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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): Elephant Community Press

Elephant Community Press Logo
The Internship: Students interested in English, education, and/or communications are encouraged to apply to the internship at Elephant Community Press in Hong Kong.

Number of Spots Available: 1-2

Duration: 8-10 weeks

Start Date: June 2018

The Organization: Elephant Community Press (ECP) is a publisher and education center that offers project-based writing workshops that guide students through the entire process of writing and publication.  The mission of ECP is to empower young people to share their stories and speak up in their communities.  They aim to provide opportunities for young voices to be heard and to offer the training and support for every student to see publishing as an achievable goal.  Through its publications, ECP contributes to the number, range, and variety of quality English language materials in Hong Kong (written for and by Hong Kong youth), and in doing so, inspires more young people to read, write, and share their ideas.  Proceeds from ECP books benefit their charity partners and the valuable work they do to support communities in Hong Kong and around the world.

The Location: Hong Kong is a vibrant international city where interns can gain insight into the life of local residents and the unique history of the city, while enjoying the comfort and ease of living in a major city.  Hong Kong has convenient transportation, a large English-speaking population, and access to international products and services.

Internship Details

Interns at Elephant Community Press will:
  • Develop, plan, and implement marketing initiatives for the writing program and ECP's books (this may include market research, developing new marketing materials, and writing content for the ECP blog)
  • Draft and edit introductions for summer publications, proof and edit student stories, and help to lay out student stories for publication
  • Collaborate with teachers to design curricula and develop materials for workshops
  • Facilitate 1-2 special workshops designed and developed by the intern with support from ECP teachers

Interns can expect to work from 9:00am-6:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour lunch break daily.


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 Elephant Community Press also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Currently pursuing an Bachelor's degree with demonstrated academic achievement
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A passion for and interest in education, writing, publishing, marketing, and/or social enterprise
  • Strong communication and computer skills
  • Excellent command of the English language 

Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work well independently as well as collaborate effectively with a team
  • Self-driven and proactive working attitude

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.  Elephant Community Press 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
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $1,400 Estimated cost PHL - HKG
Accommodation $1,700 Estimated cost 8 weeks - 1 private room
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,700 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 Tourist visa on arrival for US citizen (confirm visa requirement with company)
Local Transport $170 Public transport
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $4,970  

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.