The internship course can be taken in the first semester of the final year. The duration of the internship is to be determined by the host organization, but should involve at least 36 hours of service. Students are required to meet with the course coordinator at least once in connection with their internship. Students who wish to enroll in the internship course must identify and secure a suitable workplace and submit the following documents to the course coordinator (via the School Office) when enrolling for the course during the course selection period or one of the add/drop periods:

  1. a completed form "Confirmation of acceptance" from the host organization;
  2. a brief proposal (of maximum 500 words) explaining the connections between their studies and the community at large that they expect to explore during their internship in the selected workplace. The proposal should refer specifically to courses taken as part of the Language and Communication major and to the programme learning outcomes of the Language and Communication major.

Students must secure a placement with a suitable organization and may propose their own arrangements, to be approved by the course coordinator. The following organizations are also currently accepting applications for internships in connection with this course:

Students are encouraged to write to the host organizations directly if they wish to explore possible internship opportunities. Applications will be considered by the organizations in accordance with their selection process and requirements. 




If admitted, students are required to meet with the course coordinator at least once in connection with their service in the host organization. Upon completion of the internship, students will have to submit a written report of 2,000 words, reflecting on their studies in light of their workplace experience, and a letter from the host organization, confirming their attendance according to the agreed schedule.  The internship course will be assessed on a pass/fail basis and will not be counted in the calculation of CGPA.



Important Points

  1. Formal approval from the course coordinator has to be sought (upon submission of a completed form “Confirmation of acceptance” from the host organization and a brief proposal as explained above), and the course enrollment will be made in the Student Information System via the School Office;
  2. With the mutual agreement from the host organization, a student can apply to drop an internship course via the School Office during the designated add/drop period of each semester but he/she has to take the responsibility to enroll in another capstone course (subject to the number of seats available) to fulfill the major requirement.
  3. A student bears the responsibility to ensure that the working hours for the internship required by the host organization will not clash with the teaching and learning activities required by the course(s) enrolled at HKU.
  4. All full-time undergraduates of HKU are covered by the University’s insurance scheme during the internship period.
  5. The course coordinator or the School Office may contact the host organization in connection with the student’s performance during the internship on a need basis.

For further information or if you have any questions about the internship course, please contact the course coordinator, Dr Brook Bolander ( or Ms. Kitty Mak (



Last updated: 18 July 2017