Internship and Career Opportunities
Catapult – Career Preparation for MIA Students
At the LKY School, we provide students with the tools, guidance and opportunities that will enable them to win the jobs or promotions they seek and chart their own paths to career success. Students design the ‘Career Catapult’ that best fits their needs: The Career Services Unit provides a blueprint and scaffolding, materials they can use and the platforms from which to launch – we are the ‘spring’ of the LKY School Catapult. Students decide the direction they wish to take, gather the building blocks they need, and put in the requisite effort needed to launch their careers.
4 Cs to Catapult Your Career
Orientation & Semester 1: Construct – Plan what you need to succeed and start gathering the building blocks for your career success. Here at the LKY School, we advocate a Design Thinking approach to career planning. Attend the Designing Your Career workshops to build a solid foundation for your career strategy. Better understand your strengths and the industry landscape. Learn about ideation and prototyping. Collaborate to test and implement your career plans.
Semester 1 & 2: Check it out – Learn about potential career paths for MIA graduates. Discover the possibilities, decide what’s right for you and plan what you need to do in the next two years to get there. Attend career talks, industry nights, meet employers, research jobs and fields. Explore and apply for summer internships with organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, APEC Secretariat, consultancies and non-profits. Check out NUS' Talent Connect and LKY School's Job and Internship Portal for internship opportunities that will prepare you for a successful career.
Semester 2, 3 & 4: Connect – This is the most important element of the catapult. You must reach out to employers and alumni early on, and start getting to know people in the sector you wish to build a career in. Start with the LKY School’s network of alumni and employer partners who come from a variety of international and multilateral organizations, non-profits, consultancies, public and private sector organizations, but don’t stop there. Impress your internship employer and colleagues. Keep in touch. Keep networking.
Summer, Semester 3 & 4: Craft Clinics – Hone your craft, tell your story. Build your portfolio and your network of contacts. In your final year, it is important that you think about and discover your value proposition, then learn to articulate it. Through a series of Essential Skills for Policy Makers workshops, you will plan your job hunting strategy, perfect your CV and cover letter, hone your elevator pitch and participate in mock interviews. Next, launch your catapult. Reflect, learn, and adjust. Then launch it again.
The Career Services Unit in the LKY School connects our students with employers to gain valuable exposure to the workplace, provides the opportunity to connect their academic experience and gives them a competitive edge in their job search.
In addition, MIA students have the opportunity to do an internship as part of their Capstone Exercise. Most students do this during the summer between Year 1 and Year 2. Past MIA students have done internships at embassies, UN agencies and government/public affairs teams of private sector companies, in Singapore as well as in other countries in Asia.
For more internship information, please refer to our career page.
Careers after LKY School
LKY School students are highly sought after across industries and our alumni can be found in governments, multilateral institutions, corporations and non-governmental organisations across the world. Our extensive network of alumni contribute to public good in a wide variety of fields such as economic development, social policy, finance, international relations, public affairs and consulting, fulfilling LKY School’s mission of improving and transforming the lives of the people they serve. Equipped with international perspectives and a nuanced understanding of Asia, our students go on to be leaders in their respective fields.
Aside from the comprehensive information on our admissions page, if you have any other queries or would like to receive a copy of our programme brochure, please submit your request via our query form. Alternatively, you may also speak to our admissions officers at +65 6516 8004.