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  • Locations: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Science Workshop 

Science Workshop Logo
The Internship: This opportunity allows students interested in education or STEM fields to work at a science and technology school in Hong Kong.

Number of Spots Available: 2-3

Duration: 8 weeks

Start Date: Mid-June 2018

The Organization: Science Workshop is built around the constructivist learning philosophy, where children learn by active participation, rather than a passive reception of knowledge.  They run hands-on classes for children covering all areas of science and technology, including the three big classical sciences and their related sub-fields, as well as the latest technology like coding and 3-D printing.

The Location: Science Workshop is located in the heart of Central, Hong Kong's bustling commercial center, near convenient public transportation and with a wealth of educational, cultural, dining, shopping, and entertainment options nearby.  Hong Kong is an amazing city - it's vibrant, busy, and incredibly safe, with a fantastic array of things to do, including dining and shopping.  There are several places to see, from amazing vistas and crowded street markets to quiet islands and peaceful hikes to secluded beaches.

Internship Details

Interns at Science Workshop will:
  • Facilitate inquiry-based, activity-oriented learning in classes and workshops
  • Work with technicians and other facilitators in the team to prepare for classes and workshops
  • Prepare materials for classes and workshops
  • Possibly tutor low-level math and science courses
  • Assist in curriculum development (lesson feedback, testing activities, etc.)
Interns can expect to work from 9:00am-6:15pm, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour lunch break.

While the primary work site is at Science Workshop, the organization runs summer classes with a number of partner programs and schools around Hong Kong.  Interns may be assigned to classes at these locations.


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internship at Science Workshop also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • University undergraduate in a B.A. or B.S. program OR first-year graduate students
  • Native or near-native fluency in English
  • Experience working with children in classes or similar activity programs
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Major in science, mathematics, or education
  • Specific experience with math and science classes/tutoring

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Hong KongStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  Science Workshop will provide interns accepted to this placement with suggestions as to where and how you can find safe, affordable, and comfortable housing close to your internship site.


Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
Living Stipend -$1,024 Paid by Science Workshop directly to the student
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $1,500 Estimated cost PHL - HKG
Accommodation $1,600 Estimated cost 8 weeks - 1 bedroom apartment
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,700 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 Tourist visa on arrival for US citizen (confirm visa with company)
Local Transport $170 Public transport
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,946  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:

This program is currently not accepting applications.