The National University of Singapore (NUS) has officially launched two new digital platforms, Internship-As-A-Service (IAAS) and conNectUS, to prepare students for the world of work. The IAAS simultaneously meets the needs of industry partners for specialist talent and expands the scope of practical internship and gig opportunities for NUS students. conNectUS enables students to establish greater connectivity with University alumni and leverage their wealth of industry knowledge and experience while planning their career paths.
In the context of strengthening NUS’s commitment to preparing graduates for tomorrow’s world of work, the platforms support the holistic development of graduates, particularly in the areas of interdisciplinary education, internship opportunities, intellectual flexibility and skill diversity, as well as instilling the value of lifelong learning in graduates and alumni.
NUS recognizes that we are in a unique position to create powerful platforms that bring together and match people, industry, skills and opportunity. NUS’ strong brand and reputation brings trust to platforms that are vital to success.
– Professor Tan Eng Chye, President of NUS
Digital platforms have the ability to match industry with academia, which will quickly bring new technologies, knowledge and skills to students. This ensures that university programs remain relevant and in step with the changing needs of business and the economy. Industry exposure for students helps students translate what is taught in theory into real-world applications and learn other soft skills that may be more difficult to develop in a classroom. Companies have the opportunity to tap into new ideas and perspectives from students when they collaborate on projects, and better trained graduates mean a stronger pool of future talent for companies.
Led by the NUS Center for Future-ready Graduates (NUS CFG) and NUS Enterprise, IAAS is a tight-knit, mutually beneficial talent marketplace that offers NUS students the opportunity to land gigs and internships, while marketing their own skills and their talents. — programming, data analysis, graphic design, writing, research, etc. The platform also allows companies to tap into this pool of talent for qualified services.
With over 400 projects from over 60 companies and a strong pipeline of companies keen to join, IAAS is set to be a game-changer by expanding the range of internship opportunities available to students. The industrial partners, local and foreign, are varied, ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to start-ups.
NUS has also addressed the other half of the equation in the symbiotic talent marketplace – convenient and direct access for companies and businesses to skilled talent in the NUS community. Companies can easily engage NUS students from various disciplines and years of study in freelance projects, such as video editing, software development, and digital marketing projects. They can also interview, recruit, and pay students on the platform, and track work progress with milestone tracking.
With features such as a people directory, live streams and forums, events calendar and job opportunities, students can connect to a large and diverse pool of alumni for mentorship, share insights and ideas and be informed of career development opportunities. Alumni members can also benefit from this network to establish a stronger connection with their alma mater and be inspired to pursue lifelong learning opportunities, while student societies and clubs can benefit from valuable opportunities. mentoring through the conNectUS platform.
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