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Summer Internship, Hong Kong

Study Abroad Program Overview

Come to Hong Kong, where you will find the iconic and breathtaking skyline is just the start. As a long-standing international hub of business, trade, arts, and cultural exchange between Asia and the world, this multinational city is an ideal location for a career-building experience.
UC students from a wide range of disciplines may participate in the 8-week internship program. Students  are placed with companies or agencies that may include innovative start-ups, global non-profits, multinationals, and NGOs in varied industries and sectors.  Students then work within the business or organization to help with a project, plan events, spread the word on a new venture, and see how your colleagues work individually and as a team in support of the agency services or industry product. 

Then enjoy your weekends in the lively markets, top restaurants or street fairs featuring food from around the world, walk the Causeway, or take a ferry out to the islands. The next step is yours and awaits in Hong Kong.  
Students attend classes with international students.

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​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars. ​
Summer :  
​mid June to mid August​









​Participants are housed in student residences convenient to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. Shared rooms are fully furnished and include kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connection. ​

Extracurricular Activities

You will find opportunities for hiking, nature walks, and camping around Hong Kong.​

On-site Support

​Local support from AIC Hong Kong includes full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.

Course Opportunities

This exciting program is comprised of a single course that gives academic credit for a full-time 8-week internship.  Once placed and on-site, students work with their supervisor/mentor to set goals and objectives for the assignment and tasks.  Students also attend meetings and discussions with the Academic Internship Council (AIC) that provide professional development, self-reflection, and cultural enrichment activities. A mid-term assessment involving the student and the supervisor is conducted to ensure that expectations for all parties are being met. A final evaluation is provided by the supervisor to confirm that the internship objectives were achieved.  

An online course component, provided by UCEAP, enables students to document weekly observations, receive advice about challenges, and reflect on organizational engagement and activities. Weekly readings and journal entries are required and a paper is submitted at the end of the program.

The course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis (unless home UC departments require a letter grade for elective credit) and is worth 10 UC quarter units/7 UC semester units. Credit is given in a discipline related to the nature of the work placement and tasks assigned. ​Examples include credit in economics, communication, business, education and other fields, as internship duties may relate to report preparation, public relations, marketing, finance, teaching, or social services.


​10 quarter/6.7 semester UC units required; one upper-division ​internship course

Research and Independent Study

​Internship is the major component of the program. Additional internships, research, or independent study are not possible.

​Academic Internship Council

The Academic Internship Council (AIC) is a non-profit organization that partners with colleges and universities to build and implement customized, academically-directed internship programs. They provide short-term internships with a range of organizations, from multinational corporations to small start-ups. Placements are designed to integrate work experiences with academic courses and cultural and professional development opportunities.  In Hong Kong, internship opportunities range from start-ups to multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of areas. The organization has over 30 years of experience in internship placement.


Test Drive Your Future


Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


  • Engage in full-time internships with the Academic Internship Council.
  • Internships are determined by a personalized placement process for each student

Setting Up Your Internship

  • You will submit preliminary information regarding your internship interests at the time of application.   
  • Your internship acceptance/placement will be finalized prior to arrival.

Student Experiences

This is a new program for UCEAP. Be the first to tell us about your experience. 

Additional Information

The internship is a required component of this program. You will enroll in a UC course to document your week internship. You will earn 10 UC quarter units (6.6 semester units) for your internship course.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by AIC.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: