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Work-Integrated Education (WIE) is a special internship programme in PolyU.  WIE is defined as ‘work-based learning experiences which take place in an organizational context relevant to a student's future profession, or the development of generic skills that will be valuable in that profession.’ Its objective is to help students develop a range of valuable generic attributes and to apply theories to real-life situations.

WIE is a compulsory component of all full-time undergraduate programmes in PolyU, including ITC. In order to be eligible for graduation, ITC students must complete one WIE activity of at least 120 hours and get a ‘PASS’ in the assessment during the time of study at the university.


What activities will be counted? 

  • The job nature and activities of the WIE must be structured and measurable learning experience in an organizational context relevant to students' future profession in the fashion and textiles industry
  • The duration of internship for WIE must be 120 hours or more
  • All WIE activities must be sought prior approval from ITC and obtained a ‘PASS’ in the assessment. Students are highly recommended to complete the WIE before promoting to the final year of study


WIE Fulfilment Procedures

Timeline Procedures
2 weeks
before starting work

All students must submit WIE Placement Learning Agreement Form online to ITC for PRIOR approval. This is applicable to the jobs sourced via ITC, CAPS, and by students.


Students will be notified by e-mail whether their proposed WIE activities are approved or not within 2 weeks after the day of request received. Only the approved job/internship will be considered as WIE record.

Within 2 weeks after finishing work 

Students should provide their workplace supervisors with their names and email addresses and invite them to complete an online WIE Placement Employer Evaluation Form on their performance upon completion of the WIE placement.


In order for the employers to provide a thorough evaluation on student's performance, the WIE Placement Employer Evaluation Form should be submitted online within two weeks after the completion of the placement, but no earlier than one week before the end of the placement.


If the WIE job is sourced via CAPS or by the student, employers are required to first submit basic information of their business via an online Company Registration Form before the completion of the evaluation form.

Within 2 weeks 
after finishing work

Once you finish working, students are required to submit an WIE Placement Student Evaluation Report online to ITC within 2 weeks for processing of grading.  Upon submission, the submitted student evaluation report will be sent to student’s email address for record.


It is students’ responsibility to urge their workplace supervisors (employers) to complete online WIE Placement Employer Evaluation Form on their work performance. Upon submission, employers will receive the evaluation reports in email. The same report will also be sent to the student’s email address. 


Students are required to print out in hard copies both WIE Placement Student Evaluation Report and WIE Placement Employer Evaluation Form, and submit to ITC general office for WIE assessment.


ITC general office will verify the submitted reports (email printouts) with the records saved in ITC WIE computer system for assessment purpose.


WIE Assessment

Students must pass the assessment on the approved WIE activities in order to be able to graduate. Upon receipt of WIE reports (WIE Placement Student Evaluation Report and WIE Placement Employer Evaluation Form), a grade of Pass/Fail will be recommended by the academic supervisors based on the feedback from workplace supervisors and the self-reflection from students.

Employer involvement is important to monitor student learning progress and give appraisal at the end of the internship period. Appraisals prepared by the workplace supervisors will provide comments on students' performance at work. Basic and generic competency in the workplace will be assessed.

Important: WIE working panel will reserve the right of final decision on the result of the WIE activities in case of dispute. 


Minimum Wage Ordinance

Statutory minimum wage does not apply to the following student employees:

  • student interns; and
  • work experience students during a period of exempt student employment

It is important to note that the Minimum Wage Ordinance does not apply to interns/students with no employment relationship with the host organization or company. However, statutory minimum wage applies if a work experience student has not agreed with his or her employer to treat a certain period as a period of exempt student employment.

If students want to accept a job paid below the statutory minimum wage (including no-pay internship), please send a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for issuance of the corresponding document.



PolyU has in place a Group Personal Accident insurance (GPA) policy covering students taking on local and offshore activities.

Further protection has also been arranged through the ‘Top-up GPA for WIE activities’ for approved WIE activities. In order to be covered by the Top-up GPA, students are reminded to submit WIE application form to ITC as early as possible to seek PRIOR approval.