Voices Of Youth

Forum: Help tackle societal challenges as interns

Migrant workers staying in a factory-converted dormitory wait for food to be distributed to them on April 25, 2020.
Migrant workers staying in a factory-converted dormitory wait for food to be distributed to them on April 25, 2020.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

I agree with Mr Eric Lee's sentiments (Tap tertiary students for healthcare work via internships, May 2). I propose an alternative for tertiary students in fields not related to healthcare who have not been able to secure internships amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The less privileged in the community have been facing especially challenging times. They include migrant workers, students who have difficulties with home-based learning, as well as vulnerable groups such as those facing domestic violence.

Tertiary students could consider doing an internship at organisations that tackle societal challenges. This would definitely be meaningful for the students.

They can acquire new skills and play a part in alleviating the problems of the less fortunate.

I believe many such organisations could do with the help. It would be a win-win solution.

Raena Leang Ju Qin, 19

Waiting to enter university

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2020, with the headline 'Help tackle societal challenges as interns'. Print Edition | Subscribe