At the School of Engineering, you do not only ‘hit the books’ in all your 3 years of study – you get to experience what working in the real world is like! As final year students, you will be attached to companies in the local industry for a 12-week or 24-week period under the Internship Programme (ITP).
This opportunity will allow you to experience first-hand what it takes to work in the real world - you will be able to put to practice all that you have learnt; you will experience corporate culture, interpersonal relationships and how you can make it all work for you, so that you can succeed in the working world immediately upon graduation!
The support we receive from many companies in the aerospace, precision engineering, automation, electronics, energy, telecommunications, biomedical, material science, business and IT sectors will put you in an advantageous position.
The best part of this whole integral experience is that you do not have to apply for this experience. The ITP is arranged and coordinated by the School. Your module coordinator will then notify you of the details of your internship.
Park Yong Hee and Joshua Chen (both Diploma in Biomedical Engineering 2016), did their 24-week internship at Lonza Biologics Tuas Pte Ltd, a multinational large-scale biologics manufacturing company serving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. During their internship, Yong Hee was actively involved in the planning and execution of actual projects to optimize biologic yield and virus reduction process, as well as servicing customers’ requirements, while Joshua was involved in projects for reengineering caustic tanks according to new customers’ specifications and relocation of warning sensors meeting GMP and GDP requirements.
Gary Goh (Diploma in Biomedical Engineering 2017) did his 24-week internship at AbbVie (Singapore) Pte Ltd, an international biopharmaceutical company, spinned off from Abbott Laboratories. Gary was assigned to the quality-validation department, and was involved in the development and testing of new validation processes and protocols. He performed so well during his internship that he was offered a permanent position at the company when he finished his studies at NYP.
Besides the Local Internship Programme (ITP), you can also apply for the Overseas Internship Programme (OITP). The OITP gives final year students an opportunity to work in overseas companies and gain regional and global experience. If selected, you will be attached to an overseas organisation for 3 to 6 months.
Through this programme, you will be able to appreciate and learn the challenges of working and living abroad. Besides obtaining hands-on project development and operational experience, working in environments that are socially and culturally different from Singapore will give you an enriching and memorable experience.
School of Engineering works closely with overseas organisations to engage our students to undertake specific projects for such internship programme. Since the programme started in 1994, many of our students have been placed in companies across the globe, in countries such as Germany, France, UK, Austria, Finland, United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, etc.
Two SEG DPE’s students participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at the Georg Fischer Machining Solutions, Switzerland. At GF, both students have hands-on training and observations on the assembly of highly precision CNC milling machines. Each of the students have completed two mini- projects involving research on the megatrends and short-term & long-term solutions of tracking system of spindle repair status for Step Tec Ag. Through this internship programme, both students have gained valuable immersion experiences in the Swiss culture, language, food and work ethics.
Five SEG DPE’s students participated in a 2.5-month overseas internship programme at Sansyu Precision Pte Ltd, located at Takahama City, Aichi, Japan. During their overseas attachment, all the five interns have gained hands-on experience and trained in mould design, tooling fabrication, mould assembly and 3D printing process. From this internship programme, the students have gained valuable immersion experiences in the Japanese culture, language, food and work ethics.
Two SEG DPE’s students participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at North Star Imaging based in Minnesota, USA. Attached to the Application Department, Rebecca was involved in part inspection services for various companies around the world, by applying CT and DR scanning technologies. Attached to the Engineering Department, Shu Zhe was involved with the design, engineering change orders and turntable performance analysis & evaluation. Throughout this internship programme, the students have gained valuable immersion experiences in the local US culture, language, food and work ethics
Two SEG DPE’s students participated in a 5-week overseas internship programme at the Sodick Co. Ltd. Japan. Both students, Chia Hui and Emily were engaged on various engineering projects such as electrode design and optimisation of machining parameters for electrical discharge machining. They were also trained in the latest development of silicone injection moulding and metal 3D printing technology. Through this overseas internship programme, both students have also gained valuable immersion experiences in the Japanese culture, language, food and work ethics.
Two SEG students participated in a 5-month overseas internship programme at TVS Motor at Hosur, India. The students were posted to the production engineering department where they embarked on different production engineering and improvement projects. Jonathan was tasked to improve the efficiency of a milling machine work-cell and Edmund’s project involved the reduction in production space of 50% with the use of technology. Both students have a great and yet unique working and learning experience in a fast-paced and fulfilling attachment.
Two SEG DPE’s students participated in a 3.5 month overseas internship programme at RLC Callender, UK. The two students worked together with a group of professional engineers to design jig and fixture for turbine engine components. This overseas internship has provided them a fun-filling experience as they had the opportunity to learn the British culture, their working life and also visited many places of interest.
Two SEG students participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at Edmund Optics Barrington, USA. The two students were posted to the manufacturing department, Mathew developed a shadow box system for CNC machine and Yuelong setup 2 lapping machines. The internship has provided them a wonderful and unforgettable 3-month learning journey as they experienced local culture and got to see snow for the first time!
Three SEG students participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at ESIEE, Paris France. They embarked on various R&D projects and implemented them on LabVIEW to gather data for their studies. Jabir worked on a project that involved using powered wireless hertzian beams to supply energy to a building, Gim Long worked on how to reduce fuel consumption of an aircraft using solar power and Kartik worked using wireless hertzian “beam rails” to guide cars and trucks in a town street. This 3-month internship has been a fun-filled and enriching experience for them. They had the chance to interact with people of different nationalities during their stay there and this helped them to widen their social circle. Furthermore, they have gained invaluable immersion experiences in the French culture, language, food and work ethics and this will help to better prepare them for future overseas work or education.
Three SEG students participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at the National Institute of Technology, Kurume College. The students embarked on various R&D projects during their overseas internship programmes. Zheng Jie worked on heat treatment behaviour of multi-component white cast iron with 9% chromium, Leon synthesized Zirconium nanoparticles and observed them under the TEM and Norman created ruby with spark plasma sintering.
Two SEG students participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at the National Institute of Technology, Nagaoka College. The students embarked on various R&D projects during their overseas internship programmes. Chui Kwan researched on the effect of Rutin on increasing glucose update and glycogen super compensation in vivo, and Akmal worked on the effect of heat treatment on muscle atrophy caused by short-term high-fat diet and muscle disuse on rats.
Three SEG students participated in a 4-month overseas internship programme at Aztech Dong Guan, China. The three students were posted to the R&D department, and they worked on optical testing of LED lighting products, mobile apps prototyping and router firmware. During the internship abroad, they were challenged to adapt both personally and professionally. They had wonderful experiences in training and also the local culture. They improved the written and spoken aspects of the Chinese Language, and enhanced their awareness of the key China markets. The internship provided them a meaningful and an unforgettable journey equipping them with a global mind-set. They believe that in the competitive state of today’s job market, having global work experience under their belt is one of the very best things they can do for their prospective career.
SEG DMIT’s student, Tay Kun Yao, went to Redmond USA for a 15-week DigiPen Poly Foundation Course. The course is part of the Young Talent Programme (YTP) – Market Immersion under IE Singapore. During the course, Kun Yao got the opportunity to take 1st year University level modules in Game Programming, Maths and Computer Science. He was also involved in 2 projects - developing a robotic tank that can navigate a maze and a command driven interactive game. He had the opportunity to work with students of different nationalities and expanded his network of friends. It wasn’t all studies and no play, Kun Yao took part in a pumpkin carving event organised for international students during Halloween week and explored the sights and culture of the greater Seattle area during his spare time. Overall, Kun Yao had a unique learning experience that will better prepare him for further studies.
SEG student, Timothy participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at British Columbia Institute of Technology, BCIT. He was posted to Novadaq, a medical device company that specializes in endoscopic fluorescence imaging systems for real-time visualization of blood perfusion. The student had the opportunity to work with specialists in different technical fields and developed programming skills in medical image processing and data analysis. He also immersed in local culture and enjoyed the working experience as a member of a project team.
Two SEG DPE’s students participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at the Rohde & Schwarz, Germany. The students have embarked on various R&D projects covering the improvement of wave-guide performance and production process scheduling. Through this internship programme, the students have gained valuable immersion experiences in the German culture, language, food and work ethics.
Three SEG DPE’s students participated in a 2.5-months overseas internship programme at Sansyu Precision, Japan. During the OIP, the three interns had experienced the real working life in mould design and precision tooling. These experiences further deepen and broaden their skill and knowledge on the systematic approach to mould design & assembly of the mould. They were also taught on the process flow of precision engineering production cycle – from meeting the customer, understanding the requirements and to the production of quality final products. This OIP had provided students Amin, Lay Yong and Wei Jian a brand new learning platform – giving them an opportunity to experience the working culture of another country, experience working life and gain many practical experience from the Japanese experts. Positive attributes such as punctuality, responsibility, independence and time-management were also inculcated during this OIP.
Two students from SEG took part in the overseas internship programme at Aztech Dong Guan, China. They were posted to the R&D Department where they work on Java coding, Android-based programming, research and testing of LED products, and more. The internship has provided a very fruitful and adventurous 3 months experience which the students find valuable and eye-opening. The work experience at a foreign country is truly magnificent which exposes them to the unique foreign culture of the land and its diversity. While staying aboard, the students has a glimpse of the international market which is a special and insightful experience for them.
Three SEG students participated in a 4.5-month overseas internship programme at Scandinavian Health Limited (SHL), Taiwan. SHL is currently the world largest maker of drug delivery system. SHL manufactures manual drug pen-injectors and auto-injection system. Students were attached to the Automation System Department and undertook several projects ranging from test development to characterization of equipment.
Three SEG students participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at the National Institute of Technology, Kurume College. The students embarked on various R&D projects during their overseas internship programmes. Azmi worked on mitochondrial DNA haplotype, Ng Yee on synthesis of Ga-doped ZnO nanoparticles by fundamental liquid phase method and using TEM to observe the microstructure of nanoparticles and Wei Long worked on structural and functional analysis of photosynthetic proteins
Internship at the Land of the Rising Sun! – Four SEG students participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at the National Institute of Technology Toyama College, embarking on various R&D projects during their stay in Japan.
Nelson developed an android-based portable kitset for measuring fluoride concentration in drinking water, Alvin built an autonomous Hexacopter, Wei Yang conducted a study on satellite communication and global positioning system and Tian Yu worked on surface electromyography.
Through interactions with their Japanese counterparts, they have gained valuable immersion experiences in the local Japanese culture, language, food and work ethics.
The 3-month overseas internship proved to be a real eye-opener for the four SEG students who were attached EISEE Paris. They learnt much of the way the French people lived and worked, and their way of life and culture. Justin worked on a LabVIEW project that finds the optimized trajectory for a plane to reduce the duration of flight and to minimize the fuel consumption to increase engine efficiency. Liang Guan did an Arduino-based solar project on photovoltaic pumped hydroelectric energy storage (PV-PHES) in order to produce electric power using stored water during periods of high electrical demand. Bak Zhat and Mai Cong worked on an enhanced car door lock systems to reduce instances of car theft. All of them valued the practical experience that the internship offered, which kept them actively and excitedly busy, and they believe that it has given them a head start for the industry life that awaits them back in Singapore. They loved everything about Paris and France – the food, the museums, the landmarks, the people and the friends they made. They wished that the internship period was longer than 3 months!
Two SEG students under the sponsorship of IE Singapore’s Young Talent Programme (YTP) – Market Immersion, participated in a 3-month overseas internship programme at Aztech Dong Guan, China. Posted to the R&D department, Raymond worked on Internet-of-things (IoTs), Java coding and android-based system and Gerald worked on research and testing of LED lighting products. The internship has provided them an adventurous, fruitful and unforgettable 3-month learning journey – wonderful experiences in the local work culture and history, improved their Chinese Language spoken and written ability, enhanced their awareness of the key China markets and better prepared them for an international career.
“This 3 months in China, jumping around city to city exploring the China culture and history made me learn a lot about them and understanding them better than looking through books or documentary. I thought I wouldn’t survive through the internship in another country, but I’m glad to say that I completed my 3 months in China and was happy about it. I always thought that when I’m working in future will be working in Singapore. Now that I have this additional exposure to working aboard, I feel that I wouldn’t mind to have a career that allows me to stay in another country or hoping around globally.” – Raymond
“This overseas internship training program has exposed me to many new things in life and it has changed the way I look at things. The world is much bigger than I thought it would be and I've experienced part of it, it doesn’t stop here and if I ever have a chance I would like to explore more in other parts of the world and see the differences between one and another but not in a "comparison" point of view but in an "room for improvement" point of view in terms of work culture and job execution because that’s what makes us better.” – Gerald
To add to the vibrancy of polytechnic life and to expose our local students to working with different nationalities, the School of Engineering at Nanyang Polytechnic has a Foreign Student Exchange Programme. This programme offers internship and attachment opportunities at Nanyang Polytechnic for outstanding international students.
With our strong industry linkages, the School provides these exchange students with challenging, interesting and practical projects which are relevant to their training and academic goals. The aim is to help develop them to the fullest to meet the industry needs and to enrich their student experience. While with us, we provide them with opportunities to contribute, implement and work on industry-related projects.
The School offers a wide range of specialisation fields, which include the following areas:
- Engineering Informatics (IT)
- Info Communication
- Computer Aided Engineering (FEM/Mould Flow Analysis)
- Biomedical Engineering
- Micro Systems (MEMS)
- Robotics & Automation
- Wireless Technology
- Embedded Technology
- Rapid Prototyping
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing
- Microelectronics & IC Design
- Photonics Technology
- Communications & Networking
- Web-based Services & Products
- Mobile Computing
- Interactive Media
- Machine Vision
The School has established strong academic links with several overseas institutions and universities. We have also signed several Memorandums Of Understanding with many partner universities, including University of Queensland (Australia), Ecole SuperieureDngenieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique (France), Fachhochschule Potsdam (Germany), Fachhochschule Esslingen (Germany) and Fachhochschule Mannheim (Germany).
The Foreign Student Exchange Programme benefits both the international and our local students. Many friendships have formed and many networking bases have formed too which go on to enrich the whole polytechnic experience.