Internship and Graduate Placement

Internship is one of the co-curriculum options that offer you real life practical working experiences in your field of studies outside the academic setting. Through internships, you can broaden your horizons, enrich your knowledge in working environment, sharpen your communications and time management skills, and start building up a network of contacts for your future development.

Your fellows in SENG take up internships at companies such as Microsoft, Cathay Pacific, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, PCCW, Ove Arup, Hewlett Packard, Yahoo, Disneyland, ASTRI, and HKSAR government departments, among others.

 

Job Opportunities and Recruitment Events

Keep yourself abreast of exciting job openings and upcoming events by paying attention to:

 

Special Notes on Minimum Wage Ordinance

The Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) has come into force since 1 May 2011. The revised Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) rate of $37.5 per hour came into effect on 1 May 2019.

 

EXEMPTION applies to the following student employees:

  1. Student Interns

 A student intern is:

  • a student undergoing a period of work arranged or endorsed by a local education institution specified in Schedule 1 to the Minimum Wage Ordinance, and the work is a compulsory or elective component of the requirements of a full-time accredited program being provided by the institution to the student; or

  • a student resident in Hong Kong and undergoing a period of work arranged or endorsed by an institution, and the work is a compulsory or elective component of the requirements of a full-time education programme for a non-local academic qualification at degree or higher level being provided by the institution to the student.

If you would like to work as a ‘student intern’, you should check with your home department to see if your ‘student intern’ status is supported or not. If yes, you should receive a Confirmation of “student intern” status under the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) from your Department.

(Note: The processing time varies from one department to another. You are advised to check with your home department and submit your application as soon as possible PRIOR TO the commencement of the internship.)

 

  1. Work Experience Students during a Period of Exempt Student Employment

 A work experience student is:

  • a student who is enrolled in a full-time accredited programme provided by a local education institution specified in Schedule 1 to the Minimum Wage Ordinance; or

a student who is resident in Hong Kong and enrolled in a full-time education programme for a non-local academic qualification at degree or higher level

  • and is under the age of 26 years at the beginning of employment. The work experience student may agree with the employer to have a continuous period of up to 59 days as exempt student employment if :

  1. the student has not commenced another exempt student employment period within the same calendar year (whether under the employment of the same employer or not); and

  2. the student has made a statutory declaration verifying the fact in (a) above and provided the declaration (or copy) to the employer.

If you would like to work as a ‘work experience student’, you should confirm your status by

  1. Providing a proof of your student status at HKUST, you can obtain such proof by either of the following means:

  • If you are a full-time HKUST student, you can use the print-out of your student information embedded in the HKUST student cards and with the printout of the list stating the Local Education Institutions specified in the Schedule 1 to the Minimum Wage Ordinance, as a confirmation.

                OR

  1. duly signed contract/offer letter

  2. HKUST Student Card

  3. HKID

(Note: The normal processing time is 2 working days.)

If you are a postgraduate student in SENG, please contact SENG PG office.

  1. Making a Statutory Declaration:

You can obtain free service available at the District Offices of the Home Affairs Office for making the statutory declaration. Please refer to website at Home Affairs Office for details: http://www.had.gov.hk/en/public_services/public_enquiry_services/provided.htm

You could refer to Specimen Content of statutory declaration made by a work experience student for a period of exempt student employment for reference.

Please note that any person who makes a false statutory declaration commits a criminal offence and is liable to prosecution.

For more details on MWO, please refer to the following websites or materials:

 

Special Notes for Non-local Students Working in Hong Kong

If you are a non-local student, please note that there are government policies and rules governing non-local students working in Hong Kong.  Failure in complying with these rules and regulations will result in deportation. Please familiarize yourself with such policies, relevant rules and procedures on websites of:

If you are an undergraduate non-local student in SENG who wishes to take up an internship, you are required to complete the following process:

  1. Familiarize yourself with policies, relevant rules, procedures and FAQs on Non-local Students Working in Hong Kong section of HKUST Career Center’s website.

  1. Follow the procedures on Employment During the Study Program section and provide Departmental Designated Officer (for UG) at your home department with all the following documents to facilitate your department’s endorsement of study-related internship.

  1. NLSE Form A

  2. Copy of duly signed contract/offer letter

  3. Copy of valid passport

  4. Copy of student visa (visa label)

  5. Copy of HKID

  6. Copy of HKUST Student ID

(Note: The processing time varies from one department to another. You are advised to check with your home department and submit your application as soon as possible PRIOR TO the commencement of the internship.)

  1. Your home department will then pass the related documents to SENG for final endorsement. You will receive an email from SENG School Designated Officer (for UG) after the process is completed. You should bring along the original copy of all documents mentioned in (2) above to IEI office (Room 5588, lift 30) at the scheduled timeslot for collection of 2 endorsement letters (1 attention to the Director of Immigration Department, 1 attention to you) issued.

(Note: The normal processing time is 5 working days.)

  1. You should go to Immigration Department to apply for the "No Objection Letter" (NOL) for study-related Internship. Please note that you are NOT allowed to start your internship until you have been issued such NOL by Immigration Department. You may direct questions about the application procedures to the Immigration Department enquiry hotline at (852) 2824 6111.

If you are a postgraduate non-local student in SENG, please contact SENG PG office.