For students who are enrolled before AY2017/18, ADM provides an optional 10 weeks internship programme to all it’s 3rd year undergraduates. The internship commitment period runs in the third year , second semester from May – July annually.  Upon upon completion of the internship, students will be awarded 6 Academic Units (AUs) as part of their degree programme. Internship programme is considered as a UE for those enrolled before 2017/18.


Students enrolled from AY2017/18 onward will undergo a 10 weeks compulsory internship at the end of their third year, in the second semester. The internship commitment period  will run from May – July. Upon successful completion of the 10 weeks internship, students will be awarded 5 AU as part of their course. The internship programme will be considered as a core prescribed elective (PE) for those who are enrolled from AY2018/18 onward.

Students who are considering doing an overseas study exchange in their third year are advised to do so in the first semester in order not to interfere with the internship programme.

Please note that only internships taken up in the third year of the second semester recognized as part of the ADM internship programme will be awarded the relevant AUs. All other internships taken up outside of the official internship period will not be acknowledged or given the relevant AUs. Please check with Internship coordinator – if unsure.


Enrolling for the internship programme

In the second semester of your third year, typically in the first two weeks of the term in January, Career and Attachment Office will notify all third year students via email of the online application procedure. If you have not received this notification by February, please get in touch with Ms Jenny Lim @

Students who are enrolled onto the internship programme can decide
from the following 2 options:

Option 1 – The ADM database of participating companies

All students who are enrolled for the internship programme will have access to a compiled database of participating companies that are already signed on to the programme and are looking to provide internship positions to ADM students. These participating organizations will  be interviewing and selecting students from the applications to ensure a good fit and to ensure that the programme will be of value to both supervisor and the interns. Students may apply to more than one organization and can decide who to accept should they receive multiple offers. The participating companies list is usually available to view around early February in the second semester of the third year. Companies enrolled onto this database will vary from year to year.

An estimate timeline is shown towards the end of this post. Please review it for your time management and portfolio preparation consideration.

Option 2  – The self-sourced internship

For those who prefer to intern for a particular company that they already have in mind that may not necessarily be on the ADM database may take up the self-sourced internship route. Students who go down this route will typically approach the company they want to intern for directly. Upon successful acceptance by the company, students will then have to assist the company to fill in the necessary paperwork so that ADM can process the company into the official programme for the student as part of their degree programme.  You will have to fill in these Self-Source forms and then email it to Ms Jenny Lim @ for verification. The forms will then be processed by the school. As soon as the the internship is approved and acknowledged for credit bearing, you will be notified. Please note that self-source internships without the approval or acknowledgement from the Career Attachment Office are not eligible for credits.

The deadline for self-source internship submission is on the last day of March, do start your self-sourcing as early as you can as companies may take a while to respond to your inquiry and application.  Exceptions may be given under certain circumstances. Please get in touch with us if that is the case.



  • Each student will be supervised by an ADM faculty, over and above the organization supervisor. The faculty supervisor will act as a mentor as well as a contact point for the organization.
  • The ADM internship programme is a “passed/failed” subject and no letter grade will be awarded
  • Students will be assessed on the following:
    1. 3 online E-journals assessment by ADM faculty (submitted on week 3, 6 and 10)
    2. A mid-attachment review assessment by organization supervisor and ADM faculty
    3. Assessment of Work in organization by organization supervisor

Leave during Internship 

In general, leave will not be granted for vacation, religious camps, summer internship, work and travel. If student applies for any leave of absence and is approved, be prepared to extend internship to cover leave of absence.  Leave application form is to be sent to Career and Attachment Office (CAO) for processing, CAO will consult organization for decision.

Important Notes

Do not enter any kind of agreement and contract with organization, unless you are very sure that there will not be any conflict of interest; if unsure, check with Career and Attachment Office (CAO). Upon mutual agreement of an allowance, you are advised not to further re-negotiate, but you may accept any increase or bonus given to you.  Sometimes, you may also be asked to sign non-disclosure if the work is confidential.

Briefing and Enquiries

There will be an annual briefing for ADM Year 3 students in November and students will be notified through their NTU email to attend the briefing. If you have any further queries on the internship, please email or contact:

Ms Angeline Yam
Lecturer and internship coordinator
School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)
ADM Building Level 4, Room 35
Contact No. 65138671

Ms Jenny Lim
Executive Assistant
Career and Attachment Office (CAO)
Contact No: 6790 4018

For those who are making use of the ADM database of participating companies, the typical timeline is as below for your reference. Please review it carefully for your time management and portfolio preparation consideration.

Mid – end of Nov
Internship briefing for students

Student application is opened. A second internship briefing may be organized usually in January for those who missed the briefing in November

Students will be granted access to view a list of participating companies and will proceed to send in CV and portfolio work to companies they are interested to intern for

End of Feb/Early March:
Companies to shortlist students for interview

Early March
Companies to interview shortlisted student candidates
(usually during students’ one week recess break)

Mid March
Company to let ADM know selected students for the internship

Late March
Students to confirm offered internship

Mid May
Internship programme beings for both students and companies

End of July
Internship programme ends (10 weeks)


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