Career Prospects

The Urban Studies major has links with many key urban institutions in Singapore, and our students benefit from rewarding internships. Our graduates work in the public, private and non-government sectors. They are equipped for careers in consulting, marketing, heritage & tourism, infrastructure & transportation, education, media & communication, international development and more. Our students are also well prepared for postgraduate study, including research-based Masters and PhD degrees, and professional degrees in public policy, social work, architecture, urban design, environment, planning and development. Some of our alumni have gone on to contribute to the following organizations:


Nicholas Carverhill Class of 2017

2018 Rhodes Scholarship

Yale-NUS College Class of 2017 student Nicholas Carverhill, 22, has been selected as a 2018 Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award given to exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford, with the aim of nurturing public-spirited leaders of the future.

Mr Carverhill, from Saskatoon, Canada, studied Urban Studies and Global Affairs at Yale-NUS College. He has worked with Rohingya Muslims in Bangkok, volunteered with injured migrant workers in Singapore, and spent a summer supporting the recruitment of teachers for northern Indigenous communities in Canada.

On receiving the Rhodes Scholarship, Mr Carverhill said, “I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to further my studies in a programme dedicated to service-oriented education. I am proud to represent Yale-NUS College, and the many other communities that have made it possible to receive this scholarship—it is the investment that others have made in me that truly made it possible.”

Hoa Nguyen Class of 2017

Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities

Hoa is working at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) as a researcher. There is a wide array of exciting projects at LKYCIC that ranges from looking at the future of smart cities to developing age-friendly neighbourhoods. Currently she is working on a project that looks at ways to promote active ageing for older adults, and another project on community-led and ground-up initiatives in Singapore. As a ‘co-curricular,’ I am also looking at methods of digital engagement to gather citizen feedback and promote more participation from civil society in matters of governance. To her, Yale-NUS has equipped her with research skills from the very start of her college journey, as well as the ability to think at a larger level and also at a very human scale. A lot of her work requires her to be able to connect deeply with the people she is working with, and yet still be able to feed all this insight into more professional practices of urban planning and design.