Global Internship Scheme

Student Affairs Office Career and Internships Internships / Industry Projects Global Internship Scheme

[Application Now Open!]

With the gradual resumption of social and economic activities recently, Student Affairs Office (SAO) decides to launch the Global Internship Scheme (GIS) in 2023 to provide subsidy supports to students who have successfully completed the SAO recognized global internship programmes. The Scheme aims at encouraging students to obtain invaluable global work experiences to connect their classroom studies to the real working world and broaden their horizons.

  • encourage students to gain exposures from internship globally which will enhance their competitiveness and employability;

  • enable students to immerse in different culture and environment to enhance their global outlook;

  • provide valuable experiential learning opportunities to students to articulate their studies to the real working world; and

  • hone students’ communication skills and soft skills related to workplace.

HK$5,000 – HK$20,000 each, which is dependent on the internship structure and duration, destination, programme fee and availability of remuneration/sponsorship of the internship opportunities, to an awardee who has successfully completed a recognized global internship and has fulfilled all Scheme requirements. Please note that the subsidy will be given to eligible students as part of financial support and it does not intend to cover all student internship costs. The Scheme authority, i.e. SAO, has full discretions in determining the subsidy level of each application and rejecting the application.

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student of the University;

  • Land a global internship which is offered/ recognized by SAO in 2023 summer (please refer to the following “SAO Recognized Global Internship Programme List”);

  • Obtain an average GPA not lower than 2.0;

  • Not be suspended, on disciplinary hearing, or on academic probation; and

  • Priority will be given to students who did not awarded the subsidy before.

  • Each awardee must complete the internship with satisfactory performance and provide a proof of completion of the internship (e.g. job reference letter or programme certificate from employer/ host organization with company letter head);
  • Each awardee is required to provide the contact information of your employer/ host organization and he/she will be invited to complete a post-internship evaluation;
  • Each awardee must also submit the following documents to SAO by 30 Sep 2023:
    • a reflective journal (no less than 500 words in English) to highlight your learning experience;
    • at least 5 high resolution photos (no less than 500KB file size each) relevant to your internship experience and your portrait should be seen in the photos; and
    • complete the student post-internship evaluation (normally sent by University email in early-Sep 2023).
  • If you have completed the above tasks and the documents have been verified by SAO, the subsidy will normally be given to you by end-Dec 2023. Please note that you will be invited to join an award presentation ceremony scheduled in 2023 Autumn Term, and your internship stories and submitted documents may be published electronically or otherwise.
  • Students can only be awarded the GIS once throughout their studies at the University;

  • The duration of physical global internship should not be less than 4 weeks normally;

  • Applicants should note the application period and be responsible for applying for the recognized programme by themselves. Before applying, applicants should also check whether they meet the programme requirements and visa application eligibility specified by the programme hosts and countries/regions.

  • Priority will be given to students who have placed in the work opportunities relevant to their study programmes and/or career goals;

  • Priority will be given to Student Ambassadors under the SAO Career Accelerator Programme who have completed a series career development training sessions;

  • Awardees are required to attend the required pre-internship training and briefing sessions to enhance their career readiness and understand more the latest traveling arrangements;

  • Self-solicited work opportunities outside the above “ SAO Recognized Global Internship Programme List” will not be accepted in general;

  • The internships should not be stipulated by study programme requirement (e.g. credit-bearing/ curriculum-based internship, practicum, study placement);

  • Once the application has been approved by the Scheme authority, no change of internship programme will be allowed unless special approval has been sought;

  • Awardees of this Scheme may also apply for other subsidies from funding sources outside the University in the same year, e.g. Reaching Out Award offered by Hong Kong Government [LINK];

  • The Scheme authority has full discretion in determining the subsidy level of each application and rejecting applications. Students should not presume that your application must be successful before receiving the official approval from the Scheme authority; and

  • Outstanding applicants will be considered by the David Chan Outbound Internship Award which offers two quotas in 2023 summer. The award amount is set at ceiling of HK$25,000 each on a reimbursement basis. Similar to GIS, awardees will be required to submit the same set of documents with all expense receipts to SAO by 30 September 2023. Expenses will be reimbursed after received and verified the required documents from the awardees. The reimbursable expenses include air tickets, local transportation, accommodation and other living expenses incurred during the internship. However, please note that the selected applicant will be awarded either the David Chan Outbound Internship Award OR the GIS in the same year. In other words, an applicant will not be awarded both subsidies simultaneously.

Please complete the online application form [THIS LINK] on or before 2 Apr 2023.

Applications that are incomplete, late or have not been accompanied with the required document(s) will not be processed further.

The results will be announced by end-May 2023 normally. Students who have not received any news from our office by late-June 2023 may assume that your applications have not been successful.

Please note students should submit your internship application to the recognized programmes individually. Your internship applications will be considered by the programme organizers separately.

1 Mar to 2 Apr 2023
Scheme application period
1 Mar to 2 Apr 2023
3 Apr to 30 Apr 2023
Scheme selection
3 Apr to 30 Apr 2023
By end-May 2023
Results announcement
By end-May 2023
Early-Sep 2022
Complete the post-internship evaluation
Early-Sep 2022
By 30 Sep 2023
Deadline of required documents submission
By 30 Sep 2023
Sep to Dec 2023
Award presentation ceremony
Sep to Dec 2023
By end-Dec 2023
Payment to verified awardees
By end-Dec 2023

SAO Recognized Global Internship Programme List (for 2023 summer only)

The list may be updated from time to time. Some of the organizers will organize online information session in Feb. Invitation with programme details will be sent to students via email soon. Please stay tuned.
Programme Name
Recognized Internship Destination
Programme Webpage
Absolute Internship
Onsite Internship Program
Barcelona, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Stockholm and Tokyo
Bloom of Youth
Physical Global Internship Program
England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Spain
FUSIA Communications, Inc.
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (Physical)
New York City in USA
iEnrichment Limited
Physical Overseas Internship Programme in Spain
Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia
Go Abroad USA Cultural Network
Physical Summer Work & Travel Program
Maritime Silk Road Society
Operation Zhang Qian — Undergraduate Summer Internship Programme (Physical)
Sri Lanka, Greece, Thailand
Next Step Connections
In-person International Internship Program
Korea, Singapore and Thailand
The Intern Group
Physical Global Internship Program
Bangkok, Colombia, Dublin, London, Madrid, Melbourne, New York and Tokyo

Tel: 2768 6644