If speaking to a Syracuse University Whitman School of Management student who has either studied abroad or done an internship abroad, you’re likely to hear a lot from students who spent time in Spain, England or Italy. However, there is a lesser-known summer program that may be just what many students, especially business students, are looking for – the Singapore Summer Internship Program.
“The Singapore internship program is not a study abroad program. This program is a work and cultural experience opportunity,” says Gary La Point, supply chain professor at the Whitman School and faculty member for the program. “We try hard to ensure students receive an internship experience that is both challenging and educational.”
Additionally, La Point explains that this program is the only international internship experience that satisfies Whitman’s internship graduation requirement, and is also the only paid international internship program run by Syracuse University Abroad.
At one time just a little-known fishing village, Singapore is now a bustling metropolis that is often referred to as the business capital of Southeast Asia. It is a vibrant city-state with a population of more than six million people. Business is generally conducted in English, which is also one of the official languages, so the problem of a language barrier is essentially eradicated.
Since Singapore is a business hub, past students have had the chance to intern at large, well-known companies like IBM, NBC Universal and Pratt & Whitney. La Point adds, “There are over 6,000 multi-national companies operating in an area half the size of Onondaga County. The Singapore culture is a mix of Asian and western cultures so there is not a big culture shock when you go there to live and or work. The Singapore work environment is very western in culture, and the lifestyle is a nice blend of Asian and western.”
There is a robust range of internship opportunities that students may explore. Work can be found in areas like accounting, bio-science, communications, computer science, general management, legal, marketing and supply chain. “This program is not just for Whitman students,” notes La Point. “Over the years we have placed students from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the School of Information Studies, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the School of Education and the College of Law.”
Before the internships even begin, students get the opportunity to explore the region they are spending their summer in. The program begins with a one-week orientation, during which students attend guest lectures, visit local companies and take time to explore Singapore. The program fee also covers trips to various places in the region, like the Bintan Islands, Indonesia, Malaysia and activities within Singapore like the Singapore Zoo & Night Safari and the Singapore River Cruise.
The program is open to rising seniors and graduate students. Students must have at least a 3.2 GPA and complete an application to be considered for the program. The application is due by Feb. 10, and can be found online through the SU Abroad website.