Professional Internship

Our Professional Internship programmes aim to enhance the employability of our undergraduate students by providing practical experience in applying their knowledge and skills to real-world problems.

While I was still interning at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), I managed to secure employment during my final semester via GSK’s Future Leaders’ Programme. This gave me a channel to explore and apply the skills I picked up as a CBC undergraduate, in the context of the pharmaceutical industry. The experience helped me to settle into my job quickly.”

Lim Jie Sheng
BSc (Hons) in Chemistry & Biological Chemistry
Chemist Associate, Technical Development Global Manufacturing & Supply, GlaxoSmithKline

For Chemistry and Biological Chemistry students, the Professional Internship programme consists of the module CM4079/CM4081, which is compulsory for students who opt not to do a Final Year Project. The module can be read during either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

Internship Declaration

Year 3 students will receive an email, sometime in January or February, regarding the Professional Internship programme. If you are planning to participate in the Professional Internship during Year 4 (rather than doing a Final Year Project), reply to this email promptly with the following information:

  • Personal details (name and matriculation number).
  • Whether you intend to do the internship in Semester 1 or Semester 2 of Year 4.

Internship Application

After declaring your intention to participate in the Professional Internship programme, you will be contacted via email by NTU's Career & Attachment Office (CAO) one semester before the internship. The CAO email will contain information about the possible internship positions, and how to apply for them.

You will have two options:

  • Choose an internship position from the CAO list.
    You will apply for the position via Studentlink. Note that you must provide your resume as part of the application.
  • Find an internship position yourself.
    For a self-sourced internship, the job scope must be related to the study programme, and must include a sufficient technical component related to chemistry. The internship is subject to approval by the Division and the CAO. The CAO email will provide instructions about how to request for approval.

After the CAO has assigned you to an internship position, you are not allowed to switch to another internship position, or to a Final Year Project.

Good luck! We hope you have a good time, and acquire useful skills during your internship!

Internship and Attachment Programme

SCBE undergraduate courses emphasize the importance of industry-focused training.  Besides infusing industry experts lead lectures into various courses, students are required to undergo a period of attachment, varying from 10 weeks to 20 weeks, in a private or public organisation locally or overseas during their course of study in NTU.

The various internship programmes/periods are:

  • 20-week Professional Internship (PI) from January - May or August - December. Placements will be sourced by CAO or student.
  • 10-week Professional Attachment (PA*) from May - July. Placements will be sourced by students or CAO.
  • 30-week Enhanced Professional Internship (EPI) from January - August. Placements will be sourced by students.

*PA option only available to students who are reading 2nd major or double degree

Overseas Entrepreneurship Programme (OEP)

The education and training of the entrepreneurially-minded individual is an important part of the entrepreneurial education process. Beyond methodologies and know-how, aspiring entrepreneurs require the right networks and contacts. OEP allows entrepreneurially-inclined students the opportunity to combine a 1-year internship at a start-up company, in a vibrant entrepreneurial eco-system, while studying at a prestigious partner university.

OEP is a one-year programme which consists of 20AU (6-month programme consisting of 10AUs is also available), with 10AU categorised under Professional Internship and another 10AU utilised from their UE/BDE. To facilitate the credit transfer for OEP, Engineering students who take up the programme will have their degree requirements adjusted to move the 10AU of UE to Core. There is no change in the total AU.