Can I apply for both options of self-sourcing as well as using the ADM database of companies ?

Yes, you may ! This is a way of increasing your chances of getting hired or simply having more options to choose from. Do take note of the various deadline that is required of you from both the options. See the Important Dates section for more information.

When is the ADM database of companies available for viewing?

The ADM database of companies is available to view only in early February. This is because we need to collate as many companies as possible closer to the internship application date. If you are self-sourcing in advance for your ideal company to intern for and unsure whether the company may already be on the database, you can mention and check in with the company itself.

When can I start self-sourcing and where can I look for companies ?

You can start self-sourcing at any time at your own pace and remember to submit the self-source form by 31st March ! Give yourself enough time for company replies and interviews to take place, so do try to self-source as soon as you have the time ! We recommend you to look through some past internship opportunities sent in by companies who already have interests in ADM students.  You can also look through the internship website review section. We also suggest that you speak to seniors who have been on an internship and also to your respective area faculty for recommendation of organizations to look into !

Please note that all self-source internships must be approved by ADM before you embark on the placement. Otherwise, you will not be eligible for credits even upon completion of the internship.

For an overview of the application timeline flow and self-source application form, please visit  student application page.

How long does it take for ADM to approve self-source applications?

Self-source applications are reviewed on a continuous rolling basis. We aim to respond to you in two weeks. However, if you do not hear from us in two weeks, please drop us an email to check in on the status. Please check in with Ms Jenny Lim at limsk@ntu.edu.sg. Kindly CC faculty co-ordinator Ms Angeline yam at angeline_yam@ntu.edu.sg in the same email too. Please take note of self-sourcing deadline which is typically 31st March.

What are some of the criteria for approval of self-source internship ?

• The job scope of your internship must be related to the arts, design and media discipline.

• Both you and the company must provide at least 10 weeks of commitment to each other in order to receive the credits upon completions of the internship. Any additional commitment in additional to the 10 weeks should be agreed between you and the company without the school intervention.

• Your reporting company supervisor should ideally posses an art, design or media background for a mutually beneficial internship.

• Family related organizations should be avoided due to conflict of interest during assessment.

Can I take up an internship which is of a different discipline from what I study/major in ?

You are free to take up an internship opportunity which is different to what you may be studying in as long as the company sees that you have the appropriate skills to perform the role.  For e.g. a product design student taking up visual communication roles. However, do take note that the job scope of your internship must still be related to the arts, design and media discipline.

Can internships done outside of the official designated period be credited with AUs  ?

Unfortunately, no. Only internships taken up at the end of your third year between May to end of July are eligible for academic units (AU).  All internships taken outside of the third year internship programme are considered as personal self-enrichment placements and will not be eligible for credits.


Can I get onto an overseas internship instead of a local internship ?

You may go on an overseas internship for a credit bearing internship programme ! The NTU central Career and Attachment unit overseeing the entire university internship programme can assist and advise further. Please visit the website here.  ADM currently do not have the support to source overseas internship for students so most overseas internships that have been embarked on by students are self-sourced. There are a number of things to keep in mind when going on an overseas internship that you need to consider:

• relevant visa permit for a short internship stint (keep in mind that you should not be working on a tourist visa unless permitted by the host country). ADM will not approve a self-sourced overseas internship unless a valid internship working visa can be obtained from the host country.

• time taken to apply for an internship work visa/permit

• additional expenses such as air tickets, accommodation and other daily necessity cost

For further clarification, please email ADM faculty co-ordinator – Ms Angeline Yam at  angeline_yam@ntu.edu.sg

For advise on the legality and application procedures of working visa and permits, please get in touch with the NTU overseas internship division – Mr Desmond Wood at desmondwoo@ntu.edu.sg


I have missed an internship briefing, what can I do ?

Internship briefings are held twice a year, typically in November and in January. Students are encouraged to attend at least one of the briefings. If you are unable to attend neither of the briefings, you will have to keep a lookout for a follow-up of presentation slides that will be sent to all third year students after each internship briefing. Briefing dates are often announced at least 2 weeks in advance with several reminders subsequently running up to the briefing date, the onus is on the students to keep a lookout for the emails in due time.

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