Business and Communication
Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations and optional social events; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, participants will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.
Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.
Internship Placement Process
After students enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad in the Hong Kong—Business & Communication Summer Internship program, they will receive instructions for completing a separate application and portal for this program’s partner, Academic Internship Council (AIC). After you have completed the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, you will receive the link to the required online questionnaire with AIC. The questionnaire asks you to provide personal information and to specify your internship preferences. You will select three distinct fields that interest you in order to help the AIC placement team prepare for your placement meeting. You will also be asked to upload your resume and a photo at the time you fill out the questionnaire.
The internship placement process includes a phone or skype discussion with an AIC program manager to narrow down your goals and interests, as well as a phone or Skype interview(s) with potential internship companies. Interviews with host companies take place via Skype, typically five to eight weeks prior to the program start. AIC will secure relevant placement opportunities and help coordinate interviews for all students, however the exact timing of the matching process depends on the individual profile and preferences articulated by the student and the performance of the student at the confirmation interview. In cases where the host company needs to be confirmed prior to submitting the visa paperwork, students are reminded that strong communications with the AIC team and flexibility regarding the specific company will be important for the placement process.
Note: All enrolled students will be placed in an internship. Students with relevant experience and a GPA over 2.5 may have more placement options or an internship role with greater responsibility than students without experience or a lower GPA.
Students are encouraged to be open-minded and approach the program with a willingness to learn and grow, both professionally and personally. Final internship placement will be determined just prior to departure.
Resume and Cover Letter Resources
We strongly recommend that all students meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center or the Career Center on their home campus to have their resume and other supplemental documents reviewed (if applicable) prior to submitting these documents to AIC. The ICC provides many online resources, such as resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation examples.
Our Program Partner
For the Hong Kong—Business & Communication Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study abroad partners with AIC (Academic Internship Council), an organization dedicated to partnering with colleges and universities to provide high-quality student internships abroad that add value to their academic programs. The organization offers customized internship placements to provide students with hands-on, professional experience within their chosen field. The Hong Kong—Business & Communication Summer Internship program is a customized program designed by AIC uniquely for UC Davis Study Abroad. Onsite, a team of AIC staff will welcome students at the airport, lead the welcome orientation, coordinate and lead any group excursions and other program-related activities, and be on-call 24/7 for emergency support.
Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for international internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.
Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.