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FAQ

General

  1. Will internships be offered every semester?

    Yes, as long as there is a supply for internship positions from the companies/organization. Students are encouraged to source for internship opportunities themselves. However, the department has to meet with the employer before approving this “self-sourced” internship.

  2. What are the job scopes of various internships?

    The job scope of each internship varies. Students will be informed of the job scope prior to their interviews with the employers.

  3. Will I be doing boring work for the internship such as filing, photocopying and making coffee?

    Most employers value interns and want their interns to participate and learn as much as possible. Some interns would also get opportunities to attend events and in-house training programmes. Promising interns would be given greater responsibilities that could eventually lead to a permanent position with the company after graduation. Nevertheless, be prepared to do some basic administrative work such as filing and making copies, but your overall experience would definitely be worth it.

  4. What is the workload and grading criteria for the internship?

    A journal (40%) will be kept by the student to document the work done using a format with headings that relate to the description of duties and responsibilities. Worksite supervisor will review and discuss the journal with the student and sign-off on it.

    Project Report (60%) will be submitted by the student to the academic supervisor two weeks after completion of the internship. The final report, 3000 words in 8 to 12 double-spaced pages, will include the following sections:

    1. Application of theory – reflection of work experience using theoretical framework learned in modules taken and planned by the student
    2. Teamwork – documented work experience of teamwork
    3. Problem-solving – documented work experience of problem-solving
    4. Crisis management – documented work experience of crisis management
    5. Resource deployment – documented work experience of resource deployment
    6. Evaluation of work practices – analytical evaluation of work practices as recommendations for improvement
    7. Data collection – gather industry data related to an area of work related to CNM.
    8. Goals – setting personal goals of the internship and report on whether goals were achieved.
  5. I wish to apply for the CNM Internship programme but I do not meet the requirement of having a minimum of 80 MCs at the moment. Can I still apply?

    Yes, As long as you meet the minimum requirement of having read and passed 80 MCs(minimum of 24 MCs) prior to the commencement of the Internship, you may still apply.

  6. Why are CNM’s internships optional, unlike NTU’s and SMU’s internships which are compulsory for students?

    CNM’s internships are on a voluntary basis because we believe students should have the right to make this choice. At CNM, we believe that an internship adds tremendous value to a student’s portfolio. However, we have found that not all of our students are enthusiastic about internships. From our experience, only a minority of highly motivated students choose to do so.

Application Matters

  1. What documents should I submit to apply for the internship?

    You need to submit the CNM Internship application form, a scanned copy of the completed and signed letter of consent and undertaking, your resume and a list of NM modules read and grades obtained to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the closing date of application. The application form and important documents are all available from the website. You also need a recommendation from a CNM lecturer to be sent directly via email to the same email address. Please refer to the website for closing date information.

  2. What are the job scopes of various internships?

    The job scope of each internship varies. Students will be informed of the job scope prior to their interviews with the employers.

  3. Are there any other requirements besides the module pre-requisite?

    There might be specific requirements from employers offering the internship. This will be communicated to students during the department interview.

  4. When can I apply for internship?

    Refer to the important dates in the website for NM3550 and INM3550.

  5. Which module(s) should I register for internship? Do I have to bid for the module?

    For a 6-month internship, students would read NM3550 and INM3550. You do not need to bid for the modules. You will need to apply for leave of absence (LOA) at the CNM Department when you have successfully obtained an internship.

    After completing your internship, please contact the Dean’s Office (Mr. Cavin Teo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to inform the faculty that you are back in school officially. The CNM Department will pre-allocate the internship modules (NM3550 and INM3550) to you at one bid point each.

  6. Do I have to read NM3550 and INM3550 before I can apply for the internship?

    No, you do not have to read those two modules first. The internship is offered as the two modules namely NM3550 and INM3550.

  7. Do I have to pay tuition fees during the leave of absence?

    Yes, The Registrar’s Office charges fees for the internship modules as the student will receive academic credit but the experience and contacts you would gain would be well worth it. You will also receive an allowance (about SGD600 – 650 monthly) from the company that could help offset some of the cost.

  8. What is the payment procedure for the 6 month internship?

    If your internship is from July to December, NM3550 & INM3550 will be included in your academic record with an IP grade (in-progress). The final grade will be credited in Semester 2 as you are on LOA in Semester style="font-weight:bold"As such, you will be paying for the Special Term fees for two modules sometime in July before your internship commences.

    If your internship is from January to June, you will apply for LOA in Semester 2 and have your module and final grade inserted in Semester style="font-weight:bold"You will have to pay for Special Term fees for two modules sometime in July, while your results will be in mid-August. The main difference here is that you pay for your internship after it is over.

    You will need to be very clear of this payment procedure, as you and your parents will be asked to sign a letter of undertaking before you commence on your internship.

Graduation and Curriculum Related Matters

  1. I would have to delay my graduation to do the internship.

    Whether or not the internship would affect your graduation depends on how you plan your curriculum. You would need to apply for a leave of absence for one semester to do the 6 - month internship. You can either read more modules in your earlier or subsequent semesters and/or study in the special semester to not delay your graduation.

  2. I am hesitant to apply for the internship because I have to use up my S/U options for the internship modules.

    No, you do not have to use your S/U option for the internship module because both NM3550 and INM3550 are graded. NM3550 will be counted towards NM major requirement whereas INM3550 will be counted towards UE requirement.

  3. How do I classify NM3550 and INM3550 toward my graduation requirement?

    NM3550 will be counted towards NM major requirement whereas INM3550 will be counted towards UE requirement.

  4. I am a final year student and need to complete my remaining modules when I come back. Could I take a special semester for these last 3 modules?

    Please check if these modules are offered in the special Semester.

  5. Is it also possible for me to complete NM3550 (plus INM3550, since it must be taken concurrently), even though I have already fulfilled all my Unrestricted Electives (UEs)?

    Yes. All modules read in NUS will count towards your CAP throughout your candidature in NUS. In this regard, INM3550 will be ‘unclassified’, but it will still count towards your CAP.

  6. Can I do an internship in my graduating semester?

    1. If your graduating semester is in Semester 1, you will be graduating one semester later at the end of Semester 2. If your graduating semester is in Semester 2, you will get your full degree scroll after the special semesters and thus, you would not be able to attend your graduating ceremony with your cohort and only attend commencement in the following academic year.

    2. You are willing to accept the consequences of:

      1. Delayed graduation or delay in attending commencement ceremony, i.e. having to spend another semester in NUS and attending commencement one year later;
      2. Payment of tuition fees for an additional semester (if applicable);
      3. Delayed promotion from ARS3 to ARS4/SOC4; and
      4. Inability to read modules that are offered in only one semester of the academic year (hence exacerbating the effects of the preceding points).

Other Matters

  1. If I do take up the internship for 6 months, I would need to do up another 3 more modules in my final year. Would I be paying the same amount of school fees for 5 modules, like my peers, or can I just pay for these 3 modules?

    You have to pay full semester fees in a normal semester, no matter how many modules you read. If you consider taking modules in the special semesters, the amount per module is about $600. Please check whether the modules you want to read are offered in the special terms. Also, you can only attend the Commencement in the following year and will also be conferred the degree later if you file for graduation in the special semester.

  2. I am told that I have to vacate my hostel/hall accommodation, during my Leave of Absence (LOA) to attend the 6 - month internship. How do I appeal against that?

    You should approach your hostel/hall manager and inform him/her that you will be doing the internship as a legitimate NUS module with modular credits (NM3550 & INM3550), and that you will return to your studies in NUS one semester later. Office of Student Affairs (OSA) will probably treat such appeals on case-to-case basis.

  3. Can I do a 3-month internship without credit?

    Yes, students can source for 3-month internship opportunities without credit on their own or through the department. The internship will be held during the May-July holidays. Information on 3 - month internship opportunities will be available only from the CNM General Office in March of every year. Only students who have attended the internship briefing and workshops organized by CNM will be allowed access to the database. Students have to apply directly to the companies offering internships.

  4. Can I apply for internships again if I am not short-listed the first time?

    Yes, students are welcome to re-apply for internships if they were not selected the first time.

  5. I am interested to intern with a company that is not available from CNM.

    If you have already contacted an organization and would like CNM to support your application for an internship, please provide details of the following in your application form:

    • Name of Organization
    • Name of contact person and contact details
    • Job function, roles and responsibilities
    • Duration of internship
    • Allowance and other benefits

    The internship is subject to the approval of the department as the position must be relevant to CNM and match the objectives of the internship programme.

  6. I would like to source for my own internship. How do I do this?

    If you have already contacted an organization and would like CNM to support your application for an internship, please provide details of the following in your application form:

    • Name of Organization
    • Name of contact person and contact details
    • Job function, roles and responsibilities
    • Duration of internship
    • Allowance and other benefits

    The internship is subject to the approval of the department as the position must be relevant to CNM and match the objectives of the internship programme.

  7. Can I apply for an overseas internship?

    CNM presently does not have any established partnerships with overseas organizations for internships and does not offer the overseas internship with credit. However, students who are keen to embark on an overseas internship can source one out on their own, contact the department for help with applying for a Leave of Absence (LOA) and embark on a 6 months internship without credit or alternatively, pursue it as a 3 months vacation internship.

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