Can I take leave as an intern?

Posted on: 2021-08-10

Internship

Are you an intern? Wanted to take off days but is afraid that you will be reprimanded by your boss or that your graded intern's score will be affected? Let us tell you what kind of leave you are able to take as an intern!


Here are breakdowns of the different kinds of leave you can get as an intern:

Good news - yes! Interns are entitled to take annual leave on a pro-rated basis if they have worked for at least 3 months! As Singapore’s standard of annual leave is at least 7 days of annual leave in a year (it can be more, depending on your company!), your annual leave would be pro-rated based on the period of time you are working.

Here, any fraction of a day less than one-half of a day off can be ignored, whereas any fraction of a day greater than one-half is counted as one day’s leave. For example, if your internship is a 6 month period, you get 7 divided by 2 days of leave, rounding up to 4 days. However, if the intern misses more than 20% of his working days without the authorization of the employer or without a sufficient justification, he forfeits his right to yearly leave.

Interns can be awarded sick leave as long as they are certified by a medical practitioner, with a medical certificate. Below is a breakdown of how much sick leave is entitled.

Amount of sick leave if no hospitalisation is needed Amount of sick leave if hospitalisation is needed Amount of sick leave if hospitalisation is needed
More than 3 months but less than 4 months 5 days 15 days or 5 days plus the number of days the intern is hospitalised for, whichever is lesser
More than 4 months but less than 5 months 8 days 30 days or 8 days plus the number of days the intern is hospitalised for, whichever is lesser
More than 5 months but less than 6 months 11 days 45 days or 11 days plus the number of days the intern is hospitalised for, whichever is lesser
6 months or more 14 days 60 days or 14 days plus the number of days the intern is hospitalised for, whichever is lesser

Interns must have at least one rest day a week. This can be fixed day(s) of the week, as well as days determined by the employer. If the rest day(s) are determined by the employer, the employer is required to compile a roster before the beginning of each month so that the intern is aware of the rest days scheduled for that month.

If the intern works in a shift work schedule, a continuous period of at least 30 hour of rest can be considered as a rest day, provided that this continuous period of 30 hours begins before 6pm on a Sunday.

If the employer requires the intern to work on a rest day, the intern can be paid accordingly:

Period of work on rest day Payment to intern
Exceeding half the intern’s normal hours of work per day Basic rate of pay for half a normal day’s work
Exceeding half but up to the intern’s normal hours of work per day Basic rate of pay for 1 day’s work
Exceeding the intern’s normal hours of work per day Pay for 1 day’s work plus the rate of at least 1.5 times his hourly basic rate of pay for each hour or part thereof which exceed the intern’s normal hours of work per day.

If the intern works 11 hours on his rest day (normal: 8 hours), pay is: x + 1.5 (3x/8) where x is the salary for one day of work on a rest day.


If your employer requires you to work longer than 44 hours a week, 88 hours in any continuous period of 2 weeks or more than 9 hours a day, the intern should be paid an overtime pay of at least 1.5 times his hourly basic rate of pay.


Now that you know your intern employment entitlements, it's time to plan your intern leave wisely but do remember to ask your supervisor for approval!

Written by

Hai Ting

Digital Marketing Executive

For more information or enquiries, please contact Hai Ting at haiting@workclass.co