Experiencing Creative Industries in Asia (ECIA) Internship Programme

Experiencing Creative Industries in Asia (ECIA) programme consists of a 1-week seminar series at the University of Hong Kong, followed by a 7-week internship programme in Asia. The seminar series is to deliver an overview of the corporate world and personnel systems in Hong Kong & China; while the programme will provide a cultural experience and enable students to develop their personal and professional network in Asia. We guarantee an internship for all admitted participants. However while we cannot guarantee very specific requests, we will do our best to match relevant experiences for participants in our ECIA Internship Programme.

ECIA is unique in three ways:

  1. Earn career experience through internship placement in any of the partner companies in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai & Kuala Lumpur
  2. Get a taste of what it is like working in a field outside of one’s major
  3. Experience the unique working culture of China

Lecture Overview:

The workshop serves to prepare students with a good understanding of Chinese business, management and culture, as well as how this facilitates creative industry development in Mainland China.  Study of business, political and social environment, as well as selected creative industry sectors will be conducted. Comparison between China, Japan and Korea about their development in creative industry will be made, include creativity process, talent development, social norms, government support and IP protection.  Lectures, guest talks and firm visits are the major means to achieve the above learning objectives.

List of Topics:

  1. How globalization and technological advancement affect business management and creative industry development in Mainland China
  2. Understand the major differences between Hong Kong and China market structure
  3. Business practice, cultural values and organizational behavior in the Chinese mainland
  4. Business and marketing management in Mainland China
  5. Development of creative industry in Mainland China include startup environment, talent development, government support and IP protection
  6. Multimedia and game industries in Mainland China; film production and entertainment sector in Mainland China
  7. Digital marketing and social media development in Mainland China; luxury and fashion sectors in Mainland China
  8. Comparison between China, Japan and Korea in creative industry development

Course Code: ECIA2017

Managed by: HKU Summer Institute

Target Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Undergraduates

Area of Interest: Architecture, Landscape & Development, Business & Management, Creative Industries, Experiential Learning / Internships, Globalisation & Regional Studies, Language, Multi-location, Science & Technology

Multi Location: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur (either one location)

Credits: —

Course Period: June 18, 2017 to August 12, 2017

Programme Fee: HKD $35,000

Discount: 10% off for students from HKU exchange partners

Accommodation Fee: Included

Deadline for Application: May 7, 2017 (HKT) – for HKID holder only

Online Application: APPLY NOW

Programme Fee includes:

• Programme Series

• Guaranteed Internship Placement in Asia

• Accommodation in Hong Kong and Internship City

• Transport between Hong Kong and Internship City

• Networking events, social activities and orientation

• Certificate upon completion (non-credit bearing programme)

• Insurance

• Welcome kit

• HKU Facilities Access

Below is an anticipated timeline for the Experiencing Creative Industries in Asia (ECIA) Internship Programme

Programme Period

Check-in: June 18, 2017

Check-out: August 12, 2017

Seminar Series at HKU June 19 – June 23, 2017
Internship Period June 26 – August 9, 2017 (7 weeks)
Programme end date at HKU August 11, 2017

Application Process

January 20, 2016 – March 15, 2017 Applications open: Please fill in the online application form, with the required documents by the deadline. For enquiries, please send an email to ugsummer@hku.hk.
February 12 – April 3, 2017 Interview: It will take place either in person or Skype with one of the Programme Coordinators.
February 27 – April 7, 2017 Offers: If your application has been successful, you will receive an official Letter of Offer from the HKU Summer Institute. You will then have 14 days to accept this offer and pay your programme fee in full. The placements are all to be determined solely by HKU Summer Institute and are not subject to student requests.
April 8 – May 12, 2017 Visa: Admitted students will receive the invitation letter issued by the company for visa application, you are recommended to apply for a visa to the designated country via its local embassy.

The 1st batch of application deadline: February 10, 2017 (HKT)

The 2nd batch of application deadline: March 15, 2017 (HKT)

The final application deadline (for HKID holder only): May 7, 2017 (HKT)


  • The 1st batch applications submitted on time will be processed first and the 2nd batch applications afterwards. This means that if you submit after the 1st batch application deadline, all the applicants who have sent in their applications on time will be given admission before you. As the places in programmes are limited, this could possibly mean that you will not be accepted.
  • Any vacancies in a programme will be offered to “late applicants” after the second selection round. This means that any potential admission will reach the late applicant rather late.
Company/Organisation Industry Destination
ANX International Bitcoin Hong Kong
BBDO Advertising Agency Beijing/Shanghai
Omnicom Media Group China Advertising Agency Beijing/Shanghai
Northern Territory Innovative Technology Beijing
Microsoft Informaiton Technology Beijing/Shanghai
Cushman & Wakefield Real Estate / Facility Services / Project Management Shanghai
Dentons Chambers Shanghai
MSL Group     Marketing Agency / Business Solution Shanghai
Martec Group Healthcare, Medical Devices, Life Sciences, Market Research & Building Construction Shanghai
Mary Kay (China) Cosmetics Company Cosmetic / Business Development Shanghai
The Coca-Cola Company Asia Pacific Food Science / Biochemical / Multinational Beverage Corporation and Manufacturer Shanghai
LRS Architects Architecture Shanghai
Perkins Eastman Architecture Shanghai
Stanley & Partners Investment Management Co. Ltd. Real Estate Investment Banking Services Shanghai
Savills Real Estate/Research & Development consultancy Shanghai
Siona Investments  Property Investment/Real  Estate Shanghai
Colgate-Palmolive Personal Care Kuala Lumpur
Iflix Media Kuala Lumpur
Roche Biotechnology Kuala Lumpur
Tranglo Global Remittance Hub Kuala Lumpur

**Costs are an approximation and will differ depending on individual needs**Estimated Personal Costs

Country: China Cost (USD)
Roundtrip Air-ticket (from home to Hong Kong) 300-2,000
Daily Meals and Transportation 300-500
Visa Application 110
Miscellaneous and Personal Expenses 500-800
Country: Hong Kong Cost (USD)
Roundtrip Air-ticket (from home to Hong Kong) 300-2,000
Daily Meals and Transportation 900-1100
Visa Application 120
Miscellaneous and Personal Expenses 500-800
Country: Malaysia Cost (USD)
Roundtrip Air-ticket (from home to Hong Kong) 300-2,000
Daily Meals and Transportation 300-500
Visa Application 50
Miscellaneous and Personal Expenses 400-600


  • Financial Assistance for HKU Students: These are two funding available for HKU student, please visit Pilot Mainland Experience Scheme for Post-secondary Students (MES) and Short-Term Abroad Allowance or approach International Affairs Office (IAO) for details.
  • For information about HKU exchange partners, please click here.
  • Students can access to HKU Facilities including Cafeteria, Main Library, Flora Ho Sports Centre, Learning Commons and University Health Services. Meal expense, service fee and medical cost will be responsible by students.
  • Programme content and fee are subject to change without prior notice.
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