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:
- have a strong academic record (4.0 GPA minimum)
- submit a completed “Funded Internship Programme” application form
- provide a confirmation letter with details of the internship, issued by the organisation on their official letterhead, which explicitly states:
- the full name of the intern,
- the duration of the internship,
- a declaration that the internship is unpaid
- that it is a full-time position (approximately 30 hours or more a week)
- that the organisation is a non-profit or public/government organisation
- 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
- 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.
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If I do not receive an FIP award/ if I did not receive the amount I requested for, can I terminate my internship?
While the decision to undertake an internship is entirely yours to make, it should not be based on whether the school awards you with FIP assistance. The FIP award is intended as financial assistance to encourage students to pursue unpaid internships and volunteer positions, and not as remuneration for work.
I will need my funding before I leave for my internship, can I get it sooner rather than later?
No, the amount awarded will be transferred to your account upon successful completion of the internship and full submission of the promised deliverables. It is recommended that you consider making additional financial arrangements if this is a concern.
Do I have to go through a claims process?
No, the amount awarded will be transferred to your account upon receipt of all required supporting documents and deliverables.
Will the school pay to cover my insurance while I am on my internship?
No, there will be no additional assistance. Please consult your internship provider if this is a concern.
Do I have to show evidence or demonstrate how the money has been spent?
While it is important to keep financial records, this is not a requirement for the FIP.
If I run out of money during my internship, will the school send me more?
No, the award amount is a one-off payment and final. You are expected to manage your own financial situation.
If I am awarded the FIP and my internship is terminated, will I be able to receive some of the funds I was awarded?
In the event that your internship is terminated, please report this development immediately to the school. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the individual circumstances of each situation and the deliverables that you can satisfactorily produce.