International Business and Engineering Internships in Hong Kong with The Intern Group

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There are only a couple of places remaining for The Intern Group's summer internship programs. Apply now to intern abroad this summer!

About

We offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experience in one of the cultural and financial capitals of the world, Hong Kong. During your internship abroad, you will gain hands-on professional experience and build a network for your future career. Your internship in Hong Kong will make you stand out from your peers.

Partnering with a range of companies, organizations and NGOs, our program will boost your professional development. We offer programs for people of all backgrounds and experience levels. Current student or recent graduate? Take this chance to gain experience that will make your resume stand out. Not sure what you want to study yet? Take a gap year to test-drive your career. Professional in transition? Gain experience in your new field in Hong Kong.

We have previously placed interns at KPMG, TEDx and AIM in Hong Kong.

Highlights
  • Have a top-class international internship in Hong Kong! Our personalized process ensures that you will be working in the industry sector of your choice, in a role that is tailored to your professional goals.
  • It makes your resume stand out! In todays society, everyone does sport, plays an instrument and is part of a society. As one of millions of young people applying for their first job, you need to find a way to jump off the page!
  • Have an amazing life experience in Asia's most high profile city! We know that moving to a new place can be nerve-racking. Thats why our team on the ground is made up of locals who are there to give you support 24/7.
  • Make friends and professional networks in Asia, and from all over the world! Whether you like it or not, it's not what you know, it's who you know.
  • Develop the professional skills to make your mark in the 21st Century! By immersing yourself in a new culture and doing an international internship, you learn about different cultures and the way they work.

Questions & Answers

Hi Sharon, Thanks so much for your question. There aren't any education qualifications other than being at least a high school graduate, for visa purposes. We accept Gap Year students in Hong Kong as well. Check out our website to learn more. www.theinterngroup.com . Best, Danielle
Hi Maya, Thank you for your question. We do provide housing as part of The Intern Group program. Interns on our program live in a private bedroom in a shared apartment. They share the apartment with other interns on the program, young professionals or international students.
The cost is dependent on how long you'd like to stay so I suggest taking a look at their website, http://www.theinterngroup.com/hong-kong/#parentHorizontalTab7, to decide what works best. Note: they fees are broken down in Hong Kong dollars, so don't forget to convert!

Reviews

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  • Growth 8.4
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.4
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.7
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Samuel
10/10

Unforgettable Six Months

As a student at Aston University, I was required to find work experience and undertake a placement year, as part of my BSc Economics & Management course.

I struggled to find an internship in London as job opportunities have been scarce in the UK. I was fortunate enough to come across The Intern Group and instantly was in love with the idea that I could be working in a dynamic city and in one of Asia's fastest growing financial centre.

Within a matter of a couple of week, The Intern Group were able to arrange an interview for me and provide me with all the help and preparation needed for the interview. After securing the job with a Management Consulting Firm, The Intern Group took immediate steps in helping to secure my visa and planning my accommodation along with other provisions.

During my time in Hong Kong, The Intern Group were pro-active in making sure I had settled, not only into my workplace, but the city itself. There were many social events held where interns, that had come from around the world, could socialise and network. Within no time we had created a great friendship group amongst the members on the programme.

I loved the personalised service that The Intern Group provided. Many recruitment companies that I had looked had simply seemed to place the intern and then you would never get a chance to meet the people who helped place you or run the programme. However at The Intern Group, the Hong Kong Director, was in constant contact with all the interns on a friendly and professional basis and I soon felt The Intern Group was more of a family than just an organisation to me.

My experience in Hong Kong was as perfect as it could be; even though it has been 3 months since I returned to the UK, I am still missing Hong Kong.

I would recommend The Intern Group to anyone looking to gain exeprience abroad as well as enjoy the culture and atmosphere.

Yes, I recommend
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Eirill
8/10

InternHK

The Intern Group is a great organisation which is well organised. Socially it was great! I had already graduated so was glad when I arrived in October and found that most of the other interns were also in their early 20s rather than undergrads (which I was told normally come in the summer months). My only disappointment was my intern company which was just a start up company and so the amount and quality of work they had for me was not what I expected. Other than that, I had a great 10 weeks.

How can this program be improved?
Make sure the companies that sign up for the programme have a clear outline of what they want the interns to do.
Place the interns in housing that make more sense according to where they are working (I had a 1 hour commute).
Yes, I recommend
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Roma
9/10

Pursuit of Something New & Worth Having

The Intern Group was a last minute blessing. Having not found anything that suits my fancy back home I pursued the opportunity and was rewarded with one of the best times of my life. The group and the program, I believe, is serious in what they intend to provide their interns. The process was easy to follow through and the coordinators are easy to reach out to.

The people, the country, the immersion, the work was all so wonderful. Having this experience was worth all the expenditures, home-sickness and immense walking. To be here and to have done this awfully amazing adventure and loved every bit of it.

How can this program be improved?
More cultural immersion trips.
Yes, I recommend
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FinanceHK
9/10

Finance in Hong Kong

I am very pleased with the job and the experience in general.

I think the most important element in an internship is the learning environment, because learn by doing is the main idea of this kind of experience. An environmental that can better shape oneself can give the bases to improve and to built a successful career based on skills acquired.

Initially I was afraid to occupy a position of no relevance to the learning, but I change my mind. This is a great opportunity for students in order to gain a real-life experience in the chosen field.

Yes, I recommend
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Anna
10/10

Mind changing experience of living and working in Asia

From the very beginning the Intern Hong Kong team was very professional and helpful. I have traveled a lot, studied my Masters degree abroad and attended numerous language courses across Europe, but my 6 weeks stay in Hong Kong was definitely one of the most comfortable trips i´ve ever made. The Intern HK took care of everything: visa, accommodation, networking events, so basically I was able to concentrate on work and exploring the city. Moreover, from my experience, I could say it actually makes a big difference when you have somebody local willing to help you 24 hours while living in a new country and facing a new culture. It was my first time in Asia, so of course, I was worried before coming to Hong Kong. When you don´t know enough about mentality and lifestyle it could be hard to get around. However, thanks to Intern HK I met so many friends from across the globe and got to visit so many places, so actually Hong Kong felt like a second home for me right from the start. By and large, I enjoyed every moment of my stay and learned a lot about Asian culture, people and business.

Yes, I recommend
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Vilius
9/10

The amazing Hong Kong!

Hong Kong is an absolutely amazing city to do an internship at. This city actually never sleeps on any day of the week so the first couple of weeks before settling into the Hong Kong life I didn't sleep either as there is so much to do. All the interns are very friendly and the staff (Steph!!!!!) are really nice. Steph is great and everyone loves her (even her "interesting" dancing).
The actual internship was a great way to learn a lot of things in a very short time. Also its a great way to explore different jobs to see what you enjoy doing or not as you get to do all sorts of jobs that no one else in the company wants to do (I know I never want to do market research ever again). It was also nice working for a small company as you can actually see it progressing a lot over the short internship.

PS. Steph and Yiyan are great

How can this program be improved?
Work was really far (2h travel everyday) and in the middle of nowhere so it could have been closer. Also I specified I wanted to do some engineering as well as business but that did not happen.
The flats are nice but really dirty (all the corners are black) so an occasional cleaning of the whole flat not just the individual room before arriving would be nice. There is only one set of bedding so you could take them dry cleaning as that takes a whole day so you'd be left with nothing.
Yes, I recommend
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Holly
10/10

Hard to Top

My internship was great - very relevant and helpful, and the IHK staff were often checking that everything was on track in that department. The internship was only half of the experience though of course and even besides the planned excursions we had social events every night within the group. 12 weeks felt like a long time, and maybe was slightly too long for me, but that may have been because I was one of the last from the summer lot to leave so I felt it go from super busy to a much smaller group very quickly. I had an incredible time, and look forward to returning.

How can this program be improved?
A bit of earlier planning for the excursions - some things felt a bit last minute.
Yes, I recommend
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Cody
10/10

Excellent Experience

I had a great time during my internship. They found me an excellent employer who supported and developed my skills greatly. Interngroup were very helpful in making sure everyone gained as much as possible.

Yes, I recommend
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Emilia
9/10

Intern Hong Kong

I would speak highly of every aspect of my summer, organised by Intern Hong Kong.
Day of arrival was very well organised by IHK as I was picked up straight away and taken to my apartment, something that would have been much more difficult if I had to organise it myself. The accomodation was well situated, less than a minute to the MTR, and many shops and restaurants located nearby. The welcome pack was very useful, especially as they contained the pre-paid SIM card and Octopus card for travel. This meant that I could get settled in straight away.
The work aspect was equally as good. I enjoyed every day during my internship, and I learnt a lot.
The social part of Intern Hong Kong was particularly amazing. There were events constantly being organised, whether it was a weekend trip to Macau or a quick dinner after work. I definitely saw and did much more in Hong Kong than I would have done had I gone alone/without the IHK support. I formed great friendships with many of the other interns, and the variety was very interesting. And when organising our own events, such as weekend treks or going out for dinner, the Intern Hong Kong team were very helpful with suggestions and tips.

I would say one of the benefits of going on a summer programme, is that when you arrive there are other people who have already experienced Hong Kong for a couple of days/weeks/months and therefore you get straight into the culture and life of the city. The time absolutely flies by and I would have happily stayed out there for longer. Both Hong Kong as a city and The Intern Group as a company have created a great lasting impression and I would highly recommend both !

How can this program be improved?
If I had to say one thing to improve, the main thing would be about finding and confirming an internship. I didn't know 100% if I had an internship until a month before I was due to come to Hong Kong, and therefore flight prices go up and it is hard to organise anything else for the summer until you know for definite about the internship. However I could completely understand that the Intern Hong Kong team had to also wait for the responses of the companies and therefore sometimes it couldn't be helped.
Yes, I recommend
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AJ
9/10

Hong Kong Internship

I had an unbelievable experience in Hong Kong. The program was well-run, supportive, and has very accommodating and fun staff! The city itself is absolutely my favorite in the world and because of this trip I envision myself coming back very soon!

Yes, I recommend
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Patrizia
10/10

Time of my life

I stayed in HK for 3 months and enjoyed every single day!
When I came to HK I didn't really know what was going to expect me. Of course I was a bit scared, because I was so far from home (Switzerland) and there is nobody I know. The day me and my roommate arrived Blair, the former event manager of the intern group, came to our apartment, showed us around and had dinner with us. A couple of days later we had some after work drinks and got to meet the other interns. Everybody, from the company as well as the interns, were so nice. I am very glad I got to meet all those lovely people.

My internship: I worked for an online shop in Aberdeen. It was my first work experience and I was surprised by how much responsibility my two bosses gave me. Unfortunately, they weren't always nice to me. At some point I even considered to quit. At the beginning of my internship there were two other interns as well. They also had some problems with our bosses, so we talked about the work situation with the intern group director, Krystal Lee, over dinner. She listened to our problems and then contacted our bosses. I always felt very supported by her and I am so glad I got to meet her!

Accomodation: I was aware of the fact that the apartments in HK are rather small. I just didn't imagine them to be this tiny. I lived in Wan Chai with two other interns. We had three bedrooms, a living room (with a TV, which we have never used), a kitchen and a bathroom. I was shocked when I first saw my bedroom cause in there was literally just my bed. I didn't want to stay there, but then after like 2 weeks I began to like the apartment and so I stayed there. Also the location was great.
Leisure: There is so much to do in HK. Apart from the complementary events like a trip to Macau, dinner at the peak and visiting the Buddha on Lantau Island, we went clubbing in LKF, traveled to Shanghai and Beijing on the weekends, had boat parties, went to the markets and shopped a lot. There was always something going on.

In general there is not a bad thing I can say about my experience in HK. I was so sad I had to leave and I know for sure that I will be back. I have met so many amazing people and learned a lot - not just about how a business works, but also about me. Coming to HK was one of the best choices I have ever made and I can only recommend this company.

Yes, I recommend
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Claire
9/10

Great time in Hong Kong

I have spent three months in Hong Kong on a legal internship at a compliance firm. The work I have completed has been varied, interesting and educational. some tasks I have worked on include client proposals, policy drafting and writing articles for the company magazine. I have learnt a lot about this particular field of law and also the everyday dynamics of a busy office.

Hong Kong is a great city for social activities and sight-seeing. The InternGroup program is great as you get to meet so many other people and they organise lots of trips and social gatherings.

I have encountered no difficulties during my internship but I always knew the InternGroup staff were a phone call or email away ready to help.

I would recommend an internship in Hong Kong to anyone wanting to experience a vibrant busy city and fabtastic work opportunities

How can this program be improved?
Maybe sort out the visa program a little better, I know processing Visas is not your job but often the time it takes to get one has been underestimated etc
Yes, I recommend
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Sally
3/10

PLEASE READ BEFORE CONSIDERING THE INTERN GROUP FOR AN INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM – EXTREMELY UNPROFESSIONAL - UNDERSTAFFED - BED BUGS – RIP-OFF - AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

Within this review, you will find out about the horrible experience I had with The Intern Group during my summer internship in 2014. This company used deceptive marketing to lure in interns and did not deliver on their promises. The directors of this program were not responsive when I dealt with severe issues with my accommodations during my 2-month stay in Hong Kong. After speaking with several other unhappy interns on this same program, I feel that a warning is in order for future interns considering the Intern Group for their internship abroad program.

To begin, I will start with the most relevant piece of information regarding the "top-quality" internships that the Intern Group provides. During my time in Hong Kong, I got to know several other interns on the program. After speaking to everyone about his or her internship, I found that everyone seemed to feel unchallenged, unhappy and taken advantage of. In my personal situation, I had asked the Intern Group to facilitate an internship with a large financial company, preferably with a company that has a presence in the US. This was 6 months prior to my program start date. One month before I was to leave for Hong Kong, the Intern Group finally contacted me and pressured me into taking a position with a start-up insurance brokerage that employed two other people, since there was limited time.

The Intern Group claims to have several connections around the world with top companies in various fields. However, I did not come across a single intern on my program that was with reputable company. Near the end of my stay in Hong Kong (HK), I asked my employer about how the Intern Group approached him about taking me on as an intern. He told me that the director, Krystal Lee, met with him and simply asked, "Do you want a free intern this summer?" Wow... I could've done that. A huge portion of the Intern Group's program fee is the internship facilitation & accommodations. For the up-charge that participants spend in the JOKE of the "facilitation of an internship", one could spend the same amount and stay in a luxury hotel for 2-months, with free breakfast!

Now I will move on to discuss the bed bugs; a problem that not only greatly affected me, but also affected everyone in my life back home. During my research stage, I found several photos on the Intern Group website displaying western accommodations, double beds, a huge kitchen, and modern appliances. Upon my arrival in HK, I walked into the apartment they had facilitated, and was SHOCKED. The building looked and smelled 100 years old, one of the rooms had bunk beds, and the entire apartment was approximately 400 square feet. I didn't complain, however, and stayed in the flat for about 5 weeks. For those few weeks I was getting severe bites all over my body; my ankles, shoulders and arms! Some of the bites are still on my body and will likely leave a scar. Since I have never dealt with bed bugs, I attributed the bites to mosquitoes at first, thinking they must've gotten into the flat through the bathroom fan that was exposed to outside and unable to be closed. However, when I started noticing black and yellow debris all over my bed, I started to get worried. I started googling, and immediately found out that I was dealing with bed bugs. I did thorough research into bedbugs to find out the severity of the issue I was dealing with. The results were unsettling. I searched my bed and found several casings of bed bugs and was completely disgusted. I found that bed bugs were treated in several methods, but the most effective was through hiring a professional fumigation company, then a cleaning service to remove any eggs that weren't killed during fumigation. I read terrible reviews online about people who used cheap bug bombs or mattress protectors, only to find that these methods almost always resulted in the issue persisting for several months. I relayed my research to the the HK director, Krystal Lee, and the manager of directors for the Intern Group, Andrew Prachuablarb. I laid out exactly what I expected from the company in terms of dealing with the situation effectively; I did spend $7000 for this program, after all.

They responded by telling me I had to sleep in that infested bed for the night, and that they would "take care of it" in the morning. After the first night in temporary flat, they emailed me saying they had taken care of the bed bugs using a cheap bug bomb and the company refused to clean the apartment, even the mattress!!!! Based on my previous research, I refused to re-enter the apartment until it had been properly fumigated/cleaned. Again, they refused to live up to this standard. They decided to move us into a different flat, and told my roomate and I to collect our belongings from the infested flat. While this sounds like they did a great thing, since the fumigation company didn't treat our belongings, we were simply moving the unhatched eggs to the new flat!! Sure enough, I started finding bed bugs left and right in the new apartment and after complaining, the intern group scheduled a "consultation" with a fumigation company. They treated me as if I was over-reacting to the situation, even though I had bites on my body to prove I was getting bit! During the consultation, they told me I had to find a bed bug on command, as if they were just conveniently sitting around for me to find. AFter finding out that it was 20,000 HKD for treatment, they decided to, again, take the cheap way out and give me a ghetto, zip-up CLOTHES DRYER that I could treat my belongings in cycles. However, my mattress couldn't fit inside of it, all of the cracks and crevices in my flat couldn't fit into the machine. It was a temporary fix to shut me up for the remaining few weeks of my stay. Not to mention, I found out that the same day of my departure back home, they moved new interns into the old flat with bed bugs!!! I quickly warned them of the situation. The day I was leaving I woke up to two adult bed bugs crawling towards me right when I woke up. The experience was absolutely revolting.

Upon my departure home, I had to throw away all of the clothes that I had with me, to ensure I didn't bring the bugs back home. My parents were sick with worry and had to lay out an extreme plan-of-action to prevent the spread of the bugs which involved: throwing away my suitcases at the airport, staying in a hotel for 3 days, and doing a lengthy RID treatment through my hair to ensure that I didn't have eggs near the roots. This not only caused a financial burden on my family to replace my lost itms, but also gave them emotional distress upon my arrival home.

While communication was a huge issue, the program itself also had several flaws. The excursions that were promised on the website conveniently changed upon my arrival to three, rather than the four that I paid for. "Dinner with a View at Victoria's Peak" turned into just dinner, since they chose such a foggy night to take us up there. I felt like I was utterly trapped for two months with no way out and the responses I received from the Intern Group were always questioning and unhelpful. The practices of the Intern Group during this ordeal were extremely unpleasant. The company only has 3 employees in Hong Kong, leaving participants with no where to turn in the event of an emergency when they are "busy".

After being home for about a week, I found out that The Intern Group sent out an email to the interns that moved into the infested flat saying that the bugs in the flats were cockroaches and are brought in from the US. Basically, lying about the type of bug & blaming ME for bringing them into the flat.

I have never dealt with such an unprofessional company. BUYER BEWARE & GOOD LUCK!

Response from The Intern Group

We are deeply saddened by your review - it is simply not an accurate representation of our program. We have had a busy, successful summer so far in Hong Kong and our interns have typically left our city having had an incredible experience of a lifetime.

We recommend others read our response here where we clarify various incorrect statements made.

In regards to the alleged slow response time from our staff - we have a strict rule in Hong Kong of 48 hours (2 working days) and having reviewed all correspondence with you our team did not fail once to meet this commitment. We also have an emergency number that we answer 24/7 - and where you were answered every time.

You wrote that your internship took 6 months to organize. It took 2.5 months. We received your program confirmation on December 31st and a role with a great company was successfully offered on March 14th - 8 weeks before your start date - not the 4 that you cite.

We partner with companies of all sizes – large, medium and small. We provided you with a fantastic opportunity with a small and rapidly growing financial brokerage and consultancy firm. When we presented you with this opportunity you were extremely excited about it. At the end of your internship you actually wrote a long thank you letter to the company about how good the experience had been and how much you had gained from it. However, even this has been omitted here.

All of the companies that we work with are taken through a formal, established vetting process where we talk in detail about their business and how international interns could compliment their work. When we decide to work with a company, it is not a decision we take lightly. Our main aim is to provide an excellent service to all participants. We want our interns to learn as much as possible during their program as we truly believe that cultural immersion and professional development are invaluable experiences that can help students kick start their careers. Sadly, in this case, conversations with managers have been selectively twisted to fit an anti-program narrative.

In regards to accommodation, apartments in Hong Kong are smaller than the norm in Western countries, and applicants are made fully aware of this. All our accommodation is of a very good standard and your specific apartment – 400 sq feet in size - is of an extremely generous size for Hong Kong standards. All accommodation is equipped with all of the appliances needed to have a pleasant and comfortable stay.

Regarding the main issue behind all this – that of the alleged bedbugs - numerous details have been completely fabricated. Firstly we employed highly professional pest control agencies that thoroughly searched your apartment as soon as you made your complaint – they were unable to identify any problems at all.

This service was called in twice to be 100% sure. They did a thorough search of all floors /linens / cupboards etc but could not find any bed bugs at all.

Pest control agencies in Hong Kong only ever begin treatment once a bug has been found, and if there were any bed bugs in the apartment they most definitely would have been found. Despite this, we moved you to a brand new apartment the very next morning.

Secondly, since this incident, and after another check, we have had a number of interns staying in this original apartment (and the one you moved to) – and the feedback has been excellent. There have been no complaints or signs of bed bugs in either. The conclusion is clear - there were never any bed bugs whatsoever.

What has not been mentioned in your review is that our organization bought you new clothes, paid for your dry cleaning bills etc as good will gestures - even though no evidence was ever found by the professionals at all.

Lastly, we would like to address the point made about the excursions we provide. Of course excursion calendars change - we want all participants to experience the best of Hong Kong (and Macau where you stayed in the luxury Sheraton hotel) – and this varies depending on the particular time of year. But all excursions we provided added up to exactly the same value and overall impact - in no way did you lose out, financially or culturally. We work extremely hard to ensure that the social aspect of our program is highly enjoyable.

Finally, Dinner at the Peak disappointed you due to the view - you must surely understand that weather conditions are out of our control!

This review is simply not an accurate representation of our program experience – we are extremely proud of our program and encourage anyone reading this to review the numerous positive reviews above and below this one.

No, I don't recommend
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Nikky
9/10

Valuable Experience

I really enjoy the time and think highly of the intern experience in HK. It is a super dynamic city that never sleeps. In this city, I learned valuable lessons about local business and culture, either through firsthand experience or conversation with inspiring friends.

I interned with a Bahrain based recruitment consultancy firm. In addition to maintaining daily office operation tasks, I worked on the project of finding sales managers for our client company from the talent market in mainland China. I researched online, read resumes, nailed down candidate lists and finally introduced candidates to our client (company)’s HR manager. My intern company even brought me to their client meetings with Adidas, Coach and Ralph Lauren. As I walked out of the office, what I carried along are my understanding of HK labor market and working condition, confidence in dealing with people related task, broader vision of possible future career choices, as well as connections with nice coworkers!
My company is just a few minutes’ walking away from my apartment. With Soho and Lan Kwai Fong nearby, both my office building and living place are located in the central area of Hong Kong Island. The location advantage made it so easy for me to explore the trendiest and coolest area of HK.

Other interns, as well as our lovely country director Krystal, together we formed a fun group! I enjoyed the time with those interesting folks from different parts of the world: Germany, Spain, Sweden, UK, local HK and mainland China. We all share the same spirit and goal to know HK as much as we can and create fun as much as we want. Together we explored cool bars in Lan Kwai Fong, cheered for horse racing in happy valley, enjoyed cruise dinner on Victoria bay, sang Karaoke in Causeway Bay and visited fancy casinos and antique architecture in Macau!

My time in HK with the Intern Group is an enriching experience. I felt like a different person in HK as my passion to explore and concur a place was aroused. I admit that this ambition wouldn't be recalled if I just stay at my university and concern about grades from most of the time. Now in retrospect, I am thankful with this opportunity. I regard it more than a working experience; it’s a life event of investment---some money and time invested to pave out a possible way out for life. You can enjoy your easy and comfortable little peace in the corner somewhere in this world, while on the other end on this planet, there are people who strive in a busy metropolitan. Though there are tides of hustling people and cars, you can feel the dream from every single one in the current. There, I was feeling so alive too. HK definitely affects my mind set. The investment is worthy, so I would like to recommend this experience to people as well!

Yes, I recommend

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