Social Sciences Internship

Be our Partners

Why SSI

Our students' accomplishments and improvements could not be made possible without the extensive support from our partner organisations, providing the internship opportunities to us. We express our sincere gratitude for the great support from our previous and current partners over the past years.

 

By offering internship placements for our students, organisations could be benefited in various aspects.

1

Improve company's public image by cultivating young talents.

2

Uplift the quality of workforce and flexibility.

3

Stimulate innovation and develop better working attitude for current staff.

4

Enhance employees’ professional knowledge, social and communication skills from working with student interns.

5

Improve organisations’ social alertness and awareness.

6

Create network and facilitate communications among organisations, University and students.

Job Posting

Job Posting Schedule

 

Intended Internship Period

(At least 5 consecutive weeks)

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Summer

June to August

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

Open for Job Posting
in February/ March

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Semester 1

Late-August to November

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

Open for Job Posting
in February/ March

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Semester 2

January to April

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

Open for Job Posting
in October

Important Notes

 

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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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Work Location

The internship work should be arranged within Hong Kong SAR

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Internship Nature

 

Given the training and educational nature of the internship, there is no employment relationship between the Partner Organisation and the Student Intern. Student Interns will be enrolled in a 3-unit Free Elective course (in Pass/Fail grade).


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. If an employment relationship has been established by the organisation, a student internship will be exempted from the SMW. However, the organisation is required to contribute to the student intern’s MPF if a consecutive employment period of not less than 60 calendar days is established.

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Remuneration

 

We are grateful if partner organisations could provide meal and transportation allowance for Student Interns as financial support if the internship is not paid. Any information regarding allowance should be given at the time of Job Posting.

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Supervision

 

An Agency Supervisor should be assigned by partner organisation to:

  • Brief and supervise the student intern during the internship.
  • Endorse the student intern’s Monthly Attendance Log Records and leave application, and 
  • Assess the student intern’s performance and complete the Internship Appraisal Report at the end of the internship.
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Internship Agreement

 

Internship Agreement will be signed between the University and the Organisation before the start of the internship. Letter for confirmation of "student intern" status under Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) (MWO) will be provided to the Partner Organisation upon request. 

 

Any special arrangement should be communicated with the University in advance, and it must be mutually communicated and agreed among the University, the Organisation and the Student Intern.

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Job Posting

 

 

Programme Schedule
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SummerJune to August

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

Placement Registration by Partner Organisation Around March
Deadline of Placement Application by Student April
Internal screening by HKBU April
Referral(s) information sent to respective Organisations Mid-April
Interview by Partner Organisations (if any) By mid-May
Confirmation of placement offer May
Signing of Internship Agreement
May
Internship Starts Early-June
Endorsement of Monthly Attendance Log Records By the end of the work month
Internship Ends By the end of August
Appraisal Report Submission by Agency Supervisor Early-September
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Semester 1 *Late-August to November

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

Placement Registration by Partner Organisation Around March
Deadline of Placement Application by Student April
Internal screening by HKBU April
Referral(s) information sent to respective Organisations Mid-April
Interview by Partner Organisations (if any) By mid-May
Confirmation of placement offer May
Signing of Internship Agreement
May
Internship Starts Late-August or September
Endorsement of Monthly Attendance Log Records By the end of the work month
Internship Ends By the end of November
Appraisal Report Submission by Agency Supervisor Early-December
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Semester 2 *January to April

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

Placement Registration by Partner Organisation Around November
Deadline of Placement Application by Student November
Internal screening by HKBU November
Referral(s) information sent to respective Organisations Early-December
Interview by Partner Organisations (if any) By mid-December
Confirmation of placement offer December
Signing of Internship Agreement
December
Internship Starts Early-January
Endorsement of Monthly Attendance Log Records By the end of the work month
Internship Ends By the end of April
Appraisal Report Submission by Agency Supervisor Early-May
Partner FAQs

1

How long and when does the internship take place?

Student Interns have to work for one semester (Summer, Semester 1 or Semester 2) for at least 5 consecutive weeks and obtain a minimum of 200 work hours at the Partner Organisation in accordance with a work schedule agreed by the Partner Organisation and the University.

  • June to August (Summer): full-time basis (5 full days/ 40 hours per week)
  • Late-August to November (Semester 1): part-time basis (2 full days/ 16 hours per week)
  • January to April (Semester 2): part-time basis (2 full days/ 16 hours per week)

2

What are my responsibilities as an Agency Supervisor?

The Partner Organisations are expected to designate a staff member to act as a supervisor of the Student Intern throughout the internship. The Agency Supervisor will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Brief the Student Intern about the organisation, policies and working procedures.
  • Supervise the Student Intern during the internship.
  • Endorse the Student Intern’s Monthly Attendance Log Record and leave application.
  • Assess the student intern’s performance and complete the Internship Appraisal Report at the end of the internship.

3

Do I need to provide Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) for the interns?

SMW does not apply to the internship arranged by Social Sciences Internship as it is educational and training based, there is no employer-employee relationship between the Partner Organisation and Student Intern, which will be stipulated in the Internship Agreement to be signed between the University and the Partner Organisation. 

 

Letter for confirmation of "student intern" status under Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) (MWO) will be provided to the Partner Organisation upon request.


For more detailed information, please check with the websites from the Labour Department on SMW: http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/news/mwo.htm

4

Do I need to contribute to the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) Scheme for the student interns?

Social Sciences Internship is educational and training based, there is no employer-employee relationship between the Partner Organisation and Student Intern, which will be stipulated in the Internship Agreement to be signed between the University and the Partner Organisation.

 

If an employer-employee relationship has been established by the Partner Organisation, the Student Intern undertaking the internship will be exempted from the SMW but the Organisation is required to contribute to the Intern’s MPF if a consecutive employment period of not less than 60 calendar days is established.

For more detailed information, please check with the websites from the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA) on MPF: http://www.mpfa.org.hk

5

Do I need to provide remuneration to the Student Interns during internship?

Remuneration or provision of meal and transportation allowance for Student Interns will be most welcome. This would help provide financial support and encouragement to them. However, these are not mandatory and depends on Partner Organisation's decision. Any information regarding allowances should be provided in the job posting details for students' reference.

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Any documents need to be signed before starting the internship?

Internship Agreement, stating the internship period and details, will be signed between the University and the Partner Organisation.The Agreement Draft will be provided for Partner Organisation's verification after the internship details is confirmed.

 

Any special arrangement should be consulted by the Faculty of Social Sciences, HKBU in advance, and it must be mutually communicated and agreed among the University, the Partner Organisation and the Student Intern.

7

Can my Organisation terminate the Student 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.

 

The Agency Supervisor will communicate with the Office of Off-Campus Learning and meet with the Student Intern to discuss any abuse or violation, and following the meeting, a notice of probation or termination will be sent to the Office of Off-Campus Learning for further coordination.

In the case of probation, the notice will include deficiencies, a plan for improvement(s), and a timeline by which the improvement(s) must be made.

  • The Student Intern may be removed from probationary status if the deficiencies outlined in the plan are corrected within the designated timeline.
  • If the plan for improvement(s) does not lead to a result of satisfactory performance, the Student Internship may be terminated.

 

Final decisions regarding disciplinary action or termination are made by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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