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In accordance with the University’s policies, all full-time UGC-funded undergraduates should fulfill the mandatory requirement of Work-integrated Education (WIE). WIE is a work-based, structured and measurable learning experience in an industrial context which is relevant to the students’ areas of studies.

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PolyU Job Board


ME Career Corner


Student Self-sourced




  • To provide opportunities for students to learn in both academic and workplace settings
  • To expose students to actual working environment, thereby enhancing the employability of students
  • To provide opportunities for students to apply their skills and knowledge to contribute to the industry and community
  • To help students to develop a wide range of generic abilities in a working environment

A student is required to spend at least 2 weeks (80 hours) on WIE before graduation.

WIE activities should be structuredand measurable –

Structured = the nature of the WIE activity should be well-defined beforehand. It might include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following intended learning outcomes:

  • The student is able to appreciate or learn the importance of workplace safety in an engineering environment.
  • The student is able to appreciate or learn the importance of environmental issues in an engineering environment.
  • The student is able to appreciate or learn the importance of professional ethics in an engineering environment.
  • The student is able to acquire or apply engineering knowledge in an engineering environment.

Measurable = assessed to meet the WIE requirements and graded as Pass or Fail

  1. Summer placement for at least 2 full-week in a suitable organization
  2. Placement within the IAESTE Programme
  3. Student works on final-year degree project which involves an industrial partner or external client
  4. Relevant placement as student helpers in PolyU Industrial Centre
  5. Assisting PolyU activities that have an external collaboration or service components such as, Innovation and Technology Fund Projects, RAPRODs projects, IGARD projects, high-level consultancy projects, collaborative research projects
  6. Any student self-sourced placement in an external organization and deemed to be suitable by the Department in meeting the requirement of WIE
    • Such jobs must be declared by the student in advance so that the Department can have an opportunity to assess its suitability.

The Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) has come into force since 1 May 2011.

Student internship does not necessarily involve employer-employee relationship and the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO), being aligned with the Employment Ordinance (EO), does not apply if there is no contract of employment between a student intern and the host organization.

In other words, Statutory Minimum Wage does not apply to the following student employees:

  • Student Interns
  • Work Experience Students during a period of exempt student employment

Statutory Minimum Wage: Note for Student Employees and Employers


Letter of Confirmation for Student Intern

Letter of Confirmation for Work Experience Student

Regarding coverage of accidents during work, PolyU provides Group Personal Accident Insurance coverage for basic protection to students participating in a Local WIE, Mainland WIE, or International WIE programme.

For details, please contact us by email:

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