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Hong Kong is rather open towards foreign students and young trainees looking forward to acquire professional experience abroad along with enhancing their studies. Indeed, the region hosts several national and international companies which offer internship opportunities to foreigners. Therefore, you should be able to find an internship there without much difficulty, but take the time to enquire on related conditions and requirements beforehand.

Promising fields

Hong Kong provides many international internship programs for foreign students. You are most likely to find opportunities in the fields of finance, trade, marketing, media etc., which are currently in great demand. The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) and AIESEC, for their part, are international exchange programs between Hong Kong and many countries.

 Good to know:

Fluency in English is one of the main requirements for interns in Hong Kong, while knowing an additional foreign language is a definite plus.

Deepening your skills

On the other hand, aspiring ESL teachers can choose from a range of programs so as to deepen their skills. In general, they will require appropriate qualifications, as well as previous experience to be eligible for these programs, which are, in fact, short-term contracts aiming at strengthening their work experience.

These programs are provided by several companies, which are ready to offer a first time experience to non-professionals. Therefore, you can land a short-term contract, which should generally last for a few months.

 Good to know:

There are no restrictions on the type of job, salary, location or working schedule during your internship.

Find an internship

First of all, you are advised to identify a few foreign and international companies to which you can send spontaneous applications. Feel free to seek for a list of these companies from foreign Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong. These can even advise you regarding existing opportunities. You can also contact student associations and enquire regarding any current internship or international exchange program. Indeed, these programs are set up by many local institutions so as to better attract and integrate foreign students. Feel free to check out classified ads in local newspapers as well.

Alternatively, you can find an internship through an agency. Several companies offer internship packages to students and young graduates, which are often complete with an orientation session and support upon your arrival in Hong Kong.

You can seek an internship in an international company or opt to work in a local enterprise to better grasp Hong Kong’s company culture. Summer internship programs are also popular — these typically last from one to three months with jobs available mainly in the service sector.

When sending spontaneous job applications to Human Resource officers, make sure to join your resume to your cover letter. Note, however, that you might have to wait for a long period before receiving a reply from the company, due to the number of internship requests received. You are therefore advised to proceed much in advance.

Obtain a visa

Once you have found an internship, you will need to obtain an Internship/Training Visa. Your sponsor/hiring company will issue an invitation letter required during the visa application process. In some cases, the company may offer to take care of related formalities on your behalf. You can have more information on the internship visa in the article Visas for Hong Kong.

 Useful links:

Education Bureau – Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Scheme
Jobs DB
IAESTE Hong Kong
AIESEC Hong Kong

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