INTERN WITH US

Interns at HealthServe will engage face to face with the (often times invisible) migrant worker community in Singapore, gaining a deeper understand of their challenges, aspirations, and dreams. The intern will be exposed to all areas of HealthServe’s work – from our medical clinic to our casework to our dormitory outreach work. The work culture here is very flexible and everyone supports one another’s work – interns must be flexible and be willing to lend a helping hand wherever necessary.

Things to note:
Interns are accepted on a rolling basis so please apply early.
Internship applications are accepted up to a maximum of 6 months in advance.
Interns who are able to commit longer than the minimum requirement will be prioritised.
We may not be able to accommodate your preferred Internship choice, please check our Facebook channel for updates on Internship positions available!


Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the program

  • Able to commit to the full working hours and period of the program

What we are looking for in an intern

  • Have an interest in learning more about the rights of migrant workers in Singapore

  • A willing heart to assist in the office wherever necessary

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Flexible and able to go with the flow - the office can have extremely hectic and extremely slow moments

  • Detail orientated

  • Committed and hardworking

  • Language skills (especially Tamil, Bengali, or Mandarin) a benefit, but not required

Do note that you have to sign in with your email address to access our form as we require you to upload your picture and resume.

I really liked the work culture at HealthServe. I think the staff team genuinely cares about the interns and wants us to make the most out of our experience. They let us learn at our own pace, and we were given enough room to explore too.
— Shi Hui, Casework Intern Summer 2018

CASEWORK AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

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Maximum internships available: 4

This program is suitable for psychology, social work, and liberal arts students. Interns must commit to a minimum of 6 weeks, although applicants who can commit to 8 weeks or longer will be prioritised. Work hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, 10am to 7pm

  • Attend to drop-in migrants and detail their WICA/non-WICA cases (training will be provided)

  • Follow-up with cases as necessary. Follow-up may include accompanying migrants to the ICA, MOM, hospitals, their employer’s offices and in addition facilitate outings.

  • Assist in the operations of the Geylang/Desker Food Project, a daily free meal program for injured and out-of-work migrant workers

  • Assist with the MRT top-up program and emergency shelter, as needed

HealthServe is an excellent place to intern because of the wide array of opportunities to mingle and build relationships with migrant workers. What makes HealthServe stands out is that the staff are extremely enthusiastic about helping every intern in reaching his/her goal at the organization. The focus on personal development of the interns make HealthServe a special place to intern at.
— Wayne, Casework Intern, Summer 2018

MEDICAL SERVICES - CLINICS

Maximum internships available: 4

This program is designed for medical, dental, pharmacy, and other health professions students to learn from and contribute to our clinic. We accept applicants on a rolling basis and require a minimum commitment of 4 weeks and maximum of 8 weeks. Longer internship periods of up to 12 weeks are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Clinic Interns have the opportunity to serve with one of the few clinics in Singapore focused on migrant workers. Duties involve all aspects of the clinic:

  • Clinic operations both during and outside of clinic hours - E.g. registering, measuring vital signs, assisting in medical consultations; organising, ordering, and dispensing medications; coordinating care through scheduling and calling to confirm appointments, and accompanying patients to hospital appointments

  • HealthServe-wide and Clinical Team projects - E.g. operational, quality improvement, and research

  • Other tasks as needed

Typical working hours are as below. Operational exigencies may require additional time. As our clinic serves migrant workers, operations are mainly after office hours. Interns may choose between Saturday or Sunday clinics. One morning a week for outside referrals, as needed.

  • Monday OFF

  • Tuesday, 3-10pm (Geylang)

  • Wednesday, 3-10pm (Geylang)

  • Thursday, 10am-7pm (Geylang)

  • Friday, 10am-7pm (Geylang)

  • Saturday 2-6pm (Geylang) or Saturday 6-10pm (Mandai) or Sunday 2:30-7:30pm (Papan)

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I liked being able to take on the role of a leader when needed during clinic hours but also being able to play my part in the clinic team to ensure everything ran smoothly. I was given many chances to gain clinical experience through working with the doctors either as a scribe or as an assistant. I was also given the chance to get further insight into the role of a dentist as I helped as a dental assistant on one clinic day.
— Fatema, Clinic Intern, Summer 2018

COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT

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Maximum internships available: 4

This internship is suitable for those who have an interest in media, communications, management, journalism, design, marketing, PR, community work and story writing. Interns will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with various departments in HealthServe and be exposed to a range of HealthServe’s activities, cases and community partnerships. A minimum commitment of 4 - 6 weeks is preferred. You must commit to the following work hours: Monday through Friday, 10am to 7pm.

You must have your own laptop and be prepared to travel between our centres. Photography/Video and design skills is a plus.

  • Attend HealthServe events and outings, take photos/videos and write up briefs.

  • Collect stories, images and news from across HealthServe’s community through interviews, visits and surveys with migrants, volunteers, interns and staff.

  • Assist in ideating, creating content and executing special projects for HealthServe's various communication channels and campaigns.

  • Helping with administrative tasks relating to the management of volunteers and interns.

  • Assist in creating and updating volunteer orientation and training programs.

  • Assist in organising orientations and educational talks to external bodies.

  • Help to plan and execute engagement activities and events to grow and develop HealthServe’s community.

I really value the unexpected opportunity to be a Communications intern as I feel that this would not have been something I would have applied for based on my “skill set” having no prior experience in this area! It allowed me to explore things that I enjoy doing such as writing, taking photos and collecting people’s stories and made me more confident in my communicating skills! I am very thankful to have been able to interact with migrant workers from different cultures and backgrounds and this has been a huge learning experience.
— Kellerine, Communications Intern, Summer 2018