Home and Youth Affairs Bureau partners with Cyberport and HKSTP to launch new round of Youth Start-up Internship Programme

     The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau (HYAB) partners with the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) to launch the Youth Start-up Internship Programme (YSIP) 2023 today (January 11) to provide young people with internship opportunities at local start-ups.
     The Chief Executive stated in his 2022 Policy Address that the Government should create opportunities for children to develop and flourish while nurturing a new generation of young people having an affection for the country and for Hong Kong and possessing global perspectives, who will contribute to the development of the country and the city. The HYAB has recently published the first edition of the Youth Development Blueprint which outlines the principles, objectives and actions of the Government in pursuing youth development work.
     The Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Miss Alice Mak, said, "The Blueprint sets out that we will deepen young people's understanding of Hong Kong's development into the 'eight centres' as laid out in the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the related opportunities, and also provide them with more internship, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in relevant fields. In this connection, the HYAB will regularise and expand the YSIP, with a view to providing young people with more internship opportunities at start-ups and fostering their interest in pursuing a career in innovation and technology (I&T) such that they can seize the opportunities brought about by Hong Kong's development into an international I&T centre."

     She continued, "The HYAB co-organised the YSIP with Cyberport for the first time in September 2021 on a pilot basis to provide 100 internship placements, which was well-received by young people and start-ups. Following the success of the pilot programme, we have expanded the scope of the YSIP this time. I am delighted to have the HKSTP joining as a co-organiser under this latest round. Together, Cyberport and the HKSTP will provide a total of 200 internship placements under the YSIP, doubling the number in previous round. Moreover, some of the placements can be extended from the original three months to six months, so that young people could have a longer placement period to gain in-depth understanding about the operation of start-ups and the I&T ecosystem in Hong Kong, facilitating their consideration of whether to pursue entrepreneurship in future. In addition, the YSIP can help nurture I&T talents in support of Hong Kong's overall direction of promoting I&T development."
     The internship placements cover various disciplines, such as data analysis, software engineering, marketing, business development and design. The Government will provide subsidy to participating companies to engage interns on a full-time, part-time or mixed basis. Applicants should be local full-time post-secondary students (including sub-degree, undergraduate and post-graduate students) and Hong Kong permanent residents. Apart from internship placements, Cyberport and the HKSTP will also arrange a series of training and entrepreneurship activities for the interns.
     Details of the YSIP and information about the placements offered are now available on the dedicated webpages of Cyberport and the HKSTP. Interested young people should submit applications to companies via the webpages. Upon receipt of applications, participating companies will conduct assessment and selection for implementing the internship arrangements.
Co-organiser YSIP Webpage
Cyberport italent.cyberport.hk/career-development/YSIP
HKSTP www.hkstp.org/how-we-nurture/different-altogether/talent-opportunities/hkstp-x-hyab-youth-start-up-internship-programme-2022-2023

Ends/Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Issued at HKT 18:00