Hong Kong
Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internship: Hong Kong

  • Summary

    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Hong Kong. On this program, you will:

    Undertake a professional internship in your field of interest
    Earn academic credit for the internship via a ten-week online course
    Learn about Hong Kong culture and history through an on-site course taught by University of Hong Kong faculty
    Live with other program participants on the University of Hong Kong campus


    • Hong Kong: June 10 – August 6, 2017
    • Online Course: June 5 – August 11, 2017
      Dates are subject to change

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • Required: IAS 196: China: States and Culture (3 units)
      AND and your choice of:
    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)
    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)



    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application
    • Be eligible for a Hong Kong Training Visa

    The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Immigration Department requires participants on this program to hold a training visa. Restrictions apply to:

    • Nationals from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Nepal and Vietnam; and
    • Chinese residents of the mainland: Students from mainland China who have stayed in a foreign country (e.g. the USA) for at least two years and plan to return for further study may apply; applicants living in Mainland China are ineligible.

    Additional restrictions and requirements may apply. Please visit The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Immigration Department website for full eligibility requirements.



    • Application opens February 1, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is February 26, 2017
  • Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local culture course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. The on-site local culture course will be set, but you will have the option of choosing one of two online courses.


    On-site Course

    Course: International Areas Studies 196
    Title: China: States, Society, and Culture
    Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
    Instructor: TBD
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This is a multi-disciplinary course that aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to contemporary China developments with an analytical and forward-looking approach. The major areas of investigation include China's unique political system and the nation's dynamics of reform, growth strategy and its potential impacts on the world economy and global finance, social and cultural dimensions of change and external relations especially in regard to Asia, the United States, and the European Union. One special feature is a visual-based introduction to China's different geographical regions to help students to understand and explore China's complex environment as a vast country with a very long history.

    This course may satisfy the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.


    AND your choice of one of these two online courses:


    Online Courses

    Option 1
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
    Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This is an online course that facilitates students' learning and self-reflection about various types of organizational contexts, structures, and cultures as well as the development of practical strategies to promote successful internship experiences. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will guide students through all stages of their internship experience. The course will also present a range of theories, methods, and real-world example for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    With this course, you will be able to add a new dimension to your internship experience: a reflection on global citizenship. You will be challenged to use your internship experience as an opportunity to critically explore cultural differences, modes of conduct and values. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will stimulate you to leave the comfort zone of what you are familiar with and to explore alternative views on right and wrong, good and bad and the beautiful and the ugly. The course will also encourage you to interact with locals and to engage with the city/region/country where you live during your internship. It is our hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.


    Global Internships staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.


    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Email: joelfclark@gmail.com

    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. He has authored two books involving careers and professional development: Intern to Success (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and Careers in Political Science (Longman, 2003). His grant work includes the development of web-based learning resources for Arlington (VA) County Schools, and the production of a 12-part video series, Democracy in America. Prior to his current appointment with Berkeley, Dr. Clark helped create and direct the University of North Carolina in Washington Program from 2004-2008. Before that, he directed the Michigan State University Washington Program from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Clark is currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Career/Internship Instructor for the Social Sciences.


    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D..
    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship
    Email: jdewulf@berkeley.edu

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is Associate Professor in the Department of German at Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.

    Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular, Dutch colonial history and literature.

  • Internship

    The Global Internships team works one-on-one with you to find an internship that matches your career goals, interests, and experience level. Internships in Hong Kong are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Launch an education tech start-up that provides an online platform for teaching foreigners Chinese
    • Assist the marketing team of a corporate social responsibility project in developing tactical marketing plans and strategies for business
    • Participate in planning, data collection, evaluation and data analysis of a research project to understand Asian countries' development and children's education systems
    • Draft grant proposals and budgets for a banking corporation charity fund
    • Design and develop hardware and firmware

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year by such factors as market trends, time of year, and the economy.

    Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

    International Trade

    Advertising & Marketing
    Event Management
    Public Relations

    Non-Governmental Organizations & Social Services

    Science & Technology

    Tourism & Travel


    Some challenging internship fields to place in Hong Kong are:

    • Banks and Financial Firms - Alternative placements in financial departments and venture capital companies.
    • Film and TV - Alternative placements include video in production house, post-production studios and advertising / PR agencies.
    • Government - Alternative placements in NGOs.
    • Medical Direct Service - Alternative placements in university research.
    • Law - Alternative placements in legal departments in NGOs or corporate services.


  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,460 $3,120
    Program Fee $2,315 $2,315
    Total Cost $4,775 $5,435


    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.



    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated amounts for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,100
    Additional Meals $1,450
    Books $312
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,702
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,564
    It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary travel documentation for your program destination (i.e. passport, visa, etc). This may require you to pay fees of up to a few hundred dollars depending on the type of paperwork required.


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing at the University of Hong Kong
    • On-site orientation activities
    • Travel insurance, including accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs, including fees for placement services
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application, is applied to the program fee

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your courses


  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2017
    Application closes February 26, 2017
    Applicants notified of selection March 10, 2017
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March  2017
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Hong Kong Global Internships team* March  2017
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 3, 2017
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2017
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-June, 2017
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Hong Kong April-June, 2017
    Attend on-site orientation activities First week of program
    Online course begins June 5, 2017
    Arrive in Hong Kong June 10, 2017
    Last day of program August 6, 2017
    Online course ends August 11, 2017

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.