GAP YEAR INTERNship 2018/2019
Be a part of the Skillseed family.
We seek an adventurous, goal-oriented and dedicated Gap Year Intern to help shape Skillseed’s regional courses and contribute to our social projects locally. If you are a fresh graduate looking to dip your toes in the social enterprise scene, or a mid-career professional* seeking life’s greater purpose(s), this is for you.
*If you are a mid-career professional and are ultimately chosen, you will be referred to as a Gap Year Fellow instead.
What is skillseed?
Skillseed is an educational social enterprise that unleashes human potential through transformative and socially-impactful experiential learning courses for youths in Asia.
We partner experts and social sector organizations, globally, to co-create skills-based courses across diverse themes, ranging from social innovation to environmental stewardship, to offer youth real world courses that serve real causes. Ultimately, we help create a virtuous cycle by linking our alumni with local Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) and Social Enterprises (SEs) to encourage skilled volunteerism in Singapore.
Roles and responsibilities as a GAP YEAR INTERN
You will work closely with the team to:
Manage Experiential Learning Courses
Design, develop and implement innovative and socially impactful experiential learning courses in Singapore and overseas. This also involves conducting site inspections and risk assessments, so you’ll get to experience the trip twice!
Conduct and facilitate Skillseed courses a few times a year throughout SE Asia and beyond. Part of this includes coordination with external parties, experts and partners throughout the course duration
Oversee course logistics and budget from end to end; coordinate with stakeholders
Manage upcoming local and international projects. These projects may include:
a programme in Singapore that aims to foster greater inter-racial and inter-religious understanding through the medium of food
An overseas youth trip examining the human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka, where the intern will assist our Skillseed staff in managing the content and logistics of the trip
An experiential learning course in Singapore examining sustainability from different angles, for overseas youths
Local walkshops, which incorporate educational experiences within fun activities
Monitor and evaluate the achievement of program objectives
Conduct research, or even play a more significant contributing role to consulting projects
Cultivate new and maintain existing partnerships between Skillseed, its course experts, and community partners
Represent Skillseed at high level conferences, seminars and forums
Promote Skillseed’s Work
Create content for our newsletters, blogs and other channels
Assist with our digital marketing strategy to maximise our online presence
What's in it for me?
Over 50 hours of sponsored training ranging from first aid to social entrepreneurship
Immerse in the vibrant and evolving Social Enterprise (SE) scene in Singapore; you will get to engage with SEs in different industries as part of our local courses
Exclusive opportunities to attend social impact and capacity building conferences as well as other entrepreneurship themed workshops
Networking opportunities with experts from different industries and career fields
Experience a fast-paced and flexible start-up environment (no bureaucracy here!) where you will work directly and closely with the extremely lean team, and be an integral part of high level decisions and strategy
Do meaningful work in a conducive environment with a talented young team in a quaint office located along the hipster cafe belt of Jalan Besar, a stone’s throw away from an abundance of cheap good food and not so cheap cafés. Please note however, that due to our tenancy, we are not wheelchair accessible; Jalan Besar is also generally extremely hostile to wheelchairs!
Abundance of sponsored travel opportunities (potentially over 5 figures worth during your tenure) throughout SE Asia and potentially beyond; you’ll experience exclusive behind-the-scenes operations of our partners
Experience the raw and authentic sides of countries that only the locals will know; fulfil that wanderlust in ways few can only dream of, all while working on the job! (Now, how many people can actually say that of their jobs?)
Opportunity to design, lead / co-lead and facilitate selected courses based locally and overseas
Intensive apprenticeship in start-up style project management, consulting, facilitation, budgeting and more
Invaluable opportunity to be part of our exciting growth as we expand our impact across Asia
Monthly internship / fellowship and CPF at social enterprise benchmarks, between S$800 to S$1,000 (ie. it will not be anything like what you would get at BCG or Goldman Sachs)
Potential to convert to a full-time position if it all works out :)
Do I fit the bill?
We are looking for a fearless individual who is passionate about expanding horizons, social causes, traveling, able to think critically, making friends across the globe and most importantly, passing on these values and knowledge to the next generation. Sounds like you? Read on!
At least 21 years old; degree or diploma holder in any field from accredited tertiary institutions; bonus (but not required) if in education, psychology, sustainable development or equivalent
Singaporeans or Permanent Residents only
Proficient in English (written and spoken); preferably native speaker.
You should be able to think critically and communicate that in your writing
Competent in a second language (written and spoken), preferably Malay or Chinese, due to the stakeholders and customers we work with
Accomplished in Google Apps or Microsoft Office Suite, especially Powerpoint and Excel
Extensive project management experience, both locally and internationally; comfortable with working behind the scenes
Seasoned in designing and executing overseas programs/courses/projects (or at least be willing to learn quickly)
Experienced in at least one or more of the following areas: Entrepreneurship, curriculum development, service learning and facilitation, community development, social causes and youth development
Candidates should not have any health conditions or visa requirements that may hamper them from traveling to and operating in developing countries
A self-starter who is capable of working independently and traveling by themselves to selected countries to manage our courses (all expenses paid). Programs are typically 1-2 weeks long. Experience in SE Asia a major bonus, especially in rural, non-touristy areas.
Driven and responsible; willing to learn and improve as quickly as possible
People-oriented; enjoys networking and interacting with diverse stakeholders
Detail-oriented and meticulous - enjoys logistics and coordinating multiple program elements
Disciplined and efficient with excellent time management skills; enjoys flexible working schedules
Positive with an upbeat attitude and open mind
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
Able to appear presentable on demand; most of the time we’re pretty laid back but all of us have emergency stashes of power suits
Humorous and not uptight. One Director has interesting (read: deplorable) sense of humor so please be prepared. The other is stone-faced on the outside but made of cotton candy inside. We enjoy bantering, but unfortunately pet names are now banned because of HR’s (ie. Wilson’s) repeated notices to our Founding Director, Huijia who has a penchant for giving people inappropriate ones.
what other skills would help?
Brownie points for you if you have the following skills:
Third language ability, especially if you are fluent in a Southeast Asian language like Bahasa Indonesia or Thai
First aid certified
Youth Expedition Leaders’ Course certified
Photo editing and video editing skills
Working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
Knowledge and use of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.
Über bonus, but not required: Travel industry experience!
how many vacancies are there?
We generally only accept one but if there are two very outstanding candidates, we might make an exception.
when do i start?
Please note that this is a year-long position starting 1 November, 2018.
when is the closing date for application?
The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 September. Please submit your applications before 2359 on this date.
how do i apply?
Interested candidates should apply to firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter, CV and any other relevant information. In your cover letter, please also include the following:
1. Your Tendency using this: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4232520/gretchenrubinfourtendenciesquiz
2. Your Myer-Briggs Type using this: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
While we will do our best to respond to every single candidate, we seek your understanding if a personalized response is not always possible. Thank you and we look forward to receiving your applications!