NGO Bootcamp

Interested in a summer experience that will foster knowledge, skills, humility, courage, and leadership while helping to make a change in this world?

Apply for NGO Bootcamp, a training programme focused on exposing you to all there is to know about social impact work! Facilitated by corporate and non-profit experts, NGO Bootcamp is a multi-module sequence that aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a difference in Singapore and the world.

Learning Objectives

The modules offered through NGO Bootcamp are aligned with the following learning objectives. Students will:

  1. Be able to recognize and analyse contemporary social realities, including the relative privilege or marginalisation of their own and other groups (Social Justice);
  1. Learn to interact appropriately, sensitively and self-critically with the communities for whom they work, and appreciate the knowledge, wisdom, skills and diversity that they possess (Perspective);
  1. Increase their capacity to work constructively across organizations, communities and sectors to tackle problems and promote the public good (Capacity);
  1. Be motivated to align their personal, academic, and professional choices with their greatest gifts and society’s greatest needs (Civic Engagement).

Dates and Schedule

NGO Bootcamp will run on 8, 9, 11, 12 and 15 May 2017. There will be no activities on 10 May(Vesak Day/Public Holiday), 13 and 14 May (Saturday and Sunday).

Sessions will run from 9AM and will end by 6PM, with the exception of 9th May as there is a dinner reception which will end at 8pm. Acceptance into NGO Bootcamp is contingent on your participation in all days of training with strictly no exceptions.

Students who wish to undertake select social impact/NGO internship(s) will have to participate in NGO bootcamp. These internships will run after NGO Bootcamp, from mid-May/June to end-July. Access existing internships via Simplicity here. Past internships partners can be viewed here.

Curriculum Topics

  1. Self and Service
  2. Sensing and Innovating
  3. Fostering Partnerships
  4. Advocating for Social Impact and Change
  5. Resourcing Social Impact and Change
  6. Doing Good Well
  7. Human-Centred Design
  8. Financial Management and Reporting
  9. Communicating for Social Impact and Change
  10. Pathways to Social Impact and Change

More details on this year’s curriculum can be viewed here.


Applications closed 1st February 2017 and will open early 2018.

Please email if you have questions.

NGO Bootcamp 2017 – Participants’ perspectives

“My biggest take-away from NGO Bootcamp was from one of the speakers who said it plainly, that social impact work and corporate work do not have to mutually exclusive, and that the skills from each are highly transferable. So often these sectors are set up as diametrically opposed, but they can complement each other more often than not.”

“I think the biggest take-away for me is that social impact starts with the individual and that we can create change wherever we are.”

 NGO Bootcamp 2017 – Snapshots

Bootcamp participants on an experiential trail with The Thought Collective at Toa Payoh.

Preparing a media brief during a Human-Centred Design simulation.

Group presentations during the Theory of Change module.

Media Articles featuring the inaugural Bootcamp in 2014

“Bootcamp Gives Students Taste of NGO Life

“Undergrads Learn About NGO Work at Yale-NUS Bootcamp”

“Inaugural NGO Bootcamp Kicks off at Yale-NUS College”

“Yale-NUS Launches NGO Bootcamp” 

“56 undergraduate students and nonprofit professionals participate in an NGO Bootcamp to learn community service skills”