First batch of interns from Singapore to Sydney under the Holiday Visa Program
At the recently concluded 10th Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Council (SAJMC) meeting in Singapore, Ministers from both countries welcomed the commencement of the Work and Holiday Visa Programme between Singapore and Australia to commence on 1 August 2017. This program fosters interactions between young Singaporeans and Australians.
Ngee Ann Poly is the first Institution Of Higher Learning in Singapore to leverage on the Holiday-Work Visa program between Singapore and Australia to send 7 interns to 4 different start-ups to Sydney in September 2017. This is also part of Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Global Entrepreneurship Internship Program (GEIP).
The GEIP is a curated 6 month internship for a selected number of students with a high Entrepreneurial bent, matched with particular growth stage start-ups that may have an interest in expanding to Singapore/ASEAN. The program has already been successfully run in other markets e.g. Silicon Valley, with many of the students retained and now being used to help with market entry back into Singapore.
With Singapore being a key trade and gateway market for Australia, and is investing heavily in deep technology (Singapore is one of Austrade's 5 Landing Pads), this program bring value to our Australian/ NSW high technology companies.
For this program, Ngee Ann Polytechnic will be arranging all the visa requirements including expenses for the students' return airfare and accommodations whilst the Australia the start-ups pay a token monthly wage to the students to contribute to their living expenses.
Read the press statement from the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on the 10th SAJMC meeting.
For more details about the entrepreneurship and internship program, the links are as follows: