Information for Organisations

 

Introduction

The Advanced Technology Attachment Programme (ATAP) is a credit bearing full-time 6 month internship programme that would give students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to industry skills.

Open only to NUS Computing undergraduate students, ATAP is offered twice a year, each for a minimum period of 24 weeks: January to June, and May to November. Students’ progress on projects will be monitored during attachment, and their performance will be assessed at the end of the attachment, based on the interim and final project reports, and feedback from the company supervisors.

The internship period has to correspond with the School’s internship period (please refer to the respective Attachment Timeline table for the official dates of internship). Breaking the internship into separate periods is not allowed.

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Aim and Objective

The primary objective of ATAP is to broaden students’ education through practical application by enabling them to appreciate the application of computing knowledge to industrial related projects. Through exposure to meaningful and relevant workplace attachment, we hope to enable our students to apply their learning to the workplace, benefit from on-the-job learning and observing practitioners in action, and provide them a taste of work life environments and of the skillsets required, so that they are better prepared for their transition to the workplace after graduation.

For organisations, the programme is an opportunity to tap into the talent that is being groomed in our School.

Through internships, we aim for the students to:

  • Apply their computing knowledge in computing-related projects through attachment at organizations.

  • Build good verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrate professional standards and ethics in the workplace

  • Understand the business and career paths in the company/industry 

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Guidelines for Companies

As ATAP is a credit-bearing internship programme, we would require host organisations to fulfil the following:

  1. Provide structured on-the-job training that is relevant to the student’s field of study

  2. Appoint a Company Supervisor to oversee the students by guiding them on the assigned tasks(s) and adapting to the company’s work culture

  3. Provide necessary resources or equipment for the interns to perform their tasks or execute the projects. Interns should be provided with licensed software.

  4. Evaluate the student’s performance. As participation in the internship programme is a graduation requirement, student’s performance on internship will be evaluated

  5. Once a host organisation has confirmed an intern’s appointment, it must allow the interns to work throughout the internship period. The organisation cannot cancel or terminate the internship without first consulting NUS Computing.

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Roles for Company Supervisor

An appointed supervisor of the host company is to provide the following support:\

  1. Assist students in identifying and clarifying internship goals and objectives. Discuss with the students the details of their internship programme’s expected outcomes.

  2. Supervise and guide the student throughout their internship.

  3. Provide ethical guidance and support as the student practices professional skills and develops a professional role

  4. Respond to concerns and questions of student

  5. Assess monthly progress report from student. Monthly report will describe the work done in the month and the personal reflection of the student.

  6. Evaluate student’s work and provide feedback to students on his/her performance

  7. Provide necessary recommendations to improve student’s performance

  8. Assess interim (3rd month) and final reports from student

  9. Evaluate the student in accordance to assessment rubric found in internship system

  10. Provide feedback to NUS Computing to help with assessment of student

Evaluation and feedback for the student will be done via NUS Computing’s online system. Account details will be sent to company supervisors.

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Signing up for ATAP

Companies take part in ATAP by invitation. On accepting the invitation, they are registered with our programme, and they could then deposit technology related project proposals online according to the attachment timeline for the next internship deployment.

If your company has yet to receive an invitation, you may write in to us at Internship@comp.nus.edu.sg with a profile of your company and an indication of the type of positions you have available for our students.

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Number of Students in Each Attachment

There is no limit to the number of interns each company may take. Organisations may take in more than one student for each project.

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Selection of Students

Participating in NUS Computing’s internship programme will not guarantee an intern for your company.

We will not be allocating students to companies who did not shortlist them. Likewise, we will not be allocating students to internship positions that they did not apply for, or did not accept the offers for. As we do not match students to companies unless there is mutual acceptance from both parties, we cannot guarantee that every company will get an intern.

Students are able to apply to a maximum of four different projects (jobs) per internship selection round. Companies can then shortlist, interview and offer students who applied for their projects.

Shortlisting, scheduling for interview, and offering students a position has to be done via NUS Computing’s internship portal.

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Allowance 

Organisations are required to pay an allowance to each student participating in the industrial attachment.  The allowance to be paid is determined by the organisations, subject to a minimum recommended allowance of S$1000 per student per month. This allowance will be revealed to the students. Students will follow the working hours of the organisation in which they are attached. Allowance duration shall be deemed to be one month and paid directly to the student.

Allowances paid to students are exempted from Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions. For more information, please refer to the CPF board website.

Non-Singaporean students are not required to apply for work permit when they are on internship as long as they are issued with student passes and their internship is part of their course requirement.

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Attachment Timeline

Timeline for May to November 2017 rollout of ATAP is as follows:
Online system opens for companies to submit project proposals 12 Dec 2016 – 5 Feb 2017
 
Round 1
Online system opens for students to select projects 6 Feb – 19 Feb 2017
Companies to interview and shortlist students 20 Feb – 24 Mar 2017
Notification to students of projects allocated 27  Mar – 29 Mar 2017
Confirmation by companies to allocate projects to students and Submit Commencement Forms 3 Apr 2017
 

Round 2

 

Online system opens for students to select projects 30 Mar – 2 Apr 2017
Companies to interview and shortlist students 3 Apr – 12 Apr 2017
Notification to students of projects allocated 17 Apr – 19 Apr 2017
Confirmation by companies to allocate projects to students and Submit Commencement Forms 24 Apr 2017
 
Attachment period 8 May – 20 Oct 2017
 
Deadline for student interim project report 28 Jul 2017
Deadline for student final project report 27 Oct 2017
Deadline for company interim feedback form 4 Aug 2017
Deadline for company final feedback form 3 Nov 2017

 

Timeline for January to June 2018 rollout of ATAP is as follows:
Online system opens for companies to submit project proposals 3 Jul – 11 Aug 2017
 
Round 1
Students: Selection and Application of projects 21 Aug - 27 Aug 2017
Companies: Interview and offer students via portal 28 Aug - 29 Sep 2017
Students: Decide which offer to take up 4 Oct - 8 Oct 2017
Companies: Confirm and Submit Commencement Form 11 Oct 2017
 
Round 2
Students: Selection and Application of projects 9 Oct - 13 Oct 2017
Companies: Interview and offer students via portal 16 Oct - 27 Oct 2017
Students: Decide which offer to take up 30 Oct - 1 Nov 2017
Companies: Confirm and Submit Commencement Form 6 Nov 2017
 
Attachment period 2 Jan - 15 Jun 2018
 
Deadline for student interim project report 30 Mar 2018
Deadline for student final project report 22 Jun 2018
Deadline for company interim feedback form 6 Apr 2018
Deadline for company final feedback form 29 Jun 2018

 

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Selection and Interview of Potential Interns

** Organisations may refer to the online CVs of students who have applied for internships. Organisations are strongly encouraged to interview the students for their suitability to the job before offering the student an internship position.

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Medical Leave 

The student is entitled to paid sick leave (prorated), including medical leave issued by a dentist, if:

  • The student has served the employer for at least 3 months.
  • The student has informed or tried to inform the employer within 48 hours of his/her absence.
  • The student’s sick leave is certified by the company's doctor or a government doctor (including doctors and dentists from approved public medical institutions).
  • Please refer to table below for more details:

 

No. of months of internship completed Paid outpatient non-hospitalisation leave (days) Paid hospitalisation leave (days)
3 5 15
6 and thereafter 14 60

 

Student is to submit the Medical Certificate to the employer.

Please inform the faculty’s programme administrator should the student be absent from work without notification within 48 hours.

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Vacation Leave 

Organisations may grant leave entitlements or benefits to student in accordance to their HR policies.

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Compassionate Leave

Compassionate leave is allowed for the bereavement of parents, grandparents and siblings. The number of compassionate leave given should follow that of the company's HR policy. The student has to submit a duplicate copy of the death certificate to the company.

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Reservist (In-camp training)

NSmen who are called up for In-camp Training (ICT) during their reservist periods will not be granted deferment on the grounds of academic commitments. Organisations should allow students to go for their in-camp training.

Organisations may wish to discuss with the intern and the School’s internship administrator to extend their internship period to make-up for the ICT days.

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School Matters 

Organisations should release students if they request to attend to school matters such as registration of modules, etc. Organisations may verify the request with the School's ATAP coordinator.

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Discipline

The School takes a serious view of students whose performance is unsatisfactory. Please inform the School's ATAP coordinator if there is any misconduct on the part of the students attached to your organisation.

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Visa

Organisations should provide an offer letter to students on overseas attachment to apply for a visa.

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Travel and Accommodation for Overseas Deployment

Organisations should make and pay for the travel and accommodation arrangements of interns deployed overseas.

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Enquiries

Company enquiries may be directed to Internship@comp.nus.edu.sg

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