10 Oct 2015

nEbO’s ‘Thank Your Intern Day’ campaign equips youths with knowledge on quality internship

Singapore, 10 October 2015 – Over the last four months, youth interns and volunteers from the Thank Your Intern Day (TYID) committee worked tirelessly to raise awareness on the benefits of good internship programmes. They “invaded” offices to share the TYID message and even set up an interactive office-themed roadshow at Bugis+ for youths getting ready to step into the workforce to learn about the benefits of quality internships.

TYID is a social movement started by members of nEbO, the junior membership arm of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). It began with a group of youths wanting to encourage the appreciation of interns among employers and to bring awareness of fair workplace practices. This is the third year nEbO organised TYID and the team also highlighted the importance of quality internship and how this enables youths to develop their capabilities and gain a meaningful work experience.

Last year, the team garnered more than 700 signatures in support of TYID at an outreach at Raffles Place on 10 October. This year, the team reached out to over 450 interns and employers at different institutions and organisations to distribute Intern Care Packs and spread the TYID message. The Care Pack contained a useful tumbler and a “Learning Log” saved on a USB card. Interns are encouraged to fill up the log to reflect on their internship experience and contributions.

“We have been to offices like the Singtel Headquarters to interact with their interns and supervisors, and share about our TYID messages on quality internships and how this brings mutual benefits to both the interns and employers. We’ve found that many local companies have good internship programmes and we want to encourage our friends and peers to look out for such opportunities to gain a meaningful working experience. With better understanding of the interns’ workplace rights and the presence of good quality internships, there can be a beneficial work relationship between both parties,” said Ms Loraine Ng, the youth chairperson of the TYID organising committee.

At the Bugis+ roadshow on 10 October, photos and testimonies from the outreach were displayed, spreading the message and benefits of quality internship experiences. Office cubicles, and even a pantry was set up, so that students and young visitors to the roadshow can learn about internships in an interesting way through fun and engaging videos and games in an office setting. They also took part in interactive “workplace rights” quizzes and a “fastest fingers” typing game.

nEbO youth volunteers were present to share what they did during their internship stint and how that made their internship more meaningful and fruitful. One such intern, Calista Tan, shared her experience in Annex A.

Continuing with the outreach efforts, nEbO aims to reach out to at least five organisations and institutions yearly to share the TYID message of quality internship and its benefits.

“Over the three years, nEbO’s TYID campaign has grown in size and quality. Initially started as a one-day event to encourage the appreciation of interns, we are now focusing on long-term partnerships with some unionised companies to advocate quality internships, reaching out to more interns and employers. We are also partnering with local institutions to reach out to students who are potential interns, informing them of the benefits of quality internship and how to make the best use of such opportunities. We feel that this initiative will contribute to the larger picture of a productive and fair workforce in Singapore, made up of knowledgeable employees and employers who value their interns,” said Mr Lim Eng Lee, NTUC Alignment Director (nEbO).

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