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STEM Internship Scheme

Set up by the Innovation and Technology Commission (“ITC”), HKSAR government, the STEM Internship Scheme (the “Scheme”) encourages STEM students to gain innovation and technology (“I&T”)-related work experience during their studies and to foster their interest in pursuing a career in I&T after graduation, so as to enlarge the local I&T talent pool.

 

We would like to solicit your support for the Scheme through offering I&T-related internship positions to our students. 

Online Briefing Sessions and Seminar on Legal Essentials for Employers
Employers are invited to attend one of the online briefing sessions of the Scheme – Summer 2022, and are encouraged to attend an online seminar on legal essentials specifically related to internship recruitment and management. Please click HERE to register on or before 10 May 2022 (Tuesday).

 

Online Briefing Sessions

Date and Time:

13 May 2022 (Friday), 12.00 nn–12.45 pm (Session 1 conducted in Cantonese) OR
17 May 2022 (Tuesday), 2.30–3.15 pm (Session 2 conducted in English)

Platform: Microsoft Teams (Link to be provided to registered employers before the briefing session)
 
Online Seminar on Legal Essentials for Employers
Date and Time: 27 May 2022 (Friday), 2.30–4.30 pm (Conducted in Cantonese and supplemented with materials in English)
Speaker: Mr Raymond FUNG, Principal Consultant, Strategic Talent Company
Platform: Zoom (Link to be provided to registered employers before the seminar)
Details:
Please click HERE
Remarks: Vacancies are first come, first served.

 

Important Information about Internship Vacancy Posting and Student’s Eligibility Verification

  • Each employer may request for posting a maximum of five vacancies for each job position, and no more than five job positions from each employer on PolyU Job Board, and the maximum intake of student interns should be five. Please submit your job posting request via Online Request Form.
  • PolyU will verify each job description to ensure the job is I&T-related. Employer will be notified within five working days whether the vacancy is eligible for posting.
  • After verification, the vacancy will be posted on PolyU Job Board. Interested students would follow the instructions and make their applications directly to the employer.
  • The employer will contact the student applicant(s) and conduct own screening and selection.
  • Please set an application deadline for each vacancy to at least three weeks before the start date of the internship to allow time for processing the verification of student’s eligibility and employment confirmation.
  • Upon offer confirmation, the employer has to inform PolyU via Online Form for student’s eligibility verification and obtain confirmation from PolyU in relation to student’s eligibility/funding availability. PolyU will advise the employer of the eligibility of the proposed student intern (within five working days for local undergraduate students and within 14 days for non-local/postgraduate students) after receiving the student’s online application for the Scheme.
  • Student applications have to go through PolyU for approval, which is subject to student eligibility, internship nature, and funding availability at students’ time of submission.
  • The Scheme will be closed when the provision of funding is exhausted.

 

Allowance and Reimbursement

  • The allowance for the internship for each student intern is HK$10,500 per month (i.e. 30 days), capped at two months. The abovesaid allowance will be reimbursed to student interns via PolyU.
  • The employer can, at own discretion and expenses, extend the internship duration or offer additional allowance to the student intern(s), provided that the arrangements comply with the Employment Ordinance, the Minimum Wage Ordinance, the Mandatory Provident Fund Ordinance, and other related ordinances.
  • The employer is expected to remind and support the student intern(s) to complete online application(s) upon offer confirmation, the required documents for reimbursement after the internship, and communicate with PolyU as early as possible if any problem arises that would affect the reimbursement of the allowance.

See Guidelines for Employers for more details.

 

Enquiries

Mr Adrian MAK
Tel: 3400 2446
Email: stem.cps@polyu.edu.hk

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Eligibility
As required by ITC, the Scheme is open to undergraduates and postgraduates who are:

  • local or non-local students enrolling on one of the full-time STEM programmes (please refer to the “List of Eligible STEM Programmes” on this page) funded by the University Grants Committee (“UGC”);
  • from any year of studies; and
  • legally employable in Hong Kong.


Internship Requirements

  • Full-time placements in Hong Kong with duration of at least four consecutive weeks (i.e. 28 calendar days), allowance capped at two months.
  • The duration of the internship is the number of calendar days in the contract period, and the start and end days of the internship should be working days.
  • I&T-related internship positions, i.e. actual work which contains sufficient I&T elements.
  • The summer internship should commence no earlier than May 2022, with a duration of at least four consecutive weeks.
  • The internship funded by the Scheme, as required by ITC, CANNOT be used to fulfil WIE requirements. However, the internship period IN EXCESS of that required for WIE requirements could be funded by the Scheme. For students who are undertaking an internship period IN EXCESS of that required by WIE requirements, please refer to Appendix 3 in the Guidelines for Students.
  • Internship positions directly subsidised by the Government DO NOT fall under this Scheme (e.g. internship programmes of the HKSAR Government).

Application Procedures

  1. Students may apply for STEM internship positions through PolyU Job Board or Faculties/Schools/Departments, or source on their own.
  2. Submit the followings to CPS, SAO AFTER confirming a STEM internship offer and by the application deadline:
    • Online Application Form (for applicants undertaking an internship period in excess of their WIE requirements, click HERE)
    • Copy of Employment Contract
    • Signed Student Charter (for applicants undertaking an internship period in excess of their WIE requirements, click HERE)
    • Copy of Student ID Card
    • Copy of “No Objection Letter” (“NOL”) issued by the Immigration Department (for non-local students only)
    • Home Faculty’s/School’s/Department’s approval for student’s internship participation (for postgraduate students only)
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    Student Application Deadline

     

    1st Batch (Summer)

    19 June 2022

  4. Approval for student applications will be granted by CPS, SAO based on student eligibility, internship nature, and funding availability at students’ time of submission. The first batch of applications will receive priority consideration for approval. CPS, SAO may consider later batch(es) of applications subject to the funding availability.
  5. The Scheme will be closed when the provision of funding is exhausted.
  6. Successful applicants are required to attend an online pre-internship training workshop organised by CPS, SAO
  7. Students should submit the following items to CPS, SAO within two weeks upon the completion of internship:
    • Assessment/Evaluation Form (to be filled in by both employer and student intern)
    • Timesheet (signed by work supervisor)
    • Salary Statement (if applicable)
    • Learning Journal and Photos
  8. Submit bank account information to the Finance Office of PolyU.

     

Allowance and Reimbursement

  • Allowance for summer internship for each student intern is HK$10,500 per month (i.e. 30 days), capped at two months. Student interns may receive the allowance under the Scheme for more than one internship place, PROVIDED THAT
    • the participating employers are different and the internship periods do NOT overlap; and
    • the maximum amount of allowance does NOT exceed three months in one academic year (i.e. current academic year is from 30 August 2021 to 28 August 2022).
  • Only students who have successfully enrolled on the Scheme, completed the entire internship as specified in the employment contract, and submitted post-internship documents are eligible to receive the allowance.
  • Allowance will NOT be reimbursed to students who fail to achieve 80% attendance rate or cannot complete the internship as planned.
  • Unpaid leaves will NOT be taken into consideration in the calculation of allowance under the Scheme, and will be deducted from the calculation of internship duration.
  • The employers may, at own discretion, offer additional allowance to student interns, which the arrangements should comply with the Employment Ordinance, the Minimum Wage Ordinance, the Mandatory Provident Fund Ordinance, and other related ordinances.

Student interns who do NOT receive a minimum wage from employers for the internship under the Scheme should check their eligibility to work as “Work Experience Student” under the Minimum Wage Ordinance, and submit to employers the Confirmation of Student Status and the statutory declaration (Click HERE for details).

  • Attendance of pre-internship training is a mandatory requirement of release of allowance.
  • Students may expect to receive the allowance around three months after the post-internship submission, subject to approval from ITC.

See Guidelines for Students for more details.

 

Enquiries

Miss Genette CHEUNG
Tel: 3400 3121
Email: stem.stud@polyu.edu.hk

 

Approved by ITC

Department

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Programme

AAE

1

BEng (Hons) Air Transport Engineering

2

BEng (Hons) Aviation Engineering

ABCT

3

BSc (Hons) Analytical Sciences for Testing and Certification

4

BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology

5

BSc (Hons) Chemical Technology

6

BSc (Hons) Food Safety and Technology

AMA 7 BSc (Hons) Data Science and Analytics
8 BSc (Hons) Investment Science
9 BSc (Hons) Investment Science and Finance Analytics
10 BSc (Hons) Scheme in Data Science 
AP 11 BSc (Hons) Engineering Physics
BEEE 12 BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering
13 MPhil in Building Services Engineering*
14 PhD in Building Services Engineering*
BME 15 BSc (Hons) Biomedical Engineering
BRE 16 BSc (Hons) Scheme in Building and Real Estate
CEE 17 BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
18 BEng (Hons) Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development
19 BEng (Hons) Structural and Fire Safety Engineering
COMP 20 BSc (Hons) Financial Technology
21 BSc (Hons) Scheme in Computing
22 BSc (Hons) Scheme in Computing and AI
23 PhD in Computing*
EE 24 BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering
25 BEng (Hons) Transportation Systems Engineering
EIE 26 BEng (Hons) Electronic and Information Engineering
27 BSc (Hons) Information Security
28 BSc (Hons) Internet and Multimedia Technologies
ISE 29 BEng (Hons) Industrial and Systems Engineering
30 BEng (Hons) Product Engineering with Marketing
31 BEng (Hons) Scheme in Product and Industrial Engineering
32 BSc (Hons) Aviation Operations and Systems
33 BSc (Hons) Enterprise Engineering with Management
34 BSc (Hons) Logistics Engineering with Management
35 BSc (Hons) Scheme in Logistics and Enterprise Engineering
ITC 36 BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles
37 BSc (Hons) Digital Fashion
LSGI 38 BSc (Hons) Geomatics
39 BSc (Hons) Land Surveying and Geo-informatics
ME 40 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
41 BEng (Hons) Product Analysis and Engineering Design
42 BEng (Hons) Scheme in Mechanical Engineering
43 MPhil in Mechanical Engineering*
44 PhD in Mechanical Engineering*
SD 45 BA (Hons) Digital Media
46 BA (Hons) Interactive Media
47 BA (Hons) Scheme in Design - Product Design

 

*Postgraduate students who receive Studentship are NOT permitted to take up any employment with the University or with any other employers unless special approval is granted by home Faculty/School/Department.

*Postgraduate students who would like to participate in the Scheme must seek prior approval from their home Faculty/School/Department, and provide written proof to CPS, SAO upon application.

 

Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event/publication (or by members of this university) do not reflect the views of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the Innovation and Technology Commission.
 


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