FASS Internship Programme

** From AY2015/16 Special Term, fees will not be charged for modules that record internships performed during the Special Term. **

The FASS Internship Programme (FASS IP) is open to students whose first major is from the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. This programme gives FASS students the opportunity to pursue an internship as part of their undergraduate study. Interested students will need to secure a position and perform an internship in a company or organization for up to a maximum of six months. They will submit journal entries and other written reports, and meet with an Academic Advisor and Workplace Supervisor. Through the process, students will be exposed to corporate culture, sharpen soft skills, practice what they have learned in the classroom, and gain useful work experience.

Overview of the FASS IP

FAS2550 FASS Exposure Internship

FAS2551 FASS Internship

** Special Term fees are not charged **

FAS2552 FASS Extended Internship

** Regular Semester fees apply **

FAS2553 Work Exposure Internship

(For students who have completed FAS2551)

** Special Term fees are not charged **

2MC UE; CS/CU

Anytime; at least 65hrs of work

** Not applicable for internships performed while on Leave of Absence (LOA). **

4MC UE; CS/CU

Special Term, Full-time: 8-12 weeks during the Special Term.

Semester, Part-time: 12-16 weeks during the Regular Semester, no more than 16 hours per week.

8MC UE; CS/CU

Semester, Full-time: 12-16 weeks during the Regular Semester, more than 16 hours a week.

4MC UE; CS/CU

Special Term, Full-time: 10 weeks during the Special Term.

 

 

Cohort 2016 onwards: FASS students who have completed or are pursuing the year-long NOC programmes are not allowed to read these modules.  Students should, therefore, consider their options carefully before embarking on their internships.

 

  • Student must have completed at least 60MC before they can enrol in the module.
  • Before taking FAS2551 and FAS2552: Cohort 2014 and before: CFG1001 Headstart; Cohort 2015 and after: CFG1010 Roots & Wings and Career Catalyst/FASS Career Preparation Workshop
  • Modules may not be used to delay Honours. Students may pursue the internship module concurrently with other modules, but only with approval from the company or organization, and FASS Deanery.
  • Variable start/end date for internships, but all work for the modules should be completed within the module window (see below).
  • Students will need a Workplace Supervisor (from company or organisation) and Academic Advisor (from NUS).
  • Students will submit written assignments to be reviewed by the Academic Advisor, and in some cases, by the Workplace Supervisor as well.
  • The final grade is given by the Academic Advisor on the basis of written assignments and Workplace Supervisor feedback.

  

Note to students who are planning to intern with FAS2552 FASS Extended Internship

While an internship can be an important element in the preparation for life after NUS, students who wish to participate in internships during a semester are advised to be mindful of the following:

1. FASS encourages students who wish to intern during a regular semester to do so with FAS2552, for which they can earn 8 MC in Unrestricted Electives (UE). However, keep in mind that the internship semester counts towards your candidature and you are thus required to pay full semester fees. (This also means that you get to maintain your status as an current NUS student during your internship and thus enjoy continued access to NUS medical and insurance benefits.)

2. Students who are enrolled in FAS2552 are allowed to have a decreased workload (less than 18 MC) for the semester. That being said, you need to plan to overload or access Special Term modules before and/or after the internship semester so that you can graduate on time. Before your internship application for FAS2552 can be approved, your study plan will be scrutinized to ensure that you will be able to graduate on time.

3. Students are reminded that they are expected to graduate on time. From Cohort 2016 onwards, penalties will be levied for students who do not graduate on time. The expected time to graduation are:

  • 6 regular semesters for BA
  • 8 regular semesters for BA (Hons) or BSocSci (Hons)

For more specific advice on your study plan and whether it is compatible with an internship, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please contact FASS IP Administrator, Karen Wong, Manager (External Relations & Student Life): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Desk: +65 6516 7274

 

 

For students

FASS Internship Programme is made up of three phases.

Phase 1: Preparation

Preparation Phase takes place any time before internship.

Before taking FAS2551 and FAS2552: students must complete CFG1001 Headstart (Cohort 2014 and before), or CFG1010 Roots & Wings and Career Catalyst/FASS Career Preparation Workshop.

*Cohort 2015/16 students who completed CFG1010/CFG1020 Roots and Wings must complete an additional Career Catalyst or FASS Career Preparation Workshop to register for FAS2551 or FAS2552. Students who lack this requirement, please contact Ms Doreen Ang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

"An Internship for Me?” is an orientation for all who wish to enrol in the FASS IP. Students who attend should preferably have completed CFG1001/NCC1001/CFG1010. In this session, students learn the purpose and value of internship, and the requirements to earn credit for internship with FASS IP. “An Internship for Me?” is held twice a year, at the beginning of Semester 1 and 2. The last session was held on 19 January 2017. 

Click on the following links to view presentation slides:

Meet a Career Advisor to discuss your internship plans. Students looking for internship/career advice, application help, mock interview sessions, etc., may make an appointment with a Career Advisor.

 

Phase 2: Application

Secure an internship. Sources of internships include:

Apply for the Internship module. Fill out the Student Internship Proposal Form (.doc) internship offer (letter or email) to the FASS IP Administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

** Please note: FASS Dean's Office only issues letters of support to employers (for CPF/MOM workpass exemption) for students who intern with FASS modules FAS2551, FAS2552 and FAS2553.**

Determine your Academic Advisor (AA). The AA approves your Work Plan, reads your Journals, and eventually decides if your performance is satisfactory or unsatisfactory. By default, an AA from the FASS Deanery will be assigned to each student. However, you may also nominate a faculty member as AA. Please seek agreement from the faculty member first before nominating.

"FASS IP Pre-internship Briefing" This is a short briefing for students who are interning under FASS IP during the Special Term. Held during Reading Week, the last session was held on 18 Apr 2017.

Deadline for companies to make an offer is the last day of Reading Week (21 Apr 2017). Deadline for registering your internship for FAS2551 or FAS2553 for AY2016/17 Special Term is the first day of Special Term (8 May 2017).

 

 Phase 3: Internship

FASS2550, FAS2551, FAS2552 and FAS2553 Assessment Tasks and Grading are to be submitted through the AIMS.

FAS2551 FASS Internship

FAS2552 FASS Extended Internship

FAS2553 Work Experience Internship

Work Plan —

To be composed in consultation with WS, and including the following information regarding the internship:

  • Description of the project or objectives
  • Intended learning outcomes
  • Description of work duties

(AA to approve) (Due end of Week 1 of the internship) (5% of grade)

Work Plan —

To be composed in consultation with WS, and including the following information regarding the internship:

  • Description of the project or objectives
  • Intended learning outcomes
  • Description of work duties

(AA to approve) (Due end of Week 1 of the internship) (5% of grade)

Work Plan —

To be composed in consultation with WS, and including the following information regarding the internship:

  • Description of the project or objectives
  • Intended learning outcomes
  • Description of work duties

(AA to approve) (Due end of Week 1 of the internship) (10% of grade)

Fortnightly Journal Entries (150 words/entry) — To describe work done, what was learned, the relationship with colleagues and supervisors, etc., and any reflection upon the above. (1,000 char. max for each entry; AA to view) (First entry due end of Week 2) (25%)

Fortnightly Journal Entries (150 words/entry) — To describe work done, what was learned, the relationship with colleagues and supervisors, etc., and any reflection upon the above. (1,000 char. max for each entry; AA to view) (First entry due end of Week 2) (15%)

 

 

Informational Report (750-1,000 words) — To conduct an informational interview with at least one person currently working in the company or organization, and write a report based on it. (The focus could be on how the industry operates, what the company does, what the particular business unit does, or even just what the particular employee does. The interview could be done informally, and need not be done all at one sitting.) (7,500 char. max; AA to view) (Due mid-way through internship) (15%)

 

Structured Final Report (1,500 words) — To include the following components:

  • Summary description of the internship (its objectives, schedule, and principal activities.
  • Reflection upon the internship experience (the learning outcomes achieved, including social and personal as well as any technical skills acquired; comparison of the outcome with the statement in the Work
  • Closing remarks (this can take the form of some advice to juniors who might want to take up a similar internship in the future).
  • Acknowledgment (for training provided by employer, assistance received from other persons during training, etc.)

Note: The report may build upon the journal entries but should not be copied verbatim from them. (Due at the close of the internship or latest at the end of exam period of the semester, whichever is earlier.) (20% of grade)

Structured Final Report (1,500 words) — To include the following components:

  • Summary description of the internship (its objectives, schedule, and principal activities performed)
  • Reflection upon the internship experience (the learning outcomes achieved, including social and personal as well as any technical skills acquired; comparison of the outcome with the statement in the Work Plan)
  • Closing remarks (this can take the form of some advice to juniors who might want to take up a similar internship in the future)
  • Acknowledgment (for training provided by employer, assistance received from other persons during training, etc.)

Note: The report may build upon the journal entries but should not be copied verbatim from them. (Due at the close of the internship or latest at the end of exam period of the semester, whichever is earlier.) (15% of grade)

Structured Final Report (1,500 words) — To include the following components:

  • Summary description of the internship (its objectives, schedule, and principal activities performed)
  • Reflection upon the internship experience (the learning outcomes achieved, including social and personal as well as any technical skills acquired; comparison of the outcome with the statement in the Work Plan)
  • Closing remarks (this can take the form of some advice to juniors who might want to take up a similar internship in the future)
  • Acknowledgment (for training provided by employer, assistance received from other persons during training, etc.)

Note: The report may build upon the journal entries but should not be copied verbatim from them. (Due at the close of the internship or latest at the end of exam period of the semester, whichever is earlier.) (40% of grade)

Remaining 50% of grade based on WS feedback. An email will be sent to WS.

Remaining 50% of grade based on WS feedback. An email will be sent to WS.

Remaining 50% of grade based on WS feedback. An email will be sent to WS.

Deadlines:

AY2016/17 Special Term -- 28 Jul 2017

Missing the deadline will result in a CU grade.

  

FAS2550 FASS Exposure Internship

FAS2550 is a 2MC, CS/CU UE module.

The purpose of this module is to recognise the effort of students who participate in internship without credit from other sources. This module is offered to students who have completed 65 hours in an internship while as a student in NUS (from AY2014/15 onwards). This module is not applicable to internships performed while student is on Leave of Absence (LOA).

You may choose to have your internship recognised with FAS2550. This is a 2 MC (CS/CU), UE module. To register for the module, please login to AIMS and “apply” for the dummy FAS2550 position of the semester of your internship (e.g. FAS2550 AY2016/17 Special Term) -- and send proof of offer (email or letter) to FASS IP Administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). be notified via an email from AIMS when your application is approved, whereupon you may submit your Internship Report. The module will only be added to your record upon submission of a satisfactory internship report; the module will not be added to your record should the report be unsatisfactory or no report is submitted. 

Students whose internship occupies the Special Term vacation (May to July 2017), please "apply" for the dummy position in FASS2550 in AY2016/17 Special Term. Deadline for application is 21 July 2017. Deadline for submission is 28 July 2017.

Structured Final Report (1,000 words) (100% of grade) To include the following components:

  • Summary description of the internship (its objectives, schedule, and principal activities performed)
  • Reflection upon the internship experience (the learning outcomes achieved, including social and personal as well as any technical skills acquired; comparison of the outcome with the statement in the Work Plan)
  • Closing remarks (this can take the form of some advice to juniors who might want to take up a similar internship in the future)
  • Acknowledgement (for training provided by employer, assistance received from other persons during training, etc.)

Deadlines:

AY2016/17 Special Term -- 28 Jul 2017

 

Drop Deadline 

Week of internship (based on start date of internship)

Consequence

Week 1 – 2

No penalty

Week 3 – 4

W

Week 5 onwards

W or CU (on a case by case basis)

 

Insurance

Students who intern with credit during the Semester, and with or without credit during the Vacations, are covered by the university's medical insurance scheme. NUS endorsed overseas internships are covered with Student Travel Insurance, and if wish may purchase additional travel insurance. Students who intern with Leave of Absence (LOA) are NOT COVERED.

International Internships

Internships which are conducted overseas and endorsed by NUS may apply for financial aid under the NUS International Internship Award.

For Employers

Internships for the FASS Internship Programme (FASS IP) do not have to be closely tied to specific disciplinary training offered by FASS departments (e.g., Economics, History), etc. They only need to reflect the range of jobs that the majority of fresh FASS graduates will apply for, i.e., positions that can utilise the critical and analytical skills that distinguish our graduates. Keep in mind, however, that not all temporary work counts as internships. By an internship, we mean a temporary position that (1) emphasises on-the-job training rather than merely employment, (2) includes intentional learning goals for the interns, and (3) is closely supervised. Internships may be paid or unpaid. See NUS Guidelines here.

Employers offering internship should register their internships in the semester prior to the internship period on NUS TalentConnect. For internships that are strictly for FASS students please contact FASS IP Administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to enquire.

Deadlines for registering internships for the FASS Internship Programme for AY2016/17 Special Term (May to Jul 2017) internships is 28 Feb 2017.

Deadline for companies to make an offer is the last day of Reading Week (21 Apr 2017).

Workplace Supervisor. We request that the Employer appoints a Workplace Supervisor (WS) to guide and review the progress of internship. He/She will discuss the specifics of the internship and Work Plan with the Student, endorse Student's report before submission (if necessary), and also provide feedback on performance once the internship is completed. The Workplace Supervisor’s feedback accounts for a significant part of the grade the Student will receive for the internship module.

** Please note: FASS Dean's Office only issues letters of support to employers (for CPF/MOM workpass exemption) for students who intern with FASS modules FAS2551, FAS2552 and FAS2553. **

For Academic Advisors

The Academic Advisor (AA) approves student's Work Plan, reads Journals, and eventually decides if student's performance is satisfactory or unsatisfactory. By default, an AA from the FASS Dean's Office will be assigned to student. However, student may nominate a faculty member as AA. Student should seek agreement from faculty member first before nominating.

Academic Advisor receives student's Work Plan Journals, Information Report and Internship Report through AIMS.

Arts/Social Sciences Internship Management System

Arts/Social Sciences Internship Management System (AIMS) is an online system that connects student and academic advisor with internship and assessment tasks.

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AIMS is accessed using the link https://aces.nus.edu.sg/aims/

Use Chrome or Safari and open this link https://webvpn.nus.edu.sg/dana-na/auth/url_52/welcome.cgi > Select Student  >  own computer >  login using nusstu\<NUSNET ID> and email password. Then follow the prompt.  

Once nVPN is connected you can then proceed to access AIMS website https://aces.nus.edu.sg/aims/.

For assistance in accessing NUS WebVPN, please contact NUS IT Care via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone hotline 6516 2080. NUS IT Care operates from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM from Monday through Friday and from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays (including public holidays)

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. What is FASS IP?

FASS IP stands for FASS Internship Programme. It is a structured internship programme that is managed by the FASS Dean's Office.

2. What are the modules offered under FASS IP?

FASS IP modules are:

  • FAS2550 FASS Exposure Internship – for students who have completed an internship (of a total of at least 65 hours) but did not perform it under any module, and wish to have it recognised in their transcript. Please note: FAS2550 cannot be used for internship performed with LOA.
  • FAS2551 FASS Internship – for student performing an 8 to 12-week full-time internship during the Special Term, or a 12 to 16-week part-time (no more than 16 hours per week) internship during a regular semester.
  • FAS2552 FASS Extended Internship – for students performing a 12 to 16-week full-time (more than 16 hours and no more than 40 hours per week) internship during a regular semester.
  • FAS2553 Work Experience Internship -- for students performing a 10-week full-time internship during the Special Term. This module may be used after FAS2551.

3. How should I register for FASS IP modules?

You do not need to bid for any of the FASS IP modules through CORS. Once you have secured the internship, contact the FASS IP Administrator.

4. Are there pre-requisites for FASS IP modules?

Yes. CFG1001 HeadStart or CFG1000 StepUp or Career Catalyst/Career Preparation Workshop (2015 batch) CFG1010 (2016 batch onwards) are pre-requisites for FASS IP modules.

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

No. The Faculty/Department can help you source for internships through our partnerships with companies/organisations. And you may source for internship positions through NUS TalentConnect during the application phase. But you need to make your own applications and go through the companies selection process (FASS IP Phase 2). Securing an internship on your own is intended to be part of the learning process.

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

Yes. You are allowed to source your own internship. But all internships must be approved by the FASS Dean’s Office if it is to be performed under FASS IP.

7. When can I participate in FASS IP?

You must have completed at least three regular semesters before your internship term.

If you wish to take FAS2552, you are strongly encouraged to discuss with your major advisor and plan your studies carefully. Please read the section in For Students: Note for students who are planning to intern with FAS2552 FASS Extended Internship. 

FASS IP may not be used to delay honours. Students in the Honours year are only allowed FAS2551 -- full-time during the Special Term or part-time during the Regular Semester.

8. Can I take other modules when I am enrolled in FAS2552?

Students taking FAS2552 are not subject to the 18 MC minimum workload requirement and are allowed to register for other modules provided they do not interfere with the internship. You must have a written approval and understanding from your instructor and your employer before you register for the additional modules.

9. I am going on exchange overseas and that is starting late in the semester. May I participate in an FASS IP internship before I leave?

Students going on SEP may intern with FAS2550 before or after SEP as long as the internship qualifies for the module. 

10. 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 is important. Specific responsibilities of the AA include:

  • Evaluate and approve your Work Plan, Journals, 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 20 below.)
11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Do I need to pay tuition fees 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 internship module fees are waived for internship modules. This includes FAS2551 enrolled for performing a full-time internship during Special Term .**
 
14. 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, visit: http://www.nus.edu.sg/uhc/healthservice/insurance-schemes/undergraduate-scheme.html

Employers are recommended to purchase additional insurance with higher coverage.

The University has purchased a blanket travel insurance policy from Federal Insurance Company 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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: https://www.cpf.gov.sg/employers//faq/employer-guides/hiring-employees/cpf-contributions-for-your-employees#faq17918

** Please note: FASS Dean's Office only issues letters of support to employers (for CPF/MOM workpass exemption) for students who intern with FASS modules FAS2551, FAS2552 and FAS2553. **

18. 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 (MoM) advisory note, work pass is exempt for foreign students if the internship: Gains modular credits and contributes towards graduation requirements or

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

Guidelines can be found on MoM website: http://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits/work-pass-exemption-for-foreign-students

Please note: FAS2550 cannot be used for internship performed with LOA.

19. 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: https://www.iras.gov.sg/IRASHome/Businesses/Employers/Tax-Clearance-for-Foreign-SPR-Employees/Tax-Clearance-for-Employees/

20. 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.

21. 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

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Tel: +65 6516 6133
  • Email: fashelp@nus.edu.sg
  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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