Undergraduate Professional Internship Programme (UPIP)

In line with the Faculty of Science’s mission to provide quality transformative education and to foster the spirit of enterprise in students, UPIP is an initiative by the Science Dean's Office to give science undergraduates practical on-the-job training through structured internship during their undergraduate study.  Internship helps students craft a fulfilling university journey through meaningful work experience. UPIP Administration from the Science Dean's Office coordinates partnerships with external organisations and provide the necessary foundation and support to science students to help faciliate their internship assignment.

UPIP was introduced in AY2011/2012 as an elective programme that allows students to learn about career preparation and job seeking processes, hones their interpersonal, communications and other soft skills, and exposes them to the day-to-day real working enviroment.

The programme is built upon a mutually beneficial model between NUS / Students and the employing Partners. 



For Students

Students participating in UPIP module will undergo experiential learning to improve their repertoire of interpersonal communication skills, overall effectiveness and improve their self confidence. Through this structured programme, students will be faced with the challenges of competing for and securing a job position an organization, and applying their discipline-related knowledge and professionalism in a working environment.

Through the programme students will get exposure and training to:

  • Plan their academic and career development strategies. Students can test out their interests and develop their long-range career plans, and provide a basis to select elective course work which integrates their studies and career goals.
  • Get to know available career options. Additionally, students have the opportunity to network with business leaders and alumni established in the working world.
  • Learn needed skills in job seeking exercise, such as resume writing, interview and networking. 
  • Gain knowledge on business etiquette. The work experience develops students' overall maturity by strengthening resourcefulness, problem-solving skills, self-confidence, self-discipline and sense of responsibility.
  • Translate scientific principles learnt in the curriculum to perform technical assignments in a real world professional environment.
  • Acquire intangible skills in teamwork, safety consciousness, use of IT in the workplace.
  • Boost their employability self profile. It increases job opportunities after graduation by giving students valuable contact with potential future employers.

Upon successful completion of the internship, students will also be awarded with Unrestricted Modular Credit (MC) that would count towards their graduation requirement. 

Students should nominate their Academic Advisor (AA) through UPIP Online and gain access to a list of approved internships by department.  Students who have successfully secured a position will undertake the internship module in the subsequent semester.Students can also seek their own internship positions. However, the particular internship will require the prior approval of the department UPIP Coordinator and the same registration process through UPIP Online is required. The internship should have relevance to the major, and involve the application of relevant subject knowledge of the discipline. Please refer to For Students section for more details.

For more information about undertaking UPIP, please visit For Students webpage or contact us at sciupip@nus.edu.sg  

For Employer/Partners

Employing organisations can expect to meet enthusiastic interns who are able to work on a variety of projects and benefit in the following ways :

  • Increase productivity. Interns can relieve overwork. Their availability can be crucial additions to accomplish what needs to be done. Interns can act as support to the existing staff.
  • New ideas and perspectives. Interns bring with them the knowledge and skills learnt through education. They have new ideas, insights, and processes that will benefit the workforce and work environment of the company.
  • Find future employees. Internships are a great way to bring in possible future employees. Internships offer a trial period in which the employer is able to assess the skills of an intern without the full commitment of an employee. A successful intern can be a successful employee that grows the company.
  • Improve leadership and supervisory skills. Through the mentoring of interns the staff develops skills in being leaders and supervisors. Having an intern benefits both the intern and the company through mutual education and the building of essential skills.
  • Opportunity for employers to shape and mold the intern's skills sought after for the company.
  • Give back to the community. By hiring interns, companies are helping to promote and benefit the educational system.
  • Low cost value addition. (Paid internship is particularly beneficial, because it enables economically disadvantaged students to participate)

The selection of Interns is entirely at the discretion of the employers, and may choose to call up referees and/or conduct an interview with short-listed applicants.

For information about offering internships to Science students, please visit For Employers/Partners webpage or for specific queries or support relating to partnership in Faculty of Science Internship Programme please contact Dr. Murugesan Sethu - Head, Strategic Partnerships & Development at  murusethu@nus.edu.sgail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


 Frequent Asked Question 


UPIP Department Coordinators

UPIP Department Coodinators are the liaison between departments and the UPIP Administrator in the Science Dean's Office. They assess the suitability of internships for students in majors hosted by their respective departments.

Major(s) UPIP Coordinator Email
Chemistry A/Prof Ryan Bettens chmbrpa@nus.edu.sg
Life Sciences A/Prof Henry Mok Yu-Keung dbsmokh@nus.edu.sg
Applied Mathematics
Quantitative Finance
A/Prof Chu Delin matchudl@nus.edu.sg
Physics A/Prof Paul Lim Hock Siah phylimhs@nus.edu.sg
Statistics A/Prof Lim Tiong Wee stalimtw@nus.edu.sg
Computational Biology Prof Greg Tucker-Kellogg dbsgtk@nus.edu.sg



UPIP Timeline

 UPIP Timeline diagram 



Programme Dates for AY2015 / 2016

Internship semester AY2015/16 Semester 1
Official semester dates 3 Aug to 5 Dec 2015
Minimum duration 16 weeks
Employer register internship 01 to 30 Apr 2015
Student pre-registration deadline 25 Apr 2015
Student self-source internship deadline
For May & Jun start: 25 Apr 2015
For Jul start: 2 Jun 2015
For Aug start: 1 Jul 2015
Earliest start date 11 May 2015
Latest start date 17 Aug 2015
Latest end date 10 Jan 2016
Final report 2 weeks after end of internship
Module registration AY2015/16 Semester 1
Grade issued AY2015/16 Semester 2












Internship semester AY2015/16 Semester 2
Official semester dates 11 Jan to 7 May 2016
Minimum duration 16 weeks
Employer register internship 01 to 31 Aug 2015
Student pre-registration deadline 3 Oct 2015
Student self-source internship deadline 27 Nov 2015
Earliest start date 7 Dec 2015
Latest start date 18 Jan 2016
Latest end date 31 Jul 2016
Final report 2 weeks after end of internship
Module registration AY2015/16 Semester 2
Grade issued AY2016/17 Semester 1











Internship semester AY2015/16 Special Term
Official semester dates 9 May to 30 Jul 2016
Minimum duration 10 weeks
Employer register internship 15 Jan to 29 Feb 2016
Student pre-registration deadline 25 Apr 2015
Student self-source internship deadline 18 Apr 2015
Earliest start date 9 May 2015
Latest start date 23 May 2015
Latest end date 31 Jul 2015
Final report BEFORE END of Special Term
Module registration AY2015/16 Semester 2
Grade issued AY2016/17 Semester 1




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