Invaluable Internship Opportunities for Business Major Students – the Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Programme
Four CUHK Business School students participated in the Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Programme (CIP) last summer. During the fruitful two-month internship period, they applied their business knowledge and contributed to the development of non-profit organisations.
Four CUHK Business School students participated in the Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Programme (CIP) last summer. During the fruitful two-month internship period, they applied their business knowledge and contributed to the development of non-profit organisations. Co-organised by Citi and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), CIP aims to inspire local university business students to contribute their knowledge and expertise to non-profit organisations.
“CUHK Business School has been a staunch supporter of CIP. We encourage our students to broaden their understanding of the community by taking an active role in community projects,” said Prof. Kalok Chan, Dean of CUHK Business School and Wei Lun Professor of Finance at CUHK. “The programme offers an excellent opportunity for our students, and helps raise their awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR).”
Elvin Lee (Quantitative Finance, Year 3) and Yoyo Tang (Integrated BBA, Year 3) shared their experiences as community interns.
Elvin Lee worked with the Jockey Club Digital Inclusion Centre, a social enterprise which provides digital trainings and develops products targeting senior citizens and persons with disabilities, with an aim to achieve social inclusion via understanding the digital world and information technology.
“During the internship, I found that while the center invests plenty of resources in developing new products for their target [customers], they may not have a well-developed pricing system. Therefore, my partner and I worked together to construct a product pricing model for their reference. To help promote their products, we also designed a product catalogue. The catalogue was later distributed in a symposium and visitors were interested in knowing more about the products. We were encouraged by the positive feedback,” said Lee.
“Through the internship, I gained a better understanding of CSR and how to strike a balance between profit making and social responsibility. By leading activities for the elderly, I truly understand the spirit of ‘lifelong learning’,” added Lee.
Student Yoyo Tang, signed up as a Project Officer at the Aberdeen Kai-fong Welfare Association Social Service through CIP.
“It has been a valuable opportunity for me to serve in the center, of which I was a member years ago. As Project Officers, my partner and I were tasked to assist in and organise various activities, addressing the issue of ‘Inter-generational Harmony’,”said Tang.
“The biggest achievement was organising a 10-day programme for children with special education needs. The center invited retirees from the neighbourhood as instructors to help the children with study. At the end of the programme, we invited the participants to write a thank you card to the instructors. One child wrote me a card too! I was really touched.”
To learn more about CIP, please visit the programme website. Application is now open until March 30, 2017 for full-time undergraduates (Year 2 or above; non-final year) majoring in business studies.