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 in one of the world’s biggest financial hubs
• Earn academic credit for the internship via a ten-week online course that allows you to dig deeper into your experience abroad/that allows you to reflect on your experience abroad
• Learn about Hong Kong culture and history through an on-site course taught by University of Hong Kong faculty, Hong Kong’s oldest tertiary institution
• Live with other program participants on the University of Hong Kong campus.
Looking up at shining skyscrapers from the Star Ferry crossing Victoria Harbour, one can glimpse the true meaning behind Hong Kong’s designation as one of the most vertical cities in the world. Not just a description of the city’s concrete structures, this moniker points to the aspirational learning of its inhabitants.
Hong Kong is a hub of business, yes, but also of art, culture, political advocacy, cuisine, and so much more.
The same reasons that thousands of multinational companies choose Hong Kong as their base - its strategic location in the heart of Asia and its use of English for business and legal communication - makes this bustling city an ideal location for a successful internship experience!
• Hong Kong: June 16 – August 10, 2019
• Online Course: June 10 – August 16, 2019
Dates are subject to change
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
Two Required Courses:
• 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 4, 2019
• Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
• Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019
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.
Course: International Areas Studies 196
Title: Hong Kong Society
Dates: June 24 – August 9, 2019
Instructor: Gary Wong, Ph.D.
Units: 3 units
Hong Kong is typically regarded as a gateway to where East meets West. After two decades of sovereignty transferred from the United Kingdom to China, what is the current role of Hong Kong to China, the region, and the world? What changes have the locals experienced? How has Hong Kong adapted to the new global market? This course aims to provide students with a broader and deeper understanding of contemporary Hong Kong society. After this course, students will be equipped with better knowledge of the political, cultural and socioeconomic situations of Hong Kong in general. The major areas of investigation include a brief account of Hong Kong’s modern history, social changes after Second World War, its role in regional and global markets, and the recent social movements as well as its relations with Mainland China.
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:
Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
Dates: June 10 – August 16, 2019
Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.
Units: 3 units
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.
Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
Title: Global Citizenship
Dates: June 10 – August 16, 2019
Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
Units: 3 units
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. We 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.
Gary Wong, Ph.D
IAS 196: Hong Kong Society
Gary Wong specializes in teaching and research on urban studies and culture and heritage issues. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong and a core member of the Master of Media, Culture and Creative Cities program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2014 and a Bachelor of Social Sciences and M.Phil. from HKU. He has served as a lecturer at Kingston University London, Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, and HKU Space Suzhou College. Before working in academia, he spent many years in public affairs consultancy and worked at Commercial Radio Hong Kong, during which time he completed culture and heritage related research studies on the adaptive use of Mei Ho House and overseas comparison of revitalization strategies of historic buildings.
Joel Clark, Ph.D.
UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of the University of California, 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. Before 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
Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of California, 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.
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:
Advertising & Marketing
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 a 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.
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:
2019 Fees UC Students Visiting Students Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300 Program Fee $2,693 $2,693 Total Cost $5,207 $5,993
Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $58.
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 $1,073 Additional Meals $1,050 Books $210 Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,785 Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,118
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 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.
Freeman Foundation Award
Students enrolled in this program will be automatically considered for the Freeman Foundation Award. See our Scholarships page (under Country-specific Scholarships) for more information.
Explanation of Fees
Tuition is based on a per unit cost:
• The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
• The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 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<
Application opens February 4, 2019 Application closes March 1, 2019 Applicants notified of selection March 15, 2019 Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2019 Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Hong Kong Global Internships team* March 2019 Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 5, 2019 Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2019 Receive a provisional internship placement April-May 2019 Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Hong Kong April-June 2019 Attend on-site orientation activities First week of program Online course begins June 10, 2019 Arrive in Hong Kong June 16, 2019 Last day of program August 10, 2019 Online course ends August 16, 2019
* These events take place on the UC 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.
Berkeley Global Internships