Career Advising Services
Updated 22 Nov 2023
Note to Virtual Internship Subsidy Applicants: Undergraduate students who are considering to apply for subsidy must complete the new prerequisite Pre-Internship Training Programme (PTP). Download the latest PTP information here:
Work experience is definitely a competitive edge that students may wish to have in enhancing their employability apart from their academic and professional training. With the outbreak of COVID-19, while our off-shore internship programmes are unable to operate, the Office of Student Affairs has coordinated with various organizations to offer students the opportunity to join Virtual Internships since May. Virtual internships aim to provide students the chance to work on projects for enterprises or organizations (whether it is a local firm or an overseas or Mainland enterprise) in gaining real-world working experience. Students will be supervised or guided by project managers/supervisors to complete research, projects or tasks assigned. The only difference from having a "real" internship is that the internship is not carried out in an office-setting. Work meetings and supervision are done virtually, using the latest communication technology. While businesses are adapting to the remote work structure, this is a new and creative learning experience for students. At the same time, students can work from home and still engage the world while bearing less financial burden paying for travelling and accommodation for internships that take place outside Hong Kong.
All full-time undergraduate students are welcome to apply for this Virtual Internships coordinated by OSA.
Virtual Internship Subsidy (2023-24)* from Office of Student Affairs:
*apply to virtual internships beginning on 1 Sep 2023
As the majority of the virtual internships are unpaid, to provide added incentives for students to join virtual internships with international or non-local organizations in receiving global exposure during term-time, the following subsidies apply:
Maximum subsidy per student according to the location of the internship host company:
1.Mainland China / Hong Kong : $4,000
2. Asian countries: $6,500
3. Australia / New Zealand: $7,000
4. Spain / Portugal / Germany: $6,000
5. USA, UK & Ireland: $7,000
The subsidy is to assist students in covering the programme fee of the virtual internship programmes. In case your programme fee is lower than the maximum subsidy, e.g., you pay $6300 to join an Ireland virtual internship, your subsidy will be $6300 and not $7000. On the other hand, if your programme fee is $6500 to join a Spanish virtual internship, your subsidy will only be $6000 as this is the maximum subsidy we can provide.
For your information, the subsidy will be released to students upon successful completion of the virtual internship programme.
Eligibility for the Virtual Internship Subsidy:
- Lingnan undergraduate students from all degree programmes
- Must be age 18 or above at the time when you engage in the virtual internship
- The virtual internship duration: minimum 4 weeks
- You are able to perform the virtual internship legally without issues related with work visa.
- All applicants must complete the Pre-Internship Training Programme (PTP) when applying for subsidy. Please download the PTP detailed information here.
- Each student is eligible to apply for this subsidy once each term/semester. If in doubt, please ask OSA career officers before applying and paying for your virtual internship programme.
Application for the Virtual Internship Subsidy from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA):
Application Method for Virtual Internships during Term Time & Summer 2022-23 :
To apply for virtual internship programmes, please refer to the list of Virtual Internhsip programmes and observe their respective application method and deadlines.
List of Virtual Internship Programmes
|Name of Organization||Application Deadline|
Program fee: HK$3,500
|Apply before 15 Dec 2023|
Bloom of Youth Virtual Internship Programme - focusing on virtual internships in Spain, UK, Ireland, Australia & New Zealand.
Enrol 4-8 weeks before your desired start date - Apply here
NEXSTEP Virtual Internship - focusing on virtual internships in Asia
|Enrol 4-8 weeks before your desired start date. Apply here.|
Young Talent Virtual Internship Experience Programme, Seeding‘s Culture Youth Exchange Centre
United Planet Virtual Internship Quest:
Program fee: US$800 for 1-month; US$1100 for 2 months.
* Maximum subsidy for this United Planet Virtual Internship Quest: HK$7000 per student
|Enrol 4-8 weeks before your desired start date - Apply here|
Program fee: $2500
Obligations for Receiving the Virtual Internship Subsidy:
For students who wish to apply for the subsidy, certain obligations must be fulfilled:
|BEFORE starting the virtual internship||
* Details will be sent to applicants in due course.
|DURING the virtual internship||
To receive the virtual internship subsidy, students are required to complete the following:
For the report and self-evaluation, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org TWO WEEKS after completion of your virtual internship. Late submission will not be entertained.
|Release of Subsidy||OSA will deposit the subsidy to selected students who fulfil all the requirements / obligations. Students are expected to receive the subsidy via their bank accounts 4 weeks after completion of the above obligations.|
~ updated 22 Nov 2023 ~
Ms Shirley Siu T: 2616 8653 | E: shirleysiu2@LN.edu.hk
Mr Edwin Fok T: 2616 7408 | E: edwinfok@LN.edu.hk