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Business Internships Abroad: Hong Kong

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Sessions Offered:



Hong Kong SAR, China




This program is designed for mature students seeking international work experience. 2.75 UI and cumulative GPA. In-person interview required.

Application Due:


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

Summer 2014 program dates were June 7-August 2. Students can expect similar dates in summer 2015.

For More Information

Details about the program are available on the Institute for International Business website, or by contacting Study Abroad.

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.


This program is designed for mature students seeking international work experience. Each applicant must meet the following criteria by the summer of 2015:
• 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 2014)
• be in good academic and disciplinary standing
• completion of 6K:70/6K:50 is recommended for all business students participating in the program


The approximate total program fee for summer 2014 was $8,460. This fee was 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 2015, 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 PDFtotal estimated cost of attendance for summer 2014. 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 2015.

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 Study Abroad.

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 regarding submission of your UI online application (this includes supplementary documentation before you can actually submit your application. Required supplemental materials include a resume and an interview preferences worksheet. Your application will be complete when the following are successfully submitted/completed 1) online application, 2) resume, and 3) interview preferences worksheet.
*Note: Early applications will be entered to win one of 10 $500 Early Bird scholarships from the Tippe College of Business.

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 Study Abroad 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 is 12/8/2014.


Students are required to enroll in a spring semester course taught by faculty in the Tippie College of Business. This course is designed to help students prepare for their internship. Content includes pre-departure information, resume critiques, and the development of professions skills necessary to be successful in an international business environment.

After students submit their UI online application, have been accepted into the program and confirm their participation, students will be given additional information regarding the spring semester course and information regarding the internship placement process.

Acceptance Packet and Enrollment Information

The following item should be printed out, signed, and returned to Study Abroad along with your Confirmation of Participation form by January 30, 2015:

PDFDream Careers Contract

The following items should be READ and kept for your records:

PDFUI Financial Aid Information

Health Insurance Information

PDFPayment and Withdrawal Policy - Hong Kong

Orientation Information

All participants are required to attend a general study abroad orientation hosted by Study Abroad in addition to their spring semester course.

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