Vacation Internship Programme (VIP)

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Vacation Internship Programme

The Vacation Internship Programme (VIP) facilitated by the NUS Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG) provides students with opportunities to gain work experience and acquire industry knowledge during the vacation periods in May and December every year.

Students should start their search about six to nine months before the start of the internship. To qualify as an internship, the position should emphasize on-the-job training, include intentional learning goals for the interns, and be closely supervised.

At CFG, we offer both the credit-bearing internship course CFG2101 NUS Vacation Internship Programme and the non-credit-bearing CFG Internship Programme.

Duration / Time Period

The VIP takes place during the official vacation period for each academic year. Please refer to the NUS Academic Calendar.

  • Semester 1: December to January (5 weeks)
  • Semester 2: May to August (12 weeks)

For employers who would like to offer internships under the Vacation Internship Programme, please refer to the Internships webpage for employers.

Recommended Internship Guidelines for Students

Read the Internship Guidelines for Students to learn about all matters related to internship stipends, insurance, Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions, leave, and more.

Please find information on employment of international students at Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Important to note:

The Employment Act covers every employee who is engaged under a contract of service, including interns. An employer should accord statutory benefits prescribed under the law to an intern if he/she is performing work and has work arrangements similar to that of a regular employee in the organisation.

Staying Safe on Your Internship

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. Please report to CFG any form of harassment or abuse from an employer or colleague within your internship host company.

Contact CFG at to report any incidents.

How to Apply

  1. Students may view the available internship postings in NUS TalentConnect.
    • Under Position Type, select "Vacation Internships – Local (Open to all Faculties)"
    • You may also refer to weekly e-newsletters and save notification settings in NUS TalentConnect to receive updates on latest internship postings.
  2. Follow the instructions on the posting. Applications may be made directly via NUS TalentConnect, via the Company's website or via email.
  3. Companies will contact you directly for an interview if you are one of the shortlisted candidates. Interviews may take place over the phone or face-to-face.
  4. Once you are offered an internship, please notify CFG via your NUS email address with your full name, faculty details and the job reference number.
  5. Before the start of your internship, watch the online internship video (Before Your Internship > Preparing for Your Internship) to learn how you can maximize your internship experience.

Self-sourced Internships

Students may also source for their own internships but in order for it to be supported by the University, details will have to be reviewed by CFG. To have a self-sourced internship reviewed, please ensure that the internship is posted on NUS TalentConnect.

Internship Support Letter

For CFG-administered internships, CFG issues internship support letter for CPF exemption and funding applications purposes.

To request for the letter, please refer to the steps below:

  1. Ensure that the internship position is posted on NUS TalentConnect under position Type: "Vacation Internships – Local (Open to All Faculties)"
  2. The student has accepted the offer on NUS TalentConnect
  3. The student has submitted the Experiential Learning Placement form and upload a copy of the letter of offer/internship agreement in the Attachment field on NUS TalentConnect
  4. Email your request to using the email subject “Internship Support Letter Request"

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