Summer Abroad Business and Communication Internships


Status: Closed for 2018

Hong Kong — Business & Communication

Arrive Date: July 19, 2018    End Date: September 14, 2018

Program Overview

Business and Communication Internships in Hong Kong provide a comprehensive academic, professional and cultural experience in one of the economic and cultural hubs of Asia, where English is the language of business. Participants have the opportunity to gain marketable skills while learning about professional life in an international context. Opportunities are available in Accounting, Finance, Advertising, Communication, Marketing, Public relations, International trade, Logistics, Hospitality and Tourism, and more. Host companies range from small start-ups to large global organizations. 

Students can expect to spend about 4 to 5 days per week at their internship and to dedicate another 8 hours per week to the online course facilitated by a UC Davis instructor. Other program components may include weekly discussion groups, small group activities and a range of events to help students integrate into the city, their cohort and their internship. A list of placements where students have interned previously.

Instructor:  Ken Andersen

Taught in:  English (course taught remotely)

Total Max Enrollment:  21

Program Coordinator:  Aspen Felt

Info Session Presentation


Education Abroad Program (EAP) 192. Internship (6 units)

University Writing Program (UWP) 198. Writing for Internships (2 units, P/NP)

Internship Placement Process

After you have completed the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, you will receive the link to the required online questionnaire with Academic Internship Council (AIC), our program partner. 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 employers 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 employer 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 employer will be important for the placement process. All enrolled students will be placed in a business/communications internship. Students with relevant experience and a GPA over 2.5 may have more placement options than students without experience or a lower GPA.

Resume and Cover Letter Resources

We strongly recommend that all students meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center to have their resume and cover letter reviewed prior to submitting these documents to AIC. The ICC provides many online resources, such as resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation examples.


All participants will be required to apply for a training visa. The following restrictions apply:

  • Nationals from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Nepal and Vietnam, are NOT eligible to intern in Hong Kong.
  • Students from mainland China must have studied in the U.S. for at least two years at time of internship and plan to return to their studies in the U.S. at the conclusion of the internship period
Program Highlights
  • Exceptional intercultural communication opportunities in an international workplace
  • Excellent opportunity to hone and apply concepts learned in classrooms in real-world, global contexts
  • Tremendous opportunity to make exciting cultural, professional, and geographic discoveries
  • Exciting opportunity to grow professionally and personally
  • Outstanding résumé line item and interview talking point