Developing Your Own Summer Opportunity

There is a world of opportunities beyond the ones that CIPE offers. We are thrilled that many of you have taken the initiative to  explore these – taking responsibility for your own growth can be even more rewarding and is excellent preparation for the real world after college. We love hearing news of students who found their own summer experience, and are here to help others put your best foot forward if you are pursuing this route too.

To help you develop your own summer opportunity, CIPE has put together some resources below. Please note that the information given here is only meant as a resource for our students, and does not apply to CIPE summer programs. The College does not endorse any portal, organization, or opportunity listed here. Applicants should do your own research, speak to your CIPE advisor if you need more guidance, and/or contact the organization directly to find out more.

Tips to Get You Started

Finding a summer opportunity on your own may seem like a daunting task but, as with any other big project, breaking it down into smaller parts and developing a system for yourself will make the job easier.

Here are some tips that might help:

  1. Start researching and make a list of types of opportunities that you find interesting. Once you find an organization that interests you, check to see if they have opportunities listed online. If not, send them an email expressing interest or enquiring about opportunities that might be available. It may help to maintain an excel sheet of opportunities that interest you and people you have contacted.
  2. Identify people who are working in fields that interest to you. Think about people you know—family, friends, friends of friends, parents of friends, or others in your network who could help you identify opportunities that might interest you or help connect you with relevant people they know.
  3. Take advantage of networking opportunities and don’t be shy! Before going to an event where you might be able to network with people, prepare and practice a 30 second pitch about who you are, what you’re studying, and what you’re interested in. Anticipate the kind of people you are likely to meet and think about what you would like to learn from them.

For more tips here:

Opportunities in Singapore

Here are some resources to help you start your search:


Glints is a platform for young talent to build up the career readiness through internships and online challenges.  This start-up, founded by 3 pre-college Singaporeans, actively source a diverse variety of employers and opportunities to build their employer-talent community and their mission is for every college student to embark on his or her job search with a Glints profile that showcases their unique set of experiences and skills.


InternSG is a Singapore based organization that invites both students and companies from around the world to actively participate in their Singapore Internship Placement program. InternSG does not charge any kind of administrative fees! No form of payment or deduction of allowance will be made. Applicants will be applying for the position directly with the companies by emailing their detailed resumes to the email address listed.


GradConnection is a free platform that lets you choose exactly what industry opportunities you want to hear about, and delivers them straight to your inbox. You can research the companies on the site, talk to other graduates in the forums, and be found by employers viewing your GradConnection student profile. They have over 200 active employers on their site and open applications in over 40 industries for all students and graduates to apply. You can also apply to international opportunities through this portal.

Students go Abroad 

Studentsgoabroad provides quality placements in volunteer workinternship programs and language courses abroad. Use the portal to find internships in Singapore and abroad by choosing the travel type and country of your choice. This service is NOT free. They charge approximately 150 EUROs for one internship opportunity that you register for.


Asia’s leading online employment marketplaces that helps facilitate the matching and communication of job opportunities between jobseekers and employers, in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. They operate like a regular job portal. You can find and search through the opportunity listings and apply for the ones you like through their portal.


Glassdoor holds a growing database of 6 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reportsinterview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other jobs sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees. Add to that millions of the latest jobsGlassdoor is also available via its mobile app on iOS and Android platforms.

List of top 100 employers

Some internships never make it to a job portal. They are only advertised on the employers career portal while others may only be mentioned during networking and/or other events.

International Opportunities


Idealist is a platform to find volunteer and action opportunities around the world. You can also post your own project and seek help. The platform also allows you to find internship and job opportunities in the industry.


InternshipUSA is a programme run by the German American Chamber of Commerce, California. Candidates from around the world can submit their CV and other documents which InternshipUSA circulates to its partner companies in USA. Once accepted, they help you with the J-1 visa application process too. Unclear if this is a free or a paid service.


MediaBistro is a job board. You can search and find the internships of interest and apply for  them via the portal. postings range from coast to coast and cover major media companies in all communications industries., a Chegg service, is the world’s largest student-focused internship marketplace, bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one centralized location. They have information pertinent to interviews, resumes, etc. Their portal helps you find the right internships based on your interests, skillsets & your degree. 


Is a comprehensive job search platform where you can search for internships and other jobs.

Other Opportunities

External Funding: If you have a project in mind that you would require funding for, there are many external sources of funding that you could tap on. An updated list of external funding sources for student initiatives in multiple fields can be found here.