Executive, Communications, Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Job description

The Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) anchors the Area of Excellence in Innovation at the Singapore Management University (SMU). IIE is a practice-oriented institute that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship excellence at SMU and beyond.  

IIE’s activities range from innovation & entrepreneurship events, competitions and workshops, to training programmes, study missions and internships for budding student entrepreneurs. In addition, IIE runs a full-fledged incubation programme that helps aspiring entrepreneurs take their ideas to market.

In the past year, IIE launched the first student-led venture fund in Southeast Asia, Protégé Ventures, in partnership with Kairos ASEAN. IIE also organized the 9th Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC), the most prestigious business plan competition in the region. The LKYGPC connects and brings in the best student entrepreneurial talent from across the globe; in September 2017, 36 finalist teams flew into Singapore to compete for 1 million dollars’ worth of prizes, and were mentored by senior industry professionals such as Michael Seibel, CEO of Y Combinator. 

SMU-IIE is opening up the position of Executive, Communications. Executives of this position will:

  • Work closely with IIE’s communications team and conduct strategic review of IIE marketing communications with recommendations – in terms of copywriting, branding, publicity materials and outreach channels.
  • Assist in reviewing marketing or branding strategy of IIE – e.g. website, emails, social media 
  • Conduct desktop research to compare outgoing communication materials with best practices from other universities. 
  • Assist on development of promotional materials and coordinate press materials and press releases (if any).

Key Dates

Application deadline: Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Phone / Skype interviews: 5-16 February 2018
Final decision: 23 February 2018
Expected arrival in Singapore: First week of June 2018

Due to the expected high volume of applications, IIE will only reach out to candidates that are short-listed for phone / Skype interviews. Please do not send your CV directly to our office.


This internship program is based in Singapore Management University, Singapore. Candidates must be willing to commit full-time for 8 weeks minimum (10 weeks maximum) from June to August 2018

Candidates must secure their own external source of funding for the internship.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion and strong interest in innovation and entrepreneurship 
  • Undergraduates in Sophomore and Junior year
  • Well-organised, attention to detail and good communication skills 
  • Proactive team-oriented player who is able to work independently 
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and process-thinking skills 
  • Articulate and communicate well in both verbal and written form
  • Prior exposure in entrepreneurial area or interest to pursue a career in Singapore