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Old 03-08-2016, 11:50 AM   #1
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I would like to know in the local Universities, will the students need to source for Internship Places themselves?

If so , in the event that the students cannot find a company placement for internship will the university help the students ??
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Old 03-09-2016, 11:21 AM   #2
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I would like to know in the local Universities, will the students need to source for Internship Places themselves?

If so , in the event that the students cannot find a company placement for internship will the university help the students ??
The public universities have career services offices which maintain databases of internship vacancies. The information on these databases is submitted by prospective employers who are looking for interns. You may make use of these databases rather than sourcing for internships yourself.

However, many good employers do not make use of these databases so most students will seek out internship opportunities independently. If your aim is to use your internship as a stepping stone to build a good career, the best advice is to do your own research and look for an internship yourself. If you just want to fulfil a requirement, the databases will suffice.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:58 AM   #3
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Or if you intend to take up a scholarship, your scholarship provider would have an internship programme in place for you. (Be sure you're willing to commit yourself to a bond before you make any scholarship and career decision though). Hope this helps!
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The public universities have career services offices which maintain databases of internship vacancies. The information on these databases is submitted by prospective employers who are looking for interns. You may make use of these databases rather than sourcing for internships yourself.

However, many good employers do not make use of these databases so most students will seek out internship opportunities independently. If your aim is to use your internship as a stepping stone to build a good career, the best advice is to do your own research and look for an internship yourself. If you just want to fulfil a requirement, the databases will suffice.
Thank you for your info.

If a student still fails to get any internship placement himself after using the Uni database, will the Uni career office staff help him.

OR

The student have to repeat a semester just for the internship.

Any such precedent ??
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Old 03-30-2016, 05:37 PM   #5
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Thank you for your info.

If a student still fails to get any internship placement himself after using the Uni database, will the Uni career office staff help him.

OR

The student have to repeat a semester just for the internship.

Any such precedent ??
No, the career office staff will not help any individual student submit internship applications or personally place them into a company as an intern. An internship is like a mini-job, you have to apply and get accepted on your own merits. No university can tell a company to hire you; life doesn't work that way. A career advisor or counselor may help you by giving you advice on your application or how to draft your cover letter and CV. They may also advise you on which sector or industry is most compatible with your degree, interests or grades. But they will not go beyond doing this. There are many companies in Singapore that take in interns and these range from huge multi-nationals to SMEs. You just have to keep applying if you aren't successful the first time, or you have to moderate your expectations and apply to a less-demanding company.

Not all universities or schools have a compulsory internship requirement. If it is not a requirement, you are free to choose not to do an internship.

If it is a requirement, you usually have to do one before you graduate. This gives you several years to complete this and most students do internships during their holidays. If you do not clear the requirement, you will not have to "repeat a semester", you just will not be eligible to graduate. This means that although you have finished your course and won't have to attend classes or pay tuition fees, you cannot get your certificate and attend the ceremony until your university finds that you have cleared the requirement.
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