Work-Study Elective


The Wholesale Trade and Maritime Work-Study Elective (WSE) is a collaboration between ITI@SMU and our industry partners.

The WSE is a local internship open to all SMU Year 3 or Penultimate year students. You will work in a partner company for four (4) days a week and return to campus for one (1) day of classes in a 5-month extended internship programme. Through the WSE, students can immerse themselves in the trading and maritime industries. 

Students will receive a certificate of completion endorsed by ITI@SMU and our industry partner when they satisfy the programme requirements. 


Benefits to our WSE Industry Partners:

  • Tap on a pool of digitally savvy talent who are able to provide fresh perspectives and innovate your business solutions.
  • Contribute to the success of the next generation by developing their knowledge and skills for the fast-changing global business environment.
  • Empower your staff to mentor future talent, thus honing their leadership skills.
  • Cultivate sustainability by having ready talent join your ecosystem.
  • To contribute to developing human capital and knowledge, so that Singapore will maintain its position as a leading international trading, maritime, and logistics hub.


Benefits to SMU Students:

  • Develop strong working relationships and gain experience to secure full-time positions upon graduation.
  • Transform businesses by giving Fresh Perspectives and Innovative Business Solutions.
  • Earn up to 4 course units while completing your internship.

We recognise that an extended internship would benefit you and the company. You would be able to better interlace institutional-based learning with the structured on-the-job training to facilitate more substantial and impactful work opportunities and develop stronger working relationships with the companies.


  • All SMU Undergraduate Students in their 3rd year of study or Penultimate Year across school disciplines are eligible to apply;
  • Must not be in their last semester of studies when they intend to do the internship;
  • Preference is to students who have completed or intend to enrol in Trade Finance (FNC310) or Shipping Business (TRAD201);
  • Have good academic standing (not under Academic Probation or Academic Notice);
  • Have no prior disciplinary records.

Note: Only students that graduate with ITT and MBOT tracks are eligible for the WSE Award.

Please refer to Oasis for more information on a WSE.


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What can I expect from the Work Study Elective?

Students will be assigned an SMU Faculty Adviser and work at least 4 days with an industry partner and study on campus for up to 1 day each week (2 half-days are allowed). The MGMT346 Wholesale Trade and Maritime Work-Study Elective is a 2-CU Pass/Fail course. Please be reminded that as part of SMU's degree requirement, a minimum of 21 CUs taken must count towards GPA. 

How is the WSE different from the usual 6-months internship?

The WSE is held during a regular school term and may extend into the summer/winter vacation. It is a graded module, and students do not need to take any leave of absence (LOA) or delay their graduation to take up the WSE. The period of the WSE internship is for a minimum of 20 weeks.

How many modules can I take while on the WSE?

Students can bid for up to 2 more CUs (i.e. bid for up to 2 other CUs but schedule-wise, it needs to fit into your internship schedule. For example, if the WSE is Mon-Thu, the class you bid for should not clash with your schedule). 

Where can I find the course outline for WSE?

Students may refer to BOSS for the WSE course outline (MGMT 346).

What are the course areas of the WSE?

The course area(s) mentioned below, if any, serve only as a generic guide to the possible area(s) this course may fall under. 

·      Maritime Business and Operations Track Elective.
·      International Trading Track Elective.
·      Business Options / Free Electives

Note: This course will NOT fulfill the course areas of Finance Major Elective / Operations Management Major Elective.

Can I take more than 2 modules during the WSE?

Students will not be allowed to enrol in more than 2 modules (2CUs). It is to enable students to achieve optimal learning from the WSE. The class and exam timetable of the 2CUs must not clash with the WSE work commitments.

What do I need to submit at the end of the WSE?

At the end of the WSE, students are required to submit a Work-Study Final Report to the SMU Faculty Adviser.

Is the WSE Graded?

This course is a Pass/Fail module. The SMU Faculty Adviser and industry partner will review your performance and the final report. When you pass the elective, you will be entitled to 2 CU.

Do I have to pay School Fees?

Students are to pay the regular term fees while enrolled in the WSE, plus the two CUs permissible during the term.

IMPORTANT: Students on tuition fees grant/subsidy should plan their study plan carefully so as not to exceed the normal candidature period.

Can I withdraw from the WSE after submitting my application?
Students who have accepted an internship offer shall honour their acceptance of the offer by undertaking the work-study elective to its completion.
Am I allowed to clear any modules on exchange?

No credit transfers (local and overseas) are allowed for the WSE.

Who can apply for the WSE? Can I apply if I am in my final semester?

Students from any discipline in their 3rd Year can apply for the WSE. Students are not allowed to embark on the WSE during their final semester.

I am an International Student. Can I apply for the WSE?

Yes, International Students who are NOT on Exchange will be eligible to apply for the WSE. However, please check and confirm your eligibility with the ITI/Career Center staff.

Can WSE be considered as my internship, if I have not fulfilled any internship?  

You can use this elective to satisfy the mandatory internship requirement, subject to DKHMCC's approval and the respective school's internship requirements. Students who have not completed any credit-bearing internships may also use the elective to count towards your 1CU for internship (with effect from AY2019 intake where the internship programme is credit-bearing), subject to DKHMCC approval and the respective school's internship requirements. 

Will I be able to choose the company in which I want to do the WSE internship?

As the WSE is similar to any internship, you may indicate your preference for the internship. However, we would share your application with all the companies for that semester. Most companies would also shortlist the applications and do a short interview before confirming the internship.

Will I receive remuneration for the internship?

Yes, students will receive internship remuneration according to the company's HR policies. SMU would provide guidelines on the minimum stipend due to a student.