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October 2000, Vol. 3 No. 5 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Internship for Arts Students in the Talent Development Programme
 
Associate Professor David Seth Jones
Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
 

Under the Talent Development Programme (TDP) specially tailored for the top performing students in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, an internship programme was set up in 1998 whereby students are attached to a public or business organisation for a period of six to eight weeks during their May/June vacation. The objective is to provide TDP students with professional work experience in such fields as policy-making, administration, financial manage-ment, and personnel management, so that they can be better equipped to perform leadership and management roles in their future careers.

To date, various organisations have participated in the programme such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Housing & Development Board, Singapore Tourism Board, Singa-pore Press Holdings, Development Bank of Singapore, and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd. When placing TDP students for their internships, the type of organisation and the nature of work involved are matched as closely as possible to the students’ academic backgrounds and interests.

The work performed by the students entail assisting organisations in major projects or a series of small assignments. These include information and data gathering; sorting and analysis; planning and designing projects; drafting reports and papers; helping in the pre-paration of publications and or-ganisation of exhibitions; being involved in committees; and communicating with the public.

The Faculty emphasises the necessity for the students to be assigned a supervisor in the organi-sation to which they are attached. The supervisor will allocate projects and assignments to the student, provide necessary advice on how the work is to be carried out, monitor the student’s progress, and submit a report on his/her performance at the end of the internship. It is important that the supervisor meets the student on a regular basis, such as once per week, and be on hand to give advice if any difficulties arise. At the end of the internship programme, the students will write a report describing the work they have done as well as indicating what they have gained from the programme and what improvements could be made.

Thus far, feedback from TDP students who have undergone the internship programme has been optimistic. Some felt it had been an insightful and refreshing expe-rience. Others were grateful for being given the opportunity to have a feel of working life while still a student.

 
 
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