STEM Internship Scheme
Launched in 2020, the STEM14 Internship Scheme (the "Scheme") aims to encourage STEM students to gain innovation and technology (I&T)-related work experience during their studies and to foster their interest in pursuing a career in I&T after graduation, so as to enlarge the local I&T talent pool. Under the Scheme, allowance will be provided for undergraduates and postgraduates taking university full‑time STEM programmes funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) to enrol in short-term internships.
- Universities: Tertiary institutions in Hong Kong funded by the UGC offering full-time STEM programmes are eligible to receive funding under the Scheme. Individual universities may supplement further requirements and make specific arrangements to suit their own circumstances.
- Students: the Scheme is open to undergraduates and postgraduates, including both local15 and non-local students, who are enrolled in one of the eligible full-time STEM programmes offered by the participating Universities. Non-local students are only allowed to enrol in internships in Hong Kong under the Scheme, subject to the conditions of stay of the visa/entry permit issued by the Immigration Department.
- Employers: all companies/ organisations are welcomed to offer I&T-related internship places for, and recruit interns benefited from the Scheme, subject to the arrangements of individual universities.
Participating employers may pay the student interns a monthly honorarium on top of the allowance under the Scheme with reference to their internal policies, industry benchmarks or market rates16.
- Internship Placements: Internship places can be newly created or belong to existing in-house internship programmes of the companies/organisations. They have to meet the following requirements -
- local or non-local full-time placements17 with duration of at least four consecutive weeks (28 calendar days); and
- offer meaningful I&T-related work, subject to the vetting of the universities.
The Scheme has adopted a broad definition of I&T under which an internship place will be regarded as I&T-related as long as its actual work contains I&T elements (e.g. technology-related intellectual property work, digital marketing, data analysis for the manufacturing industry, etc.). Participating employers may pay a monthly honorarium during the internship period on top of the allowance under the Scheme. They have full discretion in determining the honorarium level (without affecting the allowance received by the student interns under the Scheme) with reference to their internal policies, industry benchmarks or market rates16.
- Allowance and Funding: The student interns will receive the allowance subject to the arrangements of individual universities. The allowance for each student intern under the Scheme is HK$10,500 per month19, with a cap as prescribed by individual universities, but not more than three months in each academic year. ITC will disburse the funding to the universities on a reimbursement basis.
The participating universities are responsible for administering the Scheme. Individual universities have prescribed their respective application procedures and arrangements. Interested students and employers are welcomed to approach the respective universities.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are currently seven participating universities, namely the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and the Education University of Hong Kong.
Each participating university is responsible for administering the operation of the Scheme, and has prescribed its respective application procedure and arrangement. Interested students and employers are welcomed to approach the respective universities directly for details.
Yes. Starting from April 2021, both local and non-local students who are legally employable in Hong Kong and meet the eligibility requirements are welcomed to join the Scheme. For non-local students, only internships undertook in Hong Kong are eligible under the Scheme and should be subject to the conditions of stay of their visa/entry permit issued by the Immigration Department.
Final year students who have fulfilled all the course/credit requirements are eligible so long as the internship commences before the expiry of student status and subject to the requirements of the individual universities. Non-local students should be subject to the conditions of stay of their visa/entry permit issued by the Immigration Department.
No quota is set for the internship places offered by each company / organisation provided that the internship places are I&T-related and full-time, and subject to the requirements of the individual universities.
Yes. As individual universities have prescribed their respective arrangements for application and allowance disbursement, the participating employer should meet any requirements as set by the respective universities of the student interns.
You may visit the following websites for more information on the relevant requirements under: -
the Minimum Wages Ordinance (Cap. 608):
Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF):
Videos of Case Sharing by Student Interns
Interested students and employers may contact the following universities -
|The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology||Career Center
Tel: (852) 2358 6688
|The University of Hong Kong||The Centre of Development and Resources for Students
Tel: (852) 3917 2317
|The Chinese University of Hong Kong||
Ms Somnus Wan
Tel: (852) 3943 1731
|The Hong Kong Polytechnic University||Careers and Placement Section, Student Affairs Office
Tel: (852) 2766 5113
|City University of Hong Kong||Career and Leadership Centre
Tel: (852) 3442 5594
|Hong Kong Baptist University||Miss Penny Lo
Tel: (852) 3411 5278
|The Education University of Hong Kong||Career Development Service
Tel: (852) 2948 6246