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Professional Internship

Undergraduates majoring in Physics or Applied Physics who opt not to do a Final Year Project are required to undertake a Professional Internship. This programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire practical working experience, and to apply the domain knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world situations.

The internship may be to an industrial/commercial organization, research centre, or educational institute, either locally or overseas. It lasts for 22 weeks, including either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

Students planning to do a Final Year Project can opt to undertake a shorter and less intensive Professional Attachment. This programme lasts for 10 weeks, and is conducted during the Special Terms (summer vacation period). Note that students are not allowed to register for both the 22-week Professional Internship and the 10-week Professional Attachment.

In my sophomore year, I visited the DSTA booth at the SPMS job fair and secured an opportunity to intern at DSTA’s Networked Systems Programme Centre, where I took part in a project involving data and time series analysis. The rigorous theoretical physics and mathematics courses offered by SPMS gave me a strong foundation to understand the technical issues, and to derive insights from the data using Python and R. In 2015, I attended a networking session hosted by NTU, and interacted with the hiring managers from DSTA. I secured an interview with the organisation before graduation, and am now an engineer at DSTA’s C4I Development Programme Centre, where I develop sense-making capabilities for maritime security!

Yeo Jun Yi (pictured far left)
Engineer, Defence Science and Technology Agency
BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics, Class of 2016

The Professional Internship and Professional Attachment modules are:

  • For students who matriculated in Academic Year 2014/2015 or earlier:
    • PH4406 (10-week attachment, 4 AU, Unrestricted Elective, in Special Terms).
    • PH4407 (22-week internship, 10 AU, Major Prescribed Elective, in Semester 1 or 2).
  • For students who matriculated in Academic Year 2015/2016:
    • PH4412 (10-week attachment, 4 AU, Unrestricted Elective, in Special Terms).
    • PH4413 (22-week internship, 10 AU, Major Prescribed Elective, in Semester 1 or 2).
  • For students who matriculated in Academic Year 2016/2017 or later:
    • PH4416 (10-week attachment, 5 AU, Unrestricted Elective, in Special Terms).
    • PH4417 (22-week internship, 11 AU, Major Prescribed Elective, in Semester 1 or 2)

The PH4406 and PH4407 modules (for students who matriculated in AY14/15 or earlier) are letter-graded. The other modules are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. In all cases, the participating student is required to give an oral presentation on his or her internship/attachment experience and submit a final written report. Assessment is done by both the host organization and an NTU faculty member.

Students undertaking the 22-week Professional Internship are not allowed to do a Final Year Project as well. Only those who do a Final Year Project are eligible for receiving an Honours (Highest Distinction) degree.

Registration and Placement

Students in year 3 and 4 will receive an email regarding the Professional Internship programme.  Those planning to participate in the Professional Internship should follow the instructions in the email to register for the programme.

NTU's Career & Attachment Office (CAO) is responsible for sourcing for internship/attachment positions, and will contact participating students with a list of available host organizations. It is also possible for individual students to source for a position themselves; self-sourced positions are subject to approval by the Division and the CAO.