HKAC will recruit students among study abroad offices and exchange programs at universities
in the United States. Applications
will be made online to the HKAC. A committee
of advisors to the SCI, including university faculty and human resource
specialists in companies in China,
will select the finalists and guide the overall development of the SCI.
HKAC and the UIC will jointly seek out “tandem” placements
in companies in south China. We will approach senior management of American
and other multinational corporations, many of whom are based in HK, to encourage
their offices in the mainland to host SCI interns. By offering placements,
these companies will provide an important in-kind resource to SCI and the
100,000 Strong Initiative. We also
request that companies assist wherever possible in housing arrangements and
some local stipends for the interns. The
UIC will issue documents for the Americans to apply
for training visas to China.
HKAC will organize a general orientation program on June 10-12 for all American
interns in Hong Kong at a university campus. The Americans will then travel via ferry to the
UIC campus in Zhuhai for a continuation of the orientation program. This will include meeting their mainland
student partners or “buddies” from UIC who will join them in their tandem placements.
The HKAC and the UIC will organize a team-building program on the UIC
campus. Then the interns will travel in
pairs to the sites of their host companies in south China.
staff at UIC and HKAC will visit each host organization early in the program to
speak to the interns, their supervisors and their fellow workers. As we will not require that the American
interns speak and read Chinese, we look to the Chinese “buddies” from UIC to assist
in communication on site. They will work
together on a project of some kind that has some relevance and utility for the
company. We strongly encourage Americans
to study conversational Mandarin while in China. The teams of students will present a report to
the leadership and staff of the host company in the final days of the
internship in early August.
The students will gather
again at UIC in Zhuhai to reflect on their learning and to share among
themselves about their experiences in south China. Each tandem team will present to the whole group
a summary of the project(s) they undertook for their host companies. Representatives from the host companies will participate
in the reflection program (August 6-7). The
SCI will end with a celebratory banquet and party. After the program ends, the Americans and Chinese
are free to make personal travel plans