MPA Global Internship Award

The MPA Global Internship Award (GIA) gives students an opportunity to immerse in an experiential learning with international maritime companies in Singapore and around the world.

The fully sponsored MPA GIA programme was introduced by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to provide high-achieving students with a meaningful and enriching maritime experience in Singapore and abroad*.

Besides deepening students’ understanding of the maritime industry, this programme also enhances your future employability and career opportunities within the maritime industry.

The host companies participating in the MPA GIA programme are some of the most reputable brand names in the maritime industry. Participating students will be exposed to a diverse range of possible careers in maritime companies and train alongside seasoned practitioners who would guide and mentor them throughout the MPA GIA programme.

Eligibility Requirements

You may apply for the programme if you are:

  • A Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.
  • Studying at NTU, NUS, SMU or SUTD, at the point of application.

Duration of Programme

Students will undergo the 12-week programme during the May – August vacation, inclusive of an overseas stint* of up to 6 weeks.

Award Benefits

The award will cover the following:

  • Total allowance of S$3,600
  • Cost of Return Economy-class airfare*
  • Accommodation*
  • Travel insurance and other travel-related expenses*
*Important Notice for MPA GIA 2021

In view of the uncertain Covid-19 developments, the MPA GIA 2021 cycle will be adjusted as follows:
  • Overseas Component.  Given the travel restrictions globally, the MPA GIA 2021 will be held locally for a full 12 weeks. Duties or projects with the host company’s overseas office will be assigned, on a remote work arrangement.
  • Working arrangements.  Work arrangements (i.e. work from office or home) will be based on the prevailing safe-distancing measures at the point of internship.  This may include full work-from-home arrangements.

In place of the overseas travel, online programmes will be organised to provide greater insights to the maritime industry and better prepare students for the workplace.

Application Procedure

Application is open from 2 November to 31 December 2020.

Click here to apply.

Please prepare the following documents and combine them into 1 single attachment to be submitted with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Latest University transcript or Degree Audit
  • CCA Records
  • Award Certificates

You will also be required to provide a 100-word personal statement on why you wish to apply for the MPA GIA during the online application.

Programme Timeline

Nov to Dec

Jan to Mar

May to Aug

 Application Period

  • Interviews with MPA and Host Companies
  • Award Confirmation



For enquiries, please email



Click here to download the MPA GIA Brochure.

Click here to download the list of participating companies (as at 29 October 2020).