SIP - Information for Students

The Student Internship Programme (SIP I and II), courses CP3200/CP3202 are unit-bearing full-time internship programmes that are offered once a year during the Special Term. The programme will give students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to industry skills.

Internship periods are a minimum 12 consecutive weeks* from May to July/August. In order to count an internship under SIP, 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 periods (please refer to the respective Attachment Timeline table for the official dates of internship). Breaking the internship into separate periods will not be permitted.

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).

Students will be given 6 units upon successful completion of the attachment programme. Students will not be given the units and will be awarded a Completed Unsatisfactory (CU) grade if they:

  • Do not fully complete the attachment programme.
  • Do not submit their monthly and/or final reports without valid reasons.
  • Withdraw from the internship mid-way without valid reasons and/or without consulting the School.
  • Withdraw their acceptance from the host organisation without valid reason.

*Do note there there is an easement for the May – Aug 2024 Internship cycle for a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks. 

Quick Comparison between ATAP and SIP

Features

ATAP

SIP

SIP II

Course Code

CP3880

CP3200

CP3202

Units

12

6

6

Duration

24 weeks (Full time)

12 weeks (Full time)

12 weeks (Full time)

Frequency each AY

Twice a year (Jan – Jun / May – Nov)

Once a year (Special Term only)

Once a year (Special Term only)

Pre-requisite courses

Specific courses as outlined on internship page

Must complete 70 units (i.e. total units attained at point of application including courses registered in the semester of application)

Completion of CP3200

Tuition fees

Payable as per regular term

Refer to table below

Monthly allowance

Minimum of $1200

Evaluation type

Monthly, Interim and Final reports

Monthly and Final reports

Assignment of Supervisors

Academic supervisors assigned by the School

*Please check your respective degree requirements for the fulfillment of your Industry Experience Requirement

*IS & BZA students are NOT able to use two SIPs to fulfil their Industry Experience Requirement

The following table reflects the course arrangements for SIP:

SIP (CP3200 / 3202) Period

Course Arrangement

Remarks

*Special Term I (Current AY)

*Special Term II (Current AY)

May – July / August

CP3200/ CP3202

(IP Grade)

CP3200 / CP3202

(Graded)

Grades will be backdated to Special Term I

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

Students are to note the following important points for SIP.

  1. Students who are already on ATAP are NOT allowed to reduce its duration to convert it to SIP.
  2. SIP has a minimum duration of 12 consecutive weeks.
  3. CEG students should follow the internship guidelines for CEG students. Please refer to https://ceg.nus.edu.sg/ia/
  4. Students should carefully consider their study plans (e.g.: SEP/NOC) before accepting any offer because any withdrawal after acceptance will result in a CU grade.
  5. Students who have started FYP projects in January are to get written approval from their FYP supervisors if they intend to participate in SIP from June to Aug in the same calendar year.
Internship during Final Semester

Students in their graduating semester who require SIP during their final academic term/semester need to submit an appeal. Grades will only be awarded in the Special Term which means your degree will be only be conferred on 31st August and students will only join the Commencement ceremony in the following year.

Please use http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/academic-activities/graduation as a reference for more details.

Internship Timelines

SIP

May-Aug 2024

Remarks

Internship Period

13 May 2024 – 2 Aug 2024

 Self-sourced internships allowed to start from 1 May to 27 May 2024.*

Employers submissions of internship positions/projects
(Non-self sourced Internships)

13 Dec 2023 to 12 Apr 2024

Each posting will last till the end of the student application period

Students viewing and application
(Non-self sourced Internships)

5 Feb 2024 to 24 April 2024

 

Deadline for Students to submit
Self-sourced Internship Requests

24 April 2024

 

Deadline for Employers to indicate offers on TalentConnect
(All Internships Including Self-sourced Internships)

30 April 2024

 

Student acceptance grace period

5 working days from offer date

 

Internship/project scope approval

Processing of internship submissions is done on fortnightly basis

 

KEY EVALUATION DEADLINES

Deadline for Student Final Reports

8 Aug 2024

Other monthly reports due on 7th of the following month (eg May Report due on 7 Jun)

Deadline for Student Final Presentations

8 Aug 2024

Students to schedule presentations with academic supervisor before-hand.

Deadline for Employer Final Evaluations

15 Aug 2024

Other monthly Evaluations due on 14th of the following month (eg May Evaluation due on 14 Jun)

*Internships starting before 11 May 2024 will require confirmation that exams would be completed first.

Application

Eligible students need to apply via TalentConnect. Please note that if a formal offer/acceptance of an approved position is not completed on TalentConnect, the internship will NOT be recognized as unit-bearing.

Please take the Internship Readiness Assessment before application. (Note: This form will only be accepting responses when the viewing/application period opens)

Internship Application Checklist

  • Ensure that you have fulfilled the necessary pre-requisites
  • Complete the Internship Readiness Assessment
  • Fill in the correct Experiential Learning Application form on TalentConnect

*More details can be found here.

Please note that:

  • Students will be contacted directly by employers directly if they are shortlisted for interviews
  • Students should take note that some companies have restrictions for certain positions, including but not limited to requiring the student be a Singapore citizen.
  • All offers by employers MUST be made through the TalentConnect portal in order to be recognized by the school. Students will then have up to 5 working days to respond before these offers are withdrawn by the system.
  • Students MUST accept their offers on the TalentConnect portal in order for their internship to be formally recognized.
  • Once a project has been accepted, NO changes will be entertained.

IMPORTANT

Students who have accepted an internship and subsequently withdraw their acceptance (including verbal, written or on TalentConnect), or do not complete their attachment with their host organization will receive a “Completed Unsatisfactorily’” (CU) grade for CP3200 / CP3202 on their transcript.

 

Self-sourced Internship Application

Students who have sourced their own internships and wish to convert their internship into a unit-bearing one should inform the company to post the internship position on TalentConnect.

If the company does not have an existing account on TalentConnect, please get them to register an account here. Account creation and other queries about the portal can be channeled to talentconnect@nus.edu.sg.

Once the employer’s account has been approved, they will be able to submit a posting for review. (Do note that submission of the form does not indicate approval. Students will have to obtain the 6-digit posting ID from the company and submit the self-sourced internship form. (Note: This form will only be accepting responses when the viewing/application period opens)

Assessment Criteria and Deliverables

Students will have 2 supervisors for the duration of their internship who will assess their progress.

  1. Work Supervisor
  2. Academic Supervisor (Students will be notified by email when their Academic Supervisor is assigned)

Please refer to the following PDF for details on the assessment and deliverables.

Ad-hoc Feedback

Do note that students are able to submit ad-hoc feedback to the School/academic supervisor/company supervisor if they encounter any issues during their internship. Do note for ad-hoc feedback, the intended receiver has to be indicated to ensure that it gets to the relevant parties. Alternatively, students can write in to AskIR@comp.nus.edu.sg if they encounter any issues.

Additional Courses

SIP is a full-time attachment programme so students on attachment are NOT allowed to take other courses offered by the University during the attachment period.

 

***Do note the only exception to this would be the Communities and Engagement pillar requirement.

 

Students from Cohorts 2021-22 and after who are required to fulfil the Communities and Engagement pillar under the University Level Requirement (such as GEN% or related courses offered by UTCP, NUSC) will be allowed to co-read these modules alongside SIP if their service hours are carried out during evenings and weekends during the internship period.

Students may be allowed to carry out service work during the day (3-4 hours a week) on weekdays whilst on internship, subject to the employer’s approval.

Kindly note that:

  • Students who are graduating in Semester 2 in May are NOT allowed to take SIP during the vacation period in the same Academic Year.
  • Students who are already on ATAP are not allowed to reduce its duration to turn it into a SIP attachment.

Administrative Matters

Administrative Information

Please refer to the following PDF for extra information on subjects such as leave, insurance, medical leave etc.

All students should direct their enquiries to AskIR@comp.nus.edu.sg

FAQ (SIP)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I be allowed to break up my internship?

A: No, you will need to complete a single internship with a minimum duration of 10 consecutive weeks.

Q: Can I do a few months with one company and then another few months with a different company and count it under SIP?

A: No, you are not allowed to break up the attachment period. Your attachment should be with a single employer for the entire duration of the internship.

Q: I have secured an internship but it does not fall within the stipulated internship periods, can I count it under SIP?

A: No, all unit-bearing internships have to fall within our recognized timelines. (We do allow some variance up to 1-2 weeks for the start date) Off-cycle internships will not be recognized by the School. Internships should not interrupt the academic semesters before and after the stipulated internship periods.

Q: What does computing-related mean?

A: All unit-bearing internships must have components that relevant to your degree programme. If the job is largely non-technical in nature (whereby a student from a different faculty could just as easily perform the role), then it will not be suitable.

Q: Can I apply for SIP if I have not fulfilled the pre-requisites?

A: No, you may not. You must complete the required 70 unit pre-requisite before embarking on your internship. You may apply for internships whilst completing the pre-requisites, but must have cleared them before starting the internship.

Q: Can I take an internship in my final semester?

A: Yes, but you will need to submit an appeal to do so. Please note that you will need to provide a reasonable justification when making an appeal.

Q: I have already taken SIP I (CP3200), can I take it again?

A: Yes, you can take SIP II (CP3202).

Q: I have secured an internship position but the company has not posted on TalentConnect, can it count as SIP?

A: No, the position will need to be reviewed and approved on TalentConnect and a formal offer/acceptance must also be completed in order for the position to be registered as unit-bearing.

Q: Does submitting the Self-sourced Internship Form mean my internship is approved?

A: No, the School will still need to review and approve the posting on TalentConnect, and a formal offer (from the company)/acceptance (by the student) MUST be completed on TalentConnect within the stipulated timelines in order for the internship to be recognized as unit-bearing.

Q: Why do I need to submit the Self-sourced Internship Form?

A: The School batch processes internship submissions fortnightly. Submitting the form will accelerate this process by bringing it to our attention so that we can review it more quickly.

Q: I have already secured an internship and completed the formal offer/acceptance on TalentConnect. Do I still have to fill in the Self-sourced Internship Form?

A: No, it is not required.

Q: I have accepted an internship offer but it is past the deadline, can I still count it under SIP?

A: No, you are required to adhere to the specified deadlines.

Q: I started an internship last semester and have since completed it. Can I count it under SIP?

A: No, the School does not allow any retroactive conversion of internships.

Q: I was given an offer, but I did not respond within 5 working days and my offer is now expired, what can I do?

A: Please ask the company to write in to us at internship@comp.nus.edu.sg to reset the offer for you.

Q: How do I get an internship support letter for CPF exemption?

A: Do note that we will only be able to issue internship support letters for unit-bearing internships under School of Computing. Please submit your request here. (Please note that only requests for unit-bearing internships under the School will be entertained.) For off-cycle or non unit-bearing internships, please contact CFG (hire@nus.edu.sg) directly. Note that NUS does not issue internship support letters for non-unit-bearing internships during the academic semester. Do also note that letter requests will only be processed AFTER a formal offer/acceptance on TalentConnect is completed.

Q: As an international student do I need to apply for a work permit?

A: International students on unit bearing internships are allowed to work full-time during vacation. No additional work permit/visa is required.