Social Sciences Internship

Be a Student Intern

Why SSI
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A training platform for students' interdisciplinary learning and allows them to integrate knowledge acquired from the classroom with practical work experience, and equips them for future career development.

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Opportunity to obtain real work EXPERIENCE and earning CREDIT units

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Better development of social awareness, critical thinking and analytical skills.

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Enhancement of personal growth, competitiveness, communication, problem solving and leadership skills.

Internship Opportunities
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Internship Period

Summer, Semester 1 or Semester 2

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Work Location

Hong Kong SAR (local internship opportunities only)

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Duration & Work Hour Requirement

At least 5 consecutive weeks and a minimum of 200 work hours per internship period.

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No Employment Relationship

Given the training and educational nature of the internship, there is no employer-employee relationship between the Partner Organisation and the Student Intern. The Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) and Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) do not apply to the students with no employment relationship with the host organisation or company.

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Remuneration

Remuneration depends on each placement opportunity. Information regarding allowance/ remuneration would be given in each placement details at the application stage.

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Supervision

Each student intern would be assigned with a Faculty supervisor (an academic staff assigned by the student’s Department) and an Agency Supervisor (assigned by the Partner Organisation).

 

List of Internship Organisations

 

Click Here

 

** The list of partner organisations is for reference only. **

Programme Schedule
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SummerJune to August

Full-time (at least 5 full days / 40 hours per week)

Student Application Around February to March
Complete Online Orientation Quiz March
Attend Training Workshops March to April
Mock Interview Practice March to April
Placement Application
(apply for max. 10 jobs)
April
Internal interview by HKBU April
External Interview by Organisation (if any) Mid-April to Mid-May
Announcement of Placement Result By late-May
Signing of Internship Undertaking Agreement May

Confirm detail work schedule with Agency Supervisor of the Organisation

By late-May
Internship Starts Early-June
Submission of Orientation Report Within 10 days after the start of internship
Submission of Class Schedule and Internship Plan N/A
Submission of Monthly Attendance Log Records By the 5th of following month of the work (i.e. July, Aug & Sep)
Submission of Final Report Late-August
Internship Ends By End of August
Oral Presentation Video Submission Early-September
Appraisal Report Submission by Agency Supervisor Early-September
Assessment Report Submission by Faculty Supervisor Early-September
Release of Internship Grade Report October
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Semester 1 *Late-August to November

Part-time (at least 2 full days / 16 hours per week)

Student Application Around February to March
Complete Online Orientation Quiz March
Attend Training Workshops March to April
Mock Interview Practice March to April
Placement Application
(apply for max. 10 jobs)
April
Internal interview by HKBU April
External Interview by Organisation (if any) Mid-April to Mid-May
Announcement of Placement Result By late-May
Signing of Internship Undertaking Agreement May

Confirm detail work schedule with Agency Supervisor of the Organisation

May
Internship Starts Late-August or September
Submission of Orientation Report Within 10 days after the start of internship
Submission of Class Schedule and Internship Plan Mid-September
Submission of Monthly Attendance Log Records By the 5th of following month of the work (i.e. Oct, Nov & Dec)
Submission of Final Report Late-November
Internship Ends By End of November
Oral Presentation Video Submission Early-December
Appraisal Report Submission by Agency Supervisor Early-December
Assessment Report Submission by Faculty Supervisor Early-December
Release of Internship Grade Report January
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Semester 2 *January to April

Part-time (at least 2 full days / 16 hours per week)

Student Application Around September to October
Complete Online Orientation Quiz October
Attend Training Workshops October to November
Mock Interview Practice October to November
Placement Application
(apply for max. 10 jobs)
November
Internal interview by HKBU November
External Interview by Organisation (if any) November to December
Announcement of Placement Result By mid-December
Signing of Internship Undertaking Agreement December

Confirm detail work schedule with Agency Supervisor of the Organisation

By December
Internship Starts Early-January
Submission of Orientation Report Within 10 days after the start of internship
Submission of Class Schedule and Internship Plan Mid-January
Submission of Monthly Attendance Log Records By the 5th of following month of the work (i.e. Feb, Mar, Apr & May)
Submission of Final Report Late-April
Internship Ends By End of April
Oral Presentation Video Submission Early-May
Appraisal Report Submission by Agency Supervisor Early-May
Assessment Report Submission by Faculty Supervisor Early-May
Release of Internship Grade Report June

* Students who carry a study load over 15 units (excluding the 3 units to be obtained in SSI) are NOT recommended to undertake the internship in that semester unless an approval is obtained from your respective major Department before the start of your internship.

For more details, please click here:

 

 

Application

Who can apply?

  • All UGC-funded full-time undergraduate students under the Faculty of Social Sciences 
  • cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above
  • First year students (including students of broad-based admission programmes) can only take part in the internship starting from summer preceding Year 2
  • Final year students can only take part in the internship during Semester 1 or 2 in the final year but not the summer after graduation.
  • Study Load: Students who carry a study load over 15 units (excluding the 3 units to be obtained in SSI) are NOT recommended to undertake the internship in that semester unless an approval is obtained from your respective major Department before the start of your internship.

Application Method

  • Online application through the SSI Online System.
  • Prepare 150 words of your LEARNING OBJECTIVES in the Internship for the online application
Supervision & Assessment
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Supervision
  • Faculty Supervisor (an academic staff assigned by the University); and
  • Agency Supervisor (assigned by the Partner Organisation)
Assessment

Assessment includes internal evaluations by the Faculty Supervisor and external evaluations by the Agency Supervisor, which focuses on the Student Interns’ critical reflection on practical work experiences. Assessment is based on Student Interns’ achievement of the Intended Learning Outcomes and on their performance in assessment activities, including reports, presentation and internship performance. More specific assessment requirements are as follows:

 

SOSC3005 / GCAP3145 Community and Civic Engagement

Assessment Methods
Weighting
1. Internal Assessment by the University (70%)
Evaluation by Faculty Supervisor
I. Proposal/Plan of Internship/Attachment Experience
10%
II. Reflection Report
40%
III. Communication with Faculty Supervisor
10%
IV. Oral Presentation
10%
2. External Assessment by the Partner Organisation (30%)
I. Evaluation by Agency Supervisor
30%


SOSC1005 Internship I / SOSC2005 Internship II

Assessment Methods Weighting
1. Internal Assessment by the University (50%)
Evaluation by Faculty Supervisor
I. Orientation Report
10%
II. Final Report
20%
III. Communication with Faculty Supervisor
5%
IV. Oral Presentation
15%
2. External Assessment by the Partner Organisation (50%)
I. Evaluation by Agency Supervisor
50%
Grading System

 

Performance
Outstanding
Pass
Fail
Overall Score (100%)
85-100
50-84
<50
Grade in SOSC3005/GCAP3145
Letter grades (A-F) according to the course rubrics
Grade in SOSC1005/SOSC2005
Satisfactory (“S”)
(not included in GPA calculation)
Fail (“F”)



Student FAQs

Eligibility

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I am studying in a self-financed programme and I am willing to bear all the costs raised from the internship. Can I apply for Social Sciences Internship?

We are sorry that Social Sciences Internship is open to students of UGC undergraduate programmes exclusively.

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I am an exchange student, can I apply for Social Sciences Internship?

We are sorry that exchange students are not eligible for the Social Sciences Internship, which is only open to students who will complete their undergraduate programmes at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

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If I am a HKBU student on an abroad exchange programme, can I apply for Social Sciences Internship?

Since Social Sciences Internship is a structured programme consists of pre-internship training workshops, interviews and on-the-job working experience, students are required to attend all elements of the programme in person. Therefore, students who are on exchange programme are not eligible for application.

About the internship

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Can I change the start and end date of my internship?

Students can only change the start and end date of internship with strong reasons and it should be discussed and approved by both the Partner Organisation and the Faculty Office in advance. Student interns should ensure they can commit the entire internship period as stipulated on the Internship Agreement signed.

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Will I get paid for my internship?

Social Sciences Internship is training and educational based. Student Interns are not necessarily remunerated during their internship, but some organisations may provide allowance. Students may view the relevant information from each job posting during placement application.

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Is there any insurance coverage for my internship?

All full-time undergraduate students of the University are covered by the University’s Group Personal Accident Insurance during the internship period. Some organisations might offer insurance coverage to the students by their own policy.

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Upon completion of internship, can I obtain any proof or reference letter?

The softcopy of internship grade report including appraisal would be available for participants to download after the completion of internship. The internship record will be listed in academic transcript. For students with outstanding performance, a Certificate of Achievement will be presented. If students would like to have a reference letter, they should consult the partner organisation directly before the end of the internship.

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Can I earn credit units after the completion of the internship?

Students with internship offer will be enrolled in one of the following courses and earn 3 units after the completion of internship with a minimum of 200 work hours and respective coursework.

Course Type

Course Code and Title

Who are eligible to take the course?

Free Elective

SOSC1005 Internship I / SOSC2005 Internship II

Students studying the UGC-funded undergraduate programmes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences

Social Sciences Experiential Learning in Action

SOSC3005 Community and Civic Engagement

Students of Year 3 standing or above studying the UGC-funded undergraduate programmes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences

GE Capstone

GCAP3145 Community and Civic Engagement

Students of Year 3 standing or above studying the UGC-funded undergraduate programmes in HKBU

 

Application and Course Registration

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What should I do if I wish to take part in the internship and enrol for more than 15 units in a semester?

Unless prescribed in an approved study plan, students who carry a study load over 15 units are NOT recommended to undertake the internship in that semester. If you have already registered for more than 15 units (excluding the 3-unit of SSI) in the semester, please obtain approval from the Head of Department or Programme Director and submit the required application accordingly before the end of the Course Add/Drop period of that semester or the specified submission deadline:

  • Application for Excess Study Load
    You may submit an online application via BUniPort (Studies > My e-Application > Online Form) during online application period; or you are required to complete Parts I & II of Application for Excess Study Load (REG003) and submit it with your Student Enrolment Record (available in BUniPort) to the Academic Registry for approval.
  • Please refer to the website of AR for more details: http://ar.hkbu.edu.hk/curr/application_centre/course_reg/#exc

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When can I view the job list?

Applicants who completed the mandatory orientation quiz and fulfilled the training requirements will be eligible to view the list of available internship opportunities on the SSI Online System during placement application period. 

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Do I need to pay for applying the Social Sciences Internship?

There is no application fee required for applying SSI.

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Do I need to register for the course during course pre-registration or add/drop period?

The Office of Off-Campus Learning and the Academic Registry will coordinate the course registration process, you DO NOT have to register for the course during the course pre-registration or add/drop period.

Withdrawal / Termination

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If I would like to withdraw from Social Sciences Internship, what should I do?

The Faculty of Social Sciences strongly values the commitment made between students and organisations, you should have made careful consideration before you submit an application. Our withdrawal policies have been set to encourage students to be accountable for their actions. Students cannot withdraw from an internship without permission from the Faculty.

 

  • Withdrawal after Placement Application
    All withdrawals after the deadline of placement application will be regarded as late withdrawal cases, students are required to submit the Application for Internship Withdrawal supporting with valid reasons to the Office of Off-Campus Learning, Faculty of Social Sciences.

 

  • Withdrawal after the start of internship
    Students are required to submit the forms of

(1) Application for Internship Withdrawal supporting with valid reasons to the Office of Off-Campus Learning, Faculty of Social Sciences; and
(2) Application for Course Withdrawal (via the Online Form Module in BUniPort) with approval of Faculty Supervisor (Course Instructor).
A notice period of 7 calendar days is required for any withdrawal application after the internship commencement; i.e. Students are obliged to continue the internship at the organisation for at least 7 calendar days while the application is under Faculty’s review.

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What are the consequences for the withdrawal of Social Sciences Internship?

Withdrawal after the placement application will result in serious consequences. All late withdrawal cases will be reported to the student’s major department for record.

For the withdrawal cases approved by the Faculty, a “W” (Withdrawn) grade will be assigned, which is not included in GPA calculation. However, any withdrawal without approval from the Faculty will result in an “F” (Fail) grade in the academic transcript, which is included in GPA calculation.

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Will I be terminated from the internship?

A Student Intern may be placed on probation or terminated by the Partner Organisation for the following reasons:

  • Excessive tardiness or absences.
  • Unsatisfactory performance or conduct as evaluated by the Agency Supervisor.
  • Acts of discrimination, disruptive or other inappropriate behaviour.

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If I have urgent matters which could not been foreseen before the commencement date, could I apply for amendment of my internship period?

For any amendment or adjustment on the internship period, please consult the Office of Off-Campus Learning in advance. Normally, students should provide ALL of the following supporting documents with valid reason(s) to the Office of Off-Campus Learning via email for further endorsement:

1) An official approval of the internship period amendment by the Agency Supervisor/ Partner Organisation
2) Email to inform the Faculty Supervisor for the change
3) A proof of students’ fulfilment of the minimum requirement of working hours, i.e. the endorsed Monthly Attendance Log Records and the agreed work plan for extended internship period (if applicable)

Upon ALL the above-mentioned documents are obtained, the Faculty will review the application and announce the result via email within 7 calendar days. Without the Faculty's official approval, Student Interns are required to work through to the last day of the internship.

Any self-termination or absence without valid reason(s) might regarded as "Incomplete" of the internship.

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