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Top reasons to live and intern in Singapore in 2021

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Singapore is one of the best places for travelers and interns alike. If you have the opportunity live and intern in Singapore, don’t pass it up! This city-state is hyper-modern and bursting with culture. If you’re interested in experiencing cities of the future, Singapore is about as close as you can get. Experience augmented reality in shopping centers, robots cleaning streets, and high-tech urban farming. Even if technology isn’t your thing, you’ll love Singapore. It’s famous for amazing art, breathtaking architecture, and surreal gardens.

Of course, one of the top reasons to intern in Singapore is the professional growth opportunities. Singapore is a hub for finance, technology, tourism, and nearly anything else you can think of. As an intern in Singapore, you’ll gain key experience and develop a strong network of global professionals.


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Many international interns are eager to do an internship in Singapore because of the travel opportunities. Of course, Singapore itself has so much to explore. You could live there for years and never see it all! That being said, Singapore is also a great base if you want to explore the rest of Asia. Singapore’s international airport makes it easy to fly to just about anywhere in the world. It’s easy to make a trip to nearby Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Indonesia is also nearby, and if you don’t want to get on a plane, you can even take a ferry to some of the closer islands.



Singapore is known globally for its incredible diversity. The city-state’s multi-ethnic background makes it a delicious and rich destination for food lovers. You’ll find influences from China, Indonesia, South Asia, and other countries. If you love seafood, Singapore is the place for you. Make sure to try Chili Crab, one of the nation’s most famous dishes, made by cooking crab in tomato sauce and adding chili. If street food is what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find grilled meat skewers known as satay, or some delicious desserts! No matter where you decide to eat, you really can’t go wrong with Singapore’s delicious cuisine.


A woman takes a photo in a colorful Singapore street


If you love music, dancing, clubs, and bars, don’t miss nightlife in Singapore. The city comes to life when the sun goes down – nightclubs, music festivals, cocktail bars, and more are busy destinations year-round. That being said, it’s important to know a bit about the city before you head out. For example, Singapore has strict alcohol laws, that regulate the times when drinks can be sold, and when they can be consumed in public places. The dress code for bars and clubs in Singapore might be a little dressier than you’re used to in Bangkok or elsewhere. Don’t be surprised if you see people in fancy dress out in the streets – no shorts or flip flops when you go out in Singapore!



Singaporeans are incredibly diverse. On top of that, the nation draws interns, students, and digital nomads from around the globe every year. Singapore has four official languages including English, Mandarin, Tamil, and Malay. Singapore is also home to many religions and ethnicities, which is evident in its food, festivals, and architecture.



As an intern in Singapore, you’ll definitely get to experience some of the nation’s exciting festivals. Chinese New Year, celebrated in late January, is one of the most well-known festivals. It includes lights, street markets, and several weeks of festivities. The mid-fall Lantern Festival brings thousands of lit lanterns to the streets, while the Dragon Boat Festival sees long boats racing to the beat of drums. The longer you stay in Singapore, the more amazing events you’ll get to experience. The opportunities for fun, food, and learning are absolutely endless in this beautiful city.


Dreaming of interning in Singapore? Check out our brand new Independent Traveler program here.




1 Untitled, by Bna Ignacio on Unsplash

2 Sunset in Singapore, by Kirill Petropavlov on Unsplash

Photos and blog by Maeve Allsup

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