You want to learn. You also want to contribute and work for the public good.
Who We Are
Open Government Products is an in-house team of engineers, designers, and product managers who build technology for the public good. We proactively identify areas where technology can help, test our prototypes with actual users, and bring our best ones to launch. This includes everything from building better frontend applications for citizens, to automating the internal operations of public agencies. We use and release open source software, keep a flat hierarchy, and bypass bureaucracy to focus on delivery. We work on real problems, build for the user, and push for change.
Projects we have worked on include:
Data.gov.sg - An open repository of all the Singapore Government’s public data. It helps people understand the data using visualizations and articles, and provides real-time APIs for developers to use.
Beeline - A data-driven shuttle bus platform. Bus routes are created from user suggestions and public transport usage data. Users can book, pay for, and track rides using a mobile app.
Parking.sg - A mobile app alternative to parking coupons. It lets users pay, extend, and refund their parking sessions just using their phones.
Form.sg - A form builder tool for agencies to self-service and create online forms that capture classified data, with the goal of replacing paper forms.
What do our interns do?
At Open Government Products, we value our interns and go great lengths to provide meaningful learning opportunities. You will be working closely with our full-time staff to contribute to existing projects. You can also prototype your own projects if you have ideas on how Singapore can be served best! Our interns take ownership of their work - and they pride themselves in doing work that serves our nation well.
Rapid Prototyping - Instead of spending too much time debating ideas we prefer testing them. This identifies potential problems quickly, and more importantly, conveys what is possible to others easily.
Ownership - In addition to technical responsibilities, this means having opinions on what is being done and having ideas on what should be done next. Building something that you believe in is the best way to build something good.
Continuous Learning - Working on new ideas often means not fully understanding what you are working on. Taking time to learn new architectures, frameworks, technologies, and even languages is not just encouraged but essential.
What we look for in our interns
We believe in hiring good people and treating them well. This means we look at much more than just your ability to do the work. We particularly value internship applicants who:
Show great promise in their chosen field - Personal projects and prior work count for much more than specific degrees or “papers”.
Communicate well - We work closely as a team so you need to be able to not just solve problems, but have other people understand your solutions.
Take initiative to make things happen - Our job is to push for change in government, so we need to challenge the status quo and not wait for instruction.
Want to work for the public good - We are public servants, we serve the public. This sometimes means ignoring political pressures and misguided policies. We need people who will push back if something is not in the public interest.
Have strong, well thought-out values - We love it when you have a vision for a “perfect” Singapore. The ideas and insights you bring will only help our work to become more relevant, more effective, and more appropriate.
Internship positions currently open
Software Engineer interns for off-cycle internships (i.e. internship dates beyond May - Jul 2021 summer period, minimum duration of 10 weeks)
Product Designer interns (anytime in the year, minimum 3 month duration)
Marketing and Outreach interns (anytime in the year, minimum 10 week duration)
People and Culture interns (anytime in the year, minimum 10 week duration)