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Program Description:

What You Need to Know

Singapore, the business capital of Southeast Asia, is the ideal location for pursuing a global internship. In this multicultural and multilingual city-state of more than 6 million people, business is conducted in English, which is also the official language. An exceptionally strong economy for many years has resulted in the development of a spectacular, vibrant downtown business district. 

The program begins with a one-week mandatory orientation, which includes guest lectures, visits to local companies, and time to explore Singapore while work visas are secured. The second week begins the internship experience. Most students are placed in multinational companies that have made Singapore their regional headquarters for operations in Southeast Asia. Students must be prepared to stay on for their internship placement for 11 to 12 weeks. Internships are paid and are available in a variety of areas, including but not limited to supply chain, process improvement, corporate finance, accounting, marketing, customer service, general management, legal, public affairs, computer science, analytics, human resources, bio-science, and communications/entertainment. Past students have interned with Pratt & Whitney, IBM, Kraft Foods, NBC Universal, Nike/Converse, UPS, and YCH Logistics, to name a few. Internships are paid, though modestly (monthly stipends are approximately $800 - $1,000 per month).

The program also includes a visit to Bintan Island, Indonesia, and a trip to Malacca, Malaysia, as well as trips to local sites such as the Singapore Zoo and Gardens by the Bay.

Here are what past participants have had to say about their experience:

“The work study in Singapore remains one of the most meaningful experiences I've had in my professional career.”     

"This experience helped me grow both personally and professionally. Anyone looking to immerse themselves in Asia while advancing their career goals should consider the Singapore program. It was a great opportunity."

"My experience in Singapore was one of both fulfillment and discovery. While gaining well-respected international career experience, I simultaneously immersed myself in Singapore's mesh of cultures. I left the country with my eyes opened to a more serious career path and a renewed perception of my environment."

"Living and working in Singapore for two and a half months taught me life lessons I didn't know I needed to learn. My work experience gave me new expectations of myself and a new focus for my career. Being able to live in a new culture gave me a completely new appreciation for differences and a different perspective of the world. I now understand why traveling enriches one's life the way no other experience can."

"My 3-month internship with Kraft Foods Asia Pacific Headquarter gave me the opportunity to gain valuable experience and become involved in corporate communications and marketing work, including building social media monitoring platform, organizing internal marketing events, writing new stories for corporate intranet etc. I further developed my organizational and communication skills and have learnt a corporation's relationship with media, public relation agency and other like-minded organizations. I felt like I was treated not as an intern, but as a real full-time employee who is trusted and assigned important tasks. I really appreciate the experience at Kraft in Singapore, because it not only allowed me to explore Singapore, where I really fall in love to, but also opened up tons of opportunities in my career, equipped me to be competitive enough to win the position at Google Asia Pacific later that year."

"The Singapore abroad program was a truly rewarding experience. The program offers the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an Asian English-speaking country both at the professional and cultural level, allowing you to gain insight into the region like no where else in Asia. The professional skills developed through the internship and the lasting friendships made have ensured that the program will remain valuable to me well into the future."

"During my three months in Singapore, I have received hands on experience leading several interesting and challenging projects at work. I have also been exposed to the south east Asian culture and lifestyle, both of which differ from western customs in many ways. The Singapore internship program enabled me to travel the world, as well as get a comprehensive understanding of various academic, professional, and cultural aspects."

"This is truly one of the best experiences a college student can ever ask for.”

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Eligibility and Requirements

The program is primarily intended for graduate students who have completed one year and undergraduate students who have completed at least three full years. Students must have a 3.2 GPA. Undergraduate students who are not rising seniors will not be considered. Students are expected to have taken courses in economics and all the functional areas of business. Students must be able to speak English very well. More importantly, the program is intended for students who are eager to learn and appreciate the differences that prevail in an international environment.

Students from other disciplines are also encouraged to apply because non-management internships can also be arranged. However, you must first email your resume to the faculty director (gelapoin@syr.edu) and inquire about your case before sending in your application.

More importantly, this program is for you, if you are eager to learn and appreciate the differences that prevail in an international environment. You should expect and be able to adapt to the challenges such a cross-cultural environment is almost certain to present.

You should verify with the Malaysian and Indonesian consulates in the U.S. about the entry requirements to these countries, and if needed, obtain the visas before leaving for Singapore. We will provide instructions and assist on how to obtain necessary work visas.

Students must be 25 years old or younger by April 15th. If you are older than 25 years old please speak with the program director before applying.

Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own transportation to Singapore. The internship will conclude approximately on August 18 but the final work date is negotiated with the employer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

Students are responsible for accommodations, transportation and meals in Singapore while on this program. Living costs depend upon the arrangements students elect to make, of which there are a variety.  Some group meals and travel are included in program fee.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

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Course

Singapore Summer Internship Program

Students must enroll for 3 or 6 credits. If students take 3 credits it would be for BUA 470/670.  If students elect to take the program for 6 credits, then the other 3 credits would be for BUA 490/690.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.

Faculty

  Professor Gary La Point is an assistant professor of supply chain management in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, where
  he also earned his MBA. La Point has extensive supply chain management experience with such companies as UTC/Carrier, Xerox, ITT Industries, an 
  Cooper Industries. As an independent consultant, he works with clients to resolve logistics and supply chain problems. He has traveled extensively
  throughout Southeast Asia.

 



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Dates

 Arrive in Singapore:  May 20, 2018
 Program Begins:  May 21, 2018
 Internships begin:  May 28, 2018
 Internships end:  August 16, 2018
 Program ends:  August 16, 2018
 Application deadline:   February 10, 2018 

*Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.

Costs

UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition
 $3,603 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee
 $700 (estimated)
 Total
 $4,303 (estimated) 
 GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition
 $4,500 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee 
 $700 (estimated)
 Total
 $5,200 (estimated) 
UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits)
 Tuition  $7,206 (2017 rate) 
 Program Fee   $700 (estimated)
 Total  $7,906 (estimated)
GRADUATE (6 credits)
 Tuition  $9,000 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee  $700 (estimated)
 Total  $9,700 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,600
Books & Supplies: $100
Local Transportation: $150
Personal: $600
Meals: $1,400
Housing: $3,500
Work Visa: $100

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.

Contact

For questions on the application, please contact:
Kelsey Hanbach, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (kbhanbac@syr.edu)

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/21/2018 08/16/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.