Internships are great experiential learning opportunities to explore your professional and academic interests. While students are encouraged to search for opportunities on their own, CIPE also coordinates internships with employers who are seeking student interns for 8 or more weeks over the summer vacation period (May – July).

Opportunities are posted in Symplicity, with a large number of applications due on 1 February 2017. All applicants are required to attend a Writing Killer Resumes & Cover Letters workshop or Rapid Resume Reviews before applying, and will need to do a mock interview through Symplicity. Please refer to the Symplicity Student Guide for help with login and registration process. Students having trouble with Symplicity should contact

How you can start preparing

The first step to any internship search is self-assessment, where you reflect on your interests, values, strengths, and skills to determine where your passions lie and what work environments fit you well. At the same time, you should also look outward by exploring options through career guides like Vault, Career Talks on campus, and networking. The Career Resources Portal is a great starting point for preparation, and the Summer Opportunities Fair on 20 January 2017 will allow you to learn more about specific postings.

Key clusters of opportunities

Below are examples of internships that are cultivated by CIPE across the private, public, and civic sectors. Please check Symplicity for the full list. Opportunities are added continuously between January and March.

Arts (e.g. design, fine or performing arts, administration)
  • Curatorial & Research Intern – National Heritage Board – Singapore
  • Museum Intern – Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Venice, Italy
  • Auction & Business Support Intern – Christie’s – New York, NY, USA
  • Art Business Executive Intern – Little Artists Art Studio – Singapore
  • Museum Intern – Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History – New Haven, CT, USA
  • Art History Publications Intern – NUS Press – Singapore
  • Museum Intern (Various Positions) – National Gallery Singapore – Singapore
Communications (e.g. marketing, media, public relations, publishing, journalism)
  • Communications Intern – Brunswick Group – Singapore
  • Media Intern – MediaCorp – Singapore
  • Market Research Intern – Millward Brown – Singapore
  • Marketing and Communications – Wedu – Bangkok, Thailand
  • Social Media and Diversity Intern – Be More – New York, NY
  • Communications Intern – American Foreign Service Association – Washington, DC,
  • Communications Intern – National Council for Lesbian Rights – San Francisco, CA,
  • Social Media Monitoring & Evaluation Internship – Sarus – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Marketing and Design Intern – AIDHA – Singapore
  • Thought Leadership Intern – The Economist – Singapore
Consulting (e.g. business strategy, management consulting, industry analysis)
  • Management Consulting Intern – Accenture – Singapore
  • Consulting Analyst Intern – Millward Brown Vermeer – Singapore
  • Healthcare Consulting Intern – IMS Health – Singapore
  • Business Development Intern – Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) – Singapore
  • Business Development Intern – Shujog – Singapore
  • Strategic Advisory Intern – PrimeStreet Advisory – Bangkok, Thailand
  • Brand Strategy Intern – Interbrand – Singapore
 (e.g. teaching, administration, curriculum design)
  • Art Education Teacher Intern – Little Artists Art Studio – Singapore
  • Career Preparation Intern – Caring for Cambodia – Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Outreach Intern – Avanti Fellows – Chennai, India
  • Programme Management Intern – JUMP Foundation – Beijing, China
  • Teaching Intern – Ministry of Education – Singapore
Environmental (e.g. sustainability, conservation)
  • Urban Planning & Sustainability Intern – Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability – Singapore
  • Conservation & Restoration Intern – BirdLife International (Asia) – Singapore and Indonesia
  • Intern – Conservation International – Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Samoa
  • Event Management and Sustainability Intern – Grow Asia – Singapore
  • Intern – BW Group – Singapore
Finance (e.g. investment management, financial advisory)
  • Analyst Intern – Forman Cline Capital Markets – Makati City, Philippines
  • Corporate Finance Intern – Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) – Singapore
  • Capital Markets Intern – Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) – Singapore
  • Investment Intern – IIX Growth ing – Singapore
  • Intern – Hillhouse Capital – Singapore
Health (e.g. public health, mental health, pharmaceuticals)
  • Child Mental Health Internship – Institute of Mental Health – Singapore
  • Health Education Intern – Caring for Cambodia – Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Healthcare Consulting Intern – IMS Health – Singapore
Law (e.g. legal services)
  • Legal Intern – Lee & Lee – Singapore
  • Legal Intern – Rajah & Tann – Singapore
  • Legal Intern – Allen & Gledhill – SIngapore
  • Health and Legal Services for Migrant Workers – HealthServ – Singapore
Policy (e.g. government agencies, think tanks, statutory boards, legislative bodies)
  • Futures Group Intern – Ministry of Trade and Industry – Singapore
  • Governance & Policy Intern – Civil Service College – Singapore
  • Editorial Intern – Inconvenient Questions – Singapore
  • Journalism Intern – GovInsider – Singapore
  • Policy Analyst Intern – Transparency International – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Advocacy and Government Affairs Internship – American Foreign Service Association – Washington DC, USA
  • Research Intern – Asian Trade Centre – Singapore
  • Intern (Various Positions) – Public Service Division – Singapore
Social Impact (e.g. advocacy, philanthropy, international development)
  • Social Entrepreneurship Intern – Ashoka – Bangalore, India
  • Summer Internship – Philanthropy in Motion – Beijing, China
  • Campus Operations Internship – AIDHA – Singapore
  • Youth Venture Internship – Ashoka – Bangalore, India
  • Leadership development Intern – Wedu – Bangkok, Thailand
  • Summer Analyst – Choson Exchange – Singapore
  • Design Thinking/Leadership Development Intern – Scope Group – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Impact Advisory Intern – Scope Group – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Research Intern – ICMEC – Washington, DC, USA
  • Summer Intern Democracy and Human Rights – United Nations Association of Georgia – Tbilisi
  • We Can! Campaign Intern – Aware – Singapore
  • Advocacy Intern – Shujog – Singapore
Sciences (e.g. life sciences, research)
  • Virology Research Assistant – Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) – Singapore
  • Mondrian Beamforming Intern (Marine, Air and Urban Environment Sensing) – Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) – Singapore
  • Astrophysics Research Internship – National Central University – Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  • Research Intern – Centre for Liveable Cities – Singapore
  • Research Intern – Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory – Singapore
Tech & Startups (e.g. programming, infocommunications, entrepreneurship)
  • Innovation Catalyst Intern – DBS Innovation Group – Singapore
  • Customer Facing Technology Intern – Microsoft – Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines
  • Intern – Infocomm Development Authority (iDA) – Singapore
  • Marketing Intern – Dragon Law – Singapore
  • Operations Intern – Zalora – Singapore
  • Learning Technology Intern – CognaLearn – Singapore
  • Software Engineering Intern – SAP – Singapore


Self-Sourced Internships: 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. Find out more here.

Mystery Internships: First or second-year students can also apply for Mystery Internships, which create a space where you can leap into the unknown and cultivate your ability to adapt to new environments. Find out more here.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the general application process for CIPE-coordinated internships?
  1. Students submit resumes and cover letters to Symplicity by the stipulated deadlines, starting in January.
    • All students are required to have attended a Resume/Cover Letter workshop offered by CIPE.
    • CIPE will also be in the Elm Dining Hall during lunchtime for resume reviews. We recommend working with us to ensure that your application materials are strong, before you submit them.
  2. CIPE reviews all applications for fit to the internship position and pass along all qualified applications. We generally look for a combination of skills, talents and demonstrated interests relevant to the job description, and alignment of the student’s career and/or academic goals to the role applied.
  3. Students should do a mock interview through Symplicity to practice before a potential interview with the employer.
  4. After reviewing the student’s application, the organisation will contact students directly if they wish interview a candidate. Students can expect to hear back from the partner organisation within 3-6 weeks after application materials have been submitted. This wide range in timelines is due to the different internal processes of each organisation.
  5. Students who receive offers will have approximately 5 business days to accept or decline the offer, but must respect timelines requested by the employer. To learn more about the decision process, please read this guide. Students who are not selected are encouraged to request feedback, and review their options on alternative CIPE opportunities.

Are CIPE internships paid?

Many employers will provide monthly stipends, but some employers (ie: non-profits, NGOs, or start-ups) are only able to take interns unpaid. If the employer does not provide sufficient pay, CIPE will provide financial support to ensure that the pay does not hinder you from accepting an opportunity (see below). As a general rule of thumb, please note that internships are primarily meant to be an opportunity for professional and personal development, rather than revenue-generation.

Is there funding available for unpaid/underpaid internships?

Students are eligible for funding from CIPE to offset costs of living, but are responsible for their own airfare (if applicable). Internships should be pursued based on academic/professional interests, and can be secured through CIPE-coordinated offerings on Symplicity, or through a self-sourced search. Financial support from CIPE depend on compensation/benefits provided by the employer. More details will be shared once you confirm an offer.

  • 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.
  • A limited number of need-based funding is available to support students with the cost of airfare. Need-based funding will be distributed based on information provided by the Office of Financial Aid.

What level of internship stipend will qualify a student for financial support?

CIPE has budgeted financial 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.

Can CIPE provide financial support for an unpaid internship that I secure on my own?

Students who are interested in funding for internships not coordinated through CIPE should apply for the Self-Sourced Internship Funding, a highly competitive program. More information is available on Symplicity.

Where will I live while I am doing my internship?

If you are a Singaporean student doing a Singapore-based internship, we will expect you to live at home. If you are an international student on a Singapore-based internship, you will be able to stay on campus for the duration of your internship (subject to certain conditions). Depending on stipend you are receiving, you may be asked to cover the cost of the housing. If you are going on an overseas internship, CIPE can provide you guidance and resources in securing suitable accommodation there. For more information on On-campus Summer Housing, please check this FAQs page.

How should I go about searching for internships on my own?

The first step is to do a self-assessment and identify job functions that would be a good fit for you—ideally a first choice and an alternate. Then, create a list of specific positions and/or organisations you wish to pursue within those functions and/or industries. Networking will be crucial to securing an internship outside of CIPE. Start acquiring contact names and reaching out to learn more about the organisation and potential opportunities. For more information, please visit the Career Resources Portal.

What are the advantages of applying through CIPE for internships?

Many organisations have very competitive internship selection processes, and may receive over 100 resumes from students of both local and overseas universities. These are usually seen by a single university recruiter, who usually takes just 20-30 seconds to skim through each resume – this means a high possibility of good candidates being crowded out. To circumvent this, CIPE works with our partners to secure interview opportunities. This offers a more direct route for students to the interview stage, even if the organisation may still sometimes choose not to proceed with an interview.

The close relationship that CIPE manages with our partners also helps us prepare students to put their best foot forward when customising their application materials and interviewing with the organisation.

At the same time, these partnerships imply that CIPE has to consider multiple factors, including students’ growth and partners’ needs when managing the process.

Is Symplicity an internship aggregator or simply a platform for posting Yale-NUS internships?

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.

What has happened to the internship partners announced at the college’s inauguration?

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.

Is there a difference b/w a Yale-NUS internship and an NUS internship?

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.

Why do some internship applications go through a filtering process by CIPE?

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.


For an extended list of FAQs, please see here.