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Hong Kong Summer - Internship

Why Hong Kong?

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.

Your Internship

A Hong Kong internship 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 in Hong Kong, local 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.

  • Full-service accounting company that provides corporate services, including audit and assurance, taxation, accounting, and corporate finance
  • Nonprofit education organization serving underprivileged children through programs and trainings to help them attain future success
  • Award-winning architectural firm working on a broad range of scale, from designing individual buildings to entire cities
  • Big Data analytics company using contemporary technologies to help clients across industries
  • Media growth company expanding market-leading brands across Asia Pacific and into North America and Europe
  • Fortune 500 life insurance company
  • Dental implant and care center
  • Financial services company offering money lending, securities investment, logistics and warehousing, P2P, financial advisory, and other related services
  • Agricultural company working to create high-quality, eco-organic agricultural products
  • International planning, development, and construction company for high-end real estate based in London. International offices have marketing and sales placements, primarily in the Asian market.
  • E-commerce solution company working in data science technology to develop a platform allowing users to identify the cheapest option and purchase an item from anywhere in the world.
  • Location-based, on-demand mobile platform for temporary worker and job matching

Don’t see what you're looking for? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.


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
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Hong Kong and when you return home


This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.


Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 3
IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 6

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:

Lantau Island


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.

Daily Life

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. 

Housing features:

  • 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

  • Housekeeping service

  • Self-service laundry facilities

  • Multi-function room with computer and video game consoles

  • Gym facilities

  • 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. 

Program Cost

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.

Term: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019
3 Credits
$6,075 $1,890 $135 $8,100

Summer 2019
6 Credits
$6,350 $1,890 $135 $8,375

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Service Learning Summer Internship Scholarship
Up to $5,000

The Service Learning Scholarship was initiated by the Hemera Foundation, whose mission is to foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. This Scholarship, which will be sustained through a foundation collaborative, aims to inspire students to make a social impact through summer internships within philanthropic or direct service/social service organizations.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Internships Hong Kong Center is housed within the 60 West residence on Hong Kong Island.

Located in the Sheung Wan area (named 'Hong Kong's Coolest Neighborhood' by Forbes in 2016), 60 WEST provides easy access to public transportation including bus, train, and ferry terminals. It is also in close proximity to the Central Business District and is a short walk to the offices of IES Internships' program partner, Elite Intern. Features include: 

  • Wi-Fi
  • Multi-function room with iMac and video game consoles
  • Lounge area

Our Staff

Melissa Comiskey, M.Ed.

Executive Director

Melissa joined IES Abroad in 2013 and has worked in a variety of roles including advisor, recruiter, manager, and currently Executive Director overseeing the Internship Programming department. As Director, she leads a team of talented professionals in developing and expanding IES Abroad’s full-time global internship programs. Melissa has worked in higher education for 10 years. Previously, she worked in career services at DePaul University and at the University of Chicago, where her primary focus was counseling students on career exploration and preparedness. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Education degree in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Development from DePaul University.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Internships Staff

Melie Fuller, M.Ed. - Program Manager and Advisor