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.
- Universities: Tertiary institutions in Hong Kong funded by the University Grants Committee offering 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 who are –
- local students in accordance with the classification by the Education Bureau for the purpose of admission to post-secondary programmes15; and
- enrolling in one of the full-time STEM programmes offered by the eligible Universities.
- 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 placements with duration of at least four consecutive weeks; 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 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 will be HK$10,500 per month17, with a cap as prescribed by individual universities, but not more than three months in every academic year. ITC will disburse the funding to the universities on a reimbursement basis.
Individual universities have prescribed their respective application procedures and arrangements. Interested students and employers are welcomed to approach the respective universities.
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||Miss Bernice Kum
Tel: (852) 3943 1731
|The Hong Kong Polytechnic University||Mr KK Ng (Employer matters)
Tel: (852) 2766 4651
Miss Genette Cheung (Scheme details and application)
Tel: (852) 3400 3121
|City University of Hong Kong||Ms Cherie Cheng
Tel: (852) 3442 5492
|Hong Kong Baptist University||Miss Penny Lo
Tel: (852) 3411 5278
|The Education University of Hong Kong||Career Development Service
Tel: (852) 2948 6246