Introduction

The Advanced Technology Attachment Programme (ATAP), module CP3880, is a credit bearing full-time 6 month internship programme that is offered twice a year that would give students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to industry skills.

Internship periods are consecutive minimum 24 weeks from January to June and May to October. In order to count as ATAP, your internship job scope has to be computing related and able to add value to your degree programme. The internship period has to correspond with the School’s internship period (please refer to the respective Attachment Timeline table for the official date of internship). Breaking the internship into separate periods will not be permitted.

Students will be given 12 modular credits (MCs) upon successful completion of the six months’ attachment programme. Students who fail to complete the six months attachment programme will not be given the 12 MCs.  Students’ progress on projects will be monitored during attachment, and an assessment of their performance will be made (on Completed Satisfactory/ Completed Unsatisfactory (CS/CU) basis). 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for ATAP, students should have completed following modules:

  1. IS2101 Business and Technical Communication or
    CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals or
    CG1413 Effective Team Communication; and
  2. CS2103/CS2103T Software Engineering or
    IS2103 Enterprise Systems Development Concepts or
    IS2150 E-Business Design and Implementation


To get the most out of your internship experience, it is recommended that you have completed the following modules:

  • Preferably completed IS3102 Enterprise Systems Development Project or
  • (CS3201 Software Engineering Project I and CS3202 Software Engineering Project II) or
  • (CS3281 Thematic Systems Project I and CS3282 Thematic Systems Project II) or
  • (IS4102 E-Business Capstone Project) or
  • (CS4201 Interactive Systems Project I and CS4202 Interactive Systems Project II) or
  • (CS4203 Game Developmen Project I and CS4204 Game Development Project II) or
  • (CG3002 Embedded Systems Design Project)

The following categories of students are not allowed to register for ATAP:

  • Students in their graduating semester
  • Students taking other modules in the special term
  • Students who are doing UROP (CP3208 and CP3209)
  • Students doing CP4101 BComp Dissertation / BT4101 BSc. Dissertation [also known as Final Year Project (FYP)]. Students are not allowed to concurrently do FYP with ATAP. Conversion of ATAP related work to FYP is not permitted, irrespective of how good the ATAP-work is.

Students who are eligible for internship may submit their application at: https://mysoc.nus.edu.sg/~projadm/ 

Assessment Criteria

Aside from your company supervisor, students will be assigned an academic supervisor who will be assessing their progress during your internship.

At the start of your internship, students will have to work with your company, and academic supervisors to come up with a self-defined learning objective for the internship. Students will then have to submit the learning objective in the Project Admin System for the company and academic supervisor’s approval. The objective will not be deemed as accepted until the approval from both the company and academic supervisors are indicated in the system.

Your assessment will be based on the following:

  1. Amount of value delivered to the company
  2. Technical knowledge/skills demonstrated during the internship
  3. Office soft skills demonstrated during the internship
  4. Compliance with expected professional standards and ethics in the workplace
  5. Verbal communication skills
  6. Written communication skills
  7. Understanding of the business in the company you are interning with (company structure/process workflow, career progression/path in the company)

Assessment will be based on the student’s written report, feedback from the company supervisor, and the face-to-face presentation with the assigned academic supervisor.

Module Deliverables

Learning Objective

The Learning Objective should be set within 2 weeks after the start of the internship. Each student needs to identify at least one objective each in the following categories:

  • Deliverables
    Based on the company’s requirements on the job scope. The objective for deliverables has to be related to your degree programme.

  • Technical Skills
    This covers the ability to solve technical problems related to the job scope.
    Example: Job task is to design a time-critical program. The Technical Skill objective could be to aim to improve algorithm design skills so that program runs efficiently.

  • Life Skills
    Soft skills which help in ensuring a successful internship. Examples of Life Skill objective could be to aim to improve presentation skills since presenting weekly updates to your company supervisor is required. Other Life Skills could include negotiation skills, communication skills, time management skills, problem solving skills, etc.


Students will need to propose a strategy to achieve your stated Objectives, and also include a method of evaluation to measure improvements.

Students will be able to modify their Learning Objective after 3 months. Students will need to discuss the revised objective with their company and academic supervisors, and have their approval for the updated Objectives. 

Students will need to evaluate if they had achieved their Learning Objective at the end of their internship.

Monthly Progress Update

Students are required to submit a progress update every month at https://mysoc.nus.edu.sg/~projadm/ to state the work done during the month and their personal reflection. The progress update will be viewed by both company and academic supervisors.


Interim Report

An interim report will have to be submitted after the 3rd month of the internship. The report will cover (1) the current progress of your internship project, (2) the current status of your self-designed objective, (3) any problem and challenges. The project report format may be found here


Final Report

Students will have to submit a final report at the end of their internship which will cover (1) the work done in your internship project, (2) the achievement of your self-designed objective, (3) any problem and challenges, (4) career path. The Final Report should contain the summarised version of your Interim Report and the continuation from there. 

*Note that even though you may be working on the same project with the same company, as another student, project reports need to be written individually in your own words. Students will be investigated for plagiarism If the reports are found to be too similar.

A copy of your interim and final report must also be uploaded to the Digital Library https://dl.comp.nus.edu.sg by the same deadline stated.


Presentation to Academic Supervisor

Students will be required to give a short presentation to their academic supervisor at the end of the internship. Students will be responsible for contacting their academic supervisor to make the arrangements for the presentation.

Students are to discuss the format and contents of the presentation (length of your presentation, content/focus of the presentation, will slides be required, etc) with their academic supervisor.

We suggest that arrangements for the presentation with the academic supervisor be made 2 weeks before the end of the internship in order to have sufficient time to fix a presentation date while allowing yourself time to complete your internship report before the submission deadline.

Ad-hoc Feedback

Students are able to submit ad-hoc feedback to the School/academic supervisor/company supervisor if they encounter problems during their internship. In the ad-hoc feedback, the intended receiver has to be indicated to ensure it gets to the correct party.

Additional Modules

As ATAP is a full-time attachment programme, students on attachment should, in principle, not take other modules offered by the University. Special consideration may be granted to students who wish to take one or two modules on a part-time basis, if they have the approval of the host company and the respective module coordinator. Students must ensure that they obtain written approval (in the form of an email) from the host company and the respective module coordinator before they can proceed with module registration in CORS. You will be responsible for dropping any additional modules you may have (other than CP3880). If you are found to have any additional modules without the respective approvals, the School reserves the right to remove any of the additional modules that you are registered to.

You should not hold the School responsible if you are not able to cope with either your studies or your internship. 

The following table reflects the module arrangements for ATAP:

ATAP (CP3880) Period

Module Arrangement

Remarks
Semester II
(Current AY)
*Special Term I
(Current AY)
*Special Term II
(Current AY)
Semester I
(Next AY)
Jan - June CP3880
(IP Grade)
CP3880
(Graded)
- - Grades will be backdated to Special Term I
May - Nov - CP3880
(IP Grade)
CP3880
 (IP Grade)
CP3880 (Graded) Grades will be awarded at the end of Semester I of the next Academic Year

*Note: You do not need to pay the NUS Special Term Fees for having the ATAP module registered during the Special Terms.

Things to Note

  1. Students who are already on ATAP are not allowed to reduce its duration to turn it into a SIP attachment.
  2. Students who do not need credits and do internship on their own during regular term time are required to apply for Leave of Absence (LOA). Please refer to http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/adminpolicy/loa.html for more information.
  3. A minimum period of 24 weeks is required.
  4. CEG students should follow the internship guidelines for CEG students. Please refer to http://www.ceg.nus.edu.sg/ia/
  5. Students are to consider carefully, taking into account their study plans before they accept any offer because any withdrawal after acceptance is not acceptable and will result in them getting the CU grade reflected on their transcripts. 
  6. We will not be able to issue you with the CPF exemption letter if you are not converting your self-sourced internship into ATAP. You may obtain such letters from the Centre for Future-Ready Graduates (http://www,nus.edu.sg/cfg/contact-us

**For safety consideration while on internship, please see https://inetapps.nus.edu.sg/osh/portal/safety_guideline.html

 

Self-Initiated Internship Application

Steps for conversion of self-initiated internship applications into ATAP May-October 2017 are as follows:

20 February to 30 April 2017: 

(1) Students are to inform the companies from which they had obtained the internship from, to create an account in our            portal:https://ntsa1.comp.nus.edu.sg/intern/#, and submit the project/job scope for the School's approval, during the          above period. If the company has an existing account in our system, they may skip this step. 

(2) Email Ms Nur Arifah with the following information:
     (i)         Project code and title of the project that the company submitted
     (ii)        Proof of acceptance from the company. Email confirmation would suffice.
     (iii) 
      Details of the start and end date of the internship.

If the project is approved, we will assign you to the project at the backend.

IMPORTANT: Students are responsible for ensuring the company puts in the project in the system by the deadline stated.

ALL APPROVALS MUST BE SOUGHT FOR PRIOR EMBARKING ON ANY SELF-INITIATED ATAP IF YOU WISH TO EARN CREDITS. NO RETROSPECTIVE CONVERSION IS ALLOWED.  

Your self-sourced internships will have to fall between our official ATAP period (May-Oct) in order to be considered for conversion into ATAP.  Slight variations of around 1 or 2 weeks are still acceptable. 

 

Attachment Timeline

Timeline for January to June 2017 rollout of ATAP is as follows:

Online system opens for companies to submit project proposals
30 Jun - 7 Aug 2016
 
Round 1
Students: Selection and Application of projects
15 Aug - 24 Aug 2016
Companies: Interview and offer students via portal
25 Aug - 16 Sep 2016
Students: Decide which offer to take up
17 Sep - 21 Sep 2016
Companies: Confirm and Submit Commencement Form
30 Sep 2016
 
Round 2
Students: Selection and Application of projects
26 Sep - 30 Sep 2016
Companies: Interview and offer students via portal
3 Oct - 14 Oct 2016
Students: Decide which offer to take up
15 Oct - 19 Oct 2016
Companies: Confirm and Submit Commencement Form
28 Oct 2016
 
Deadline for Self-Sourced Internship Application
20 Nov 2016
 
Attachment period
3 Jan - 16 Jun 2017
 
Deadline for student interim project report
31 Mar 2017
Deadline for student final project report
23 Jun 2017
Deadline for company interim feedback form
7 Apr 2017
Deadline for company final feedback form
30 Jun 2017



Timeline for May to October 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
 
Deadline for Self-Sourced Internship Application
30 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

 

Selection and Completion of Attachment

Students participating in the May to October 2017 rollout of ATAP may choose up to four projects at: https://mysoc.nus.edu.sg/~projadm/ from

  • Round 1: 6 to 19 February 2017 and
  • Round 2: 30 March to 2 April 2017.

Students should note that some companies may have restrictions for certain internship positions, including that the student must be a Singapore citizen. In such cases, only students who meet the special requirement will be able to view the project details.

After students have made their project selection, companies will review and shortlist the students who have chosen their projects. Students should have their undergraduate examinations results transcripts on standby so that the documents may be provided on demand to companies for review. Companies may interview the students at their own discretion. Students must confirm whether they accept the project allocated during these periods

  • Round 1: 27 - 29 March 2017 
  • Round 2: 17 - 19 April 2017.

On acceptance of a project, no changes will be entertained.

Students who have accepted a project and subsequently withdraw their acceptance, or fail to complete the attachment with their host organisation, will receive an "Unsatisfactory" grade for CP3880: Advanced Technology Attachment Programme (ATAP) on the transcript.

Some companies may vary the start and end dates of internships for internal reasons. In cases where an attachment begins and ends later than the dates given in the ATAP rollout timeline, the student will have his/her ATAP modular credits given in the next semester.


Training Commencement Forms

You may view the necessary information pertaining to your internships from:
https://mysoc.nus.edu.sg/~projadm/ -> Project Management (Login) -> Commencement Report

It is the students’ responsibility to inform Ms Nur Arifah if there are any changes to the Company Supervisor details stated in the Training Commencement Form.


Supervisors

Each student project will be co-supervised by the organisation's supervisor and an academic supervisor from the School.


Dress Code and Reporting Procedure on the First Day of Attachment

Students should dress appropriately in office attire and take with them their identification Card, Bank Account Number, Bank Name and Branch. 

Reservist (In-camp training)

Students who are required to go on reservist training need to inform the School (attn: Ms Nur Arifah at arifah@nus.edu.sg) and the host organisation upon receipt of their reservist training notification. Students who have received reservist training notification prior to accepting an internship offer must inform both ATAP Admin Office and the host organisation before accepting the internship offer. SoC will not request for reservist training deferment on behalf of students going on ATAP.

 

Leave and Time-Off to Attend to School Matters

Students may be granted leave at the host organisation's discretion. For non-official matters that are beyond the scope of project work with the organisation, the organisation has the right to deduct their pay; however, this policy may vary from organisation to organisation. Students are advised to abide closely by the Human Resource practices of the organisation.

Students should request permission from the host organisation to attend to school matters such as registration of modules, etc.

Paid vacation leave for students can only be granted at the discretion of the organisation.

Medical Leave

Students are to inform their supervisor at the organisation if they are sick or need to consult a doctor. They are not to take leave of absence without their supervisor's prior knowledge. Students on medical leave will need to submit a medical certificate to their supervisor.

Allowance

Students will be paid a minimum recommended amount of S$1000/- per month. Organisations are exempted from making CPF contributions.


Insurance

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase their own insurance policy before going for their industrial attachment. However, it is compulsory for students going for overseas ATAP to purchase additional insurance with a more comprehensive coverage.

Visa

Students on overseas attachment may need to apply for a visa from the host country. For that purpose, students should request an offer letter from the organisation, which should be submitted to the local embassy/high commission/consulate with the necessary application forms and other support documents.


Disclaimer of Liability

The School will not be held liable or responsible for any damage to properties and/or injuries suffered during attachment.


Tuition Fees

Although students will not attend lectures and tutorials on campus during the attachment period, they are given formal credits.  When students are claiming credits as part of the curriculum, they need to register with the university and pay the tuition fees for that credit to be formally recognised. 

Tuition fees are not computed based on actual hours of services students received nor the facilities they actually use. It is based on the cost of providing students with the complete education needed to graduate, including both resource-intensive and not so resource-intensive components, divided among semesters. Besides, students on ATAP can continue to access facilities, e.g., medical services, the library, computer and sports facilities. In some instances, students need to make use of such facilities during their industrial attachment.


Enquiries

Student enquiries may be directed to Ms Nur Arifah at: SoCfamily@comp.nus.edu.sg.