The Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) at Yale-NUS offers internship opportunities for the most prominent and varied places: international organisations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public sector organisations, consulting firms, etc. You can find details on all these opportunities here.
I was a summer research intern at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ljubljana, Slovenia. While there, I conducted research for the Investment Committee and the Circular and Sharing Economy Committee, drafted a position paper on Airbnb regulations in Slovenia, and prepared a brief on “blockchain technology” and its potential to contribute to Slovenian economy and society at large.
Over the summer, I was an analyst intern at Goldman Sachs. I worked with the Private Wealth Management Operations division where I carried out client due diligence research to ensure compliance with regulatory and anti-money laundering measures. Additionally, I also volunteered with the World Federation of United Nations Association to teach about the United Nations to young students in Seoul, South Korea.
I was conducting research over the summer at Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations in New York. Specifically, I maintained and updated ChinaFile, an online publication dedicated to news and analyses pertaining to China, and contributed to a new monograph for the “Foreign NGO in China Project” that analyzed the impact of China’s new law on registering foreign NGOs.
I interned at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and helped plan the 2nd ASEAN-Myanmar Forum focusing on Myanmar’s economy and Southeast Asia’s regional market integration. I was also involved in Harmony Centre, an inter-faith organization, and focused my work there on Malay-Muslim identity in Singapore and on contributing to the larger conversation about Islamic identity in the region.
I was a summer research intern at a Southeast Asian political risk consulting firm where I tracked policy developments for clients and supported the organization of a “Digital Economy” program for high-level ASEAN government officials. I was also a research associate for Prof. Risa Toha and compiled literature review and collated data on Indonesian elections.
I was a summer research intern at George P. Johnson, a global experiential marketing firm headquartered in the United States. During the internship, I worked on digital and physical marketing activations for multinational clients across diverse industries, including Amazon Web Services, Toyota and Schneider Electric. I was also given the opportunity to author an important brand guidebook for Toyota that will be published for their distributors around the world.
Over the summer, I collaborated with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to organize and photograph “Canada Day 150” in Singapore. I also freelanced with Portland Communications, where I compiled and summarized global news and social media updates for clients, organizations, and governments.
I spent the summer in New York founding tomato.fund, a venture capital firm for student innovators addressing problems in the food system. My business partner Or’el Anbar (Culinary Institute of America ’15) and I identify, fund, incubate, and scale the boldest solutions through their combined networks at top universities and the food industry. We are currently fundraising from leading institutional investors and restauranteurs and are simultaneously onboarding our first portfolio company which aims to disrupt the beverages supply chain in Central and South America.
Somewhere in between, I learned to box, passed a sommelier exam, and road-tripped through California.
Under CIPE’s Summer Research Program, I assisted Prof. Lei Yu-hsiang and Prof. Xia Xing on their largely quantitative research. For Prof. Lei, I collected data on the world’s 62 oil producing nations to better understand how oil revenues affect the country’s potential to be involved in war. My responsibilities for Prof. Xia consisted of gathering data from Chinese water utilities’ websites as well as comparing Chinese water quality standards with that of other global standards.
Given that both studies were in their early stages, I got a glimpse of what “real” research is – you’re a detective with a bunch of incomplete tools, trying to piece the clues together to shed light on a mystery. On the side, I also consolidated Japanese literature on the nation’s water resource management and flood prevention policies for Dr. Cecilia Tortajada and Dr. Joon Chua at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
I just finished my third year of teaching internship with the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild of the Philippines, training primary Filipino students who are heading to various international math contests in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Around 20 of my students competed in a regional competition in Singapore in August 2017 that was organised by the International Mathematics Contest Union.
This summer, I was a full-time intern at the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States (OAS). This internship challenged my perspectives. It made me reconsider the role that government-based institutions play in ensuring peace, development and prosperity. Moreover, it encouraged me to let go of assumptions and broadened my understanding of politics and diplomacy.
Last summer I interned at ThinkPlace, a strategic design consultancy that aims to create public value through design thinking. I’m passionate about governance and public policy. However, I feel that the public sector often lacks the agility and innovative spirit to come up with citizen-centric solutions. Learning design thinking was a great way of learning a methodology for developing innovative solutions of public value. This internship provided an opportunity to meet public sector representatives regularly and understand the policy implementation challenges that they face daily. I have learnt a variety of analytical as well as creative skills and I have been inspired to consider management consulting for the public sector as a career.
I interned with the BBC’s South Asia bureau in New Delhi as a researcher and producer. I worked with the Newsgathering team to cover more than 12 stories including India’s insurgency in Myanmar, the murders of secular bloggers in Bangladesh and International Yoga Day. During my last week, I pitched and produced a package on Delhi’s water mafia that ran on BBC World and Radio. My interest and experience in writing and Global Affairs allowed me to successfully contribute to the news team’s operations, and develop contacts in the industry for future opportunities.