Experiencing Creative Industries in Asia (ECIA) Internship Programme

Course Code: ECIA2018

Faculty of: Arts

Managed by HKU Summer Institute

Target Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Undergraduates

Area of Interest: Asia Cities: Business, Culture and Society, Experiential Learning / Internships, Global Issues, Humanities & Creative Industries, Multi-location

Credits: ---

Course Period: June 17, 2018 to August 18, 2018

Course Fee: HKD 42,000

Accommodation Fee: Included

Discount: 10% off for students from HKU exchange partners

Early Bird Offer: Apply before February 22, 2018: 5% Discount on programme fee; Guarantee of accommodation; Priority in social & cultural activities registration (the early bird offer is not valid in conjunction with other discounts)

Deadline for Application: March 16, 2018

Online Application: APPLY NOW

The programme fee includes the following:

• Guaranteed Internship Placement in Asia

• Accommodation in Hong Kong and Internship City

• Airfare between Hong Kong to Internship City (round-trip)

• Transport from HKU to Hong Kong International Airport (one-way)

• Networking events, social activities and orientation

• Certificate of completion (non-credit bearing programme)

• Insurance

• Welcome kit

• HKU Facilities Access

About Experiencing Creative Industries in Asia (ECIA) programme

Experiencing Creative Industries in Asia (ECIA) programme consists of a 1-week seminar series at the University of Hong Kong, followed by a 8-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
  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 Asia

Course Description

The workshop-based lectures serve to prepare students with general understanding of Chinese political, economic and social development for their eight-week internship in China. Various development strategies and latest challenges will also be covered to equip students’ capacity in contextual understanding about the country. Additional orientation and training on work ethics and skills will be conducted to help students to take up diverse and comprehensive tasks for their internship.

Course Schedule

5 Lectures (10:00 – 13:00 ) & (14:30-17:30) in the first week of the programme.

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

Programme Period

Check-in: June 17, 2018

Check-out: August 18, 2018

Accommodation Check-in date June 17, 2018
Seminar Series at HKU June 18 – June 22, 2018
Internship Period June 25 – August 17, 2018 (8 weeks)
Programme end date August 17, 2018
Accommodation Check-out date August 18, 2018

Application Process

December 11, 2017 – March 16, 2018 Applications open: Please fill in the online application form, with the required documents by the deadline. Interested students should submit an application as early as possible. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. For enquiries, please send an email to ugsummer@hku.hk.
February 5 – March 23, 2018 Interview: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified of further interview arrangements wither in person or Skype. Students who do not receive any news within 14 working days after the application deadline will be considered as unsuccessful.
February 12 – March 30, 2018 Offers: Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of their application results by email from the HKU Summer Institute. If your application has been successful, you will receive an official Letter of Offer from the HKU Summer Institute. You will then have 5 days to accept this offer and pay your programme fee in full.
February 12 – March 30, 2018 Student Visa: All non-local admitted students are strongly advised to submit the online visa application as soon as he/she receives a Notice of Admission from HKU Summer Institute since the processing time for application of a student visa requires approximately 10-12 weeks.
April 16 – 30, 2018 Placement Results: The placements are all to be determined solely by HKU Summer Institute and are not subject to student requests.
April 16 – May 12, 2018 China Visa (if applicable): 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.

Additional Application Materials

In addition to the application materials listed, students are required to submit:

  • 1-page statement: Please answer the following question, keeping your statement to the word limit of 200 words.
    • Why do you want to spend this summer in China? If this is your first visit to China, please explain your reasons. If you have visited before, please explain in what context and why you would like to return?
  • Resume:
    • Personal Infomation: Full Name; Mobile; SkypID & Personal Email
    • Education (Current/Most Recent University, Additional major or minor (if any) & GPA, Year of Admission; Expected Year of Graduation)
    • Work & Internship Experience
    • Volunteer & Extracurricular Experience
    • Language & Technical Skills: List all software you can use and any/all of your technical skills, such as programming, video editing, etc.
    • Awards & Scholarships
  • Home Return Permit:
    • If you are a “Home Return Permit” (回鄉證) holder, please upload the most updated copy of “Home Return Permit” onto the application system, and state clearly in the file name

The application will be processed only when ALL supporting documents are uploaded to the online application system before the deadline.


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 / Marketing Agency / Business Solution Beijing/Shanghai
Omnicom Media Group China Advertising Agency / Marketing Agency / Business Solution Beijing/Shanghai
Leo Burnett Advertising Agency / Marketing Agency / Business Solution Beijing/Shanghai
Microsoft Information Technology Beijing/Shanghai
Northern Territory Innovative Technology Beijing
Cushman & Wakefield Real Estate / Facility Services / Project Management Shanghai
Dentons Chambers Shanghai
Siona Property Investments Real Estate / Property Investment Shanghai
MSL Group  Advertising Agency / Marketing Agency / Business Solution Shanghai
Martec Group Healthcare, Medical Devices, Life Sciences, Market Research & Building Construction Shanghai
LRS Architects Architecture Shanghai
Mary Kay (China) Cosmetics Company Cosmetic / Business Development Shanghai
Perkins Eastman Architecture Shanghai
Stanley & Partners Investment Management Co. Ltd. Real Estate Investment Banking Services Shanghai
Savills Real Estate/Research & Development consultancy Shanghai
Shui On Land Real Estate / Facility Services / Project Management Shanghai
TBWA Shanghai Advertising Agency / Marketing Agency / Business Solution Shanghai
WSP Building Service/Transport Planning Shanghai

Estimated Personal Costs

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

Country: China / Hong Kong 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

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 the medical cost will be responsible by students.
  • HKU Summer Institute reserves the right to change, amend, modify, suspend, continue or terminate all or any part of the programme either in an individual case or in general, at any time without notice.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • For enquiries, please send an email to ugsummer@hku.hk. 


• Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate upon programme completion. Students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with HKU credits, please contact your home institution about the issue related to HKU credits recognition.

• In any case, students are strongly recommended to make their own insurance arrangements throughout the entire period of your programme. Students will be responsible for their own medical and dental costs during the period of the programme. Please refer to here (Point 5) for more information.