Intern in Hong Kong with The Intern Group (Summer)
- UAlbany students, come intern with The Intern Group in Hong Kong! This is an excellent opportunity for UAlbany Global Distinction candidates who are studying Chinese or East Asian Studies.
- Complete a leading international internship in Hong Kong. The Intern Group's personalized process ensures that you will be interning in the industry sector of your choice, in a role that is tailored to your professional goals.
- An international internship makes your resume stand out. As one of millions of young people applying for their first job, you need to find a way to jump off the page! An internship in one of Asia’s busiest cities will make you stand out.
- Make friends and professional networks in Hong Kong and from all over the world!
- Have an amazing life experience in Asia! Moving to a new place can be unsettling. That is why The Intern Group team is there to give you support 24/7.
- The program also includes your accommodation, visa assistance, professional development workshops, social events, access to Talk Space, and a one-on-one career coaching session when you finish the program.
The Intern Group offers first-class internships across all career fields, year round. placing talented international participants in internships in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, and Latin America. The Intern Group is regularly featured in the world’s top media, including CNN, Time, WSJ and Forbes. UAlbany is pleased to offer 8-week summer internships in Hong Kong to Global Distinction candidates and other UAlbany and SUNY students, particularly those planning to work in Hong Kong, China, or Taiwan.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
The Intern Group’s international internship program in Hong Kong is the perfect way for students to climb the career ladder and travel the world. Hong Kong is one of the most popular places for those interested in internships abroad because of its dynamic business culture.
Due to its partnerships with a range of great companies and NGOs, The Intern Group’s internship program will develop your career potential. The Intern Group offers programs for people of all backgrounds and experience levels. In Hong Kong, The Intern Group has recently placed interns at HK Tatler, TEDxHK, and Lock Group.
Review The Intern Group’s Hong Kong internships webpage for more information regarding program offerings and placement options.
You will earn 8 credits for an 8-week internship (1 credit/week) after successful completion of an online internship reflection course (GEB3000: International Internship Program via The Intern Group) offered by Florida A&M University. Grading is Pass/Fail.
From the course syllabus: “This course is designed to assist, enhance, and monitor a student’s progress while completing an international experiential learning assignment. The course consists of an international internship role; related sessions and materials delivered in the internship city; and an online component through the course management system. At the conclusion of this course, it is expected that the student will have cultivated a higher level of professional and career development, critical thinking skills, global and cultural awareness, communication skills, and teamwork skills; and the ability to apply all of these to future professional and educational opportunities.”
If you want to improve your Mandarin or Cantonese language skills, you can sign up for small-group evening lessons or private lessons, on your own schedule and at your own expense.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
The Intern Group provides you with accommodation in the safest and best areas of Hong Kong on Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon side. Some of the areas where The Intern Group has previously placed interns for housing are Wan Chai, Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun, Mong Kok, and Jordan. You will have your own private bedroom. All apartments are equipped with bedding, basic cooking utensils, and Wi-Fi. You will be located within a maximum of one hour commute to your internship.
Although meals are not included in the program, you will have access to a kitchen where you can cook with fellow interns and roommates. Throughout the city of Hong Kong, there are many affordable restaurants and food carts that serve delicious and varied cuisine.
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Summer 2019 Estimate of Costs. Please check back soon for the Summer 2020 Estimate of Costs.
The program cost includes an internship placement in your first or second choice of career field, accommodation,
visa assistance, cultural and social activities, professional development workshops, transportation, access to Talk Space, and a one-on-one career coaching session after you finish the program.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Applicants must be UAlbany or SUNY students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have accumulated at least 24 college-level credits before the start of their international internship. Before applying, please check the UAlbany Education Abroad Subject fields to ensure that The Intern Group offers an internship in your future career field in Hong Kong.
The Intern Group’s full-time local team in Hong Kong knows the city inside out and will show you the best of it! The Hong Kong internship program includes the following events, free of charge for all participants:
- A Macau day trip: enjoy a day in the mini-Vegas of Asia, a buffet dinner at the longest buffet line (70 feet!) in Asia at the Grand Lisboa hotel, and much more!
- A tour of Lantau Island: picturesque villages and beautiful scenery provide a sanctuary away from the busy streets of downtown Hong Kong. Ride on the Ngong Ping Cable car, visit the traditional Tai O Fishing Village, climb up 240 steps to see the famous Big Buddha and enjoy a traditional Chinese vegetarian lunch in the Po Lin Monastery.
- Dinner and a view on The Peak: enjoy a delicious dinner before going up to the Sky Terrace for the most breathtaking panoramic view of Hong Kong.
In addition to these free events, The Intern Group also organizes optional events on a weekly basis, including trips to museums, cinemas, restaurants, the theater, as well as other must-do activities in wonderful Hong Kong.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page. Pay special attention to the new Great Dane Internship Scholarship.
The Intern Group also offers various funding opportunities listed on their Financing web page, including financial aid, grants and scholarship resources.
- UAlbany students receive a $300 USD discount towards any program with The Intern Group.
- Pell Grant-eligible students will receive a $500 discount, courtesy of The Intern Group.
- You can also receive $300 USD for referring a friend to the program and $1,000 for referring your sibling to the program.
- Check The Intern Group’s financing page to see if you’re eligible for any other honor society discount.
- Global Distinction candidates are eligible to apply for a partial flight voucher.
In Their Own Words
“The Intern Group did an amazing job at placing me with my internship. It’s as if they really knew who I was and what would be best for me. The internship I had was truly life changing and I owe it all to The Intern Group. Our accommodations were also great. We stayed in a more residential part of Hong Kong which was great because we were able to go to the island when we wanted to with ease, but didn’t have to live among the crazy bustle of the city at all times. The Intern Group gave me life long friends and experiences that I wouldn’t trade for the world. They treated us with respect and like adults which you don’t always find in an organized group setting. If you have the means and the opportunity to, please go to Hong Kong with The Intern Group—you won’t regret your decision.”
Amy, PR & Marketing major
About the City
Asia doesn’t get more cosmopolitan than Hong Kong. You’ll easily fall in love with this city while walking around and admiring its perfect mixture of East meets West. Hong Kong is a magical, modern city built from the ancient civilization of China 5,000 years ago.
Hong Kong is home to the world’s most renowned financial institutions and banks, and its massive skyscrapers will show you that the city means business. You will never forget striking landmarks like Cheung Po Tsai Cave – the famous hiding place for a notorious 19th century pirate – and The Peak, a place you will be rendered speechless by the magnificent views below. No matter your interests, there’s something for everyone in Hong Kong.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program. While The Intern Group provides advising, students are responsible for acquiring and paying for their own visa. For more eligibility-related questions, please refer to the Eligibility section on The Intern Group’s website.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Summer programs: December
06/06/2020 to 07/31/2020
About the Program
Your internship program includes an internship placement in your first or second-choice of career field, accommodation, visa assistance, cultural and social activities, professional development workshops, access to Talk Space, transportation, and a one-on-one career coaching session.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare for the overall education abroad experience. The summer semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the week before the end of Spring UAlbany classes.
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you will attend a mandatory orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by The Intern Group.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. The Intern Group also provides you with access to a licensed online therapist for up to 3 months using Talk Space. The Intern Group’s staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter while abroad.