Intern in Hong Kong, a unique, bustling metropolis situated on the Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong is a blend of the natural—high peaks, harbors, and islands—and the architectural. As a former British colony and now a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is also a fusion of cultures, languages, and cuisines.
An IES internship in Hong Kong develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jumpstart your career in today’s competitive job market.
You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for up to 40 hours a week. We will work with you to find the closest placement match between your professional and personal goals with what’s available in Hong Kong.
Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
When you arrive for your internship, Hong Kong-based staff will welcome you for orientation, featuring an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations.
Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.
While working in Hong Kong, you’ll enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Topics covered include:
Understanding business culture
Improving communication in the workplace
Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Hong Kong and when you return home
IN 395-A Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar (3-credit)
IN 395-B Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar (6-credit)
Field Trips & Events
You can participate in field trips and extracurricular activities in and around Hong Kong as well as cultural events. Potential trip destinations include:
Ride the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car for breathtaking views of the Hong Kong International Airport, mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, and a 360-degree view of Ngong Ping Plateau. After your cable car ride, you will visit the Po Lin Monastery which is home to Tian Tan Buddha, a statue that stretches more than 111 feet (34 meters) high and is the largest seated, outdoor bronze Buddha on earth.
Part of making you feel at home in Hong Kong is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or networking and social events with other professionals—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
When you arrive, the staff in Hong Kong will welcome you for orientation, featuring an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations.
Live in a shared apartment in the 60 West residence on Hong Kong Island. Located in the Sheung Wan district, it is easy to access to public transportation, shopping and restaurants, as well as the Elite Intern offices.
24-hour building security & surveillance
Rooms come with microwave, refrigerator, hot plate, kettle, iron, alarm clock, and individual electric safe
Individually controlled air conditioning
Wi-Fi, in-room telephone line with unlimited local calls, and LCD TV with broadband
Self-service laundry facilities
Multi-function room with computer and video game consoles
Accessible rooms, restrooms, and elevators
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Redefine the way you live and learn in Hong Kong through our cultural events, such as:
Sightseeing and Welcome Dinner at Victoria Peak
Trips to the Jade Market
Visits to the Kowloon Peninsula
Rides on the Star Ferry
Open top Traim Tour through Hong Kong's colorful history and modern culture
Get to Know Your New City
Shop the Markets
The diverse and colorful markets of Hong Kong offer something for everyone—like an authentic Chinese good-luck charm at the Jade Market, a new scarf at the Ladies Market, or an evening out at the Temple Street Night Market.
Trek to Tian Tan
The 112-foot Tian Tan Buddha, which sits atop the peak of Lantau Island, has become a major tourist destination in Hong Kong. Though accessible by public transport or foot, an exciting alternative is the Ngong Ping 360, an aerial gondola providing panoramic views of Lantau Island and beyond.
Cruise the Harbour, Hong-Kong Style
Technically speaking, the Star Ferry is just one of the many modes of public transporation available in Hong Kong. But just because it's part of many residents' daily commute, it doesn't mean the Star Ferry doesn't offer amazing views of both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon any time you hop on.
Spend a Day at the Parks
Theme parks, that is. Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island and brings the fun and feng shui (really!). If you're interested in getting acquainted with marine life, head to Ocean Park in the Southern District, complete with an aquarium, roller coasters, and a rainforest.
Explore the other SAR
Though not part of Hong Kong, Macau is the only other Special Administrative Region of China. Just a ferry ride away from Hong Kong (and soon to be connected by bridge), Macau offers visitors a unique experience thanks to its fusion of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. This is evident in its architecture, cuisine, and language.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.