NTU School of Biological Sciences is the only local university that offers bio-related internship at the fourth year of the Biological Sciences programme. The option to choose between a Final Year Project or Industrial Internship give our graduates a head start to their careers. Some of our graduates have secured permanent job placement in the company they intered at, even before graduation.
Since the launch of the internship programme in 2013, we see a strong growing trend with more students choosing to take on internship in their final semester.
Industrial Advisory Panel
order to apply outcome based learning and teaching into the Biological Sciences
programme, the school has setup an Industrial Advisory Panel made up of
selected representatives in the private and public sectors that employ our
students. By following the recommendations from these panel members, SBS is
able to stay on track on future industry developments and adapt our courses to
provide better training to the students for greater employability. This close
networking ensures expert advices on strategic initiatives that are in the
pipeline particularly in Singapore and Asia. The school at the same time let
these industry players know the unique quality and skills sets of our graduates
have to offer. This synergy between the school and industry sector is beneficial
for both sides.
The School of Biological Sciences together with Career & Attachment Office gear students up towards professional career
development by including workshops coached by professional consultants in the
areas such as Personal Grooming, Interview Skills, Resume Writing, Networking
Skills, Personal Branding, Dining Etiquette.
Hear from some of our students who had some interesting internship experience both locally and overseas.
Neo Wei Yi
Class of 2016
Internship @ Banyan Tree Marine Lab, Maldives
Duration 26 weeks
Q1: Why did you choose to do an internship?
My awesome workplace at Angsana Velavaru, Maldives
Deciding to do an overseas internship was
one of the best choices I made in NTU. Besides the many internship
opportunities offered by SBS, the school also provides students the flexibility
to seek and create their own internship experiences in a field related to
biological sciences. I cherished this prospect to seek an intern position at
the Banyan Tree Marine Lab in the Maldives where I am able to gain hands-on
experience and work with experts in marine biology.
Q2: Please share with us your job scope?
My daily schedule is very hectic but
fulfilling. I do not have a typical routine and every day is excitingly
different. Majority of the work carried out at the marine lab involves
snorkelling and diving, and I spend a lot of time in the water. The duties are
categorised into restoration, research, education and conservation. Together
with the marine lab coordinator, we restore coral reefs by relocating or
planting corals on man-made frames and building large coral gardens on the
bottom of the sea. We measure and collect specific data such as coral growth or
fish species for reef monitoring and scientific research. We do reef clean-ups
and starfish removal to ensure the reef is kept pristine and healthy. I also
lead guests on snorkelling trips and conduct presentations to educate them on
the marine life in the Maldives. Occasionally, we also rescue marine life
caught on lines and feed wild stingrays!
Q3: What are some intersting encounters you gained at your internship?
Data collection on coral reefs for monitoring and research
Swimming up close with the largest fish in
the world, whale sharks is definitely a dream come true. The diversity and
abundance of marine life in some of the untouched coral reefs is simply
astonishing. Waiting 4 hours in the water till late night for a week to observe
one of the greatest natural marvels - mass coral spawning, which happens only
once a year was also definitely worth the anticipation.
Q4: How did your education in School of Biological Sciences aid in your internship experience?
The choices of modules across the seven
semesters for biological sciences are wide ranging and allowed me to select
topics that are of most interest to me and for my future career. I also had the
opportunity to do BS3331 Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB)
Workshop in Applied Immunology, which is
really great for intensive lab work practice. BS9001 Research Experience also
felt like a short internship and allowed me to gain working experience in a
‘real world’ lab that produces revolutionary research. The vast amount of
exposure in the past seven semesters has prepared me with the knowledge and
confidence I needed for my research project that I am currently working on as part
of my internship. Not forgetting the endless reports, presentations and
projects that trained me to manage my time better and deal with deadlines.
Q5: What are some skillsets or opportunities you gained via the internship?
As the only Singaporean on the small resort
island, I have the opportunity to meet people of diverse nationalities and
build interpersonal skills. Having to juggle internal projects and provide
impeccable guest service has also taught me to adapt quickly and handle
challenges. Interestingly, being part of the hospitality industry has also
allowed me to understand the basic resort operations and attain knowledge from
other departments in the company. Most
importantly, I am privileged to be advised and trained by prominent marine
biologist, Dr. Steve Newman on field research techniques and many other aspects
of the internship.
Q6: Any advice for current undergarduates?
Plan ahead and
pace yourself through the semesters. It is easy to ‘burnout’ later in the
semester as the intensity and workload increases. Participate in one of the
many overseas programmes offered by NTU and recharge yourself by joining an
interest club. Lastly, maintain a healthy balance of work and play. Spend
quality time with your SBS friends and you will find a helping hand anytime
because a friend in need is a friend indeed!
Shee Shi Ting
Class of 2016
CN Yang Scholars Programme
Internship @ Deloitte & Touche
Enterprise Risk Services
Duration: 22 Weeks
Q1: Why did you choose to do an internship?
I have always wanted to work in the healthcare sector and offer pro bono
services upon entering the workforce. SBS has given me a good research
foundation through the various laboratory stints I was blessed to be a part of,
over the past few years. Hence now when presented with the opportunity to take
up IIP to gain much-needed exposure to the healthcare workforce, I jumped at
it. There is no specific healthcare degree currently that one can pursue, hence
I felt taking up a healthcare-related internship would give you an edge when
looking for future jobs in this sector.
Q2. What does your job scope entail?
I’m currently an intern with
Deloitte Business Innovations, Future Healthcare. The job scope so far has been
varied and it taps on my different skillsets. I have been researching on
healthcare in emerging countries as part of the write-up for a thought leadership
paper that I will be contributing to and publish. We also get to attend
internal and externally organised events. This includes Deloitte workshops,
healthcare and startup events, and external healthcare events. All these are
essential in increasing my exposure to the field. Besides attending, I was on
the organising committee for Deloitte’s Chinese New Year and Corporate Social
Responsibility events. As an intern, I also have to be a part of client
engagements with the future healthcare team, and our responsibilities differ
depending on what the client requires of us. As I gain more independence in the
future, I am looking forward to tasks and projects that involve liaising and
conducting interviews with collaborators and players in the healthcare industry.
Q3. What are some interesting encounters you gained at
The internship stretches us
to help us achieve our potential. From the first day we joined, there were no
idle moments. I remember being all jittery and nerve-wrecked when we were asked
to research on a field of healthcare, and come up with a scope and pitch that
idea to our team’s director. When the idea was finally accepted after several
rounds of pitching, the challenge was upped when I had to now pitch the idea to
our department’s director.
I think my confidence grew a
lot from it since I imagine this is how it would be like in a work environment.
Where you have to impress your boss in that 5-10 minutes of time that he/she
spares you out of his/her hectic work schedule.
Q4. Any advice for current undergraduates?
Be bold and challenge yourself to new
opportunities, hackathons, internships or whatnot. Armed with your transferable
skills there will definitely be open doors in various career industries, if you
look for it.
Kheng Yik Ming
Class of 2016
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Duration: 22 Weeks
June 2016: Yik Ming’s has secured a permanent position as an Executive in the Operations (Medicine) Department at Tan Tock Seng Hospital
after going through the hospital's 22 weeks Management Internship Programme.
Q1: Why did you choose to do an internship instead of FYP?
Personally, I felt that doing an internship was more in line with
my career plans, as I would want to become an entrepreneur in the future. It would challenge me and give me more
exposure to the working world as compared to a FYP. After the well-rounded
training and education in SBS, I felt that an internship was what I needed to
make a change and prepare me for the next phase of life.
Q2. Please share with us your job scope.
I was attached to the Operations (Medicine) department at Tan Tock Seng
Hospital, which facilitates the holistic implementation of clinical projects
within the hospital. After liaising with clinical doctors, senior management or
frontline staff for inputs, I ensure their seamless integration into hospital
policies and protocols. I was very fortunate to be able to run a diverse range
of projects from initiatives aimed at improving patient care to MOH-conducted
exercises to test the hospital’s readiness to handle civil emergency
situations. Apart from these, I was also involved in a job redesign project of
the frontline staff, up-skilling them for career progression.
Q3. What are some things you learned in SBS that is applicable in the
One of the projects I
handled involved conducting a survey, which luckily I had designed one before
while taking HW0202: Research Writing in
the Biological Science. This gave me some background knowledge in crafting
the questions and response scale, allowing me to delve deeper to improve the
survey’s robustness. Also, in the Operations department, data and statistical
analysis skills are crucial. Having picked up such skills during my course of
study in SBS also helped me work at a much faster rate.
Q4. Do you have plans to
pursue a career in healthcare?
After this short
internship in the healthcare industry, I do have plans to pursue a career in
healthcare. There are many challenges ahead in the industry due to Singapore’s
aging population, so I believe it will provide for meaningful work.
Q5. Any word of advice
for your juniors who plan to go into healthcare?
No advice for healthcare
in particular. People often say that you must do what you are passionate in,
but not many people actually know where that passion lies. It is good to
experiment a little to find out what is good for you or what isn’t. Even if it
does not turn out according to plan, the experience will be worth it.