7.1. Each student is given an Internship Journal attached with an attendance sheet where the student can fill in his attendance details. The Company Supervisor has to endorse the attendance sheet at the end of each month of the internship duration.
7.2. Company is strongly encouraged to grant personal leave benefits in accordance with their human resource policies. As a reference, the table below shows the recommended days of personal leave during internship based on the number of months of service completed, after an employee has worked for an employer for at least 3 months. As internship is part of student’s academic course requirements in SP, the students are not subjected to the legal provisions in the Employment Act.
|Internship Duration (Weeks)
||Recommended No. of Days of Leave
|1 to 11
|12 to 19
|20 to 23
|24 to 31
|32 to 39
|40 to 51
The student has been briefed on the following types of leave:
a. Medical Leave
If a student is ill, he must consult a registered medical practitioner and inform the Company Supervisor and Liaison Officer. He should submit the original medical certificate to the Company Supervisor and attach a duplicate copy to the attendance sheet.
b. Compassionate Leave
Compassionate leave is allowed for the bereavement of parents, grandparents and siblings. The number of compassionate leave given should follow that of the company’s HR policy. The student has to attach a duplicate copy of the death certificate to the attendance sheet.
c. Leave of Absence
Leave of absence is allowed solely for official obligations and not for personal obligations. The student may be required to take leave to fulfil institutional, national or statutory obligations such as competitions representing nation, medical check-ups required by MINDEF, during internship. In such cases, the student is required to seek approval from his Company Supervisor and Liaison Officer via email with supporting documents, at least 5 working days in advance. The student will need to attach scanned copies of the supporting documents to the attendance sheet to be sent to his Company Supervisor and Liaison Officer.
Additional leave applied for club activities, camps, Learning Express, and/or inter-poly competitions will NOT be approved. For such reasons, the student may instead use his personal leave, if any is granted by the company. Otherwise, absence for such reasons and any other leave taken without supporting documents, will be considered unauthorised, or being absent without leave (AWOL), and may lead to disciplinary actions and failure of the internship module. Student should inform his Liaison Officer when taking personal leave is approved by the company.
7.3. With effect from March 2020, during internship, 1 day AWOL is equivalent to 3 days of absence in the overall calculation for the number of working days of the internship period. This may lead to disciplinary actions and failure of the internship module.
7.4. In order to pass the internship, the student is required to achieve 90% attendance of the total number of working days of the internship duration. If he exceeds 10% of absenteeism (including both authorized and unauthorized leave), the respective academic school may decide to fail, defer or extend the student’s internship duration. School Director’s approval has to be sought to pass a student’s internship when his attendance falls below 90%.
7.5. Company is not obliged to pay allowances for days when the student is absent from work, such as, but not limited to, Public Holiday, Public Holiday Eve, Medical Leave, Company Off Days, and Leave of Absence (either half or full day).
7.6. Medical leave, compassionate leave and approved leave of absence are considered authorized leave. If the student is absent without authorized leave (AWOL) or is irregular in his attendance, please contact the Liaison Officer for remedial action.
7.7. Students are informed to avoid applying for leave for personal holiday trips, club activities, camps, and Learning Express Programme during internship.