Undergraduate Professional Internship Programme (UPIP)
For students


Two electives are available under the programme: 

  • XX3310 / XX3311 Professional Internship Programme is conducted during the Special Term (May to July). 4 UE Modular Credits are awared for successfully completing a minimum of 10 weeks in the employing organisation. This module is available to students majoring in Chemistry (CM), Food Science & Technology (FST), Computational Biology (ZB), Life Sciences (LSM), Mathematics/Applied Mathematics (MA) , Quantitative Finance (QF), Physics (PC), and Statistics (ST).

n.b. UPIP Special Term may be read twice during student's candidature. XX3310 will be assigned first.


  • XX3312 Enhanced Professional Internship Programme is conducted in Semester 1 (August to December) or Semester 2 (January to May). Students should spend a minimum 18 weeks in the employing organisation to be awarded the 12 UE Modular Credits. Students majoring in Chemistry (CM3312), Computational Biology (ZB3312), Mathematics/Applied Mathematics (MA3312), Quantitative Finance(QF3312), Life Sciences (LSM3312), Physics (PC3312) and Statistics (ST3312) may participate.

Qualifying students are allowed to participate in XX3310, XX3311 and XX3312 once each during their candidature. These electives are NOT allowed to be taken in year 4, and Enhanced UPIP is NOT allowed to be taken in the graduating semester.


To undertake the UPIP module, please follow the three phases below

Phase 1: Preparation

The Preparation Phase is performed before the start of internship.


"UPIP Send-off" is a short briefing for students who are interning under UPIP. It outlines the reporting requirements for earning credit for internship. Look out for the invitation for the next session.

Meet a Career Advisor to discuss your plans. Students looking for internship/career advise, resume and cover letter help, mock interview sessions, etc, may make an appointment to visit a Career Advisor


Phase 2: Application

Academic Advisor (AA) for UPIP approves your work plan, reads your weekly journals and eventually decides if your performance in the internship is satisfactory or unsatisfactory. You may  choose to contact any academic staff member from the department of your major or your Academic Mentor which was previously assigned to you, and request he/she to be your UPIP AA. Once you have confirmation from the member to be your AA, inform UPIP Administration by providing his/her Name, NUSNET ID and department. 

Source for Internship
Pre-approved internships. These are internships that have been approved by UPIP Adminitration. Students who apply for these approved internships need not have them approved for UPIP again. A list of pre-approved internship can be found under Science Internship in NUS Talent Connect.
Self-sourced internships.  Internships may also be self sourced from elsewhere, directly from employer or in  NUS Talent Connect but not appearing under Science Internship which may be considered to be included in UPIP. You may send your self sourced internship position for consideration to UPIP Administration.

Phase 3: Internship

Students who undertake their internship and read it as UPIP are required to fulfil the following:

Workplan -- Student submits in NUS Talent Connect. AA approves.
During the first week, student and supervisor puts together a Workplan for the duration of the internship. AA is notified via email. As long as AA has not approved, student may make changes. The work plan has three sections, Project/Objectives, Learning Outcome, Work Description.
Weekly journal -- Student must submit (upload) at the end of each week in NUS Talent Connect, in MS Word or other readable document file. 
Tell us about your work, what you learned, your relationship with your colleagues and your supervisors, etc. This is not a lab report. Do not disclose confidential information.
Final report -- Student submits in NUS Talent Connect.
Feedback forms -- the following feedback forms are required for assessment.
  1. For Internship Supervisor - Submit in NUS Talent Connect
  2. For Student - Submit in NUS Talent Connect
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