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 co-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 you review your application materials or refine your targeted approach. Grants for self-sourced internships are equivalent to co-funding for CIPE-coordinated internships, and are 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 underpaid/unpaid 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 organisation’s 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.
(e.g. J-1 Visa for US-based internships take approximately 2 months to process)
- Students sourcing internships in regions that may pose a health or safety risk are encouraged to look at both the Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and US State Department advisories (e.g. Department of Labor (DOL) Guidelines) and to check with CIPE to determine whether the internship would be eligible for co-funding.
- Students are responsible for understanding any tax implications and obligations connected to receipt of our co-funding. They will not receive any further financial tax support or tax documentation related to the co-funding.
This is highly competitive programme, where penultimate year student applications will receive priority. Please see our rubric for details on how applications will be assessed.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should download the application here and submit on Symplicity (“Opportunities” tab and search for “Self-Sourced Internship Funding.”) Students must also submit a 1-page resume (in PDF) as a part of your application. Applications will be received in multiple rounds:
| ||Round 1|
Year 3 Students
|Application deadline||18 Jan||1 Mar
|CIPE provides notification by||10 Feb||31 Mar
|Student updates CIPE by||24 Feb||15 Apr
|Deadline to secure internship||24 Mar||30 Apr
Please note: Students who are applying for internships to the US are expected to submit their applications within Round 1 as the J-1 visa application process may take approximately 2 months for an outcome.
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 organisation in mind, make sure to check the organisation’s website. Some organisations do not post internships to central databases, but have internship opportunities posted on their individual websites.
- Internships (including programme fees) that are packaged by a service provider or the organisation itself will not be supported through this fund. Talk to CIPE if you are facing challenges in sourcing for internships in specific niche areas.
What if the organisation’s website does not have any internship(s) listed?
- Contact the organisation and explore possibilities to develop your own internship. Many organisations are open to the idea of taking on an intern, particularly those who are willing to work for the experience more than the pay.
Can I apply for SSIF when I don’t have a formal internship offer yet?
- Yes, definitely! We understand that sourcing and securing an internship can take months to confirm, thus, we are receiving applications for SSIF as you simultaneously pursue your internship search.
- The application asks that you state your purpose for pursuing a chosen internship focus, as well as details about some organisations you have applied to. Applications are reviewed based on the student’s proposal, and in-principle approval will be provided by the notification date.
- The final deadline for the student to secure an internship is provided in the table on bit.ly/cipe-ssif, based on which round the application is submitted.
How do I approach the organisation about developing my own internship?
- Before contacting the organisation, think about what it is you would like to do as an intern. How do you think you might be useful to the organisation, 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 organisation through networking. If you know someone who works at the organisation (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, you 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. Co-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 co-funding for CIPE-coordinated internships, subject to the level of compensation/benefits provided by the employer.
- Our stipends are intended to co-fund the living costs associated with accepting an internship. Students traveling overseas are responsible for airfare and visa fees. For overseas opportunities, additional financial aid may be available to assist students with the cost of travel.
- For a standard 8-week internship, students interning in Asia (excluding Singapore and Hong Kong) can receive up to S$2000, in South America & Africa up to S$3000, in Europe up to S$4000, and in North America up to S$5000. Financial support from CIPE will depend on the level of compensation/benefits provided by the employer, and longer internship durations will be pro-rated accordingly. 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.
- Please note: Students who are staying with their immediate families will receive adjusted amounts, to accommodate for their lower living expenses.
What happens after I apply for SSIF?
- CIPE will review your application after the deadline and get back to you by the specified date.
- 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 (including name and email address)*Otherwise, the employer/supervisor should indicate that this is an unpaid internship.
- CIPE will also reach out to the employer/supervisor to verify/clarify on the details indicated in the offer letter (if need be).
- (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.
My vacation period is different this year due to my semester abroad plans in another country, so I am hoping to do an internship between January – March. Can I apply?
- We understand that some institutions (in countries such as Germany, Japan, and the UK) have semester schedules that cut into the standard vacation period, and are glad you’re looking to use the time before to pursue an internship. Students in unique circumstances like this are welcome to apply to SSIF in pursuit of an off-cycle internship, and should explain the irregular timing in the application.
Need more help?
- Make an appointment with the CIPE Career Services team who can assist you with the process, help you customize your search, and provide direction regarding guidelines for designing internships.
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