Singapore, Singapore

Global Internship

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Overview

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Singapore combines an ultramodern skyline with the rich history of its past. Interns can look forward to an exhilarating summer at a centuries-old crossroads of international trade and a dynamic gateway to Asia. The world's aspiring “City in a Garden” - Singapore has a wonderland of lush green spaces as well as a prosperous economy that embraces everything from finance and pharmaceuticals to technology and tourism.

Unique Experiences

  • LIVE IN THE DYNAMIC GATEWAY TO ASIA

    that combines an ultramodern skyline with the rich cultures of its past.

  • LEARN FROM THE ISLAND CITY-STATE

    that hosts Asian headquarters of many multinational corporations across a range of industry sectors, making it an exceptionally diverse business community.

  • WORK IN A RAPIDLY GROWING ECONOMY

    that embraces everything from finance and pharmaceuticals to technology and tourism.

  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: ENGLISH, MALAY, MANDARIN CHINESE, AND TAMIL

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  • UNIVERSITIES

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  • SQUARE MILES OF TOTAL AREA

    277.3

Location & Culture

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A hub of international commerce, Singapore is one of the world’s most globalized economies. This island city-state hosts the Asian headquarters of many multinational corporations across a range of industries. It is an ideal venue for a challenging and rewarding internship program as well as an exciting place to explore - with its remarkable landscape and diverse blend of cultures and cuisines.

The Culture

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Excursions & Activities

  • Join the locals and enjoy water sports like sailing, kayaking, water skiing, and scuba diving.   
  • Take in a symphony, an arts festival, or even an open mic night during your stay in Singapore, a “gateway between the East and West" and a center for performing arts and culture.
  • Visit the world-famous Singapore Zoo, nestled within the lush Mandai rainforest and home to over 300 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Take advantage of resume guidance and learn interviewing skills based on the local business culture
  • Explore the professional working world of Singapore through organizational site visits, industry networking events, and guest lectures
  • Participate in workshops that will help you make the most of your internship

Daily Life

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    Housing

    Program housing is in student dormitory or apartment-style accommodations. It includes shared (double or triple) rooms, laundry facilities, internet access, and convenient access to public transportation.

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    Meals

     Meals are not included in the program housing, but housing is within close walking distance to a 24-hour food court as well as many affordable eateries and malls.

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Where You'll Study

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    CIEE SINGAPORE

    Located at Paya Lebar Square, the CIEE office is part of a shared co-working space and is centrally located with access to the MRT. Students will have co-curricular activities throughout the city.

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    GETTING AROUND

    Students commute to their internships and most program activities via local public transportation. Introduction to the transportation system is provided during orientation. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.

Academics

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Academics

As a global intern in Singapore, you’ll work in a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of industries. Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Singapore complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city.

This semester length program includes 6 weeks of academic coursework and an 8-week full-time internship and course. Class environment varies depending on the course and is designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. All internships are offered in English.

GPA

Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5. Students participating in the Singapore Semester Global Internship program must maintain full-time student status at their home university while participating in the CIEE program and must have matriculated full-time at their home university at least three months prior to application. Students should be prepared to obtain a signed letter from their home university confirming student matriculation details. *Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process.

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Upon completing the two electives during the first six-week block, students participate in an academic seminar taught in an online learning environment alongside the 8-week, full-time internship. The two electives, the seminar and the internship are all required components of the program. 

Program Requirements

  • Weeks 1 – 6  
    • 2 CIEE elective courses
  • Weeks 7 – 14  
    • INSH 3828 HYBR: Academic Internship in a Global Workplace
    • One additional CIEE elective course (optional)

Program Credit

Total credit: 12-15 semester/18-22.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours unless otherwise noted
  • CIEE Internship: 6 semester/9 quarter credits; 30 course hours, 200-240 internship placement hours

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment for elective courses typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion. An integrated academic seminar correlates with the 8-week internship and is taught primarily in an online learning environment to complement the internship experience. Mandatory co-curricular activities for this integrated academic course are delivered in person. Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.

Class Format

Students begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 hours) and an online academic course for 6 semester/9 quarter credits. In addition, students have the option to enroll in one additional CIEE elective course during the eight-week portion of the program. Students should expect to spend 30-32 hours per week engaged in internship project work.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Final grades are based on class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final exams. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress toward goals.

Language of Instruction

English

Courses

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Course Information

Course Notes

  • All internships are offered in English.
  • Students should expect to spend 30-32 hours per week engaged in internship work
  • Week 1-6 elective courses are chosen from any of the courses offered through the Open Campus Block program in Block I. Courses are listed as “Fall Block I” and “Spring Block I” respectively.
  • The optional Week 7-14 elective is “Doing Business in Asia Pacific” and/or “Intercultural Communication and Leadership,” as listed below. 
  • “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple Global Institutes.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

 

What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

Our Staff

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