Undergraduate Professional Internship Programme (UPIP)

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. The Faculty coordinates partnerships with external organisations and provides the necessary foundation and support to science students to faciliate their internships.

UPIP was introduced in Academic Year (AY)2011/2012 as an elective programme allowing students to learn about career preparation and job seeking processes, hone their interpersonal, communication and other soft skills, while exposing them to the day-to-day working enviroment.

The programme is built upon a mutually enriching model between NUS, students and the employing partners. 

UPIP Ecosystem4

 

For Students

Students participating in the 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 in an organisation, and applying their discipline-related knowledge and professionalism in a working environment.

Through the programme students w ill get to:

  • Plan their academic and career development strategies. Students can test out their interests and develop their long-term career plans. This provides a basis to select elective course work which integrates their studies and career goals.
  • Understand available career options. Students have the opportunity to network with business leaders and alumni established in the working world.
  • Learn relevant skills for job-seeking, such as resume writing, interviews and networking. 
  • Gain knowledge on business etiquette.
  • Translate scientific principles learnt in the curriculum to perform technical assignments in a real-world professional environment.
  • Acquire intangible skills in teamwork, safety consciousness and the use of technology in the workplace.
  • Boost employability 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.

For more information about UPIP, please visit For Students webpage or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

For Employer/Partners

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

  • Increase productivity. Interns provide additional manpower resources to accomplish company goals. Interns can act as support to the existing staff.
  • New ideas and perspectives. Interns bring with them domain knowledge and skills learnt through their undergraduate studies. They have new ideas, insights, and processes that will benefit the workforce and employers.
  • Find future employees. Internships are a great way to attract possible future employees. Internships offer a trial period in which the employer is able to assess the skills of an intern. Interns can become successful employees contributing to the company.
  • Improve leadership and supervisory skills. Through the mentoring of interns, staff develop skills as leaders and supervisors.
  • Give back to the community. By hiring interns, companies are helping to promote and benefit the educational system.

The selection of interns is at the discretion of employers, who may choose to call up referees and/or conduct an interview with shortlisted applicants.

For information about offering internships to Science students, please visit For Employers/Partners webpage. For specific queries or support relating to partnership in the Faculty's Internship Programme, please contact Dr. Murugesan Sethu - Head, Strategic Partnerships & Development at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Life Sciences A/Prof Henry Mok Yu-Keung This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Applied Mathematics
Mathematics
Quantitative Finance
A/Prof Chu Delin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Physics A/Prof Thomas Osipowicz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Statistics A/Prof Lim Tiong Wee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Computational Biology Prof Greg Tucker-Kellogg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

   

UPIP & Enhanced UPIP Timelines

 UPIPTimeline 

 

 

Programme Dates


Internship semester AY2015/2016 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 08 Apr 2016
Student self-source internship deadline 04 Apr 2016
Earliest start date 02 May 2016
Latest start date 16 May 2016
Latest end date 31 Jul 2016
Student to submit Final report by 22 Jul 2016
Module registration AY2015/2016 Special Term
Grade issued AY2015/2016 Special Term

 


Internship semester AY2016/2017 Semester 1
Official semester dates 01 Aug to 03 Dec 2016
Minimum duration 18 weeks
Employer register internship 01 Apr to 12 May 2016
Student pre-registration deadline

For Aug start : 04 July 2016

or 3 weeks in advance for June or July start

Student self-source internship deadline
For May & Jun start: 25 Apr 2016
For Jul start: 01 Jun 2016
For Aug start: 27 Jun 2016
Earliest start date 9 May 2016
Latest start date 15 Aug 2016
Latest end date 06 Jan 2017
Final report End of internship
Module registration AY2016/2017 Semester 1
Grade issued AY2016/2017 Semester 1

 


Internship semester AY2016/2017 Semester 2
Official semester dates 09 Jan to 05 May 2017
Minimum duration 18 weeks
Employer register internship 01 Aug to 03 Oct 2016
Student pre-registration deadline 30 Nov 2016
Student self-source internship deadline 15 Nov 2016
Earliest start date 01 Dec 2016
Latest start date 16 Jan 2016
Latest end date 31 Jul 2017
Student to submit Final report by End of internship
Module registration AY2016/2017 Semester 2
Grade issued AY2016/2017 Semester 2