Intern with us

Posted by on March 24, 2017 in

An intern (seated, centre) discusses the problem faced by a worker (back to camera) with social workers

Basic information for those interested in interning with Transient Workers Count Too:

What you are in for when you intern with TWC2

The experience:

  • Learn about the laws and regulations that apply to low-wage foreign workers and how they are implemented or not implemented.
  • Understudy and assist social workers when they do case work. This will provide hands-on experience of how to intervene when a foreign worker faces a problem.
  • Examples of how interns have assisted case workers include: help rescue workers from abusive employers, accompany workers to hospital or to police stations, assist with case documentation when large groups of workers show up at the same time.
  • All interns are expected to have a special project of their own using their unique skills or areas of knowledge. This must be completed at the end of the internship.
  • Examples of special projects that interns in the past have done: carry out a small research or focus group project, including analysis and report-writing; make videos; organise logistics for key events.
  • Leave the internship with an understanding of Singapore’s policy on foreign workers, how an NGO operates, inter-cultural awareness and the social reality of migrant labour.

An intern helps with outreach and conducts a survey out in the field

Terms and conditions:

Please note before sending in your application:

  • Basic minimum commitment: at least 8 weeks on a 4 working day/week basis.
  • On a case-by-case basis a shorter attachment of 6 weeks can be considered if applicant is prepared to work a 5 day week.
  • Whether on 8-week or 6-week attachments, help out 2 evenings per week at our free meals programme in Little India. Join social workers and volunteers in the outreach event one Sunday afternoon per month.
  • No remuneration. TWC2 is only able to provide a SGD5 transport allowance for each day the intern reports for duty.
  • Due to Singapore visa conditions, applicants should preferably be Singaporeans or foreigners residing in Singapore. Foreign students needing a visa will have to arrange that on their own. TWC2 is unable to assist with the application beyond confirming the internship offer if asked to.

How to apply:

  • Send an email to info@twc2.org.sg with the header: Internship. Provide an up-to-date CV and the  state clearly the period you are available.
  • We shortlist by looking at your skillsets and unique interests, as TWC2 prefers to have a diversity of interns.
  • For example, in a typical year, we take a spread of interns from the social sciences, political science, law, business, mass communication, filmmaking, etc.
  • Shortlisted candidates will have an interview. This will be done via Skype for those applying from overseas.
  • TWC2 internships are available round the year subject to a cap set by the physical space of our office. The busy period is from May through August when we get more applications than we can accommodate. It pays to apply early if you are choosing to intern during this peak period.