Diana Koh Social Transformation Programme


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The Diana Koh Social Transformation Programme for NPO Internships financially supports Singapore Management University (SMU) undergraduates who successfully receive an internship offer from an approved non-profit organisation (NPO) that focuses on transforming the lives of people. The NPO focus areas for 2024 are:

  1. Women, Children & Family
  2. Youth
  3. Elderly
  4. People with Disabilities
  5. Foreign Domestic/ Migrant Workers
  6. Mental Health
  7. Food Security
  8. Equitable & Accessible Education
  9. Equitable & Accessible Healthcare
  10. Employability, Social & Financial Resilience

Students should apply for this Programme if they are committed to gain exposure in the NPO/NGO sector (local or overseas) by contributing their skills and acquiring new ones during the internship. SMU students will be automatically awarded the full stipend if the internship is offered through the Programme’s listed positions on OnTrac. 

If you are a student with SOA, SOL or SCIS –This internship will not qualify to meet your mandatory internship requirement. Thus apply only if you have already fulfilled, or intend to use other internship to fulfill the mandatory internship requirement under your respective degree. This internship is not open to Year 1 students from CIS, SOA, SOL and SCIS. For more information about SMU's internship programme, please visit Dato' Kho Hui Meng Career Centre's FAQ page

Programme Information & Criteria

Local Internship

The following local internship positions are available via SMU OnTRAC Portal. Please visit the portal for more information. Do note that some positions are only available to selected UG course of study.

Name of NPO Job Description/Position Job ID Number on OnTRAC
Asia Community Foundation Legal, Governance & Compliance Intern 428728
Philanthropic Partnerships Intern 428648
Asia Philanthropy Circle Greater China Market Intern 428496
Social Impact and Ecosystem Building Intern 428498
Boys' Town Marketing & Outreach Intern  428334
Community Partnerships Intern  Position has been filled. 
CARE Singapore Intern, Special Projects Associate 428650
Daughters of Tomorrow (DOT) Fundraising & Communications Intern Position has been filled. 
Fei Yue Community Services Programmes and Outreach Intern Position has been filled. 
IDHealth Volunteer & Events Intern 428731
Lions Befrienders Research Innovation & Communications Intern 428356
Programme Intern 428358
Research Intern 428361
Pro Bono SG  Community Partnerships Intern  428363
[NEW!] Unlocking ADHD  Fundraising & Partnerships Intern 433516

Students should also note the following prior to submitting your application for the programme:

  • Applicants must be matriculated SMU undergraduates during the internship, and the programme is opened to Y1 – Y4* Undergraduate students based on admit year, subjected to each course of study's internship requirements. 
    *Y4 students are only eligible if they are graduating in December 2024. 
  • Each internship must be full-time, at least 10 consecutive weeks long and meet the criteria of SMU’s credit-bearing internships, even if the student has already fulfilled his/her internship requirement.
  • Period of Internship: 6 May to 16 August 2024 (Negotiable start and end date, applies to selected positions.)
  • Stipendiary support: Up to SGD$2,500
  • You have completed your pre-internship requirements

Overseas Internship

This year, DKSTIP has expanded its programme to include an overseas internship opportunity with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) ASEAN duty stations - Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Myanmar (Yangon*), Indonesia (Jakarta), and Philippines (Manila). Selected students will be given the opportunity to work in-person at the respective UNHCR ASEAN duty stations with a stipend support of up to SGD$3,000 for the 12 weeks/3 months internship. Internship under the overseas collaboration is Global Exposure (GE) qualifying, unless otherwise stated. 

This year, the UNHCR called for application for the following position.

Name of NPO Job Description/Position
UNHCR Malaysia Communication with Communities (CwC) Intern 
UNHCR Myanmar* Reporting and Communications Intern*
UNHCR Indonesia Registration Intern   
UNHCR Philippines Protection Intern

*Please note that the internship with UNHCR Myanmar (Yangon) is a virtual internship. It will qualify for the mandatory internship requirement, but NOT the Global Exposure requirement.

Application for the UNHCR positions have closed. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via email. 

How to Apply

The application period for the Diana Koh Social Transformation Internship Programme 2024 has ended. 

For any further enquires, you may contact us at liencentre [at]