Students taking part in the internship programme locally (SIP) or overseas (OSIP) are final year students of Temasek Polytechnic (TP). Their capability is determined by the course of study.
The duration of the internship generally ranges between 16-26 weeks and it varies for the different diplomas. (Click here for SIP dates.)
SIP can be carried out locally or overseas. Participating organisations undertakes the following key responsibilities:-
Submit a Student Internship Programme (SIP) Application Form and provide the training programme/project outline/job scope of the interns. This SIP Application Form could help to identify the nature of training the student will be receiving, and facilitate matching the right student (in terms of specialisation) to the job.
The organisation is also required to work with the polytechnic on a set of mutually agreed learning outcomes for the SIP before the SIP commences. The training programme should provide relevant learning activities that are likely to lead students towards the desired learning outcomes. These learning outcomes and training programme will be used to prepare students on the organisation’s expectations and requirements.
Student Internship Programme (SIP) intern should have an in-organisation supervisor to oversee his/her performance. This will help ensure compliance with job requirements and practices of the organisation. At the end of the SIP, the supervisor will assess the performance of the students, ascertain if opportunities are given to the students and if the desired learning outcomes are met.
In addition, the organisation supervisor will oversee matters such as endorsing the daily attendance, verifying SIP intern’s record of activities, supervising SIP intern’s training, etc. If there are any doubts, organisation supervisors can co-ordinate with the Liaison Officer assigned by the polytechnic.
One or more assigned Lecturers will act as Liaison Officer(s) between the organisation and the interns. The organisation will liaise with the Liaison Officer (LO) from the polytechnic on all matters relating to the SIP interns.
The role of the LO is NOT to provide technical advice/assistance to interns or the project(s) assigned to the interns. His/her role is to mediate on any issues, if any, arising between the organisation and the interns.
The organisation, in particular the supervisor, will be required to provide feedback on the performance of each SIP Intern by completing a Performance Appraisal Form. This will be submitted to the polytechnic through the Liaison Officer at the end of the attachment period. The overall result will be recorded in the intern’s transcript.
SIP takes place every academic year (click here for the Academic Calendar). The polytechnic begins to process the SIP applications as early as four months before the commencement of the respective SIP periods (click here for SIP dates). This is to allow sufficient time for clarification, processing and allocation. The polytechnic encourages organisations to apply early to secure placements.
The amount differs amongst different industry sectors. As a general observation, the minimum amount ranges from S$450 to S$650 (inclusive of public holidays). Allowance should be paid directly to the intern by cash, cheque or through a bank transfer.
Organisation should inform the polytechnic in advance on payment/non-payment of other allowances such as overtime. Although overtime is not encouraged, off-in-lieu is expected for work beyond 44 hours per week. The overtime work should be limited to 12 hours per day and not more than 72 hours of overtime work per month.
For an Overseas SIP (OSIP), the polytechnic will cover the student’s airfare (inclusive of airport taxes) and VISA application, subject to a cap of S$1,000. It is recommended that participating organisations provide accommodation and/or an allowance to the interns, though this is not a requirement. Nonetheless, organisations are requested to assist the interns to make accommodation arrangement regardless of whether free accommodation is given.
Participating organisation need not:
Students are covered under the polytechnic's Group Personal Accident (GPA) insurance policy. In addition, student on internship/attachment are covered under a ‘Work injury compensation insurance for students on internship/attachment’ policy purchased by the polytechnic.
Students are generally expected to follow the operating hours of the organisations to which they are attached. If shift work is required, this should be made known to the polytechnic before the internship commences.
The total number of working hours for each intern should not exceed 12 hours (including overtime) in a day and the total number of working hours should not exceed 44 hours per work-week to align with the Ministry of Manpower’s Singapore Employment Act. Students should also be given a reasonable break time for meals.
All interns must work in the organisation’s premises made known to the polytechnic. He/she cannot be instructed to work at home or at a venue which is not the designated premise of the organisation.
It is possible for the polytechnic to work with your organisation to identify student(s) for the internship position(s) and arrange for appropriate interview(s).
Organisations keen on participating in our OSIP scheme may choose one of the following models of collaboration:-
It is recommended that students go in pairs i.e. two students of the same gender. This is because two students can be housed together for cost consideration and companionship.
Subject to negotiation, the host organisation should work with the polytechnic and assist in the following (where possible):
Parental consent is needed for all overseas attachments/assignments. They are subject to the polytechnic's approval as well.
It is good to give sufficient time for the students to prepare for the trips and comply with relevant requirements such as vaccination and regulatory clearance.