guaranteed for anyone.
- Students sourcing internships in regions that may pose a health or safety risk are encouraged to look at both the MFA and US State Department advisories, and to check with CIPE to determine whether the internship would be eligible for funding.
This is highly competitive programme, where applications by penultimate year students will receive priority. Please see our rubric for details on how applications will be assessed.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should download the application and submit on Symplicity (“Opportunities” tab and search for “Self-Sourced Internship Funding.”) Students must also submit a 1-page resume as a part of your application. Applications will be received in multiple rounds:
| ||Round 1|
Year 3 Students
|Application deadline||11 Jan||1 Mar||23 Apr
|CIPE provides notification by||1 Feb||31 Mar||5 May
|Student updates CIPE by||15 Feb||15 Apr ||8 May
|Deadline to secure internship||15 Mar||30 Apr||30 May
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get started with exploring internship options beyond CIPE-coordinated opportunities?
- Once you have conducted a self-assessment and determined your focus, you can check external job/internship posting databases such as internsg.com, Indeed.com idealist.org. More recommended job search portals are listed on our Career Resources Portal.
- If you have a specific organization in mind, make sure to check the organization’s website. Some organizations don’t post internships to central databases, but have internship opportunities posted on their individual websites.
What if the organization’s website does not have any internship(s) listed?
- Contact the organization and explore possibilities to develop your own internship. Many organizations are open to the idea of taking on an intern, particularly those who are willing to work for the experience more than the pay.
How do I approach the organization about developing my own internship?
- Before contacting the organization, think about what it is you would like to do as an intern. How do you think you might be useful to the organization, and what are the skills that you would like to develop?
- You will have a much higher chance of getting a response if you can find contacts within the organization through networking. If you know someone who works at the organization (or know someone who does), ask for an introduction so that you can start the outreach on a warm note.
Can I apply for the Self-Sourced Internship Fund as well as CIPE-coordinated internships (on Symplicity)?
- Yes, we encourage you to apply to both, as both processes are competitive.
- Because students can only accept one CIPE opportunity per summer however, students will eventually need to decide on one. If/when students accept any opportunities, it is the student’s responsibility to inform CIPE staff ASAP so that the opportunity can be offered to another student. Funding support for both programs are the same, which allows students to choose opportunities based on the content and relevance of work, rather than the pay.
How much funding can I receive?
- Grants for self-sourced internships are equivalent to funding for CIPE-coordinated internships, which depend on compensation/benefits provided by the employer.
- Students interning in Southeast or South Asia can receive up to S$1500, in Singapore & East Asia up to S$2000, in Africa up to S$2500, in South America up to S$3000, and in North America & Europe up to S$4000. Financial support from CIPE depend on compensation/benefits provided by the employer. For verification of how much support you can expect from CIPE, please contact the CIPE Programme Manager who has been in contact with you about the opportunity.
- Our stipends are intended to alleviate the living costs associated with accepting an internship. Students traveling overseas are responsible for airfare and visa fees.
I secured an opportunity. Now what?
- In order to receive funding, we will need you to share a written offer letter from the employer (PDF preferred). This offer letter should state all terms and conditions of the internship, including:
- Position title
- Description of intern’s projects and responsibilities
- Compensation & benefits (if applicable)
- Start/end date
- Length of internship
- Estimated hours per week
- Supervisor’s contact information
- (If working overseas): Please work with your employer to discuss visas and authorization to work in your country of interest. Funding will only be awarded once you have secured the proper work authorisation.
- Students interested in working in the United States should note that securing work authorization (J-1 Visa) is a complicated and time-intensive process (up to 2 months) that is contingent on a variety of factors enforced by the U.S. Department of State. Securing a J-1 Visa to work in the U.S. is not guaranteed for anyone, and particularly difficult if you are currently on a F-1 Visa (excluding Yale). If you have secured an internship in the U.S., please let us know ASAP so that we can begin the application process with a designated sponsor. For more information about interning in the U.S. please visit this webpage.
Need more help?
- Make an appointment with your CIPE advisor, who can assist you with the process, help you customize your search, and provide direction regarding guidelines for designing internships.
- You can also contact Nayoung Won at firstname.lastname@example.org