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Business Internships Abroad: Hong Kong

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

Hong Kong SAR, China

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

This program is designed for mature students seeking international work experience.

Application Due:

1/5

Program Cost:

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The Tippie College of Business and International Programs collaborate on an eight-week summer internship program in Hong Kong. This unique opportunity is for undergraduate students who want to gain international and professional work experience.

Academic Program

The Tippie College has partnered with Dream Careers to bring Iowa undergraduate students a customized academic internship opportunity in Hong Kong. Students live in Hong Kong for eight weeks, are housed in shared residence halls, earn credit toward their UI degree, and are placed in internships throughout the city. Total credits earned are 1 s.h. Nonbusiness Elective Credit and 3 s.h. of Business Elective Credit. *Note: TCOB students interested in the Dream Careers London or Hong Kong programs are required to apply via this University of Iowa-sponsored program.

Program Dates

June 7-August 2, 2014

For More Information

Details about the program are available on the Institute for International Business website, or by contacting beth-knudson@uiowa.eduin the Undergraduate Programs Office (Tippie College of Business)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world's largest and most metropolitan cities. About seven million people live on the collection of islands and mainland branch of this financial capital. Once a British territory, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. China now classifies Hong Kong as a special administrative region (SAR). The city was allowed to retain its currency, legal system, and political system, making it a drastically different place than the rest of mainland China.

Host Institution

After applying and gaining acceptance to the UI program, students will be assigned to work with a member of the Dream Careers team to polish their resumes to bring out highlights that will appeal to employers. Students work with an internship coordinator to select an internship that matches your skills and goals with employer's needs. The internship coordinator will set up phone interviews and guide students through the selection process which takes place in the spring.

In 10 years, Dream Careers has had more than 10,000 students in internships in cities in the United States and abroad. Students are guaranteed to be placed in unpaid internships in Hong Kong that cover a variety of sectors including:
• Finance
• Marketing
• PR and Event Planning
• Advertising and Publishing
• Other industries

Living Arrangements

Interns are housed at City University of Hong Kong's Student Residence in double room accommodations (two rooms share one bathroom) and shared common spaces. Breakfast and dinner are provided at City University. The City University is in a great location for the metro, grocery stores, restaurants, and places to hang out, including Festival Hall.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements, with tips and advice provided by Study Abroad.

Eligibility

This program is designed for mature students seeking international work experience. Each applicant must meet the following criteria by the summer of 2014:
• UI and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
• earned at least 45 s.h.
• completed at least one semester at the UI (by December 2013)
• be in good academic and disciplinary standing
• completion of 6K:70/6K:50 is recommended for all business students participating in the program

Costs

The approximate total program fee for summer 2014 is $8,460. This fee is made up of the course fee of $7,969 and the study abroad administrative fee. Because the study abroad administrative fee is based on UI tuition and the Board of Regents to date have not set UI tuition for summer 2014, that part of the total program fee is subject to change. A summary of what is and is not included in the program fee can be found here. Students traveling abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa are required to purchase the Regents International Health Insurance plan and will be automatically signed up for the coverage. More insurance cost and coverage information can be found here. The cost of insurance will show up as a separate charge on the students' ubill.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the PDFcost sheet for Business Internships Abroad: Hong Kong from summer 2013 This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic. We expect only the course fee (listed above) and administrative fee to change for summer 2014.

How to Apply

Please note the eligibility information above before applying for the program. If you have questions regarding your eligibility to participate or application requirements contact beth-knudson@uiowa.edu with the subject line "Hong Kong Application Question".

Please complete all fields for the online application with one modification. In the text box labeled "Please state briefly your reasons for applying to this program, including both academic and personal objectives. Please also indicate prior relevant experience and/or coursework", please include your response to the following question instead "Share your top THREE objectives for a Global Internship experience; consider both professional and personal objectives. Provide detailed explanation and reasoning".

Please follow the directions supplied after your application is submitted to send an electronic copy of your resume and schedule your application interview. Your application will be complete when the following are successfully submitted/completed 1) online application, 2) resume, and 3) application interview.
*Note: Students need only to complete the first step of submitting their online application by Nov 1 to be eligible for the Early Bird Discount.

When you have read the instructions listed above, click here to begin your online application.

**Important note for International Students**
If you’re interested in applying to the Hong Kong program, our Hong Kong partner Dream Careers will talk with you prior to an interview with the Undergraduate Program Office. We recommend you complete these 2 interviews PRIOR to applying to this program. Please contact Beth Rydstrom Knudson to arrange your Dream Careers interview. Finally, please confirm your U.S. visa eligibility to participate in this summer program with your UI ISSS Advisor prior to applying--pay particular attention to the dates on your visa.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has been extended until 1/5/2014.

Orientation Information

Students will be preparing for their summer internships during the spring semester course. All participants also attend a general study abroad orientation.

Information about this program is displayed on the general program webpage. Click here to see that page.