Important note: Due to the unforeseen circumstances brought by the ongoing pandemic, students are advised to discuss with the host institution not only a plan for face-to-face internship, but also a contingency plan in case circumstances will require home office or a hybrid of face-to-face/ home office during the internship period. Students are also expected to keep the internship coordinator of HKU (Dr. Brian King, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) informed of any updated arrangements or difficulties promptly during the internship period.
Students who wish to enroll in the internship course must identify and secure a suitable workplace and submit a completed form "Confirmation of acceptance" and a learning proposal to the course coordinator (via Ms Mandy Leung (email@example.com) of the School Office) at least two weeks before the proposed internship period starts, and no later than the end of the add/drop period of the designated semester, whichever is earlier. Retroactive requests cannot be considered.
Students are not allowed to enroll in the course by themselves on HKU Student Information System (SIS); only the School Office can do so after getting the Internship Coordinator's approval of the application. The School Office will inform students of the application result, and enroll successful applicants in the course on SIS.
This course offers students a capstone learning experience by allowing them to take their classroom knowledge into the community. In accordance with Language and Communication’s focus on real-world contexts in the multilingual, globalized world of today, the internship encourages the use and appreciation of communicative competence while contributing to the honing of transferable skills for a wide range of careers, including education, editing and publishing, public administration, public relations, marketing, the media, tourism, and cultural affairs. Students are responsible for identifying and securing a suitable internship opportunity, in consultation with the course coordinator. The duration of the internship will depend on the arrangement between the student and the organization, but should involve at least 36 contact hours of service for the organization. Assessment will be graded on a pass/fail basis, based on a written report as well as feedback from the organization contact.
The internship course can be taken in the first or second semester (or, exceptionally, in the summer semester only if there is a strong justificaion)* of the final year. The duration of the internship is to be determined by the host organization, but should involve at least 36 hours of service. Students will be required to meet with the course coordinator at least once in connection with their internship. Students who wish to enroll in the internship course must identify and secure a suitable workplace and submit the following documents to the course coordinator (via Ms Mandy Leung (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the School Office) at least two weeks before the proposed internship period starts, and no later than the end of the add/drop period of the designated semester, whichever is earlier:
- a completed form "Confirmation of acceptance" signed by a representative from the host organization;
- a brief proposal (of approximately 500 words) [click here for the template] explaining the connections between their studies and the community at large that they expect to explore during their internship in the selected workplace. The proposal should be accompanied by a list of courses taken for the Language and Communication major and make specific reference to these courses and to the programme learning outcomes of the Language and Communication major.
* If the internship is completed in the summer semester of 2021, the honours classification for the BA Degree will be considered in September 2021.
Students must secure a placement with a suitable organization and may propose their own arrangements, to be approved by the course coordinator. The following organizations are also currently accepting applications for internships in connection with this course:
- Aeneas Group (http://www.aeneasgroup.com/)
Contact: Ms Jay Mok, PR Manager, PR and Communication Department, Email: email@example.com
Please download the intern advertisement here.
- Earth.Org (https://earth.org/)
Contact: Ms Floortje van der Grinten, Head of Business Development & Operations, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- i-learner (www.i-learner.com.hk)
Contact: Ms Kemmiss Pun, Director of Education, Email: email@example.com
- Integrated Brilliant Education Center (Jordan) (www.ibetrust.org)
Contact: Mr Manoj Dhar, CEO and Co-founder, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- JC Legal (https://jcco-hk.com/)
Contact: Ms Lesley Cheung, Growth Strategy Specialist, Email: email@example.com
Please download the intern advertisement here.
- Sinclair Communications (http://www.sinclaircomms.com/)
Contact: Ms Philippa Lui, Operations and Finance Director, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- University Museum and Art Gallery (http://www.umag.hku.hk/en/)
(All places have been filled for 2020-21)
Contact: Dr Florian Knothe, Director (c/o Ms Elena Cheung, Senior Communications Officer, Email: email@example.com)
- Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (https://www.yccece.edu.hk/)
Contact: Dr Brad Mellen, Senior Lecturer & English Language Support Leader, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
⇒ Note: Students may also refer to the “Career Activities & Internships” webpage of the Faculty of Arts for internship opportunities.
Students are encouraged to write to the host organizations directly if they wish to present themselves for possible internship opportunities. Applications will be considered by the organizations in accordance with their selection process and requirements.
If admitted, students are required to meet with the course coordinator once or twice to discuss their capstone experience and any readings assigned by the course coordinator in this connection. Upon completion of the internship, students will have to submit a written report of approximately 2,500 words, reflecting on their studies in the major in light of their workplace experience, and a letter from the host organization, confirming their completion of the internship according to the agreed schedule. The internship course will be assessed on a pass/fail basis and will not be counted in the calculation of CGPA.
- The School Office will inform students of the application result, and enroll successful applicants in the course on SIS.
- With the mutual agreement from the host organization, a student can apply to drop an internship course via the School Office during the designated add/drop period of each semester, but he/she has to take the responsibility to enroll in another capstone course (subject to the number of seats available) to fulfill the major requirement.
- A student bears the responsibility to ensure that the working hours for the internship required by the host organization will not clash with the teaching and learning activities required by the course(s) enrolled at HKU.
- All full-time undergraduates of HKU are covered by the University’s insurance scheme during the internship period.
- The course coordinator or the School Office may contact the host organization in connection with the student’s performance during the internship on a need basis.