Internship in Singapore

Singapore overview

The city-state of Singapore, also known as The Lion City, is a major business hub of Asia and one of the world’s most prosperous countries. An internship in Singapore is an ideal destination for students and young professionals to be introduced into Asia. Furthermore, Singapore is highly acclaimed as being one of the cleanest cities across the globe and boasting an incredible city skyline. With a Singapore internship through AIP, you will be able to experience the amazing things this city-state offers.

An international internship in Singapore will look impressive on your CV when applying to companies in the future. Employers will see you’re much more diverse than other ordinary candidates. Going abroad to intern in Singapore will not only increase your skills and knowledge in your desired industry but you will also have the opportunity to enhance your global professional network.

Coming to Singapore to acquire international work experience is a great opportunity for any young professional. For internship programs, finance is one of the major industry fields the city-state has offered, thanks to its huge banking sector. Additionally, there are other popular industries to pursue in Singapore such as Environmental, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Information Technology.

AIP maintains a broad network of partner companies, encompassing a wide range of industry fields to offer internships in Singapore for international students. Previous interns in Singapore have found their experiences to be extremely valuable and were able to jumpstart their professional careers. We offer Singapore internships throughout the whole calendar year, so you can apply at any time!

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Internship experience in Singapore

Singapore is an extraordinary country that is home to a cocktail of nationalities and an array of cultures. As soon as you arrive in this sovereign city-state, you will notice that Singapore is one of the cleanest, safest, and most developed country, not only in Asia but across the globe. The lifestyle of an international intern in Singapore can be very appealing because you have the opportunity to work in a first-class city while exploring all of the incredible features that The Lion City has to offer.

During your leisure time away from your Singapore internship you will have the chance to create your own adventure and visit some amazing landmarks. While in Singapore we highly suggest you visit the famous Merlion and the iconic Marina Bay Sands, which has a stunning infinity swimming pool. Other popular attractions that you can’t miss are Universal Studios on Sentosa Island and the astonishing Botanic Gardens. And when you are ready to try the local Singaporean cuisine, some must-try dishes are Laksa (coconut curry soup with noodles), Satay (grilled meat skewers with peanut sauce), and Char Siew Rice (barbequed pork with rice). These dishes are always best to try at a local Hawker Center, which is always made homestyle.

Work culture

In Singapore, the primary languages of business level and professional communication are Mandarin Chinese and English, two of the world’s most widely spoken languages, which is incredibly practical and ideal for Singaporeans to set up their new business partners from all over the world. However, when undergoing an internship in Singapore, you may need some time to adjust to the local use of the English language otherwise known as Singlish!

Other key workplace etiquette that you should be mindful of when interning in Singapore is their virtue of punctuality. When attending any important event in Singapore, you should pay extra attention to when you arrive and leave. Another virtue that Singaporeans value is their respect for elders and senior members of the organization. Showing respect could help you establish strong professional networks and personal connections with native Singaporeans!

Internship career fields

As a new emerging business hub, Singapore’s strategic geographical location allows you to gain professional work experiences in the areas of finance, logistics, hospitality, engineering, and more! Its growing business environment makes it possible for interns like you to immerse yourself in a fast-paced international and local work atmosphere.

The Singaporean finance industry is publicly funded with advanced technologies and infrastructures. Since the country is renowned for its supportive business environment, this makes it relatively easy for multinational investors and entrepreneurs to develop their organizations.

Being in close proximity to other Asian countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand, Singapore is the center point for trade across borders. In fact, the country is the region’s top logistic hub for 10 consecutive years according to the World Bank. The country’s strong and well-established supply chain has a crucial role in contributing to the country’s rapidly expanding sector.

The influx of visiting tourists and investors overseas has turned Singapore into one of Asia’s leading hospitality and tourism destinations. Its world famous architecture designs in Jewel Changi airport, for instance, mark Singapore as a popular global destination. This makes Singapore one of the most ideal locations for you to pursue an internship in one of Asia’s best hospitality industries!

Singapore is the go-to destination for future engineers to develop their practical and professional skills! Robust research and facilitative resources put Singapore as one of the world’s pioneering destinations. Local talents are also considered one of the driving mechanisms of this Singaporean industry. By carrying out an internship in Singapore, you will be collaborating closely with the country’s best and brightest!

Singapore accommodation

  • Furnished accommodation
  • Free Hi-Speed Wifi access
  • Close proximity to the workplace (within 1 hour or less)
  • Accessible by public transport
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Visa information

Singapore offers a Work Holiday Program Visa, which is eligible for students and young graduates who want to work and holiday in the country for up to 6 months.

You are eligible for a Work Holiday Program if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are 18 to 25 years old.
  • You are an undergraduate or graduate of a university in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States.
  • Your university is recognized by the government of the respective nine countries.
  • For undergraduates: you have been a resident and full-time student of the university for at least 3 months before applying for the pass.
  • For graduates: you were a resident and a full-time student of the university.

Note: The Work Holiday Program has a capacity of 2,000 participants at any one time.

Singapore also offers a Training Employment Pass, which is eligible for students or foreign trainees who want to undergo training.

You are eligible for a Training Employment Pass if you meet the following requirements:

If you are a foreign student:

  • The training attachment in Singapore must be part of your course study.
  • You must be studying at an acceptable institution or earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $3,000.
  • You must be sponsored by a well-established Singapore-registered company.

If you are a trainee from a foreign office or subsidiary:

  • You must earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $3,000.
  • You must be sponsored by a well-established Singapore-registered company.

Apply online and our team can help you further in regards to your visa eligibility for Singapore.

Note: Immigration laws are updated frequently, so the above text may be subject to change.

Our process

1. Apply
Click "Apply Now", fill the form and schedule an interview to discuss your dream internship.
2. Interview
During your interview, one of our AIP representatives will ask you questions about your background, past work experiences, internship preferences and goals.
3. Pay Deposit
If you are officially accepted into AIP, you will be asked to confirm your spot in our program with a deposit fee.
4. Placement
Our experienced placement team will match you with your ideal host company and arrange an online interview for you with them.
5. Final Payment
Once your internship has been accepted by yourself and the host company, you will be invoiced for the final payment which will officially confirm your placement.
6. Prepare
After your payment confirmation: For remote internships: We will put you in contact with your host company so that you can start to work right away on your internship. For all the other AIP programs: We will assist you in the visa application process, as well as arranging airport pickup and accommodation (if applicable).
AIPx might be a suitable option for those that are in a hurry. Via AIPx, we will have a confirmed interview for you within 21 working days (The normal process can take up to 8 weeks).
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