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Student Internship Programme

The objective of the Student Internship Programme (SIP) is to provide students with the opportunity to relate their academic learning in the course of study to a relevant work environment. This experience will facilitate their ability to adapt when joining the workforce in the future.


SIP is usually carried out with local host organisations in a relevant industry where students undertake various activities assigned and experience problem solving in practical, real-life situations.  Alternatively, SIP can be carried out overseas (OSIP) whereby students are given the opportunity to gain an international outlook while gaining practical experience and life skills in a real work environment overseas.


Please click here for more information on OSIP. 

Internship Period

SIP starts between March and October and the duration generally ranges from 16 to 26 weeks. Please click here to view the internship duration and available period of the participating diplomas.


The polytechnic begins to process the SIP applications as early as four months before the commencement of the respective SIP periods. This is to allow sufficient time for clarification, processing and allocation. The polytechnic encourages organisations to apply early to secure placements.

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We welcome you to be our partner-in-training, both in Singapore and/or overseas. You may submit your application through any of the following schools:


You may send your query here if you are not sure which school to engage.


For more information about our Student Internship Programme (SIP), please contact us at internship@tp.edu.sg


For information on TP’s full-time diploma courses, click here.

SIP Mentorship 

In line with the SkillsFuture movement, our polytechnic encourages organisations to provide mentorship to our students. The role of this mentor is different from the day-to-day internship work supervision and guidance typically undertaken by an assigned supervisor. A mentor takes on a long-term view to provide guidance, support, encouragement and inspiration to his/her student through sharing knowledge and experience relevant to work, career and/or professional development. 

If you would like to view the one-page infographic which provides a summary of the video, please click here.

Internship Funding

Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

The Global Ready Talent Programme (Internships) by ESG supports enterprises that are keen to build talent pipeline to support expansion plans. Singapore enterprises offering student internships to Institute of Technical Education (ITEs), Polytechnics and Universities are eligible for up to 70% funding on the monthly internship stipend. You could visit the ESG website for more information on the funding.

 

The programme also supports enterprises in building a young talent pipeline for their expansion plans through overseas internships. Please click here for information on the overseas funding.

 

 

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

Under the Internship Reimbursement Scheme, MPA supports maritime-related business entity providing internship opportunities to local students. Maritime-related business entities would include companies in the port, shipping and maritime services (e.g. maritime finance, law, insurance) sectors. You could visit MPA website for more information on the Talent@MaritimeSingapore programme.

SIP FAQ

What can the Student Internship Programme (SIP) offer you?

What can the Student Internship Programme (SIP) offer you?

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.

How long is the internship attachment?

How long is the internship attachment?

The duration of the internship generally ranges from 16 to 26 weeks and it varies for the different diplomas. (Click here for SIP dates.)

How does the Student Internship Programme (SIP) work?

How does the Student Internship Programme (SIP) work?

SIP can be carried out locally or overseas. Participating organisations undertakes the following key responsibilities:- 

  • Training Programme

Submit a Student Internship Programme (SIP) Application Form and provide the training programme/project outline/job scope of the interns. This 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 interns towards the desired learning outcomes.  These learning outcomes and training programme will be used to prepare students on the organisation’s expectations and requirements.

  • Organisation Supervision

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 intern; ascertain if opportunities are given to him/her and if the desired learning outcomes are met.

In addition, the organisation supervisor will oversee matters such as endorsing the daily attendance, verifying the intern’s record of activities, supervising his/her training, etc. If there are any doubts, organisation supervisor can co-ordinate with the Liaison Officer assigned by the polytechnic.

  • Liaison Officer

One or more assigned TP staff 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. 

  • Performance Appraisal

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.

When can I apply for SIP?

When can I apply for SIP?

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.

How much do I have to pay the student interns?

How much do I have to pay the student interns?

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 organisation provides accommodation and/or an allowance to the interns, though this is not a requirement. Nonetheless, organisation is requested to assist the interns to make accommodation arrangement regardless of whether free accommodation is given.

Is there CPF Contribution & Work Permit Requirement?

Is there CPF Contribution & Work Permit Requirement?

Participating organisation need not:

  • Contribute to the Central Provident Fund and Skills Development Fund.
  • Apply for work permit for non-Singapore citizen student.

What are the working hours of the interns?

What are the working hours of the interns?

Interns 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. Interns should also be given a reasonable break time for meals.

All interns should work in the organisation’s premises made known to the polytechnic. Liaison Officer must be informed of alternate arrangements, if any. 

Can my organisation select/interview the students?

Can my organisation select/interview the students?

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).

How does Overseas SIP (OSIP) work?

How does Overseas SIP (OSIP) work?

Organisations keen on participating in our OSIP scheme may choose one of the following models of collaboration:-

  • Interns are assigned to your organisation for the entire period of the work attachment. This scheme is the most common model of OSIP.
  • Interns work in your Singapore branch/office for a period of time, followed by a stint in your overseas branch/office.
  • Interns undertake project work on the polytechnic's campus in Singapore followed by an overseas attachment for the rest of the attachment period. This scheme will allow the students to complete part or all of the development work in Singapore, and allow time for them to install/implement the system and conduct training on how to operate the system/machine within your organisation.

It is recommended that interns go in pairs i.e. two students of the same gender.  This is because two interns 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):

  1. Provide or source for suitable accommodation for the interns.
  2. Advise on insurance coverage/ immigration requirements for interns (if applicable).
  3. Liaise with the local authorities regarding the necessary documentation for the interns (if necessary).
  4. Arrange transfers to & from airport/train/coach station.
  5. Provide a letter indicating that the company will sponsor the interns during their stay in the host country. This letter is necessary for the interns to apply for the student visas.

What is the notification period prior to overseas trips?

What is the notification period prior to overseas trips?

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 interns to prepare for the trips and comply with relevant requirements such as vaccination and regulatory clearance.

  • At least three months from the departure date is required for working outside Singapore for the entire period.
  • At least three weeks in advance from the departure date is needed in the case of short trips (e.g. a few days to two weeks) to neighbouring countries.

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