Professional Internship

Chemistry and Biological Chemistry majors have the option to undertake a Professional Internship in approved chemistry-related companies and organisations. The Professional Internship programme provides practical experience in applying chemistry knowledge and skills to real-world problems, and enhances the employability of our students. It 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.

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

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!