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.