ASTRI Opens Application for Two Summer Internship Programmes Boosting Global Enrollment to Enlarge Talent Pool for the Development of Hong Kong I&T Industry

[Hong Kong, 17 November 2022] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has always strived to fulfil its mission of nurturing the next generation of I&T talents. As the largest R&D centre funded by the Government in Hong Kong, ASTRI is open application for its “Summer Internship Programme” and the “Fintech Future Leader Academy (Internship)”, offering undergraduate and postgraduate students an exciting opportunity to deeply engage in Hong Kong’s I&T ecosystem and experience ASTRI’s unique culture in scientific research. Last year, ASTRI’s summer programmes met with overwhelming response, received a total of 2,464 applications and shortlisted 50 candidates, among them including students from over 28 renowned universities in United States and the United Kingdom, namely Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, etc., as well as students from the top universities in Hong Kong.

Make the most of your summer

ASTRI is keen to nurture global-minded innovators through various talent initiatives. Students who want to gain understanding of the research and development from a front-to-back perspective, experience a diverse and engaged workplace, and explore a career in a research institute, can apply ASTR’s two internship programmes now. Starting from June 2023, the two eight-week internships offer students a golden opportunity to learn from award-winning scientists in a cross-cultural environment. The programmes target at undergraduate and postgraduate students majoring in STEM disciplines.

Summer Internship Programme 2023

ASTRI’s summer programme will add dimensions to the existing workplan, offering a broad spectrum of R&D projects and activities to make the internship more engaged and motivated. Students will gain invaluable R&D hands-on experience in one of ASTRI’s six core areas, including Smart City, Financial Technologies, Reindustrialisation and Intelligent Manufacturing, Digital Health, Application Specific Integrated Circuits and Metaverse. They will have the chance to partner with ASTRI’s senior management and work alongside professionals to dive deep into the I&T process and technology development, participating in R&D projects that employ Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Blockchain, Digital Asset, 5G and IoT, etc., to maximise value and impact.

Apart from the R&D projects, a number of tech talks and networking sessions will be arranged, where key industry players and professional scholars from large corporations and organisations will be invited to share their journeys and successful experience. For those who are majoring in non-STEM disciplines, ASTRI also provides opportunities to work in its corporate functions.

FinTech Future Leader Academy 2023

Established last year, the Fintech Future Leader Academy is the flagship talent programme targeting at students who are enthusiastic about financial technologies and innovations. Students will be assigned to the FinTech division and get exposure to ASTRI’s FinTech and Metaverse business and innovative projects.

In addition to the series of tech talks and networking sessions, students will undertake two-week field visits to a variety of prestigious financial and technology institutions that support the programme, where they will learn directly from industry professionals and have the opportunity to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of FinTech on society.

Dr. Denis Yip, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, said: “Hong Kong needs innovation and technology talents more than ever. The two summer programmes are one of our various talent cultivation initiatives which enable students to take part in innovative R&D projects and equip them with the skills they need to enhance their professionalism and employability. In order to let the future I&T workforce have a better understanding of the development of Hong Kong, especially the knowledge of the I&T ecosystem, we placed more efforts in boosting our enrollment in top universities around the world since last year, and the response was very enthusiastic. This year we will continue the promotion worldwide, and target to have more oversea students joining us and gaining more understanding of Hong Kong’s I&T industry development.”

Background of ASTRI’s two internship programmes

In 2022, ASTRI’s two programmes had received a total of 2,464 applications through recruitment drives at various Hong Kong universities, as well as 28 renowned overseas universities. Interviews were conducted to select 50 candidates for up to eight-week internship at ASTRI from June to August. The second- and third-year undergraduates, and also postgraduate students majoring in Computer Science, Business and Finance related fields from Hong Kong local universities participated in the programmes, while over half of the interns came from overseas renowned universities in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

Apply Now

The Summer Internship Programme and FinTech Future Leader Academy are open for application until February 28, 2023. Students selected for the programme will undertake an eight-week internship in ASTRI from June to August this year.

Interested students may apply for the programme online:

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