FAQs for Summer Activities
Summers at university offer an exciting opportunity for personal development and reflection. They are a time for you to broaden your horizons and try new experiences. Students’ desires are unique and each student will gain something different from any given opportunity. Recognising this, CIPE strives to offer a diverse array of opportunities to match the diverse aspirations of the Yale-NUS student body. Here are some frequently asked questions about our various offered summer programs. We hope they aid you as you consider how you would like to best make use of your summer. As always, please feel free to contact your CIPE advisor with any further questions or proposals you might have.
- Students submit resumes, cover letters, and any additional supporting documents to Symplicity, starting in mid-January.
- All students are required to have attended a Resume/Cover Letter workshop offered by CIPE. The next workshop will be offered in early January 2017, and past attendance in 2015/16 fulfills this pre-requisite.
- We recommend working with your CIPE advisor to ensure that your application materials are strong. A strong application* is one in which your skills and talents connect with the job description.
- CIPE will forward all qualified applications* to the internship organization. After reviewing the student’s application, the organization will contact the student directly if they wish to offer an interview.
- Students can typically expect to hear from the partner organization within 3-6 weeks after application materials have been submitted. This wide range in timelines is due to the different internal processes of each organization.
- Students who successfully interview and receive offers will have about 5 business days to accept or decline the offer. Students who are not selected are encouraged to request feedback from CIPE on how they can strengthen their candidacy for future applications, and to review their alternative options with their CIPE advisor.
The close relationship that CIPE manages with our partners also helps us prepare students to put their best foot forward when customizing their application materials and interviewing with the organization. At the same time, these partnerships imply that CIPE has to consider multiple factors, including students’ growth and partners’ needs when managing the process.
Both. There are partners that would like CIPE to collate all the applications on their behalf while others will want all applications to be done at their own portals. In the case of the latter, CIPE will still post these in Symplicity for 2 reasons – 1. Create awareness of these internships and 2. Encourage students to seek CIPE’s support review the application materials first before they actually apply.
The internship partner relationships established at the start of the college have evolved over time, as many partners have implemented new internal policies or undergone organizational restructuring. We understand that these changes have impacted their original commitments to us, and have hence been building relationshipswith many more leading organisations in Singapore, the region, and the world. CIPE works with students to prepare for the competitive applications process and to navigate complexities involved with recruiting processes.
Yale-NUS internship opportunities are cultivated by CIPE after conversations with the employer assessing fit and suitability. Internships publicised by the NUS Centre for Future Ready Graduates (CFG) cater to a much wider spectrum of the student body and are often designated by faculties and/or degree programmes. Students are welcome to apply to internships offered by NUS with CIPE’s support, but will be competing with a much larger pool of students.
CIPE works with Yale-NUS students to help strengthen application materials for competitive processes. On some occasions, selected employers have requested that CIPE be involved in the selection process. We are moving away from this practice nowadays as in many instances, our application numbers are small enough for our partners to manage their own screening.
We cannot grant you an extension in the case when you want to see the results from your other applications before you decide. In an ideal world, you would have all of your options lined up and be able to choose, but in the real world you will often have to make decisions with incomplete information. Learning to make such decisions early will only help you in the long run.
Also, while you wait to hear back, you may be holding a dream programme spot from a classmate. Don’t let your convenience come to the detriment of others.
After completing the programme, you will likely be able to continue your research during the school year and help mentor future participants in summer research programs.
However, a seeming lack of relevant experience should not deter you from applying. Summer research is about learning and exposing yourself to new experiences; research work also involves many possible activities, including literature reading and reviews, coding, fieldwork, working with test subjects and handling equipment. Even if you haven’t studied a particular subject, skills you have picked up in other ways could still be relevant and useful.
You then apply to CIPE by submitting:
1. A detailed project proposal, informally approved by your faculty mentor;
2. A project budget.
The application documents will be made available on the CIPE website around mid-January 2016.
Social Impact Fellowships: https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/leadership-global-citizenship/leadership-in-action/student-initiatives/
Travel Fellowships: https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/summer-opportunities/travel-fellowships/
Travel fellowships generally range from SGD$1000 to $1500. Funding may be adjusted depending on number of students participating.
If you are in need of housing in Singapore this summer, please apply for Yale-NUS Summer Housing at https://goo.gl/forms/aM2GitM8r2wGdS6v2. Priority for on-campus summer housing will be given to international students, and available at a weekly rate of S$200/week (Sunday – Sunday). Interested students should apply online as soon as they have confirmed details with their programme organizer, including start/end dates.
Students participating in CIPE-coordinated internships are expected to contribute to the cost of housing, if the stipend they receive from the employer is greater than $600/month ($150/week). $150/week is the minimum amount that Yale-NUS has allocated for living expenses during an internship in Singapore.
For internships coordinated through CIPE, we have budgeted support for students who are being paid between $0-150/week by the employer (or $0-350/week for international students requiring on-campus housing). Below is an example, for illustration purposes. 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.
As with many organizations, CIPE sets a budget every year where we plan to allocate expenses based on programs in our horizon. We created the Self-Sourced Internship Fund (SSIF) to financially support students who are sourcing their own opportunities. If you did not apply for the Self-Sourced Internship Fund, we encourage you to look into alternative accommodations that fit within your budget constraints (see below).
Students who receive financial support from CIPE are expected to stay on-campus during their summer programme.
Housing is a large expense for students and CIPE-alike. Singaporean students are welcome to apply for on-campus housing, but will have to cover their own expenses, if you choose to stay on-campus.
Yale-NUS students may apply for vacation housing directly with the other NUS residences. More information about summer housing at NUS is available on their website. Please note that students receiving funding from CIPE need to stay on-campus at Yale-NUS during their official programme dates.
Students will not be expected to pay for summer housing until May (earliest), when placements are confirmed. CIPE and the Finance office will work with individual students on special cases, for as a delayed start date.
Please contact the Dean of Students office (email@example.com) or the CIPE Programme Manager who has been in contact with you about the opportunity.