*CIP must be completed in Year 3 Semester 1 or Year 3 Semester 2 for JC Students, or Year 2 Semester 2 or Year 3 Semester 1 for Polytechnic Students.
For questions about the year that CIP must be completed by, please refer to the FAQ tab.




For cohorts 2016 and onwards, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' (FASS) students pursuing Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences, NM major and NM as Second Major will need to complete the Compulsory Internship Programme (NM3550Y). The Compulsory Internship Programme is not applicable to students who pursue either Double Degree programmes or a Minor in NM. Non-FASS students reading NM as Second Major are also not required to complete CIP.


CIP is a graduation requirement and failing to complete it on time may defer graduation.

The duration for CIP is 20 weeks, and it can fall on either semester 1 (Jul – Nov) or semester 2 (Jan – May). The upcoming CIP dates are:


  • 6 Jul – 20 Nov 2020

Students are allowed to begin their internship later by no more than one week from the official start date of the internshipFor questions about the start and end date of CIP, please refer to the FAQ tab.


The objective of the CIP is to ensure that our students gain industry experience through a structured internship programme and will be able to apply academic theories to practice.


The internship semester counts towards students’ candidature and you are thus required to pay full semester fees (this also means that you get to maintain your status as a current NUS student during your internship and thus enjoy continued access to NUS medical and insurance benefits.)



During the course of internship, regular semester fees remain applicable, as students receive module credits for their participation in the internship programme. Consequently, students are not allowed to earn module credits if they have been granted a Leave of Absence to perform their internships.



For students’ internship queries, please email


Important Note

Do note that students from cohort 2016 onwards are bounded by the Normal Candidature period and partial fee penalty should you stay beyond the Normal Candidature allowed for a BA degree (6 regular semesters) and Honours degree (8 regular semesters).


This means that you will have to pay the partial non-subsidized fees, culminating in full non-subsidized fees, during the extended semester(s):

(i)    If you are unable to complete your BA degree requirements; or if you are not promoted to *ARS4 / SOC4 by the end of your 6th semester of study; and/or

(ii)  If you are unable to complete your Honours degree requirements by the end of your 8th semester of study,

(*To qualify for the honours track, students must have completed at least 110 MCs including 44 MCs of major requirements AND have a minimum CAP of 3.20 in order to be promoted to ARS4 / SOC4 by the end of their 6th semester of study)


Candidature URL:


Fees URL:

Students shall not use this reason to appeal to departments to allocate the modules that students have planned for in their intended study plan; and  


Students are to look for internships in the semester before they go for internships. Students will apply for internships on TalentConnect or look for internships themselves (self-sourced internships). All internship offers must be made on TalentConnect

To be eligible for the Compulsory Internship Programme, students must:

  • Be an NM Major student who has been promoted to ARS3
  • Have read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs (of which 24 MCs are of NM modules)

Before students source for internships, they are strongly recommended to read CFG1002 Career Catalyst. This module teaches students to write effective resumes and cover letters, and also teaches networking and personal branding skills. Students will also be guided on appropriate workplace and intern behaviour.


Specific internship jobs require specific skill sets. To accommodate such specialised work areas, students are strongly encouraged to have read certain modules to prepare themselves for the job. For example:

  • Students pursuing Communications Management placements are strongly advised to have read NM2219, NM2220 and NM3219
  • Students pursuing game design placements are strongly advised to have read NM3216

Students are NOT advised to go on exchange in the semester before CIP. Otherwise, students may have to look for internships while overseas on exchange.


CIP is a mandatory programme and a graduation requirement and must be treated as a priority. If students want to opt for non-compulsory activities such as the SEP, the summer programme, camp activities or any other activities, they should plan them around the CIP, and not the other way around. Non-compulsory activities should not be used as reasons for delaying or cancelling your participation in the CIP. Further, students taking summer programme from May to July must not take internship.  Do plan your summer programme in advance as no exception will be allowed.  Taking of Internship programme must be given priority over summer programme at all times.

The department recommends a minimum monthly allowance of S$1000. No CPF contributions are required

Instructional Period of preceding Semester


Recess Week

Department invites students to select their jobs in NUS TalentConnect

Week 7 – 8

Students are expected to complete their job selections in NUS TalentConnect

Week 9 – 11

Employers shortlist candidates and conduct interviews

Week 12

Employers offer job positions to successful candidates through NUS TalentConnect; Deadline for submission of self-sourced internships for CNM's evaluation and approval.

Week 13

Students accept/reject offers through NUS TalentConnect

Reading week

Department assigns Academic Supervisor; Students complete administrative procedures of the internship such as receiving their placement letters and selecting their MOOC modules


Students undergo internship with respective employer

Students participating in the Compulsory Internship Programme are assigned a worksite supervisor as well as an academic supervisor. The worksite supervisor will guide and mentor the student at the workplace, and is responsible for the final feedback on the student's performance during the 20 weeks.


The academic supervisor, on the other hand, will be in touch with the student throughout the internship and provide the student with guidance, especially in the context of applying theory to practice. The academic supervisor will also assess and grade the submissions, including the final report.

Internship Period Semester 1 Semester 2 Grades will be made available in

  • Semester 1: Jul - Nov NM3550 (IP) NM3550Y (Final) Early Dec
  • Semester 2: Jan - May NM3550Y (Final) Early Jul

Students are not allowed to terminate their internships without the department’s approval. The department takes termination very seriously. If in the event that the student drops NM3550Y, the following grade penalties apply:


Semester 1 & 2

Drop module without grade penalty

By end of Instructional Week 2

Drop module with ‘Withdrawn’ grade

1st day of Instructional Week 3 through last day of Recess Week

Drop module with ‘Fail’ grade

1st day of Instructional Week 7 onwards


Although students are strongly encouraged to look for internships on TalentConnect, they are nonetheless allowed to source for internships on other job portals. Internships found on portals other than TalentConnect are considered self-sourced internships. Self-sourced internships require the department’s approval before they are accepted.

To have a self-sourced internship be approved, please write in to with the following information:

  • Name of internship position​
  • Company Name
  • Internship job description
  • Start and end dates of the internship
  • Name and email of a contact person from the company

In the meantime, please urge the employer to create a TalentConnect account and make the job posting as soon as possible. If they require guidance, please write in to





Alongside internship, students are required to read MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which will either be Level 2000 or 3000 modules. MOOCs are only offered to students who are doing their compulsory internship, and are pre-determined by the department every semester. Prior to the start of the internship, students are given the option of reading either a minimum of one or a maximum of two MOOCs during their internship. Each MOOC is worth 4 Module Credits, which count toward the NM Major.

Students are automatically opted out of MOOCs. Should they wish to sign up for them, they are required to opt-in for them when CNM Internship Enquiries sends out emails with MOOC choices in late April/November. Students need not submit study plans.


Because MOOCs are often a customised version of an ordinary module, students are encouraged to check for the relevant alerts on the module's IVLE space. This information is important because students may reserve reading that particular module until their compulsory internship comes along.


MOOCs have been designed to be interactive, where most lessons are hosted online. MOOCs will also have a manageable amount of face-to-face sessions, which will be conducted in the evenings.



The Compulsory Internship Programme is coded as NM3550Y, and is worth 12 Module Credits. If a student chooses to read one MOOC, then the total number of Modules Credits for that semester is 16. If the student chooses to read two MOOCs, then the total number of Module Credits for the semester is 20. These Module Credits count toward the NM major. 




Students are encouraged to take charge of their study plan and candidature. For students who intend not to study any MOOCs and/or plan to overload, they are reminded to work out their study plan ahead of time so as not to risk delaying graduation and failing to graduate on time. Students are also strongly encouraged to closely follow their proposed study plan. 


Past batches of students who have went for the internship programme have given feedback that they found it difficult to manage an evening MOOC class on top of the internship.






Students may choose to do an overseas internship with NUS Overseas College (NOC) instead of through the Compulsory Internship Programme. In this case, the overseas internship module code will be TR3202. The CIP will be mapped to the NOC internship. Students should contact and inform the CIP team about their intention to undertake an NOC internship such that their names will be taken off the CIP list.


Students should have planned their entire academic plan (i.e. from Year 1 Semester 1 to graduation) and have had their plans checked by the NOC coordinators before going on NOC.


Mapping of TR3202 to NM3550Y is automatic and does not require students to handle any administrative procedures. An extra semester is needed for TR3202 to be mapped onto NM3550Y, which the NOC coordinators should have informed the students about.

However, please take note that NM3550Y may not be mapped in the event that students do not fulfil the responsibilities and assignments required of them by the overseas company. Thus, students are strongly encouraged to take their overseas internships seriously and complete any assignments on time.