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City University of Hong Kong,
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Kowloon Hong Kong
Employment Policy for Non-local Students

According to the guidelines stipulated by the HKSAR Immigration Department, non-local students of full-time locally accredited programmes at degree level or above whose study period is not less than one academic year may take up internship subject to the following conditions:


  1. The internships must be study/curriculum-related and be arranged or endorsed by the institutions they are studying in; and
  2. The duration of the internship is up to one academic year, or one-third of the normal duration of the relevant full-time academic programme, whichever is the shorter.

There is no restriction on the nature of work, level of salary, location, number of working hours and employers.

Moreover, these students (excluding exchange students) may take up:


  1. part-time on-campus employment for not more than 20 hours per week throughout the year; and
  2. employment during the summer months from 1 June to 31 August (both dates inclusive) without any limit in relation to work hours and location.


Eligible students will be issued a "No Objection Letter" (NOL) upon approval of entry and extension of stay applications. The NOL will spell out the type(s) and conditions of employment which the student may take up.


For more details, please refer to the Guidebook for Entry for Study in HK (Immigration Dept) and its FAQ.

Employers’ Guide on Internships

Internships are generally regarded as temporary positions created by companies to provide experiential or work-related learning to students at the university level.  A good internship program allows for the proper integration of knowledge and practice in professional settings under supervision.

Objectives of Internships

  • Internships are community centered. It follows that all work related instructions, requirements, and evaluations be adjusted for this purpose as opposed to regular positions.
  • Internships are also student centered so that work assignments are designed according to the learning needs of the student.  It follows that for the same work assignment or position, the design and expectations of work are customized for learning.
  • It is important to preserve the motive for learning in internships as interns can drift away from internship learning goals if they are exposed to opportunities of short-term monetary or material rewards.
  • A properly designed internship program incorporates meaningful works, works that are career related, or tasks that incorporate elements of professionalism, and hands on experience that are absent from university learning.
  • Internship supervisors are often managers or senior staff. Supervisors should become aware of the differences between internship supervision and regular work supervision.
  • Internship work schedules, part time or full time, should incorporate time for learning — time for discussion with supervisory staff, for notes taking, for reflection, and for rest as these are the essential elements for quality learning