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* International Internship Program in Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/03/2018 07/28/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.
Fact Sheet:
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Sarah O'Donnell Program Type: CSU Study Abroad Program, Internship, Service Learning, Volunteer
Areas of Study:
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences Recommended Programs: Art and Art History, Communication Studies, Hospitality Management, International Studies
Program Description:

International Internship Program
in Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong at nightChina InternshipHong Kong clock with palm tree

CSU students will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an internationally rich learning environment of Hong Kong.  Internships are the ideal "next step" for a student, who may have already studied abroad, is well-traveled abroad, or has a solid background in cross cultural situations.  These English speaking Hong Kong internships help to enrich your resume, develop your professional skill sets, enhance cross-cultural understanding, and strengthen problem solving, communication, adaptability, and much more.  

Program Overview

Hong Kong is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city where students can be immersed in a vibrant culture while gaining valuable professional experience. For the same reasons that thousands of multinational companies have chosen Hong Kong as their base, the city provides an ideal context for a successful Asian internship experience because it has:

  • Been voted the “Best Business City in the World” and “Best Business City in Northeast Asia” for four and five consecutive years, respectively, in the annual poll by “Business Traveler Asia Pacific” magazine
  • A world-class business infrastructure strategically located in the heart of Asia
  • Been at the top of the Index of Economic Freedom rankings for 19 consecutive years
  • Two official languages – Cantonese as the primary cultural language, and English as a major working language used in commercial activities and legal matters

Internship Placement

The Academic Internship Council (AIC) will place each participant in an internship that corresponds to that student's course of study, to ensure the quality and academic relevance of the placement. To determine the appropriate opportunity, the student receives an individual assessment meeting with a member of the AIC team to clarify the student’s skills, interests and professional goals. The AIC then draws upon our extensive employer network to find the right match. If a match does not exist in our database, our team will conduct vigorous outreach to locate a proper placement. The companies and organizations that make up the list of approved internships in our database are carefully and regularly monitored by site visits and student assessment. Once the student commences the internship, the team provides office hours for counseling beyond the standard workday, offers mid-term reviews to ensure learning goals are being met, and acquires the supervisor evaluation at the conclusion of the placement.

Hong Kong also offers a range of industry sectors to develop personalized internship placements relevant to almost any student’s course of study, including (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information technology
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Real estate
  • Retail
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Public relations

  • Accounting
  • Financial services
  • International Trade
  • Investment
  • Auditing
Arts & Design:
  • Architecture
  • Graphic design firms
  • Film production
  • Luxury goods
  • Architecture
Policy & Legal Issues:
  • NGOs
  • Law firms
  • Trade associations
  • Think tanks
Hospitality & Travel: 
  • Airlines
  • Hotels
  • Event planning
  • Tourism
Other Options:
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Logistics

Summer Internship Structure 

The 8-week summer program in internship begins with orientation.  This package includes internship placements, professional development support, housing, recruitment assistance and orientation activities, program management and emergency support, academic evaluations, visa services, and cross cultural activities.  Students will work approximately 40 hours per week Monday-Friday (for a total of 320 contact hours).  

Your internship generally consists of two parts: 1) a professional work experience abroad, and 2) optional academic credit at Colorado State University. Your academic advisor at CSU typically outlines how you may earn credit and then the advisor or instructor defines requirements for academic credit (sample work, journal or blog, projects, research paper, etc.)

Generally, participants may earn the following credits for successful completion of the overseas internship and all related course requirements at CSU.  The budget sheet linked above does not list the additional CSU tuition costs in the total estimates because students may be taking 1-3 credits, which impact the totals.
• College of Agricultural Sciences:  1 to 3 credits   
• College of Applied Human Sciences:  1 to 3 credits
• College of Business:  1 to 3 credits
• College of Liberal Arts:  1 to 3 credits
• College of Natural Sciences:  1 to 3 credits
• College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences:  1 to 3 credits
• Warner College of Natural Resources:  1 to 3 credits

Program Contacts

All students interested in participating in the International Internship Program should meet with their academic advisor to discuss the feasibility of engaging in an internship and to ask the type of credit they may earn. Typically, students enroll in 1-3 credits of internship or independent study credit -- and the preferred solution varies by department. 

Contact the Office of International Programs - Education Abroad for more information about internships in China.

Program Application

Students should speak with their academic advisor about their interest in this program and how it fits into their academic and professional plans.  Upon approval from their academic advisor, students may initiate the program application. Applications may be submitted online by clicking on "Apply Now" at the top or bottom of this page.  A complete application will include the following documents:

Students will be notified of admission to the program within one week of the application deadline, and all accepted students will be required to submit a signed Financial Contract soon after that.  Then AIC will work with individual students through the placement process, which normally takes 2-6 weeks. 

Please note there are some AIC restrictions for Chinese nationals looking to work in Hong Kong.  Speak to the internship coordinator if you have questions.

Program Cost and Scholarships

Itemized expenses are available at the student budget sheets linked above.  
Please note:  The budget sheet does not list the additional CSU tuition costs in the total estimates because students may be taking 1-3 credits, which impact the totals

Discounts and Scholarships:  CSU's general education abroad scholarships and scholarships for study or internships in China have been established ($250-$750 each).  Students can apply for these and a variety of other scholarships through the Education Abroad Scholarship Common Application.


Academic Internships Council (AIC)