Internships

Geography Vacation Internships 2020

The Department of Geography brings you internship opportunities in seven organisations during the vacation period (from the end of the exam period in May till before the start of semester in August 2020). Internships are available at the following organisations: Advancer Global, Fugro and Singapore Book Publishers Association.

Please download and submit the Geography Internship Application Form to the main office by 1 March 2020 (ask an academic referee to submit a very simple Referee Report also by the same date; the Referee Report may be found within the Application Form). The Department will shortlist applicants for organisations, which will contact you directly (some organisations will call for interviews).

Please remember to inform the Department Ms. Wong Lai Wa if you are selected for an internship.

Past And Present Internships That Geography Majors Participated In

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SBPA
JTC
Fugro
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JaneGoodall
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Geography Internships Experiences

Each year during the long vacation from May till August, our Geography undergraduates enjoy internship opportunities. These internship positions are either sourced directly by the Department or through the Faculty’s FASS Internship Programme or the NUS Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG). Here are testimonies from our Geography students who enjoyed their internships.

For more information on FASS internship: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/studentlife/internships.html;
NUS Centre for Future-ready Graduates internship: https://talentconnect.nus.edu.sg/..

2019_Fugro_FaithLee

There was so much to learn every day, with many experiences that I would not have gained within the confines of a classroom

I was given the opportunity to intern at Fugro Singapore Marine Pte Ltd. over the summer in 2019 and it was a truly eye-opening experience. As an intern in the weather forecast department, I was exposed to the daily operations of forecasters as well as the procedures involved in working with private clients. I was given the chance to create my own daily forecast reports, giving me the experience of working with the company’s internal programmes. The interns were also given challenging problem-solving tasks weekly that allowed us to pick up important skill sets such as coding. The friendly staff often gave tours around the warehouse and labs, giving us a quick peek into the technology used, and this allowed us to see how geography is used in day-to-day real-life operations in a Geotech company. There was so much to learn every day, with many experiences that I would not have gained within the confines of a classroom. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, creating a wonderful work environment. I am thankful and grateful for this learning opportunity made possible by the Geography Department.

- Faith Lee Zifei (Fugro), 2019

2018_ACRES_LynetteGoh

Interning at ACRES was definitely a meaningful and fun experience, especially when I was given the opportunity to work with such a friendly and dedicated team.

Interning at ACRES was definitely a meaningful and fun experience, especially when I was given the opportunity to work with such a friendly and dedicated team. Everyone was very welcoming and it was heartwarming to see all of them working towards helping and protecting wildlife in their own ways. Interning there gave me a better understanding to how a non-profit organization works and how truly important it is to have the support of donors, volunteers, the public, and how only collectively can we make greater changes and influences.

Apart from giving me a deeper insight into the issues surrounding the preservation of our environment and wildlife, my involvement in roadshows and educational talks helped me learn how to better interact and engage with the public (including students). Helping to plan awareness campaigns and fundraising events improved my planning and organisational skills. I was also pleasantly surprised when I was given the chance to help care for the animals housed at ACRES, and witness the rescue team in action by following them on their rescue missions.

- Lynette Goh (ACRES), 2018

2015-SLA-1

This internship has given me the opportunity to apply GIS in the real world context and realise its potential in generating useful (spatial) information which can be utilised for planning purposes for the benefit of the relevant authorities.

I spent my 2015 summer break at the SLA’s Geospatial Division where I conducted data processing and analysis on the library usage in Singapore using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I got an opportunity to attend a meeting with the staffs from the National Library Board to present my findings while also to provide assistance on the use of GIS. This internship has given me the opportunity to apply GIS in the real world context and realise its potential in generating useful (spatial) information which can be utilised for planning purposes for the benefit of the relevant authorities.

- Lai Chong Chao (Singapore Land Authority), 2015

2015-NParks-Pearlyn

I enjoyed the dynamic working environment that allowed me to learn out in the field and back in office, and have seen the real-life significance of our geographical knowledge.

The 12 weeks spent at National Parks Board (NParks) National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) was truly an invaluable learning experience. Being attached to the Coastal and Marine Branch, I had the chance to experience a GIS-related job scope that included data management and analysis of coastal and marine biodiversity. I was exposed to local, regional and inter-governmental decision-making and efforts regarding conservation and development at Singapore's coasts. My supervisor and colleagues in NBC also generously presented a myriad of learning opportunities through site visits, biodiversity surveys and events beyond the coastal and marine environments. I enjoyed the dynamic working environment that allowed me to learn out in the field and back in office, and have seen the real-life significance of our geographical knowledge.

- Pang Yuhui Pearlyn (NParks), 2015

2015-NParks-DianeTeo-1

Through this internship, I have gained much insight on the thought behind planning the parks and greenery in Singapore, which sparked a deeper appreciation of Singapore as a City In A Garden.

My internship at the Park Planning Branch in NParks was enriching, meaningful and enjoyable! Geography came alive to me where I had to apply academic knowledge to solve real world problems, under the guidance of my passionate colleagues. I have gained exposure through the many opportunities to interact with professionals from other agencies and private companies through workshops, conferences and the Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015. Through this internship, I have gained much insight on the thought behind planning the parks and greenery in Singapore, which sparked a deeper appreciation of Singapore as a City In A Garden.

- Diane Teo (NParks), 2015

2015-JaneGoodall-Germaine

These experiences have equipped me with important planning, organisational and research skills that will certainly help in future jobs.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my internship experience with the Jane Goodall Institute Singapore. The warm and friendly working environment was certainly the main reason for that. Moreover, I have gained valuable insights into the back-end operations behind JGIS's events and operations. These experiences have equipped me with important planning, organisational and research skills that will certainly help in future jobs.

- Germaine Lin Ziyi (Jane Goodall Institute Singapore), 2015

 

2015-Sentosa-Kelly

My mentors were very nurturing, and ensured the most conducive and inclusive environment for my learning.

During my 13 weeks internship stint at Sentosa Development Corporation, I gained many rewarding experiences and great learning opportunities. I was in the Corporate Planning Division, and dealt with a range of projects related to social and environmental sustainability. In tandem, I was involved in various meetings with external organisations which gave me the chance to listen to individuals from diverse backgrounds. My mentors were very nurturing, and ensured the most conducive and inclusive environment for my learning.

- Kelly Lim (Sentosa Development Corporation), 2015