LKY School Funded Internship Programme 2015

What is the Funded Internship Programme (FIP)?

The FIP was a pilot programme designed to motivate and support Master in Public Policy (MPP) students to explore meaningful internships and acquire invaluable work experience during the May – August 2015 vacation period. Its objective was to encourage MPP junior students to seek out unpaid, volunteer work and learning opportunities in the public service, non-profit or multilateral organisations in Singapore or within Asia.

Seven selected FIP applicants received a cash award of between SGD300 to SGD 1,000 each, which was meant to defray some of the costs they incurred during the internship.

The Funded Internship Programme (FIP) 2015 started as a pilot project and has been well received since its inception. Against this backdrop, the FIP will henceforth be known as the Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School Internship Programme and will be applicable for unpaid internship positions in Asia offered by internship hosts that are government or non-profit organisations.

Please click here to find out more about the LKY School Internship Programme 2016.

Read about the students’ FIP experiences here

With the support of the FIP, LKY School students have done internships at the following organisations:

Pure Heart Foundation – Read about Otini’s experience working with migrant and displaced youth at the Thai-Myanmar border

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Indonesia – Read about Shruti’s internship experience in Jakarta.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Malaysia – Read about Margarita’s internship experience in Kuala Lumpur

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore – Read about Carolyn’s internship experience

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Thailand – Read about Indu’s internship experience in Bangkok

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Iran – Read about Sara’s internship experience in Teheran.

Disclaimer: The content featured on this website such as the students’ internship reports and blogs have been provided for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed to constitute official views of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy or the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Why apply for FIP?

The objective of this programme is to encourage students to seek out unpaid, volunteer work and learning opportunities in the public service, non-profit and multilateral organisations either in Singapore or within Southeast Asia.

Who is the FIP for?

All students from the junior MPP class are eligible to apply for the FIP. However, please note that this is a highly competitive programme and we expect only a small number of students to be selected each year. As these internships should take place during the vacation between year 1 and year 2, incoming double degree students and exchange students are not eligible to apply.

How do I apply for FIP?

To be eligible for consideration, students must:

  1. have a strong academic record (4.0 GPA minimum)
  2. submit a completed “Funded Internship Programme” application form
  3. provide a confirmation letter with details of the internship, issued by the organisation on their official letterhead, which explicitly states:
    1. the full name of the intern,
    2. the duration of the internship,
    3. a declaration that the internship is unpaid
    4. that it is a full-time position (approximately 30 hours or more a week)
    5. that the organisation is a non-profit or public/government organisation
  4. provide a personal statement which clearly articulates how this internship will fit into the applicant’s academic or career goals, as well as how the internship will advance the LKYSPP mission
  5. provide a current CV

What is the selection criteria?

Preference will be given to applicants who are able to:

  • Attest how they will further the LKYSPP mission during and after the internship.
  • Articulate a perspective on how methods and theories learnt in the classroom may be applied to their internship.
  • Acquire internships for longer durations (i.e. 3 months versus 2 months)

Funding will not be considered for:

  • Internships that take place outside of Asia
  • Internships in private sector organisations
  • Internships that are paid or compensated in any way (e.g. meal/transport allowance)
  • Internships that take place during the semester or during the December-January vacation
  • Internships that take place the summer after graduation
  • Part-time internships
  • Language study or teaching (TESL) opportunities and/or
  • Independent research opportunities


Please submit a completed FIP application form along with the supporting documents to Career Services. Application deadlines are typically in mid-April, for internships taking place in May-August.