If you recall from my previous post on my part-time job experiences in Singapore, I had the opportunity to explore a wide array of jobs during my schooling days. In this post, I will share about my internships in Singapore.
During my second year in NTU, I heard about the MOE’s Teaching Internship Programme (TIP) and signed up for it. I was assigned to a Secondary School that was near to my home and taught there for about 5 weeks. I love interacting with kids so teaching was fairly easy for me.
In Year 3, I was lucky to intern at a production house set up by a Hong Kong director and a local TV actor for 6 months. As mentioned in my biography, I am very much into filming and working at a production house was a great fit for me. It was also part of the compulsory internship at my school, the NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information where I specialised in Broadcast and Cinema Studies (BCS).
Found some photos of my crazy filming days. This was taken near the Presidential Office in Timor-Leste. My team and I produced a documentary (Moris Mai) on women and children issues in the country. This documentary won us a few awards. 🙂
Here’s a photo of me during my NTU convocation. As you can see, that was 3 years ago. Time really flies.If you are currently searching for internship opportunities (hopefully a Singapore internship), I have some advice for you.
(1) If you are still in a dilemma on which industry you would like to join after graduation, an internship would be a good chance to help you make a decision. For me, it was either teaching or media. That was why I tried out internships in these two areas and found out that my passion truly lies in filming. P.S.: I joined MediaCorp immediately after my last exam paper. 🙂
(2) To help you secure your dream job after graduation, first secure an internship position in that company, or at least in a related field. Employers would prefer if you have relevant experience before joining as a full-time employee.
(3) Check with your seniors how their internships went and formulate a list of recommended companies.
(4) Take some time and comb through the various internship positions available online. Stroff.com would be a good place to start as it has a specific portal on Internship Singapore for poly and university students.
Hope that your internship would be a fruitful one! Thanks for reading!