The NUS Global Internship Programme allows students to gain valuable work experience while living abroad.
Gain wider business and cultural perspectives.
Enhance your adaptability and resilience.
Improve your foreign language skills.
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We want to support you on your overseas journey. Hence, we have made several financial aid options open to you.
For full terms and conditions, please refer to the NUS Financial Support for Global Internships.
||ESG’s Global Ready Talent (GRT) Programme
||IMDA’s Industry Preparation for Pre-graduate (iPREP) Programme
||NUS Global Internship Award (NGIA)
||Lee Foundation McDonnell Scholarship
- Only for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents
- Participate in an internship in a qualifying country
- Only for Singapore Citizens
- From one of the eligible majors
- For students not eligible for GRT & iPREP
- For all students
- Participate in an internship in USA
Up to a maximum of $1,300
(One time scholarship)
Monthly subsistence allowance
One-time travel allowance
Insurance & Personal Safety
NUS Student Travel Insurance
All NUS students will be covered under NUS Student Travel Insurance for NUS-approved trips, including physical global internships. Terms and conditions apply.
Though expenses for COVID-19 medical treatment is covered under the policy, you are strongly encouraged to purchase additional insurance coverage for overseas medical expenses as well as evacuation or repatriation expenses in the unfortunate event that you contract COVID-19.
If you intend to participate in adventure sports, or other activities which are deemed to be high-risk, you are encouraged to purchase additional travel insurance at your own expense.
International SOS provides on-call professional medical advice and referrals to their partner clinics and hospitals worldwide, as well as evacuation and other emergency services depending on the situation. All NUS students on NUS-approved trips may use the resources of International SOS in case of any emergencies.
Before your trip
Download the International SOS Assistance app. When prompted, register for a new profile using your full passport name, NUS email address and the NUS membership ID — 02ASCA830500.
Please forward the original flight itinerary confirmation email (including the PDF document, if applicable) without making any changes to NUSTravel@itinerary.internationalsos.com.
During your trip
If you are travelling overseas, please remember to drop a pin each time you are in a new city or country, even if you are on a different mobile number. This will enable International SOS to send you travel advisories, important information and emergency notifications.
When you need medical or security advice / assistance, call the International SOS assistance center via the call button in the International SOS Assistance app, or call +65 6338 7800 (24/7). Please identify that you are from NUS and provide your name, faculty and the overseas programme you are in.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
Singaporeans/PRs should eRegister themselves with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). This allows MFA to contact you and provide assistance should the need arises.
International students should contact their country’s diplomatic missions.
According to Section 8A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, it is an offence for any Singapore citizen or Singapore permanent resident to consume drugs outside Singapore. He or she may be dealt with as if that offence had been committed within Singapore.
Stay updated with the COVID-19 situation and prevailing entry requirements imposed by Singapore and your host country through Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) as well as the authorities of the host country/region.
How to Apply
Apply for Internships on NUS TalentConnect
Positions are constantly posted in NUS TalentConnect (new ones are added while old ones expire).
- Go to Jobs & Internships
- Select Search Opportunities
- Click on See All Jobs
- Under Position Type, select Vacation Internships (Overseas)
On rare occasions, you may find overseas positions posted under your faculty internships. Simply follow the application instructions you see in each individual position, as indicated by the employer.
When to Apply
You should apply for the position 5 – 10 months before you intend to go overseas. This will give you adequate time to go through the selection process, and then apply for your visa.
Take Note of Your Responsibilities
Please see the following table for your responsibilities, as well as the other NUS departments involved.
||Office of Finance
- Negotiation of Internship Dates
- Application for:
- Student Status Letter
- Credit transfer
- Air tickets & Housing (with advice from Company)
- Global Internship Opportunities in NUS TalentConnect
- Career Coaching and Training
- Supporting letters
- Administration of financial aid
- Advice on credit transfer
- Offer letter & supporting documents for visa application
- Provision of Benefits
- Housing / Housing Search Support
Hundreds Have Expanded Their Horizons Through the Programme
What Our Students Say
G Kethlyn Gayatiri
7 May to 5 August 2018
Global Internship with Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, South Africa
Developing my advocacy and interpersonal skills
The Scalabrini Centre receives more than 2000 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers each month who access a variety of development, welfare, advocacy and outreach programs. Over the course of my three-month internship, I gained insights into the issues that the migrants, refugees and asylum seekers face, and how each department works toward advocating for and assisting them. The internship not only enhanced my knowledge about the laws, policies and challenges in South Africa, but I also had to learn to be resourceful, professional and kind.
Yeo Ying De
Singapore & London
13 May to 2 August 2019
Global Internship with Charles Taylor Mutual Management Asia, Singapore & London
Exploring the sea of opportunities
This trip gave me the widest possible exposure to understand the basic operations of maritime insurance and the Club’s businesses in the maritime industry.
I shadowed underwriters, observing how they measured their risk portfolios and quoted potential businesses. I got the chance to tour Lloyds of London, and witnessed the traditions of broker-underwriter negotiations!
Goh See Ying
Singapore & Vietnam
14 May to 20 July 2018
Global lnternship with BLPL Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore & Vietnam
Unique cultural experiences
Under the Marine Port Authority Global Internship Award (MPA GIA) programme, I had the opportunity to intern at BLPL Singapore Pte Ltd for 10 weeks, inclusive of an overseas stint of 4 weeks in Vietnam.
Through my 10-week internship, I gained considerable knowledge about the operations of a maritime company, and experienced the cultural practices in Vietnam.
I miss the weekly team dinners whereby my Vietnamese colleagues drove me to explore the hidden backstreets that have so many delicious local specialty dishes to offer!
Denise Foo Kai Lin
20 May to 10 July 2019
Global Internship with United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Limited, Thailand
Never be afraid to take on new challenges
As a Fintech and Partnership Intern under the Channels and Digitalisation department, I was mainly responsible for the crafting of creatives via graphic design and video production, as well as supporting plans for digital marketing. Interning at UOB taught me to always be proactive and to not be afraid of trying and taking on new challenges.
An overseas internship also takes one out of their comfort zone, with new insights learnt through cultural immersion. The opportunity to be exposed to life overseas is definitely an experience one should not miss!
5 May to 4 July 2019
Global Internship with Centillion Technologies, India
Learning how to thrive in a different culture
I crafted value propositions for market entry strategies and executed IT sales in Chinese and English, working with UI and UX data. The process has allowed me to gain professional skills in business analytics. I have also acquired a strong cultural appreciation of India, which adds value to my learning as a Global Studies major.
Overall, the internship was a great opportunity to step out my comfort zone and adapt to new working conditions. By expanding the limits of your worldview, you will be more able to thrive in the VUCA workplace.
15 August to 27 December 2019
Global Internship with Humanitarian Affairs Asia, Thailand
Always be ready to ask questions and share your opinions
Compared to the classroom, I had to learn on the job and acquire vital skills such as Microsoft Excel. I also had the chance to develop my communication skills in accordance with good work ethics. These experiences are crucial in improving workplace efficiency. There is no need to worry about being incompetent, as employers place higher value on the willingness to learn and contribute in a meaningful way.
Therefore, by trying your best and learning with a humble attitude, you will be able to excel in your work. An overseas internship will also enable you to realise your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the kind of career pathways that you want to pursue in the future, be it local or global.
Evelyn Eng Yu Ting
9 December 2018 to 3 January 2019
Global Internship with CBM Qatar LLC, Qatar
Being adaptable and culturally sensitive
My role was to evaluate, revamp and standardise the company’s administrative filing system, which would to be used across all properties under CBM. Throughout this process, I learnt about the importance of business etiquette, current affairs and relationship management in the context of Qatar’s dynamic work culture. For example, schedules are very flexible and plans change often.
An overseas internship allows you to realise many opportunities beyond the local job landscape. It also gives you the chance to hone your interpersonal skills and ability to work well with people from different cultures.
Bonaventura Kevin Satria
7 May to 6 July 2018
Global Internship with Shigeru Ban Architects, Japan
Acquiring new and refreshing insights for my field of study
Apart from gaining valuable industry experience, I also learnt that architects do more than managing the design process. They also act as mediators who consolidate information from various stakeholders. This allows them to keep projects on track and ultimately create impactful spaces for the communities they build for.
The Japanese architects I worked with were very innovative and committed to the design process, as they were willing to explore many different iterations for authentic designs. This experience has indeed enhanced my appreciation for different working cultures and broadened my design mindset for future endeavors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Physical Global Internships During COVID-19
Students who wish to travel for global internships are required to fulfil the following:
- Complete the Overseas Travel Preparedness (OTP) module on LumiNUS at least 1 month before your travel
- Submit a copy of your vaccination certificate
- Submit the completed Risk Acknowledgement and Consent Form
- Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or your home country’s diplomatic mission prior to departure
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has revised its travel advisory, to allow residents of Singapore who are fully vaccinated* with vaccines authorised under the Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) or the World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO-EUL) may travel overseas. [As of 23 Oct 2021]
*Fully vaccinated individuals would have received both doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna or WHO EUL vaccines, with an additional two weeks after the second dose for optimal protection.
Travelling to high-risk countries/regions including Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe is discouraged. All departing travellers should review the latest Ministry of Health travel advisory and specific destination advisories from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Students should check with the authorities of the host country/region on the requirements imposed on travellers departing from Singapore, including whether a pre-departure test and digital health and vaccine certificates are required.
Students should not make any travel or housing arrangements for their trip before receiving the required visa(s) for their host country. Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, it is advisable to purchase air tickets from full-serviced airlines which have flexible amendment or cancellation policies.
For air tickets, please check the terms and conditions carefully and consider the following:
- Does the ticket allow for date change?
- Does the ticket allow for rebooking? What are the rebooking fees?
- Does the ticket allow for a refund in the case of a cancellation?
For accommodation, please check the terms and conditions of the housing lease carefully before signing. Be aware of the conditions or penalties associated with a change of check-in or check-out dates, or an early lease termination should the COVID-19 situation worsen and an early return to Singapore be required.
Students who wish to proceed with physical global internship will be fully responsible for any medical fees, travel expenses, quarantine accommodation costs, COVID-19 tests or other costs related to the measures imposed at that point of time, both in the host country and Singapore in relation to COVID-19.
Students who wish to proceed with physical global internship will bear all costs and expenses incurred in the event that the trip has to be cancelled due to any prevailing law or regulations or government directive or advisory, health and/or safety concerns arising from the COVID-19 situation at the host country.
Students are strongly encouraged to purchase additional insurance coverage for trip disruption, overseas medical expenses and evacuation or repatriation expenses due to COVID-19.
Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, students are also advised to purchase air tickets from full-serviced airlines and book accommodation which have flexible amendment or cancellation policies. Please check the terms and conditions of the air ticket and accommodation booking prior to purchase or signing of rental/leasing agreement.
Students should seek medical treatment, isolate themselves in accordance to the local advisories, notify and keep NUS informed of your condition.
NUS students on Official NUS Student Trips are covered by the NUS Student Travel Insurance Policy. Expenses for COVID-19 medical treatment is covered under the policy. Refer to Summary of Policy Cover.
Students are also strongly encouraged to purchase additional insurance coverage for trip disruption, overseas medical expenses as well as evacuation or repatriation expenses in the unfortunate event that they contract COVID-19.
- Stay updated with the COVID-19 situation in your host country through MOH, MFA and the host country Embassy.
- Research and familiarise yourself with the border control measures applicable to you for entry to your host country (e.g. quarantine and COVID-19 test requirements upon arrival etc.) and pre-book the necessary test or quarantine facility, if necessary.
- Register with MFA or your home country’s diplomatic mission prior to departure.
- Complete the Overseas Travel Preparedness (OTP) module in LumiNUS at least 1 month before your travel.
- Purchase additional travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
- Download the International SOS app onto your mobile device and subscribe for email alerts of your host country.
- Organise and prepare, in advance, the necessary documents (e.g. vaccination certificate, internship offer letter from host organisation, internship support letter from NUS, accommodation booking confirmation/receipt etc.) for entry to your host country.
Part I: Before Application
Sourcing for NUS Global Internship Positions
If the programme you are interested to apply for is not in NUS TalentConnect, it means it is currently not open for application. Please check back later or look out for CFG’s weekly eNews for new programme alerts.
We do our best to source for Global Internship positions, which are all posted in NUS TalentConnect as soon as they become available. If you are interested in an area that cannot be found in NUS TalentConnect, we would encourage you to self-source for the position. Some links you may consider include:
Preparing for the Selection Process
Students will generally go through a paper screening, followed by a phone or Skype interview with their employer who is based overseas. Variations are possible. For example, if the company has an office in Singapore, interviews may be conducted in Singapore.
Benefits and Projected Expenditure
Company benefits usually fall into the main categories of:
- Internship stipend
A company may offer all, some or no benefits. For example, a well-funded MNC may provide a full package while an NGO may provide no benefits at all. This does not mean that the learning experience at the NGO is less worthwhile.
Doing your own budgeting is a crucial part of the Global Internship process. You may use this sample table to calculate your expenses.
Visas and Travel Advisories
Depending on which country you are going to, only you or your internship company can apply for your visa.
NUS is not able to apply for a visa on your behalf. We will, however, provide you with a supporting letter on request.
Terms and conditions will apply.
Please refer to
- International SOS to see all active alerts, or choose your location of interest from the location list dropdown.
You can download the Certification for Visa / Permit Application Form and forward the completed form to Marsh. Marsh will arrange for insurers to issue a Certificate of Insurance (COI) for your use. Please refer to Marsh’s contacts indicated in the form.
Part II: After Accepting Internship Offer
NUS Financial Aid
Please check directly with your home faculty's Dean’s Office.
You may start looking for and reserving accommodation as early as possible. You may decide whether you would like to put down a non-refundable deposit to guarantee your reservation. The safest option is to put down a deposit or make payment after the approval of your visa and confirmation of your air tickets.
Please check the terms and conditions of any housing lease carefully before signing. Be aware of the conditions or penalties associated with a change of check-in or check-out dates, or an early lease termination.
There are several methods you may use:
- Recommendations from the company or previous internships
- Approaching hostels or guest houses directly
Please purchase your own air tickets to your internship destination. CFG will not purchase the tickets on your behalf. If your internship host company is providing your airfare, please check with them on the specific arrangement for your flights.
Air tickets should ONLY be bought after you have successfully received the visa for your internship.
Internship Start and End Dates
Please check with the employer directly if you are shortlisted for the position.
Application for Student Status Letter
Application for NUS Global Internship Support Letter
Please write in to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject title “Request for NUS Global Internship Support Letter” and the following information/attachments:
- Passport number (passport with at least 6 months validity, otherwise please renew immediately):
- NUS matriculation number:
- Internship host/organisation:
Please include internship offer letter or email as an attachment.