Computing/ FinTech Internship Programme

Department of Computing (COMP), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is introducing an internship programme to nurture Computing/ FinTech talents with various companies. You are cordially invited to join this internship programme.

The objectives are:

  • To provide the opportunity for students, companies and COMP to interact; this interaction brings about a unique learning environment not available on campus.
  • To let students gain working experience by practising techniques acquired in the classroom, such as system analysis, design, programming, implementation, testing and/ or maintenance
  • To let students learn how to interact effectively, efficiently and professionally with others.

Internship programme

In general, students work in a company/ organisation for at least 24 weeks during the second semester and summer semester of Year 3. The job should be related to computing/ fintech. An international internship is also possible. The internship period can be up to 32 weeks (i.e., 24 - 32 weeks between 1 January and 31 August). Students may take subjects offered in the evening and/ or on Saturdays during the internship period.  

COMP will assign an academic staff as the Work-Integrated Education (WIE) supervisor for each student. The WIE supervisor will visit the student and liaise with his/ her company supervisor. Upon completion of the internship, the student will submit a report about his/ her achievement during the internship period. The company supervisor will also formally assess the student’s performance.

What should an internship offering organisation do?

Apart from interview(s) and recruitment, an internship offering organisation:

  • should assign industrial supervisor to supervise the student;
  • should meet and discuss with academic supervisor;
  • should conduct student performance assessment (in April or May, and in September) and complete the required internship reports;
  • should provide salary to the student;
  • should follow the relevant law and regulations;
  • is encouraged to discuss and initiate new projects with academic supervisor.

What are the benefits of an internship offering organisation?

Apart from providing training opportunities for students, an internship offering organisation can have:

  • a helpful computing staff to work on meaningful projects that span a longer time than summer jobs;
  • adequate time to observe and recruit potential staff;
  • a better image for fulfilling social and civic duties as a responsible company of the society;
  • opportunities for their staff to gain experience on supervising inexperienced staff;
  • opportunities to collaborate with our department on other projects.

Student background

All candidates are Year 3 students of our Department. In general, they have the following knowledge and skills:

1. For all students, they have completed the fundamental subjects:

  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Database Systems;
  • Computer Network;
  • Data Structure;
  • Discrete Mathematics;
  • Statistical Tools and Applications, etc.

2. For all Computing/ IT students, they have completed the following subjects:

  • Object-oriented Programming;
  • Computer Organisation;
  • Operating System, etc.

3. For EIS students, they have completed some business-oriented subjects:

  • Accounting;
  • E-business;
  • Business Intelligence and CRM, etc.

4. Most students should have knowledge/ experience in the following computer languages:

  • C, Java, Python, SQL

Note that students may complete other (elective) subjects not mentioned.   

Tentative schedule

The following table shows the tentative schedule of major events related to the internship. Minor events (like filling in forms) are not included. 

Time Action by Internship Offering Organisation  Action by Department and/ or Student
Late May/ Early June Submit initial registration Invite companies to join the internship programme
June   Invite students to apply and process student applications
July Confirm internship jobs  
August   Submit and collate students' job preference
September Arrange interview Arrange interview
December Confirm employment  
April/ May (Next year) Meet academic supervisor Visit internship offering organisation
August/ September (After internship) Fill in the online internship report Approve internship report

Example internship offering organisations

In the past, the organisations that have offered internship to our students include (but not limited to the following):

  • ASM Pacific Technologies
  • Bank of East Asia
  • Deloitte (Touché Tohmatsu)
  • Hang Seng Bank
  • Hong Kong Housing Society
  • Hong Kong Observatory
  • Hong Kong Telecom
  • SAGE Technologies 

Enquiries

For enquiries and further registration, please contact Ms Pauline Ng at pauline.ng@polyu.edu.hk or 2766-7319.