Enabling Students for the Future Workforce through CNM’s Compulsory Internship Programme

The Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) is delighted to present its inaugural Compulsory Internship Programme (CIP). Students who pursue a major in NM under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, are automatically placed into the programme. The objectives of the programme are to:

  • give students industrial experience through the well-structured internship programme, and
  • enable students to apply academic theories taught in class to real-world situations

Beyond the Classroom

Most students, after they graduate, will enter the workforce for the very first time. It can be an overwhelming experience. CNM established CIP to help ease the transition from being a full-time student to a fresh hire. The CIP offers students an unprecedented opportunity to gain practical experience beyond the classroom through an active-learning and active-doing role, which can be acquired through meaningful internships.

Getting Yourself the Exposure You Need

CNM believes that internships are important interim programmes within a student’s candidature, which enables them to garner relevant knowledge, important skill-sets, as well as acquire experience through day-to-day practice on the job. Furthermore, internships expose students to a myriad of meaningful connections with individuals and corporations in the field so that students stay current.

Although CNM boasts a very strong academic portfolio which empowers students with appropriate skill-sets, modules are only a stepping stone toward giving students a solid foundation in the theory and practice of communication principles. Learning how to manage projects requires an understanding of traditional and new media communication as well as how communication functions in order to integrate them. Thus, it is only appropriate for students who are promoted to course code ARS3 to pursue internship. Students can have the option to go on CIP either in Semester 1 or Semester 2 of their third academic year.

Internship Woes

Internships can be overwhelming, and it’s only natural to ask questions like Am I going to be paid for my internship stint?; Will I be in-charge of only providing coffee for the breakfast meeting? At CNM, we try our best to minimise certain work-related issues like students not being paid for their work or forced to perform menial tasks that are not related to communication. Through the CIP’s structured programme, we seek to not only foster lasting and trusting relations with industry partners, but also build future-ready students.

Figuring Out the Next Steps

Internships are beneficial because they make students more competitive in an increasingly demanding job market. They also give students crucial insight into particular career fields they are interested in, and gain valuable experience that prepares them for their future careers.

The Importance of Internships

Internships not only unlock the uncertainties one might face in the future, they serve as a powerful demonstration of future capabilities. It is not inconceivable for high-performing interns to create such a strong and positive impression on the employer that the students receive a stellar reference letter, or better yet, secure a job immediately upon graduation.

Have you gone on your internship yet? We’d love to hear from you your own experience as an intern. Leave your comments here!