Business Internship in Singapore

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Singapore

Program Dates:


Action Item

Deadline for Summer 2020
Priority Deadline November 15th, 2019
Carlson Interview November, '19 - January, '20
Interview with Program Provider (Global Academic Ventures) December, '19 - February, '20
Pre-departure Orientation March-April 2020
Internship Placement Notification May 2020 (at the latest)

Program Details

    What is a Business Internship Program?

    • You will be placed in an unpaid internship with a company, organization, or government agency relevant to your academic interest
    • You will be expected to work about 40 hours per week for 8 weeks and complete a 1 credit online course
    • Internship positions are available in a wide variety of business disciplines (Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain etc.) and you are able to specify which discipline you would like to work in
    • You are guaranteed a meaningful business internship placement, however, placements will vary based on your previous work and leadership experiences, coursework and interview
    • These position descriptions are examples and each internship varies.  Placements vary from small start-ups to large multinationals. Due to program provider policy we are not able to disclose specific company names.
    • Successful participants demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different than a US internship environment
    • You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and staff from our program provider (Global Academic Ventures) for support pre-departure and during your summer internship
    • ​​There will be no Carlson staff members on-site in Singapore, however there will be on-site staff through our program provider (Global Academic Ventures)
    • The Carlson Global Institute strongly encourages students to live in the on-campus housing options as those are affiliated with and vetted by the partner institutions.
    • Students should check the host university website and fact sheet for specific accommodations information including on-campus and off-campus options, application process and deadline, and cost information.
    • Accommodations will be arranged by the provider and centrally located in the city 
    • You will be living with other summer interns from the Carlson School and other U.S. business schools
    • Accommodations are all shared - pairs or triples - and you can request specific roommates
    • Standard rooms are similar to shared dorm-style rooms with an en-suite bathroom and some very basic cooking facilities (kettle for boiling water, mini-fridge)
    • Most students eat lunch and dinner out, as food is inexpensive and living spaces are small
    • Daily food is not included in the program fee

    International Internship: Personal and Professional Development in the Global Workplace

    • All participants will enroll in this 1-credit Carlson course in the Summer 2020 term.  Specific course number is IBUS 3004.
    • This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills, gain professional skills in an international context and articulate the value of your internship experience to future employers
    • It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the internship program
    • Credits transfer back as S/N on UMN transcripts
    • There will be pre-departure assignments as well as in-country online assignments
    • There will not be in-person class sessions in Singapore
    • No host country language skills required
    • UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
    • Student must be of sophomore standing or higher
    • Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
    • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Additional criteria may apply
    • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation
    • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
    • Visa fees are not included in the Business Internship in Singapore program, however our provider will assist students with obtaining a work visa for Singapore

    You will be charged a $50 application fee to your UMN student account in the term you apply.  The priority deadline for the Business Internship in Singapore Summer 2020 program is November 15th, 2019 and the CGI office will accept applications on a rolling basis after that date. The application process and timeline for the Business Internship in Singapore program is different from all other CGI education abroad programs. 

    Step 1: Carlson Global Institute Online Application

    You must first apply directly to the Carlson Global Institute.  A complete application includes:

    • CV/Resume
      • Submitted as a PDF
      • Your resume will be shared with potential internship hosts who make the final decision to hire students
      • Your resume is the starting point for internship placement so make sure it accurately reflects your competence in the best possible way
    • Cover Letter
    • Application Essay 

    Step 2: Interview with Carlson Global Institute Staff

    You will interview with CGI staff members to discuss the program and your expectations and goals for the internship experience in Singapore

    Step 3: Career Coaching Meeting

    You are strongly encouraged to meet with a career coach from the UBCC to prepare for your interview with Global Academic Ventures which will determine your internship placement

    Step 4: Interview with Singapore Internship Placement Team 

    You must confirm your spot on the program before interviewing with the Singapore Internship Placement Team.  A representative from the program provider (Global Academic Ventures) will come to the UMN campus to conduct in-person interviews.  You will discuss your internship goals and review your resume with the Singapore Internship Placement Team.  It is important for you to concisely describe the kind of internship you seek, and also to have realistic expectations about the type of work you will be doing.  

    Step 5: Confirmation

    You will need to confirm your spot and commit financially to the program before you receive your internship placement.  Final hiring decisions are made directly by the internship hosts.

    Step 6: Internship Placement Notification

    You will be notified of your internship placement by May 2020, if not sooner.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you officially confirm on the program you are held to the cancellation policy.

    Please contact the Carlson Global Institute if you have any questions.



    Meet with an adviser in the Office of Student Finance in Onestop to discuss financial aid eligibility. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" for more information.

    Arrival in Singapore - Flight & Orientation

    • Global Academic Ventures will give you a specific arrival window where they will meet you at the Singapore airport and assist with transportation to the accommodations.  There is no group flight.
    • If you arrive outside of arrival window, you will need to make your own way to the accommodations
    • Global Academic Ventures and in-country staff will run an orientation session for all Carlson internship participants and it will include:
      • Health & safety debrief, emergency contact information, in-country phone options, internet/wireless information, optional activities, welcome dinner, and overview of public transportation

Cost Estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.  Students should maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the host country consulate.

Global Academic Ventures Program Fee Includes: Accommodations, internship placement, orientation upon arrival, airport pick-up and drop-off, 24/7 emergency support in-country, welcome dinner, mid-program dinner, closing dinner, internet at accommodations, 1 credit tuition for Carlson School online course, and airfare recommendation

CGI Program Fee Includes: International health insurance, program administration, and maintaining student status at the UMN

Estimated Expenses Summer 2020
Global Academic Ventures Program Fee (charged to UMN student account) $5,855
CGI Program Fee (charged to UMN student account) $750
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,500
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization) $250
Essential Daily Living Expenses (including daily meals and public transportation costs) $1,500
Miscellaneous $250
Total $10,105


Emily Sauey
Academic term(s)
Summer Experiential
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