Call for Applications: Singapore Heritage Society Internship (Aug-Dec 2016)


Do you believe in creating a deeper sense of place and identity for Singaporeans? Are you keen to be a part of civil society, shaping the way Singapore develops? Would you like to understand how heritage encompasses in a wide range of contemporary social, cultural, economic and political issues? Then sign up for the Singapore Heritage Society internship and help us make a difference through heritage advocacy.
Closing date for applications: 1 Aug 2016.
You’ll work closely with key members of the Singapore Heritage Society to support our work on specific advocacy issues, public outreach, as well as different areas of non-profit organisation management including public communications, events management, fundraising and organisational workflow.Depending on your skill set, you will support the core team in the areas of:
  • On-site fieldwork
  • Research and writing
  • Events curation and organisation
  • Design, photography and copywriting for social media publicity
  • Documentation and administrative support
  • Develop knowledge of heritage issues, research questions and industry best practices
  • Gain an inside view and first-hand experience of (a) the heritage industry (b) the non-profit sector and (c) advocacy work
  • Meet key industry players
  • Be mentored by experienced heritage advocates, including academics, architects, conservation experts, historians, anthropologists, researchers, writers, editors, librarians, curators, lawyers, tourism professionals etc.
  • Get to know a community of like-minded individuals with a passion for Singapore heritage
  • Commitment and passion for our cause
  • Open-mindedness and strong desire to learn
  • Initiative & resourcefulness
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Dynamic and positive personality
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • A sense of responsibility
  • Age 17 and above
  • This is a part-time internship, there are no fixed office hours.
  • While there are no fixed hours, you will be be expected to attend seminars, activities and meetings, including during some evenings and weekends, as a core part of your internship learning experience. You will be also assigned tasks to complete at home.
  • You will stay in close contact with your mentors, through online communication as well as face-to-face meetings.
  • Meal and transport allowance will be provided when compulsory on-site work is required.
  • You must be able to commit for a period of four months, from mid-August to mid-December 2016.
Fill in the online application form here:
“My greatest takeaway from this internship was to gain an insider exposure to area of heritage advocacy in Singapore. The internship helped me understand the organizational and leadership challenges faced by a non-profit advocacy organization (e.g. How to work with manpower and budget constraints, how to inspire general public to be more interested in heritage-related issues). It also made me realize that heritage and national development may not be opposite poles in a zero-sum game, and that win-win solutions do exist. Effective placemaking can bring people back to neglected spaces and develop a sense of ownership – this is an outcome that can serve different interests, whether they are heritage or commercial-related interests.” — Leong Chao Yang (May-Sep 2015), NUS Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences valedictorian 2015.
“Being in SHS led me to meet or at least know of many others who are involved in heritage, from students like myself to activists, academics and enthusiasts who simply share heritage-related events and information excitedly whenever they can. Apart from them being warm and friendly, I learned a lot from these people both in terms of concrete, academic knowledge and the seemingly endless amounts of energy they put into finding out about what they love and advocating for heritage despite exhausting schedules and obstacles faced in advocacy.” — Wong Kwang Lin (May-Sep 2015), currently a 1st year undergraduate in Anthropology at London School of Economics
“During my time with SHS, what I found the most meaningful was seeing the blossoming of relationships – between people and heritage, as well as within a community of people interested in heritage. One of my most vivid memories is my participation in Picturing Chinatown, where a group of people from different walks of life came together to explore their personal relationships to Chinatown through photography. I enjoyed the probing questions that were raised, as well as the soulful stories that were shared. Towards the end of the workshops, I found that despite growing up in a place that seems to suffer from amnesia on many levels, I can cultivate a sort of personal belonging towards this place through making the effort to discover more. Furthermore, one of the most rewarding things about this internship was seeing the emergence of a community of like-minded souls who meet to go on photography walks and talks months after the end of the workshops. Their energy and enthusiasm is very heartening.” — Leong Yee Ting (Jan-Sep 2015), currently a 1st year undergraduate in History at Oxford University
Founded in 1987, the Singapore Heritage Society is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation and registered charity with Institution of Public Character (IPC) status. As independent voice on heritage issues in Singapore, it is dedicated to research, education and advocacy relating to Singapore’s history, culture and and identity. Run by volunteers, the Society’s active members include academics and professionals in related industries as well as serious enthusiasts from all walks of life.

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