FAQs

List of Questions 

1. Will the Faculty/Department find an internship for me?

2. Can I source for my own internship locally or overseas?

3. What is the role of my FASS IP Academic Advisor (AA)?

4. Who can I approach to be my AA, other than the one the Dean’s Office assigns to me by default?

5. What is the role of the Workplace Supervisor (WS)?

6. Do I need to pay tuition fees for FASS IP modules?

7. Will I be insured during FASS IP internship?

8. Can I apply for leave during the internship?

9. Can I request Faculty/employer to write a deferment letter if I am recalled by MINDEF for ICT during the course of FASS IP?

10. Am I exempt from CPF contributions for FASS IP internship?

11. I am an international student. Must I apply for work pass for FASS IP?

12. I am an international student, do I have to pay income tax?

13. What should I do if a dispute arises between me and the employer?

14. Will there be a situation that I receive an “Unsatisfactory” grade for FASS IP?


 1. Will the Faculty/Department find an internship for me?

The Faculty/Department does not find internships for students, but we do assist in sourcing internship opportunities through our partnerships with companies/organisations and guides them to post their internships on NUS TalentConnect. You need to make your own applications and go through company/organisation selection processes yourself. Securing an internship on your own is intended to be part of the learning process.

2. Can I source for my own internship locally or overseas?

Yes. You are expected to source internships on your own. But all internships must be approved by the FASS Dean’s Office if it is to be performed under FASS IP. International Internships which are conducted overseas and endorsed by NUS may apply for financial aids. Please refer to the CFG Internships website for more information. 

3. What is the role of my FASS IP Academic Advisor (AA)?

In order for students to benefit most from a structured internship under FASS IP, advice and guidance from an academic advisor are important. Specific responsibilities of the AA include:

  • Evaluate student's performance with Work Plan, Journals, Informational Report (FAS2552) and Final Internship Report.
  • Advice and guide you on the programme procedures, if needed.
  • Establish contact with your Workplace Supervisor, if needed.
  • Help troubleshoot problems that crop up between you and your employer, should the need arise (see Question 13 below).

4. Who can I approach to be my AA, other than the one the Dean’s Office assigns to me by default?

Your AA could be any FASS faculty/staff member who knows you reasonably well. You are advised to secure his/her consent to be your AA before nominating. Through this arrangement, we hope that you get to associate more closely with a faculty member who can become your referee for future job applications.

5. What is the role of the Workplace Supervisor (WS)?

This is someone appointed by the employer to guide and review your internship progress. He/she will discuss with you the specifics of the internship and Work Plan, endorse your report before submission, and also provide feedback on your performance once the internship is completed.

6. Do I need to pay tuition fees for FASS IP modules?

Yes. You need to be a registered student and pay tuition fees for the modular credits to be formally recognised. As a registered student, you retain access to student benefits, e.g. medical, library, computer and sports facilities during your internship semester. From AY2015/16 onwards, Special Term module fees are waived for internship modules FAS2551 and FAS2553.

7. Will I be insured during FASS IP internship?

Tuition fees paid by students include University Health Scheme as well as Personal Accident Insurance. A brief summary of the coverage for personal accident coverage:

  • 24-hour worldwide
  • Death benefit: $30,000
  • Permanent disability up to 150%, depending on disability
  • Medical expenses relating to accident: $5,000 per accident

For details on Undergraduate Insurance Scheme, please click here for more information.

Employers are recommended to purchase additional insurance with higher coverage.

The University has purchased a blanket travel insurance policy to cover all students travelling overseas for activities or purposes approved, endorsed, organised, sponsored or authorised by NUS. Please click here for more information. Students going on overseas internships are advised to purchase additional insurance with more comprehensive coverage.

8. Can I apply for leave during the internship?

Yes, in principle. However, leave is granted at the discretion of your employer. It is always best to seek approval from your employer in advance. Please note that students are responsible for the entire period of the FASS IP, i.e. minimum 8 weeks for Special Term or 12 weeks for Semester internship modules.

9. Can I request Faculty/employer to write a deferment letter if I am recalled by MINDEF for ICT during the course of FASS IP?

No. You must go for ICT when required by MINDEF. Your employer must release you on unpaid leave for ICT.

10. Am I exempt from CPF contributions for FASS IP internship?

Yes. According to the Central Provident Fund (CPF) policy, students working during vacation or under training programmes in Singapore, approved by NUS, are exempt from CPF contributions. Refer to CPF website for more information. 

** Please note: FASS Dean's Office issues letters of support to employers (for CPF/MOM workpass exemption and funding opportunities) for students who intern with FASS modules FAS2551, FAS2552 and FAS2553. Letter to employer will be issued upon request for students who intern with LOA. ** 

11. I am an international student. Must I apply for work pass for FASS IP?

No. You are exempt from work pass for FASS IP internship. According to the Ministry of Manpower advisory note, work pass is exempt for foreign students if the internship: 

  • Gains modular credits and contributes towards graduation requirements, or
  • Is conducted during the stipulated school vacation.

Guidelines can be found on MOM website.

12. I am an international student, do I have to pay income tax?

Generally, foreign students with educational institutions are exempt from income tax if they are only paid subsistence allowance to meet their daily expenses and board and lodging in Singapore.

Guidelines can be found on IRAS website.

13. What should I do if a dispute arises between me and the employer?

You should immediately seek assistance from your Academic Advisor or FASS IP Administrator. If there is a need, they may visit the company as mediators to resolve the situation. You should not take matters into your own hands by, e.g., confronting your employer.

14. Will there be a situation that I receive an “Unsatisfactory” grade for FASS IP?

Yes. There is a possibility that a student will receive an “Unsatisfactory” grade for FASS IP internship should any of the scenarios listed below happen:

  • Unsatisfactory performance feedback by the employer, e.g. student is always late for work or is absent without leave. 
  • Student withdraws from the company without the consent of the employer and the Faculty
  • Student fails to submit all the documents and report within the stipulated timeframe
  • Student has serious disputes with the company

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  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
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