CS Singapore is delighted to host student volunteers from the United States and Singapore.
Summer Internship – February 1
CS Singapore internships are challenging and rewarding experiences that help interns gain an understanding of the business climate in Singapore and the region. Each of our interns works with CS staff on a variety of jobs and projects in supporting American companies looking to expand their business in this region. Interns typically conduct market research, assist in developing customized solutions for our clients and support trade events.
The internship period is a minimum of 90 days. We are not able to pay our interns or to compensate them for travel, housing or any other expenses. Our interns must be U.S. Citizens, Singapore Citizens* or Singapore Permanent Residents* and enrolled full-time as a student. Ideal candidates are studying international business or international relations, either as undergraduate students in their third or fourth year or doing their masters. All of our interns must undergo background/police checks in order to gain access to the Embassy. This is not a security clearance.
The closing date for the Summer Internship Program is Feb 1. We will conduct a telephone interview with all eligible candidates shortly after the closing date. To apply, please send the following documents to Ms. Luanne Theseira. The telephone number is 65/6476-9037; fax: 65/6476-9080; e-mail: Luanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Students must be enrolled in Singapore schools which have been approved by post HR/OE and their legal office (L/EMP) in Washington DC.
October 2017 – January 2018
BA in Economics, East Asian Studies
The Commercial Service department at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore provides a unique opportunity for Singaporean and U.S. university students to work with the U.S. Department of Commerce. I interned with USCS for three months from October 2017 to January 2018, during which time I learned useful skills while also finding a group of lifelong friends and mentors.
The main takeaways from my time at USCS can be summarized into three points: (1) learning about international markets, particularly Singapore as well as the greater ASEAN region, (2) gaining exposure to a variety of industries, and (3) building upon soft skills for future internships and jobs.
Studying Economics and East Asian Studies, I was particularly drawn to this internship for the ability to work hands-on in the Asia-Pacific region. I had the chance to speak with knowledgeable industry experts, attend regional trade shows and panels, and sit-in on weekly team meetings to expand my knowledge of key policy and economic issues in ASEAN. For example, during the Singapore Fintech Festival in October 2017, a three-day conference at the Singapore Expo Center, I spoke to developers of Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Project Ubin, attended a fireside chat by SMU professors, and listened to conferences by executives in the financial sector from Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Japan.
In addition to regional exposure to the Asia-Pacific, I also had the chance to broaden my knowledge in various industry verticals, including fintech, smart cities, and aerospace & defense. One of my main projects included a Singapore aerospace market research report, which summarized data collected from internal and external sources on recent developments relevant to U.S. aerospace companies seeking to expand to Singapore. The project was part of the Aerospace Executive Service Trade Mission, a delegation of American companies participating in the U.S. Pavilion at the Singapore Airshow in February 2018.
Lastly, through daily and weekly projects, I had the chance to build upon soft skills that will be useful for future jobs and internships. Throughout my internship, I have utilized tools such as Salesforce and Excel; I have conducted industry research for market reports; I have assisted in event planning as well as event execution; I have helped with organizing files and scheduling events in the office calendar; and I have attended networking events and meetings to work on my interpersonal skills.
Overall, I am very grateful to the team at USCS Singapore for giving me the opportunity to grow both professionally as well as personally. I highly recommend this internship for any student interested in international trade, public policy, economic development, or business.
Elspeth Chan Elle
Summer Internship 2017
Singapore Institute of Management – University of London
B.Sc. International Relations
As the summer winds down and school re-opens, I can hardly believe my three-month internship with the U.S Commercial Service (USCS) in Singapore has ended. It feels like yesterday I walked in the door for my first day, and now I am leaving with more experience and insight than I could have asked for.
My internship has allowed me to better understand international trade and business. I cannot thank USCS enough for giving me this amazing opportunity to learn from the Commercial Officers, Specialists and Assistants who have so much talent and expertise in what they do. Everyone at the USCS office has been incredibly generous with their time and effort in guiding me.
As an intern, I had the chance to help out at various trade events and sit in on meetings with representatives from government agencies and leading U.S. and Singapore businesses. In addition, some of my other tasks included conducting market research for the Singapore: Government ICT Procurement Report, updating the 2018 edition of the annual Crossroads publication, and assisting with Gold Key Services. Through all of these tasks, I am exposed and kept abreast of the rising trends such as Fintech and the Smart Nation drive in Singapore, and have come to appreciate the intricacies of how international trade and business operate.
One of the projects I contributed to as part of an intern collaboration was creating the Captains of Singaporean Industry booklet. I conducted this using multiple sources including: Forbes Top 50 Singaporeans, CNBC, and Singapore Chambers and Associations. Over the course of several weeks, we all worked painstakingly to compile a database of around 100 of the most influential Singaporean business leaders. As a Singaporean, this was a meaningful project as I got a chance to learn more about the pioneers who contributed to the growth of Singapore as a global business and trade hub. I could finally put a face, name and success story to the people behind some of the most iconic Singaporean landmarks and brand names.
Another memorable project I contributed to was the Governor-led State of Utah Trade Mission 2017. I had no idea that a trade mission would require such an intense preparation process. I collated the invitation list for the evening reception, prepared welcome kits, and assisted with meetings at the Ritz Carlton and the reception. Through this project, I learned the amount of hard work and scheduling needed behind the scenes of a single day event. I realised the importance of paying attention to the minutest of details and to always be prepared and ready to adapt when faced with last minute changes.
USCS has taught me how to look at things from a big picture to the nuts and bolts and everything in between when working to support U.S. business interests in the region. My toolbox is much fuller than it was when I started and I can move on assured in my abilities. As I start my final year of school, I leave USCS with an experience that prepares me for the real world, and the confidence I need to succeed post-graduation.
Internship Year 2017
Claremont McKenna College: International Relations and Gender Studies
It has been a pleasure interning with CS Singapore and I’ll never forget the incredible experiences that this internship offered. In the span of 3 months, I have learned so much from my talented colleagues, supervisors, and mentors about all the functions within the U.S. Commercial Services in Singapore and ASEAN that help to carry out their mission successfully.
Every week presented itself with new opportunities and challenges to learn new skills and I was fortunate to have such a supportive, friendly team to work with, whether that be preparing for the next tradeshow or drafting a briefing memo. I enjoyed sitting in to conference calls and hearing business matchmaking in action and also shadowing trade counselling sessions between our well-versed trade experts and clients. Through my own market and news research, I have been exposed to a wide variety of current trends and advancements in the international market. I find it especially fascinating to learn about the hot topics that I would not be explored in a traditional classroom setting such as information communication technology (ICT), FinTech, InsurTech, cybersecurity, and Smart Nation in Singapore and ASEAN. Not only have I had the opportunity to work with my supervisors and their industry focus, but I have also learned alongside other commercial specialists with their trade expertise of other industry sectors, such as healthcare, aerospace, and tourism. Working at the crossroads of brilliant people from different professional backgrounds in international trade has widened my horizons to all the possible career paths in International Relations that I had not known before.
During one of my most memorable times as an intern, I contributed to an intern team collaboration on a research database and booklet to be published on Powerful Singaporeans who have charted Singapore’s Forbes Top 50 and other influential groups for future leaders to connect with. We all worked on this project for over several weeks, and through this journey I have learned about remarkable contributions that Singapore’s top leaders have made and their inspiring stories of how their success transpired. Who knew that you can become a billionaire from massage chairs or paint?!
I am extremely grateful for the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Peter Adams International Internship Program through Claremont McKenna College for fully funding my summer internship in Singapore and giving me the opportunity to learn alongside commercial specialists and Foreign Service Officers. Since this internship was unpaid, the Peter Adams International award was my only source of funding. My internship experience at CS Singapore has been fruitful and invaluable, and I highly recommend students studying International Relations or Business to apply for this unique opportunity.
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