Work-Integrated Education

Frequently Asked Questions

A. Recruiting Student Interns

  1. How can I recruit PolyU Faculty of Business students for internship?
  2. How are students selected for jobs?
  3. Can I recruit students for overseas internship?
  4. Can I recruit non-local students for internship?

B. Internship Jobs

  1. When can students start?
  2. How long will each internship last?
  3. What jobs can I ask students to do?
  4. Can students be sent out of Hong Kong on assignment?
  5. Can students take on project work?
  6. Do I need to provide a workstation for students?

C. Financial and Insurance Matters

  1. Is there a fee for using the internship service?
  2. Is there a minimum amount of pay I should provide student interns?
  3. What benefits should I provide for students?
  4. Do I need to provide insurance coverage for students?
  5. Do I need to contribute to the MPF for students?

D. Supervising Students

  1. What type of training do I need to provide?
  2. What should I do to facilitate student learning?
  3. How do I evaluate student performance?
A. Recruiting Student Interns

1. How can I recruit PolyU Faculty of Business students for internship?

You can download and complete the "partner organization registration form" (DOC | PDF) and return it to us by Email to kick-start the process. Generally, students can be matched to a WIE job within two weeks.

2. How are students selected for jobs?

According to your specific requirements, we will provide a short-list of students recommended for the job and their CV for your final confirmation. Some organizations also conduct interviews to determine their final selection.

3. Can I recruit students for overseas internship?

Yes. Students who wish to work for overseas internship can apply Offshore WIE Sponsorship for travel, accommodation and subsistence allowance. We do ask that the overseas organisation involved help source for suitable accommodation for the student.

4. Can I recruit non-local students for internship?

Yes. Non-local students will also need to fulfill 300 hours of WIE. The organization involved will need to issue a letter to confirm their acceptance of the non-local student as an intern. This application process will be handled by the WIE office in the Faculty.

All non-local students holding an "No Objection Letter" issued by HK Immigration Office can legally participate in internship programmes which have been recognized by the Faculty of Business or corresponding departments. Please click here for more details on the Immigration Policy on internship/employment for Non-Local Students.
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B. Internship Jobs

1. When can the students start?

For part-time or project-based internships during the academic semester, students can start almost immediately depending on their timetable. Students will normally be able to commit to at least 8-12 hours of part-time internship work.

For full-time internships, students can begin in late May after their examination period.

2. How long will each internship last?

Students are required to fulfill at least 300 hours in order to graduate with their BBA. These hours can be spread over their three years in PolyU. We encourage internship periods to be in blocks of 100 hours.

3. What jobs can I ask the students to do?

We encourage organizations to allow students to engage in meaningful work which is relevant to their discipline of study and/or will enable them to develop generic and transferable skills.

Work that involves high risks, manual labour and/or is doubtful ethically or legally will not be approved.

4. Can students be sent out of Hong Kong on assignment?

Yes. Organizations are asked to provide allowances and travel insurance for students for such assignments.

5. Can students take on project work?

Yes. Students can work on tasks as projects and meet with their workplace supervisor on a regular basis. Such projects can be consultancy work, research work, etc. Organizations may choose to specify deliverables for students and allow them to work on the tasks off-site. The number of hours needed for such work should be defined and agreed upon before commencement.

6. Do I need to provide a workstation for students?

This is dependent on the type of work that you choose to assign.
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C. Financial and Insurance Matters

1. Is there a fee for using the internship service?

No. There is no fee. In fact, while we encourage companies to provide a token meal-and-transport allowance for students, this is at the sole discretion of companies.

2. Is there a minimum amount of pay I should provide student interns?

No. In fact, while we encourage companies to provide a token meal-and-transport allowance for students, this is at the sole discretion of companies.

Please note that statutory minimum wage does not apply to student interns as well as work experience students during a period of exempt student employment. Please refer to the Notes for Student Employees and Employers - (Eng | Chi)

3. What benefits should I provide for students?

Companies are not obliged to provide benefits for students. However, a certificate or reference letter for commendable internship performance will encourage students who perform well.

4. Do I need to provide insurance coverage for students?

Students are covered under the University's group personal accident insurance scheme worldwide.

5. Do I need to contribute to the MPF for students?

If there is an employment relationship between the student and the offering organization for a continuous period of not less than 60 days, the offering organisation is required to enroll the student into an MPF scheme. (http://www.mpfa.org.hk)
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D. Supervising Students

1. What type of training do I need to provide?

Companies are encouraged to expose students to the various functions and operations in their business and, if possible, provide training in specific areas that are vital to their chosen industry.

The faculty provides training and courses for students on a regular basis which will augment their skills and knowledge for the workplace.

2. What should I do to facilitate student learning?

In general, supervisors are encouraged to set work goals with students and conduct regular work and performance review meetings.

3. How do I evaluate student performance?

Students on WIE are evaluated on 15 core competencies which are included in the “Student Evaluation by Organization” at the end of their internship. It is a simple and straightforward evaluation, and supervisors need only tick the relevant sections and provide feedback. This evaluation normally takes 3-5 minutes to complete.

Please click here for the "Student Trainee Evaluation by Organization" form.

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