MPA Global Internship Award (MPA GIA)

Established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in 2013 and administered by the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) from 2024, the MPA Global Internship Award (MPA GIA) programme sponsors students to gain on-the-job experience and global exposure at reputable international maritime companies.

The fully sponsored MPA GIA programme provides high-achieving students with a meaningful and enriching maritime experience in Singapore and abroad where industry practitioners in the sponsoring companies mentor the students throughout the programme.

Participating students will be exposed to a diverse range of possible careers in maritime companies. Besides deepening students’ understanding of the maritime industry, this programme also enhances their future employability and career opportunities within the maritime industry.

Eligibility Requirements

You may apply for the programme if you are:

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

All scholarship holders with an existing bond are not eligible for MPA GIA
**MPA GIA can be part of IWSP. Sponsoring companies, students and IHLs should jointly work out the internship period accordingly

Duration of Programme

Students will undergo the 12-week programme between May to Oct 2024 (exact dates to be determined between host companies and interns), inclusive of an overseas component of up to 6 weeks.

Award Benefits

The award will cover the following:

  • Internship allowance of S$3,600 (for 12-week internship)
  • Overseas Daily Allowance (for up to 6-week overseas attachment) 
  • Cost of return economy-class airfare
  • Accommodation
  • Travel insurance and other travel-related expenses

Application Procedure

Click here to apply. Applications are open from 1 Nov 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.

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 2023 –
31 Dec 2023

Application Period

Jan 2024 –
Feb 2024

Interviews with MPA, SMF and Host Companies

Mar 2024 –
Apr 2024

Award Confirmation

May 2024 –
Oct 2024


*Update: All MPA GIA positions have been filled for the 2024 cycle.

Download PDF brochure

For more information, please download the E-Brochure here.

Participating Companies

Click here for the list of *participating companies in 2024.

*GIA participants are not eligible to receive Maritime Cluster Fund Industry Attachment (MCF IA) top-up allowance for the same internship


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