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Hong Kong
Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Hong Kong - SUSPENDED

  • 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 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.

    Program Location:

    Looking up at the 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 8 – July 31, 2020

    • Online Course: June 8 – August 14, 2020
    Dates are subject to change

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • IAS 196: Hong Kong Society (3 units)

    AND and your choice of:

    • UGBA W155: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment (3 units)

    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Students will live in residential college dormitories on the Hong Kong University campus.
    • Students will have access to a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be housed with other program participants in shared rooms of  2 students per room. Please note that at this residence, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.


    • 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 January 15, 2020

    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

    • Deadline to apply is February 17, 2020

  • 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: Hong Kong Society
    Dates: June 8 - July 31, 2020
    Instructor: Gary Wong, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    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 the 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:

    Online Courses

    Option 1 
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    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 examples for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2 
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    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. We hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Option 3:
    Course: Undergraduate Business Administration W155 
    Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment 
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020 
    Instructor: TBD 
    Units: 3 units 
    Prerequisites: None

    In this course, students will explore the concept of leadership, how it differs from authority, and how it feels when an authority figure fails to lead as expected. People are tremendously dependent on authority; expectations and assumptions about authority can impact how an authority figure has to lead. The purpose of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of leadership in various organizational settings. It is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through experiential exercises, behavioral and self-assessments, case studies, class discussions, and lectures.

    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 an 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 the 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
    Digital Media
    Event Management
    Public Relations

    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 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.


  • 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:

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $2,834 $2,834
    Total Cost $5,348 $6,134

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.


    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.

    2020 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

    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 $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

  • Timeline
    Application opens January 15, 2020
    Application closes February 17, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection By March 20, 2020
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2020
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Hong Kong Global Internships team* March 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2020
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-May 2020
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Hong Kong April-June 2020
    Attend on-site orientation activities First week of program
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Arrive in Hong Kong June 8, 2020
    Last day of program July 31, 2020
    Online course ends August 14, 2020

    * 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.