Looking for internship prospects abroad? Hong Kong can be the ideal destination for you. Find out what it is all about in this article.
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 inquire on related conditions and requirements beforehand.
Hong Kong provides many international internship programs for foreign students. Indeed, you are very likely to find opportunities in the fields of finance, trade, fashion, etc., which are currently in great demand. The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) and the AIESEC, for their part, are international exchange programs between Hong Kong and many countries. For instance, these two organizations take into account science, engineering, technology, architecture, economic sciences, and trade students.
Deepening your skills
On the other hand, aspiring English 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 to 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 provide a first time experience to non-professionals. Therefore, you can land a short-term contract, which should generally last for a few months.
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 inquire 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.
Good to know:
When sending spontaneous job applications by e-mail or post mail 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, the company should issue an invitation letter which will be required during the visa application. 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.
Expat.com – Internships in Hong Kong
Education Bureau – Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Scheme www.edb.gov.hk
Jobs DB hk.jobsdb.com
IAESTE Hong Kong www.polyu.edu.hk
AIESEC Hong Kong www.aiesec.hk