Recognising industrial internships as an important element of the professional engineering training, the Faculty of Engineering has re-introduced internships as a compulsory requirement of the Bachelor of Engineering curriculum for students from the 2014 matriculation cohort onwards. Internships provide an excellent platform for students to integrate their knowledge and theories learnt in the classroom with the practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students are also expected to develop a better appreciation of engineering professions and be able to better define their career aspirations.The faculty actively partners with various organisations in the industry to place students in meaningful internships with significant engineering components relevant to students’ areas of study. Internships enable organisation to gain access to students as a mode of talent acquisition. Organisations are able to contribute in the shaping of the younger generation of engineers, identify potential candidates for future employment, and to create a positive word-of-mouth amongst the student population.
The faculty offers two credit-bearing internship modules: The 24-week Industrial Attachment (IA) undertaken during the semester and the 12-week Vacation Internship Programme (VIP) undertaken during the May-July vacation period. Depending on the engineering programme, students will enrol in either one of the programmes.
|Industrial Attachment (IA)||24 weeks||Semester 1: 11 July – 23 December 2016|
Semester 2: 09 January – 23 June 2017
|Vacation Internship Programme (VIP)||12 weeks||Special Term: 09 May – 29 Jul 2016|
Special Term: 08 May – 28 Jul 2017
It is our hope that students will receive a meaningful engineering experience by the end of the industrial attachment. The attachment should complement and enhance the students' engineering knowledge as it further allows students to explore and pursue their personal and career development. For the attachment to be effective, it is important that besides engineering technical skills, students should also be exposed to some, if not all, of the following:
Organisations are invited to participate in the Internship Programmes and their internship projects/positions may be submitted according to the placement timeline for the next internship intake.
|Submission of internship positions by companies||6-8 months before start of internship|
|Student application||4-5 months before start of internship|
|Companies interview & select students||4-5 months before start of internship|
|Confirmation of placements||2-3 months before start of internship|
Each student is assigned to an Liaison Lead who will co-supervised the student’s internship progress.
Students are required to submit one internship progress report for every 6 weeks of work performed to their faculty’s liaison lead for continual assessment. The final report shall be submitted within one month from the date of completion of the official attachment period. Employers shall assist to review the reports and endorse the report clearance form provided by the students. Employers shall complete an online intern performance feedback form at the end of the attachment.
Employers are encouraged to issue a written agreement of terms between the employer and the intern for the attachment.
Interns are covered under the Employment Act if they are under a Contract of Service. Please refer to the Employment Act for comprehensive information.
Leave during the Industrial Attachment period
The recommended monthly internship allowance is S$800 - S$1000. CPF contributions are exempted for employers with respect to the students (via Government Gazette Subsidiary Legislation Supplement No.28 dated 1 June 1973).
All full-time matriculated students of NUS subscribe to a compulsory Insurance Scheme as part of the student’s miscellaneous fees.
Employers/students are recommended to purchase additional insurance with a higher coverage for high risk work environment or activities that that are excluded under NUS’s policy. Employers may wish to cover the intern under the organisation’s insurance schemes such as medical or workmen’s compensation.
Employers/students should take adequate insurance for attachment undertaken overseas.
Employment pass is not required for International students who are registered for the for-credit internship under EG3611 Industrial Attachment and EG3612 Vacation Internship Programme.
Please refer to the Advisory note on employment of International Students.