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Singapore is the perfect example of a small, but mighty nation. At only 274 square miles (or 710 square kilometers), it's easy to underestimate the opportunities in Singapore. However, when you delve deeper into the hub that is Singapore, you quickly understand why its name translates to "Lion City."
Since receiving its independence from Great Britain, Singapore has developed a roaring economy. It has become the 14th largest exporter in the world and boasts an open and corruption-free market economy, making it the financial and high-tech hub that it is today. With all the blossoming growth going on, interns in Singapore can expect to get a head start on working in a diverse and colorful community while enjoying the luxuries of staying in a country with easy access to the rest of Asia. Singapore will become a "mane" event in any traveler's life due to its wide range of delicious cuisines, efficient transportation, and modern shopping malls.
Because Singapore is a fast-paced economy, there are a broad range of opportunities for interns to find industries they are interested in. Interns in Singapore can choose from:
While it is possible to find internships on your own, it's useful to find an internship placement program that partners with companies throughout Singapore. Most companies, despite industry, will be headed in Singapore City and will offer internships year-round.
The Singapore Government offers a Work Holiday Pass (WHP) for undergraduates and graduates ages 17 to 30 to work for up to 6 months. The WHP is available for most institutions in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A full list can be found on the Ministry of Manpower's Website. This will be ideal for those looking for internships in Singapore. The fee is S$120.
While interning in Singapore, there are a wide variety of living options for interns. Many expats choose to live in condominium style housing due to the large array of amenities such as pools, tennis courts, assured security, and socializing opportunities. These can vary in price based on location and age of building (S$3000 to $S15,000). Other options include private apartments (S$5000 to S$7000) and renting rooms (S$1000 to S$4000). For more information, see Guide Me Singapore.
Many employers in Singapore will use employee contracts to outline duties, work hours, benefits, and termination. There is no minimum wage in Singapore, but employees are required to be paid in a timely manner. Employees earning less than S$2000 per month may not work more than 8 hours per day or 44 hours per week.
Singapore has grown into one of the most interesting and unique countries in the past few years. The country is always on the cutting edge of technology, business, media, and entertainment. With an internship in Singapore, you will be able to gain international work experience and get ahead of the competition.
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