LKY School Internship Programme 2016




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.

What is it?

The LKY School Internship Programme is designed to motivate and support Master in Public Policy (MPP) students to explore meaningful internships and acquire invaluable work experience prior to graduation. 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 in other parts of Asia. Successful applicants will receive a cash award of up to SGD 1,000. Paid internships and internships in private organizations are not eligible for funding support from the LKY School Internship Programme. Please feel free to approach Career Services should you have any enquiries on what types of host organisations would qualify for funding.

Read about the students’ internship experience under the LKY School Internship Programme here.

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

Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai, India – Read about Melania Lotti’s experience in Chennai, India

United Nations Office for Drug and Crime (UNODC), Iran – Read about Carlos Eduardo Scull Raygada’s internship experience in Tehran

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), USA – Read about Olga Pistina’s internship experience in New York, USA

Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD), Singapore – Read about Marina Garcia Valls’s internship experience in Singapore

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Singapore – Read about Sarthak Luthra’s internship experience in Singapore

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).

Who is it for?

All LKY School MPP (including incoming Double Degree) and MPA students are eligible to apply for the funding. However, please note that this is a highly competitive programme and we expect only a small number of students to be selected each year.

Why should you apply?

Internships provide students with valuable and relevant work experience, as well as opportunities to expand their network of professional contacts. The LKY School Internship Programme encourages students to explore career paths in public service in Asia. As these internships are often unpaid, the funding support is meant to help in defraying some of the costs that students may incur during their internships.

With the support of the pilot Funded Internship Programme, LKY School students have done internships at a variety of organisations such as the United Nations Development Programes (UNDP) in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Thailand, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Iran and the Pure Heart Foundation. Click here to find out more about their experience and how they benefitted.

What is the selection criteria?

Preference will be given to applicants who are able to:

    • Articulate a perspective on how methods and theories learnt in the classroom may be applied to their internship.
    • Attest how they will further the LKYSPP mission during and after the internship.
    • Acquire internships for longer durations (i.e. 3 months versus 2 months).
    • Offer more substantive accounts of their internship experience* (i.e. video and blog versus one written article)
    • Show evidence of active student leadership and/or service to the LKY School