Social Innovation Internship (FOSS2018), consists of local and non-local internships, is the major option to fulfil SI graduation requirement; and Global Citizenship Internship (FOSS2019) for non-local internship only, is one of the options to fulfill GC graduation requirement. These two internships are 12-credit advanced courses offered to all full-time undergraduate students major or minor in social science disciplines who have completed their first two semesters of studies.
- Local Internships
- Non-local Internships
- Service Leadership Internships (SLI)
- Student-initiated Internships
- For Non-FOSS Students
- List of Community Partners
A local internship can fulfil the Social Innovation Internship requirement (FOSS2018). It offers in term time (spreading across two semesters) and summer semester (for two months). There are two types of local internships: Placement-based and Project-based under the framework of Service Leadership Internships (SLI).
|Placement–based||Project-based: Service Leadership Internships (SLI)|
|Students will be offered a job placement in an organisation.||The SLI takes place in the summer, where students work as a team (groups of 3 – 5) at one of our CPs to initiate, develop and implement service task(s).|
A non-local internship can fulfil either the Social Innovation Internship or the Global Citizenship Internship requirement. The two-month internships are only offered in summer. Over the summer of 2015 and 2016, students had placement opportunities in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. There are two types of non-local internships: Placement-based and cross-disciplinary project based internships.
|Placement–based||Cross-disciplinary project-based in collaboration with other Faculties|
|Students will be offered a job placement in an organisation in one of the above locations||
Service Leadership Internships (SLI)
Since June 2012, the Faculty of Social Sciences has launched a project entitled the Service Leadership Internships (SLI) with the support from the HKI-SLAM, Victor and William Fung Foundation. The SLI provides funding to the delivery of service leadership training in all eight tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.
The SLI takes place in the summer, where student interns work as a team (groups of 3 – 5) at one of our community partners to initiate, develop and implement (a) service task(s). By making use of their social sciences and multi-disciplinary knowledge, student interns contribute as shared leaders to help the organisations generate innovative solutions to authentic problems.
The Service Leadership Internships (SLI) has four primary objectives:
1) To strengthen the students’ sense of social responsibilities in leadership
2) To help the students acquire the personal competencies in leadership
3) To help the students gain social skills in leadership
4) To enable the students to hone their leadership skills in authentic service to the community
What do our partners say about the experience?
Within the existing Social Innovation / Global Citizenship (SIGC) framework in the Faculty of Social Sciences, we implement an additional pathway where students can initiate an internship to fulfil the SIGC requirement for partners yet included in our network.
Objectives of the Student-initiated Internships
- To encourage students to seek out a non-paid, off-campus internship that fits their interests and strengths;
- To broaden existing internship opportunities by providing internships which students are interested in while maintaining the academic integrity of the programme and the social sciences focus on public service.
Selection Criteria for a Community Partner
The following criteria will be used to screen the nature of the student-initiated Community Partners and the content of the internship tasks detailed in the student's application to uphold the academic quality and fairness of the internships. The student should identify and have directly contacted an organisation (Community Partner) that can provide:
- a meaningful and challenging experience that extends the student’s critical thinking and raises his or her awareness of various social issues, such as justice, human rights, diversity, poverty and discrimination;
- an experience that is relevant to the skills and knowledge of the disciplines of the social sciences, broadly related to China Studies, Geography, Politics and Public Administration, Psychology, Social Work and Social Administration, Sociology and so forth;
- an effective supervision of the intern and is willing to enter into a contract with the Faculty laying out the duties and responsibilities of Community Partners; and
- an experience that is not engaged in direct profit-making tasks/activities.
- Each student applicant can propose only one Student-initiated Internships placement during each round of the Student-initiated Internships scheme.
- Students should receive FORMAL APPROVAL from the Faculty BEFORE they start the Student-initiated Internships. NO retrospective internships will be considered. Internship period and application period of each batch can be referred to this link.
- The internship period, work pattern, work location and application deadlines are listed. No internships will be considered out of the designated period.
- The Faculty will send students an e-mail to call for applications. Students should complete and submit an online application form on or before the deadline.
- In each batch of application, 20 applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis.
- When a decision is reached on whether to accept the internship opportunity and the Community Partner as a provider, the Faculty will inform the applicant and the Community Partner of the decision via email.
- The student applicant who has initiated the internship will also need to go through the regular internship application process, including submitting a personal statement and an online application form. Placement in an internship is not guaranteed and is subject to acceptance by the Community Partner.
- The Experiential Learning Team of the Faculty will review the applications carefully. The Team will contact, negotiate and visit (if necessary) the Community Partners to acquire more information.
- Upon satisfying all the requirements, the Team will initiate a contract with the organisation concerned. The Faculty will discuss with the Community Partner if the internship post will be offered only to the student who has made the initial contact (presumably the student is successful in the application process), or if it will be open for other students to apply (i.e., the post will be publicized in the Faculty’s Internship Fair, on the Faculty’s website and in other publications).
- The Faculty reserves the right to determine whether any Student-initiated Internships will be approved, and no appeal is permitted.
For Non-FOSS Students
Principles for managing non-FOSS Internships
- The goal of our experiential learning program continues to be primarily linking classroom learning to community practice, broadening student experiences. This internship does not provide vocational opportunities for post-graduation employment.
- The Faculty welcomes the participation of full-time HKU undergraduates in the Faculty’s experiential learning programmes. A more diverse student body can attract new partners and afford our students a more integrated learning experience.
- The Faculty seeks to develop collaborative internship programmes with other Faculties and Departments of the University (e.g., Comparative Literature, Engineering, Dentistry, etc.)
- The primary focus of the SI-GC internship is to serve FOSS students.
- Those interested non-FOSS students have to confirm that they can:
- Commit 2.5 months in the summer
- Have 12 credits reserved for SI/GC for the academic year, which means if students already reached the maximum number of credits allowed (i.e. 72 credits in one academic year), they can’t proceed
- Complete all the academic deliverables: Attend Orientation on a specific date; submit all written assignments (total 4,500 words); AND deliver a project presentation on a specific date. Students have to “check the above boxes” on the internet when they proceed to apply for FOSS non-paid, credit-bearing internship.
- The non-FOSS, SI-GC enrollments are implemented in a gradual fashion:
- In summer every year, we envisage we may take limited number of non-FOSS students for the internship programmes;
- The experiential learning team will monitor the process; we will interview non-FOSS students about their expectations and their understanding of the SI-GC. Supervision will be provided by the teachers of the experiential learning team upon successful application;
- Non-FOSS students are free to choose any internships;
- Non-FOSS students whose second major is in FOSS will be given priority as the SI-GC is required in the syllabus of their second major;
- Non-FOSS students will not be eligible to receive scholarships or subsidies from FOSS due to limited resources. Selection interviews administered by community partners will determine internship places like their counterparts from FOSS regarding GPA, the relevant skills or academic training, etc.
Social Innovation & Global Citizenship Internship* Cantonese is required
- Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong*
- Hong Kong AIDS Foundation*
- Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF*
- Institute For Integrated Rural Development
- International Center for the Gifted & Talented (HK) Ltd *
- JEMS Learning House
- Joyful (Mental Health) Foundation*
- Playright Children’s Play Association – HSBC Playright Playscope
- Principal Chan Free Tutorial World*
- Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service*
- Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong - Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers (Hong Kong Island)
- EDGE Book*
- Enlighten-Action for Epilepsy
- Garage Society
- HandsOn Hong Kong
- Hok Yau Club *
- Hong Kong Arts Centre*
- Hong Kong Eating Disorders Association
- La Violet Charity Foundation Ltd.
- Project Orbis International, Inc*
- The Fred Hollows Foundation (HK) Limited*
- The French Chamber Foundation
- The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups*
- UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)*
- VolTra Hong Kong
- Action for REACH OUT*
- Asian Academy of Family Therapy*
- Carbon Care InnoLab*
- Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong - Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers (New Territories)*
- Changing Young Lives Foundation*
- Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association*
- Make A Difference Institute Limited*
- PathFinders Limited
- Project Orbis International, Inc*
- Rooftop Republic Urban Farming*
- Save the Children
- The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups*
- The Women’s Foundation*