StandOut Internships

StandOut Internships

About

StandOut Internships offers you professional internship opportunities.

We can arrange the whole internship abroad experience for you, including:
- your internship
- your visa and accommodation
- an induction to your city
- a pre-internship professional training course
- seminars on relevant career-related topics
- language courses
- mentoring sessions
- fun social/sightseeing/networking events with other interns.

Our aim is to maximize your enjoyment of the internship experience by providing a personal service and looking after you throughout your time abroad.

Founded
2010
Headquarters

United States

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Mckayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I will definitely recommend StandOut to you!
I come from Penn State and it is my first time to come to HongKong. I have no friends and no family there, but I am lucky that I choose StandOut. They make HongKong like my second family. StandOut holds lots of events for internship such as Tram Party, Boat Day, BBQ Party, One-day Shenzhen Trip and Night Drink.
My major is actuarial statistics and they help me to get the internship opportunity in a very large and famous insurance company. I really gained valuable working experience and learned lots of technical skills.
StandOut takes care of my safety and living. I live in Sheung Wan which is the central and most safety place in HongKong. The transportation is very convenient and the room is exactly same with the pictures that on their official website.
Samantha, the manager of the StandOut is very professional and responsible, and I believe that you will not regret to choose StandOut.

What would you improve about this program?
I think they did the best job! Nothing need to be improved.
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Lea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For the most part of my twenties, I've only ever known two things: travelling and teaching. Sure, it's an idyllic way to spend your young years, and also a great way to give something back to the people who make it possible for you to experience their culture. However, I began to worry about my career. As much as I love and respect teaching, I knew I couldn't depend on it for my future. As somebody turning 25, I felt uneasy about my life - would I be forever typecast as a teacher if that was the only kind of work experience upon my CV? More importantly, was I too old to take up new training or internship opportunities? After all, we've all seen the 'Friends' episode where Chandler is a mature intern in a room full of vibrant University students. Fortunately, I met Sam and the StandOut team.

I got in touch with StandOut, explaining the stage of where I was in life, and they were quick to set up an internship consultation with me. Sam was great in this procedure. She explained to me that an internship isn't just for kids, many people use it as an approved way of making that necessary career change. Furthermore, I could easily use my teaching experience to make the next step into business and marketing. This really gave me a focus to the direction and wellbeing of my life, so much so I signed up!

For anybody who's ever given up their job, home and friends to pursue a new challenge, I'm sure you can appreciate how nervous I was to take on this challenge. I had finished my teaching contract, gave up my apartment and had said goodbye to the friends I held the most dearest. All to take up this internship. I can't tell you how uneasy I felt crossing into the border of Hong Kong, but I need not have worried as the StandOut team made me felt so welcome. Michele in particular gave me my new Octopus card, pre-paid mobile SIM card and helped me attain my new apartment the very same day. Furthermore, there was a tram party the same night that I was invited to!

To tell you about my opportunity, I am currently interning as a Business Development and Academic Manager for a online English tutoring service here in Hong Kong. My experiences and responsibilities have been so varied. I've been responsible for planning, editing and producing promotional videos. I've also been delegated the opportunity of producing online content to increase the visibility of our Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. As well as this, I've pitched business ideas to my old school in Guangdong, to sell them our platform to use. I'm happy to say that we've arranged a meeting here in Hong Kong to discuss business ideas. I've even slightly reverted into being a teacher again by writing grammar tips for our students and giving teaching demonstrations of our product to new users.

The best thing about being an intern is the amount of experience you can rack up for your CV and the pride you feel when you can say what you did. An internship can be so many things for you. Not only is it a blank canvas for you to be somebody new, it is a real-life experience of working in a business and finding out what your talent is. Whether you're a student looking to gain experience or somebody wishing to make a change of career, an internship is a valuable way of testing the waters and deciding if you have the determination to swim.

Don't let your past define you, make it your future. Be who you want to be and seriously think about an internship. It will give you valuable experience for your CV and will also give you a fantastic life experience too!

What would you improve about this program?
Create opportunities for the interns to become involved in the local grassroots community to build up CV experiences, such as charity work or fundraising for local causes.
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Eng Kheng
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

StandOut offers a very personalized service to their interns from the beginning until the end of internship. Standout was really helpful during the application process and supportive throughout the internship to make sure you are doing alright in the company.

My eight-week internship in a global technology company has allowed me to learn more about doing business in Asia. I did competitive intelligence on a specific product covering South East Asia, whereby I was required to present my findings to the senior management of the company. We had monthly business updates, as well as a company-wide art jamming session to get to know everyone better.

Overall, this internship has exceeded my expectations in terms of the quality of service offered by Standout, as well as the tasks given by my host company.

What would you improve about this program?
It would be great if StandOut could offer a few speaker events such as "How to do business in China"
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Els
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From the start of the programme StandOut was very efficient making the process straightforward, helping at every stage. All the correspondence and information I received prior to leaving was useful and personal, support with my interview and a Skype of general queries was extremely valuable.
I did an events and marketing placement at the British Chamber of Commerce, as an example of the calibre of placements. Samantha (the managing director of StandOut) ensured we would not just be making tea and photocopying and I certainly wasn't! I was exposed to all the aspects of the events and marketing teams and I was really involved from day 1. I took on my own projects lasting the length of my internship.
My accommodation was in a central location close to my place of work and it was clean and I had a private bathroom and a small kitchenette.
One of my favourite parts of my experience was the weekend activities such as a boat trip, tram party, hike and beach bbq and day trip to Shenzhen. Samantha and Michelle came with us and were great company and a lot of fun. It was a great way to meet the other StandOut interns and make friends to do things with during my time in Hong Kong.

What would you improve about this program?
StandOut was good value for money compared to other similar programmes, however the experience overall was not cheap. The work I chose to do was unpaid, but with a bonus towards transport costs, I would have preferred to do paid work but I appreciate paid placements in the events industry are extremely hard to come by.
StandOut was more focused towards professional development with the training course and support, other programmes had more social activities in the week, so that would have been good but I must say I enjoyed the activities at the weekends very much and the focus I had in the week on work benefited the personal development take away from the experience.
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Nasrin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Stand Out were very helpful during the application process and supportive throughout the internship, replying to all phone calls and emails.

My provided me with valuable insights into many aspects of what a Financial Adviser does on a day-to-day basis.
The internship provided me with more than I expected, I was given many more tasks and activities than anticipated.

What would you improve about this program?
I think that if the internship was paid it would have been an added bonus, however he experience I gained from this internship is invaluable.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Sneha Mishra

Sneha graduated from The University of Nottingham with a first class degree in Finance and Business and is currently studying towards the CIMA professional qualification. She has been an active member of two student societies whilst at university. She seeks to build a global business career. Her international experience includes attending the business summer school in China (summer 2011) and an internship with CLSA in Hong Kong this year.

Why did you decide to intern abroad with StandOut in Hong Kong?

Sneha: I based my decision on two main reasons - first, to gain work experience abroad that helps me stand out in the job market, and StandOut also perfectly aligned with my career goals. Secondly, I chose Hong Kong over other places for its reputation as a leading financial center in Asia and its fast paced dynamic lifestyle.

StandOut has been very supportive throughout the entire application process. I received extensive guidance at all stages during the internship both at formal and informal levels.

What made this experience unique and special?

Sneha: Apart from the unique experience of working in a different cultural setting, I believe it was meeting other like-minded interns from around the world that made it special. I made some very good friends while on internship, and I now share my flat with one of them!

How has this experience impacted your future?

Sneha: Taking the advice from my manager during the internship, I researched into a CIMA (Charted Institute of Management Accountants) qualification, and found that it focuses on the exact areas of business that I wanted to specialize in and I am now currently on the path towards receiving this degree in London.

Sneha and StandOut Hong Kong interns

What was the highlight of your experience?

Sneha: One of the highlights for me was the visit to the trading floor of CLSA’s headquarters. I was thrilled to watch traders working on 8 computer screens and closing deals on the phone at the same time!

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Hong Kong?

Sneha: Take every opportunity to socialize and network in Hong Kong, it is a great place to establish contacts. I find that stepping out of my comfort zone and taking the challenge to work abroad is a great way to boost confidence.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Samantha Cornelius

Job Title
StandOut Internship Coordinator
Samantha Cornelius is based in Hong Kong and runs the operational side of the business, including everything from liaising with host companies to arranging accommodation and events for interns. Samantha worked for Linklaters as a solicitor for eight years, initially in the London office and then in the Hong Kong office before deciding to set up StandOut in Hong Kong.
Samantha Cornelius - StandOut Internship Coordinator

What makes interning abroad in Hong Kong a unique experience for participants?

Samantha: Hong Kong can offer the best of both worlds - it is an international city AND it is a booming Asian economy. This means that anyone can feel at home in Hong Kong and it is a great place to start a career. What is more, many multinational firms have a base in Hong Kong and we have excellent connections with them for arranging internships.

What can you tell us about the workplace culture in Hong Kong?

Samantha: The Hong Kong Chinese have a strong and loyal work ethic and therefore Hong Kong is renowned for being a place where people work hard and are valued for their commitment. In some of the more expat offices there is also quite a play hard culture, so you can find yourself working hard during the day and partying hard into the night!

What level of Mandarin/Cantonese proficiency should students have when considering this internship? Are there any requirements?

Samantha: Chinese skills (Mandarin or Cantonese) are not usually required as most of our internship positions are in English-speaking offices. Nevertheless, some employers do indicate that business Chinese language skills would be a bonus.

Is prior work experience required?

Samantha: Generally no, although it depends on the employer - some of our employers do indicate a preference for students in their penultimate or final year of university who have had some prior relevant work experience.

What are some extra-curricular activities students enjoy while interning in Hong Kong?

Samantha: By way of an example, we arranged the following for our most recent batch of interns: a welcome dinner, a night at the horse races, a hike on the Hong Kong trail, a karaoke night, a boat trip, dim sum lunch and various after works drinks.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone interning in Hong Kong?

Samantha: Consider tacking on an introductory Mandarin language course in Hong Kong during your internship - we can even arrange this for you as we have links to a number of different language schools.

What separates StandOut Internships from other internship providers?

Samantha: What makes us unique is the fact that we include a pre-internship professional development training course as part of the internship abroad experience. The course is all about preparing interns for working in the office environment. We teach them about e.g. local business etiquette, professional behavior, work prioritization and presentation skills through a series of seminars and group tasks.

We also include career coaching advice. The course presents interns with an opportunity to meet other interns on the program and we find that by the end of it the interns have bonded really well - it sets them up with a social network for the duration of their internship. We also have a genuine interest in furthering the job prospects of our interns and we have found permanent jobs for several of our interns who come back to us after they graduate from university.

What are the core principles StandOut Internships strives to achieve?

Samantha: Our aim is to ensure that we have happy, motivated interns who enjoy their internship abroad experience. We know that this is only possible if we appropriately match interns' skills and interests to host company cultures. We therefore strive to provide an outstanding personalized service - we don't just place you into any old internship. We also don't just make it about the work - we arrange social events to make your evenings and weekends fun as well.

How can an international internship help students prepare for the job market?

Samantha: It may sound cliched, but living and working abroad really broadens your outlook by giving you an international perspective. You learn about new working cultures and practices. It also forces you out of your comfort zone, because you have to make new friends and learn your way around a new city. Employers recognize the effort and motivation that candidates require in order to work abroad and are more likely to snap up the job applicants that have done an international internship.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad?

Samantha: Don't hesitate - just do it!

Anything else you would like to share?

Samantha: I myself interned abroad in an investment bank in Sydney during the summer holidays between my second and third years of university. During my job interviews after university several employers focussed on this work experience and the fact that I had travelled abroad to work - I sensed from their questions that it made me stand out from other candidates.