Summer Associates Programme


The new norm of creating an impact within a community is going “glocal”. The new generation of social innovators is gifted with multiple skills such as the adoption of technology, wide networks and entrepreneurial mindset. These skills give them an edge when it comes to creating impactful solutions that break barriers and addresses socially sustainable topics. 

As a generation who are strong believers in the power of change and innovation, the Lien Centre for Social Innovation (LCSI) at SMU is keen to create synergy and provide a positive experience through its Summer Associate Programme.

The Summer Associates Programme

The Summer Associates Programme is designed to provide talented young people from all around the world with an opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in the area of social innovation, with the aim of wanting to create an impact towards a better community. 

The Summer Associate Programme is an 8 to 10 week internship. Students will not only have an opportunity to contribute to our research and programmes, but also a great avenue to bring about their ideas and knowledge and share it across LCSI’s flagship digital platform, Social Space

Get up close and personal with past summer associates in Meet Our 2021 Summer AssociatesMeet Our 2020 Summer AssociatesMeet Our 2019 Summer Associates (Part 1) and Meet Our 2019 Summer Associates (Part 2).

As an LCSI Summer Associate, you will get to:

  • Be mentored by a diversified team of experienced professionals
  • Attend customised training sessions and masterclasses to equip you with practical workplace skills
  • Go on field trips to visit social enterprises / organisations
  • Complete a final project and present your work to the team

Applications for Summer Associate Programme is now closed.