SLP is a summer internship programme hosted by SVhk and our portfolio social start-ups. It is designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the social start-up sector by offering young professionals an opportunity to gain experience in the sector, and learn comprehensive and practical skills.
Working at SVHK, I saw for myself the challenges and opportunities that face Hong Kong and its social entrepreneurs, and every day here was a new experience. I was exposed to a wide range of projects and met many people in and out of the office, who were all extremely friendly, intelligent, and passionate about creating a better Hong Kong. I’m lucky to have had the chance to truly experience the world of social entrepreneurship first-hand as a newcomer, and I’ve learned so much here to take into the future!
“Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.” In SVhk, you not only work for the future good, but also imagine how the future will be like. Unlike conventional working environment, there are never any boundaries in the meetings and discussions. In these two months, I worked closely with impact capital team to draft strategies and build business models for the incubated ventures, which the exposure was far more diversified than I had imagined before. With the guest talks and outreaching opportunities, this internship really lightened up my summer holiday!
Interning at Social Ventures Hong Kong was a valuable and rewarding experience. The chance to assist projects in the incubating team and meet impactful change-makers in a Hong Kong was a privilege. The internship has also given me valuable work experience whilst complementing my academic interests. Interns are trusted as valuable members of the team and my co-workers were extremely helpful and welcoming. If you are also studying overseas at the moment and wish to gain an unique insight into the emerging social enterprise sector here in Hong Kong, do not hesitate to grab this chance to show your enthusiasm. “Always keep your mind open to new challenges” – My key take away from SVhk this summer!
SVhk showed great confidence in me to contribute my own ideas and lead independent projects within the first week. While I worked extensively with the impact capital team to produce a new corporate video and animation for the rebranding campaign, I also gained valuable insight from interacting with the local community and representatives from the business and non-profit sector. As someone coming with zero business background, SVhk’s creativity and passion strongly influenced me to explore the potential of social entrepreneurship in creating social change. I had a lot of fun this summer!
Working in SVhk was a truly valuable experience in my life. The work not only trained up my practical skills in a fast-paced working environment, but also opened up my horizons, in both social and business aspects. I would highly encourage anyone who would like to grasp the thriving trend of social innovation to join SVhk. I promise that you would never regret your decision!
Over my summer internship with SVhk, I had the opportunity to work on various projects, from administration and preparation work to actual implementation. The SLP program, which offers a diverse range of experiences, developed my practical skills and gave me insight into the potential of making the society a better place while running a business. It was definitely not just an ordinary job experience, also an inspiration.
I am grateful for SLP as it had let me experience how to solve social problems in practice. I experienced the challenges of starting a project from scratch, from project initiation to research and multi-party negotiation. Despite the many obstacles, all the colleagues at SVhk constantly showed their passion for and commitment to social ventures.
The program provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in the social enterprise sector in Hong Kong. I met a ton of interesting people and attended many different conferences and events, including the Social Enterprise Summit and the Table for Two launch event. The biggest highlight of my experience was getting to know the SVhk team. They share boundless optimism and enthusiasm for making the world a better place, which made working with them an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
Throughout the summer, I worked closely with the SVhk staff and gained an understanding of the potential for a culture of social innovation to emerge in Hong Kong. I focused on developing a system for evaluating, assessing, and monitoring social enterprises to be incubated by SVhk. I also learned how cross-sector partnerships can be an important strategy for counteracting social challenges in Hong Kong, and the power of creative marketing ideas to shift norms of behavior within the business world.
Position: Summer Intern
Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk) (www.sv-hk.org) is inviting candidates to join its Social Leaders Programme (SLP) 2017, which is a 2-3 month internship program designed to nurture the next generation to acquire the relevant knowledge, experience and skills for the social enterprise sector.
Selected interns will have the opportunity to join one of the social enterprises/projects in SVhk’s incubated portfolio or participated projects (http://sv-hk.org/portfolio/) and gain experience on operation, marketing or event management in the corresponding social enterprises. Interns who have completed the program will receive a certificate and top performers may be invited to join future development programs with SVhk or other social enterprises in its portfolio.
- University students or within 2 years after Bachelor graduation
- Highly motivated to do good to our society
- Strong interest in social innovation and social entrepreneurship
- Strong sense of responsibility and ability to meet deadlines
- Excellent presentation skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Fluency in English and Chinese (both verbal and written)
Internship period: 5 June to 11 August 2017 (may vary among projects)
Salary: N/A, *Please note that this is an unpaid internship.
Application deadline: 1 May 2017
Interview: We may conduct phone interviews in May. Shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation to the interview day.
Application method: Please complete the online application form and submit with your CV and cover letter.