Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Singapore
ASEAN Internship Scheme for Hong Kong Higher Education Students

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is committed to nurturing young people and to better preparing them for an increasingly globalised world. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in Singapore launched an internship scheme in 2014 with a view to widening Hong Kong higher education students' international perspectives and enhancing bilateral relations between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The internship scheme has met with very positive responses and a total of some 800 Hong Kong higher education students have joined the scheme so far in the previous six rounds. Host organisations included government/public agencies, private companies, international organisations, academic institutions, think-tanks, arts and cultural organisations, etc.. The scheme now covers 11 Hong Kong higher education institutions, including the eight University Grants Committee-funded institutions, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Shue Yan University and Hang Seng Management College (now known as The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong).


The internship scheme aims to:

  • provide opportunities to higher education students of Hong Kong to take up internship in ASEAN member countries;
  • enable students to be exposed to the work of the relevant industries and operation of their respective host organisations, as well as the economic and socio-cultural environment of the host countries in ASEAN; and
  • cultivate students as the "ambassadors" of Hong Kong in the respective host countries in ASEAN and vice versa upon return to Hong Kong, thereby enhancing mutual understanding and strengthening ties between Hong Kong and ASEAN.
The HKETO in Singapore now invites companies and organisations in ASEAN, as well as students of participating higher education institutions to join the internship scheme.

Why should I join?

As a host organisation, not only can you play a part in cultivating the young minds, you can also build relations with some of the leaders of tomorrow. 

As a student, you will have the opportunity to broaden your international perspective by taking up internship in the ASEAN region, which is Hong Kong’s second largest trading partner if taken as a bloc, and is a fast-growing region with which Hong Kong enjoys long-established ties.

What are the requirements?

For a host organisation, the only requirement is the provision of internship opportunities with proper coaching.  All other logistical matters will be taken care of by the Hong Kong Institutions / the student interns concerned.

For a student, you have to be enrolled in one of the participating institutions and meet other eligibility requirements specified by the institution.

For the key features and details of the 2020 round of the internship scheme, please see Annex and Key Information respectively.

Be part of the internship scheme!

Suitable organisations or companies are invited to join the internship scheme. If you are interested in taking part in the scheme to offer internship opportunities for students, please email us at hketo_sin@hketosin.gov.hk with a company introduction.

For interested students of participating institutions, please approach the Student Affairs Office / Career Centre of your institution direct.