This course is an off-campus supervised and coordinated field study program in the fashion and related industries in Singapore. The primary goal of this course is to enhance student learning through firsthand knowledge of the global apparel business environment in Singapore. Through it, students will be able to broaden their understanding of the international fashion business environment and apply their knowledge within a field experience setting. Instructors will provide one-on-one guidance through initial meetings on campus in Bloomington and via e-mail, Skype, and Canvas while students are abroad.
Students will work at their internship site during regular business hours Monday–Friday, leaving weekends free. This International Internship Program features a 3.5 day welcome-to-Singapore orientation program, followed by an 8-week unpaid internship. A full-time, on-site Global Academic Ventures staff member will serve as the students’ contact while in Singapore and assist with any problems or questions that may arise.
Prospective interns must be students majoring or minoring in Apparel Merchandising or Fashion Design with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the fashion industry after graduation and a GPA of 2.75 or higher. The Singapore internship program includes shared accommodations, airport pick-up and drop-off in Singapore, 3 breakfasts during orientation, a welcome lunch, and a farewell dinner in Singapore.
No airfare is included in the program fee (approximately $2,500). Students are responsible for all flight arrangements and for arriving at Singapore airports at designated pick-up times.
In addition, participants are responsible for completing the necessary documents for an appropriate visa required to work in Singapore; the cost of the visa is NOT included in the program fee (approximately $6,000). Weekly meal expenses, Indiana University tuition for 3 credit hours, entertainment costs, local travel to/from one’s internship placement, and optional travel excursions are not included in the program fee.
The Singapore program does include the cost of shared hotel style accommodations in Singapore, close to bus, rail, cafes, and shops. Internet is included at the accommodation. From their accommodation, students will be able to take public transportation to their internship placements. Depending on the intern site, transportation could take an hour or less each way. Optional excursions from Singapore are available on the weekends and may be purchased for an additional fee. Students are responsible for paying for their meals.
Exact dates for the 8 weeks will change each year, usually mid-June to early August.