GAP YEAR INTERNship 2017 / 18


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. 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.


Hong Kong Recce-0830.jpg
Hong Kong Recce-0825.jpg

Roles and responsibilities as a GAP YEAR INTERN 

You will work closely with the team to:

  • 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

  • Cultivate new and maintain existing partnerships between Skillseed, its course experts, and community partners
  • Represent Skillseed at high level conferences, seminars and forums

  • 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

  • Manage course logistics and the budget from end to end; Monitoring and evaluating the achievement of program objectives

  • Assist with social media management, newsletters, blogs and other marketing efforts

  • Conduct research, or even play a more significant contributing role to consulting projects


What's in it for me?

Expect an immersive experience of personal growth, professional development and sponsored travel:

  • Over 50 hours of sponsored training ranging from first aid to social entrepreneurship

  • Opportunity to 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 invitations 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

  • Do meaningful work in a conducive environment with a talented young team, and an extremely affectionate (but quiet) Pembroke Welsh Corgi, 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 that we are not wheelchair accessible and Jalan Besar in general is extremely hostile to wheelchairs!

  • 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

  • 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

  • Abundance of sponsored travel opportunities (potentially over 5 figures worth) 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?)

  • Monthly internship / fellowship and CPF at social enterprise benchmarks, between S$800 to S$1,000 (read: this clearly means that it will not be anything like what you would get at BCG or Goldman Sachs, just to set expectations)

  • 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. Check, check and check? Read on!

If this is you:

  • 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

  • Competent in Chinese (written and spoken)

  • Accomplished in Google apps or Microsoft Office suite, especially Powerpoint and Excel

  • Experienced in at least one or more of the following areas: Entrepreneurship, curriculum development, service learning and facilitation, community development, social causes, inter-country project management and youth development

  • Seasoned in designing and executing overseas programs/courses/projects (or at least be willing to learn quickly)

  • 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 him or herself 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

  • Very, very detail oriented and meticulous; enjoys logistics and coordinating multiple program elements

  • Disciplined, efficient and be able to organize time effectively; enjoys flexible work schedules

  • Positive with an upbeat attitude and an open mind

  • A strong communicator - verbally and in writing

  • 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. We enjoy bantering and giving pet names to our team members e.g. Pua “Custard Apple” Xin Er. 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.


what other skills would help? 

Brownie points for you if you have the following skills:

  1. Third language ability, especially if you can speak Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Thai or Khmer   

  2. First aid certified

  3. Youth Expedition Leaders’ Course certified

  4. Photography skills

  5. Photo editing and video editing

  6. Knowledge and use of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.

  7. Uber 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 end October 2017.


when is the closing date for application?

1st round of considerations starts Wed 27 Sep 2017, but we will continue to accept applications up until Wed 4 Oct 2017. 
Please submit your applications before this date.


how do i apply?

Interested candidates should apply to with a cover letter, CV and any other relevant information. In your cover letter, please also include the following:

  1. What’s your biggest failure so far and what you’ve learnt from it

  2. Your Myer-Briggs Type

While we will do our best to respond to every single candidate, we seek your understanding if a personalized response if not always possible. Thank you and we look forward to receiving your applications!