The Urban Studies major has links with many key urban institutions in Singapore where students can arrange internships. And we are constantly expanding these opportunities by adding new internships both in Singapore and beyond. In collaboration with CIPE, the Urban Studies faculty help students identify and connect with potential internship opportunities. Current students in Urban Studies have benefited from rewarding internships in the following organizations:
“l did a summer internship at CPG, which is a Singapore-based urban consultancy. It has offices and projects spanning the Asia Pacific region with some notable mega projects like Changi Airport, the National Museum of Singapore and Gardens by the Bay. During my internship, I worked in a team of urban planners and designers to tackle large-scale urban planning projects in Southeast Asia and China. This involved analyzing key benchmarks and statistics, enhancing structure plans, stakeholder engagement processes and creating presentation outlines and elements. I had a great experience working with a passionate team, as well as other interns from the US, Indonesia, Philippines, China and Indonesia.”
My interest in agriculture led me to intern with the Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone (SSJFZ) team at Ascendas-Singbridge in Summer 2017. Frequent discussions with my supervisors and participating in meetings with investors provided me with an understanding of how the food zone was designed to meet the needs of the entire food production chain. I primarily conducted research on China’s agriculture and food zones, and the food tastes and preferences of Chinese consumers, but also used my design skills to create a fact sheet on the SSJFZ for future investors. My supervisors and colleagues were a nurturing and friendly bunch, and I miss our weekly Kpop Fitness sessions!
“My team is working on a visual data platform that would aid policy-makers in making more informed urban planning decisions. I help out with data mining and translating of visual data (like maps) into quantitative data that will eventually be inputted into the visual data platform. I get to play around with Google Maps Satellite and Adobe Illustrator a lot, and I also learned how to use the Geographic Information Systems, as well as basic object oriented programming. As an Urban Studies major, this internship has really given me invaluable insight into the world of urban research.”
“I always thought that URA is a dynamic and exciting place to work in. Growing up and watching how Marina Bay transformed from reclaimed land to one of Singapore’s most iconic spaces inspired my interest in urban planning. I am attached to the Physical Planning department and am very excited to be working with the team in charge of the Rail Corridor. My most enjoyable moment thus far has been brainstorming ways to make a particular site more walkable and accessible.”