How to Land An Internship in Singapore

For the past week, we’ve received hundreds of emails asking us for help on finding an internship in Singapore. Well, we heard you. Here at Glints, we understand the frustration on finding a worthy internship, especially when it involves travelling to another continent. Are you ready to intern abroad? Keep scrolling and see if you make the cut.

What Are The Requirements?


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The Work Holiday Programme (WHP) is exactly what you’re looking for. According to Contact Singapore, the initiative is applicable only to:

– University undergraduates and graduates aged 18 to 25 who plan to work in Singapore for up to 6 months.

– Undergraduates must be a resident and a full-time student of the university for at least 3 months before applying for a WHP visa.

– Graduates, on the other hand, must be a former resident and full-time student of the university.

The programme is open to all nationalities enrolled in universities in these 9 countries: Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

In addition, these universities must be recognised by the government and ranked among the top 200 for overall academic performance in any of the following rankings: Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Bear in mind that the WHP accepts only up to 2,000 applicants at any one time Moreover, these applicants must not hold a Work Holiday Pass within 12 months from the submission of the application. So what are you waiting for? Hop on over here for more info.

So, How Do I Apply?


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The application process is not as difficult as it sounds. All you have to do is send an email, which will take about 3 weeks to process. Here are the steps to applying for a Work Holiday Pass:

  1. Fill in the Work Holiday Pass application form.
  2. Once you’ve completed it, email it to, with the email subject: “Application for WHP.”
  3. Remember to include soft copies of the following documents (in English and JPEG format) along with the application form:
  • A letter from the university including your matriculation, name, nationality, gender and date of birth
  • A copy of the personal particulars page of your passport.
  • For graduates: a copy of the degree certificate or transcripts.
  • For undergraduates: a copy of the student card issued by the university.
  • For international students at the university: a copy of your student visa.

The maximum size is 100KB for degree certificates/transcripts and 150KB for the copy of the passport. Once your application is approved, you will received an in-principle approval (IPA) letter by email.

Tip: note that the Work Holiday Pass is valid for 6 months, and you must get the pass issued within 3 months of the date of the IPA letter.

What’s Next?


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Within 3 months of in-principle approval, you will need to be in Singapore for the pass to be issued. There are two ways to get it done:

Employment Pass Services Centre

Candidates must book an appointment for the issue of the Work Holiday Pass. During the visit, you need to bring in a completed Card Delivery Form and supporting documents like:

  • Passport details
  • Details of your current Short Term Visit Pass/Immigration Pass
  • Residential address in Singapore,
  • Local address where they can deliver the card,
  • Contact details of at least one authorised recipient to receive an SMS/email alert with delivery details
  • Disembarkation/Embarkation card (IMM27)
  • Completed declaration form attached with the in-principle approval letter.

EP Online (If you have an employment agent or a SingPass)

All you have to do is log in to EP Online to make a request and submit the supporting documents (as mentioned above). It cost $150 for each pass, and if applicable, $30 for each Multiple Journey visa. You can pay the fees using GIRO, eNETS credit or debit. When the pass is issued, print the notification letter. It allows you to travel in and out of Singapore while you’re waiting for the pass card, and states if you need to register to have your photo and fingerprints taken.

But First, Let Me Take A Photo


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This is usually conducted within two weeks after the pass is issued. The notification letter you receive will indicate if this step is required. If you’re a first-time candidate or your last registration was more than five years ago, you will need to register.

During registration, you — or your employment agent — will be required to book an appointment at the Employment Pass Services Centre. For this, you will need an appointment letter, notification letter and documents listed in the IPA letter and notification letter.

When Will I Receive The Pass Card?


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On its official website, the Ministry of Manpower states that the card will be sent to the given address 4 working days after registration and getting the documents verified at the Employment Pass Services Centre.

The authorised candidates will received a text message or email with the details provided at least 1 day before delivery. If card delivery fails, you or an authorised person can collect it 3 working days after the second attempted delivery. Should this happen, you won’t need an appointment.

As always, ensure that you have your original passport and notification letter to collect the card. If an anthorised person is collecting on your behalf, make sure that he/she has already completed the Authorisation Form for Card Collection at EPSC.


Did you make the cut? If you fail to meet the requirements, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to clinch an internship in Singapore — for now, that is. Nonetheless, that’s not a reason for you to give up. When it comes to internship hunting, it’s important to keep your chin up and stay in the loop.

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