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interning in singapore

Post by sundaymadness » Fri, 09 Sep 2011 12:00 am

how are the internship programs in singapore like? do companies usually pay and how much is it usually?

what kind of interns are most popular in singapore? anyone knows?

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Post by beppi » Fri, 09 Sep 2011 5:08 am

As far as I know, internships are normally arranged between companies and local universities (who assign students to the available places) and usually unpaid.
Students of universities abroad cannot participate in this system and have to approach companies directly. In my field (engineering) some companies accept foreign interns and pay a small stipend (roughly covering the rent for a room), but there are no general rules.

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Post by ksl » Fri, 09 Sep 2011 10:44 pm

Actually all interns have to be paid sufficient to cover housing and food.

I know because we took one on a 3 month study programme, the application was rejected 3 times before we finally found out why, and it was because of payment.

Though it does state on the MOM website that students do not have to be paid. At the meeting we was informed that the rejections were based on the fact the student needed at least a place to sleep and eat so we decided to cover the cost and the application went through.

The student was from Malaysia with relatives in Singapore and we had to make a study plan for him to follow!

It's actually an inconvenience to companies and quite costly as the student needs supervision too, and the application process can be very time consuming if you have never done it before.

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