Your internship experience is one of the most important pieces of the foundation you are laying down for a successful career.
Since the professional world can be very different from university life, it's important that you have an understanding of some of the differences.
Use These Tips To Help You Make The Most Of Your Internship.
Clarify expectations about the internship, both the employers and yours. It's a good idea to agree upon your job responsibilities in writing.
Take advantage of the transition time at the beginning of your internship and ask a lot of questions.
Meet regularly with your supervisor to ensure that both of your expectations are being met.
First impressions are very important, as is maintaining good ones. It's important for you to dress, speak, write, and generally behave like a professional.
Be observant and ask questions about appropriate behavior at the workplace. Different organizations have different expectations regarding employee behavior.
Focus on your communication skills, both written and verbal. Proofread your written work carefully. When communicating with your co-workers choose a respectful, tactful, and professional language at all times.
Be punctual and show up to work on time. If you're going to be late or sick, be sure to call your supervisor to inform them. Choose your sick days with care and try not to miss too many days at work.
Establish good relationships with your co-workers. Be friendly, polite, helpful, and sensitive. Also be careful about bringing personal business to work.
Be easy to work with. Accept assignments without complaint, ask for more work when assignments are completed, and turn out good quality work.
When you complete your internship, be sure to ask your supervisor for a letter of recommendation and keep in touch so that you can call upon him/her later when you are in need of a reference.
In case of any emergencies, here are important phone numbers to have on hand.
It is also good to have your local embassy's phone number saved in case of emergencies.
Singapore's country code is +65 and should be added for inbound calls for anyone looking to contact you. For outbound calls, don't forget to add the country code in front of the numbers going outside Singapore.
Money and Tender
The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar, or also called the 'Sing Dollar'.
There are a variety of coins and banknotes available in Singapore's currency, though some are more common than others.
The coins are typically used for Singaporean cents, ranging from 1 cent and up to 1 SGD
Values are as follows: ¢1, ¢5, ¢10, ¢20, ¢50, $1. Banknotes come in a large variety of sizes, like so: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $25, $50, $100, $1000, $10000
The current smallest and largest valued currency in Singapore the 1 cent coin and 10,000 dollar note are no longer being produced. They are still currently forms of legal tender in circulation, but extremely rare.
Thanks to an agreement made in 1967 that remains to this day, Brunei Dollars are considered customary tender and can be exchanged at a 1:1 rate without charge.
Exchange and Withdrawal
Though you can easily exchange money at the airport, hotel or bank, the best deals for exchange are found at money changing hubs in the city.
They are The Arcade in Raffles Place, Lucky Plaza on Orchard Road, Mustafa Centre in Little India, People's Park Complex in Chinatown, and Parkway Parade in Marine Parade.
They are close to many tourist attractions and you can bargain to get better exchange rates.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found all over Singapore, especially at banks, train stations, and shopping centers. Most machines allow Visa and Mastercard withdrawals.
If the machine has a Plus or Cirrus sign, you can withdraw money directly from your account. Keep in mind that withdrawals will likely incur a fee.
If you plan on using your credit card frequently, it is a good idea to sure to inform your bank of your travel plans beforehand to prevent the chance of your account being frozen.
Singaporean SIM cards are compatible with GSM phones. as long as they are not locked.
Telecommunication firms in Singapore are very competitive, so they offer relatively similar packages.
You can choose between SingTel, Mobile One (M1) or StarHub.
We recommend SingTel, as it seems to have the best connection in or out of Singapore. However, you should choose whichever company offers you the best deal.
SIM card purchases will require a passport, so make sure to have yours with you.
You can buy a SIM card or top up card at convenience stores, supermarkets, customer service outlets of telecom companies, post offices, and airport.
Pre-paid cards come with stored value that is valid for a short period of time, usually 2 to 6 months.
Getting a post-paid SIM card is more difficult and will require proof of address and employment.
Useful Singlish Phrases
Singlish is an English based creole language that includes a mix of Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Tamil, Bengali and Punjabi.
Singaporeans use Singlish in less formal settings for efficiency.
It's recommended you pick up some Singlish during your stay here. It will help you get closer to the locals and they will appreciate your effort!
Here is some common Singlish vocabulary and phrases for you:
PhraseMeaningAct blurFeign ignoranceAgak-agakAn estimateAh then?Of course, duhAlamakOh my GodBo jioNever inviteCome I clap for you Sarcastic praiseLah!ExclamationPang sehSomeone who doesn't show upShiokAmazing
For more phrases, consult a Singlish dictionary or friendly co-worker.
Places to Visit
Aside from being home to Singapore's mascot, the Merlion, Marina Bay hosts a variety of attractions.
Gardens by the Bay: A total of three different gardens, all built on 101 hectares of reclaimed land adjacent to Marina Reservoir. Outdoor gardens are free.
Marina Barrage: Doubling not only as a water reservoir and recreational area, Marina Barrage is also home to Sustainable Singapore gallery.
Marina Bay Sands: The Iconic architecture of this building holds more than a hotel, it is also host to many events. Not to mention, at night you can enjoy the free Three Lights Show.
Singapore Flyer: One of the world's largest Giant Observation Wheel, Singapore Flyer offers breath-taking views thanks to its height of 165 meters.
Esplanade Theatre: With over 3,000 performances, workshops and activities annually, you can either watch music, dance and theatre productions or partake in the programmes available.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
More than 150 years old, this well-maintained and lush garden has more than just a wonderful plant collection.
National Orchid Garden one of the many features, with over 1,000 species on display.
The Gardens are also a place of research and study of things botanical.
A bustling mix of traditional shops with modern stores, you can explore the Chinese part of Singapore's heritage.
If you're looking to see some Buddhist temples, this is definitely the place to be!
You can also explore the street markets and museums, including Red Dot Design Museum and Singapore Coins and Notes Museum.
From vibrant colors to culture, Little India has delicious food and a 24-hour shopping mall Mustafa Centre.
It is also home to Sim Lim Square, the go-to place for IT and mobile products.
If the shopping malls aren't your style, Sungei Road Thieves' Market also features flea markets that are always bustling with activity.
Soak in the ambiance of the Middle East, as well as enjoy the halal food and handicrafts sold by the locals.
Traditional goods from crafts, carpets, and clothes are also sold here.
Sultan Mosque is also a magnificent sight to see, whether it is illuminated by the sun or the lights they turn on at night.
Though entry into Sentosa is not free, you can enjoy the sights and beach sunsets once you are on the island.
There are also a variety of attractions available that will make your journey here worthwhile.
S. E. A. Aquarium: Home to more than 100,000 marine animals big and small, you can discover their different habitats as you journey through the exhibits.
Universal Studios: Theme park that features rides, shows, and attractions based on your favorite films and television series.
The trains are a reliable form of transportation in and around Singapore. Ticket prices are affordable and can be obtained at a kiosk or a machine.
We recommend buying an Ez-Link Card to save you the trouble of buying a ticket every trip, plus it can be used elsewhere too.
Below you can find the system map of Singapore's MRT and LRT trains.
Taxis can be cheap or expensive, depending on surcharge and additional fees that may increase your fare.
Factors that affect surcharge include peak hours, past midnight and city areas.
An easy method of getting a taxi is via a taxi stand, especially around hotels and malls.
Alternatively, you can try to hail a cab or call one to pick you up. City Cab, Comfort Taxi and SMRT all accept bookings.
Taxi services like Grab and UBER are available in Singapore and have mobile applications you can download on your smartphone.
Food: Where and What to Eat
For food that is affordable and doesn't compromise on taste, hawker stalls are the best choice. Most dishes will cost only 3 to 10 Singaporean dollars.
Lau Pa Sat is a well-known hawker center in the financial district that offers everything from Singaporean classics to Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and some Western dishes as well.
Other notable hawker locations are Maxwell Hawker Centre and Food Street in Chinatown and Tekka Centre in Little India.
Old Airport Road Food Centre looks a little less fancy and located in a less popular area, but is considered by many locals to be the best in terms of taste and price.
Malls will also often have food courts which offer meals at affordable prices, though it may range depending on location.
Of course, Singapore also has a wide array of more traditional types of restaurants and cafes available as well.
Recommendations can be found in abundance online if you're stuck on what to eat.