1,400 students apply for internment in Chinese firms

1,400 students apply for internment in Chinese firms

This photo shows the Chief Secretary for Administration, Chan Kwok-ki, speaking on June 5, 2023 at the kick-off ceremony of the scheme on corporate summer internship on the Mainland and Overseas 2023. HKSAR GOVERNMENT A summer internship program that allows Hong Kong Special Administrative Region students to work as interns in Chinese mainland and overseas branches of large HKSAR enterprises for at least six weeks opened on Monday, with 1,400 students applying for positions.

Addressing the launch ceremony of the scheme on corporate summer internship on the Mainland and Overseas 2023, Eric Chan Kwok-ki, the chief secretary for administration of the HKSAR government, said that 24 enterprises will offer more than 320 internship positions in mainland cities Beijing, Tianjin and Chengdu, as well as Singapore and Sweden.

The companies include mainland internet giants Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings, as well as local corporations Sun Hung Kai Properties, MTR Corporation and Airport Authority Hong Kong.

The programs will cover positions in financial, logistics, retail and other industries, with the companies holding the transportation, accommodation and salary allowances of interns.

The SAR government and the enterprises would rally the strength of the SAR government and the companies to provide new development opportunities for young people in Hong Kong.

Alice Mak Mei-kuen, the Hong Kong SAR government secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, said that about 1,400 students had applied for positions.

In 2018, the summer internship program was launched on a pilot basis before being discontinued in the following years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the resumption of cross-border exchanges between Hong Kong and the mainland and other places, the government is resuming various internship activities in an ordered manner to provide more opportunities for Hong Kong young people to the mainland and abroad, Mak said.

This photo shows Mr Chan's front row, sixth left, the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Miss Alice Mak's front row, sixth right and company representatives officiating at the kick-off ceremony on June 5, 2023.