MPA Global Internship Award 2017 Welcomes Record Number Of Students And Companies

11 May 2017

MPA Global Internship Award 2017 welcomes record number of students and companies

Internship experience presents international maritime exposure and career opportunities



          The annual Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Global Internship Awards (GIA) presentation ceremony held this evening at Marriott Hotel, has set new records with a bumper crop of 39 students and 27 companies set to participate in the programme in this year.


2.      The MPA GIA was launched in 2013 to provide local undergraduates in their penultimate year the opportunity to gain practical insights into the global maritime industry. Recipients of the MPA GIA are given experiential opportunities for internship at local and overseas offices of companies in the maritime industry covering sectors such as shipping, technical management, shipbroking, offshore, finance and marine insurance.  


3.      As the Singapore economy transforms, workers with cross-disciplinary skills will be in greater demand. Over the last few years, the MPA GIA has expanded to include students from non-maritime disciplines such as law, finance and computing.


4.      Ms Jesslyn Zeng, currently pursuing a Double Degree in Law and Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS), is one of those who has benefitted from this expansion. Her interest in the maritime industry was sparked off by an internship with a maritime company back in December 2016. Fascinated by the complexity of the subject and the global nature of the maritime industry, she applied for the MPA GIA 2017 and chose to intern with BW Offshore’s in-house legal team for a practical experience in maritime law. Ms Zeng said, “As someone who likes to be in the thick of action and to be constantly challenged, I am looking forward to my internship at BW Offshore, especially my three-week attachment in their Norway office. Though I have interned at law firms previously, I believe the internship with BW Offshore's in-house legal team will give me a new perspective on the job scope of a legal counsel that serves the oil and gas business.”


5.      The MPA GIA experience has opened up employment opportunities for others like Ms Serene Ong, an MPA GIA alumni who interned at The Shipowners P&I Club in 2014. She was offered a place in The Shipowners’ P&I Club trainee programme after graduating in 2015. Now an Assistant Claims Handler, Ms Ong said, “The MPA GIA internship not only gave me the exposure to claims and underwriting in a P&I club which was a new area for me, it also presented me with a career in claims handling.”  


6.      The MPA GIA programme received continuous support from companies such as The Shipowners’ P&I Club which has participated in the programme since its first summer edition in 2014. “The MPA GIA programme provided The Shipowners’ P&I Club the opportunity to assess interns on their attitude and aptitude,” said Ms Jasna Chua, Office Manager of The Shipowners’ P&I Club.   “We have been impressed by the calibre of our interns over the years and are delighted to continue partnering MPA on this excellent programme to groom and nurture local talents with strong interests in the maritime industry.”


7.       Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, was the Guest-of-Honour who presented the award certificates at the ceremony with the respective company representatives. Mr Tan said, “The strong interest in this year’s Global Internship Award shows that notwithstanding the current challenges facing the industry, the maritime sector continues to invest in future talent. As we continue to build up Singapore as the global maritime hub of choice, we will equip our young with the necessary global mindset, networks and skills to take on more leadership roles in the maritime industry.”

8.     The number of Global Internship Awards has seen a steady increase from 23 in 2014 to 39 this year.


Group photo of MPA GIA recipients, company reps and Sea Transport Sectoral Tripartite Committee membersAll award recipients, their company representatives and Sea Transport Sectoral Tripartite Committee members at the MPA Global Internship Award (GIA) presentation ceremony 

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