Experiential Learning

learn through practice

Introduction

The overarching principle of EPIN education is to “learn through practice”. Students are encouraged to apply learnings from lectures and readings in a real-world context to deepen their understanding and enhance the long-term retention of knowledge.

By participating in internships and other experiential learning activities that form part of the EPIN, students will be able to:

  • gain new perspectives and inspiration from other entrepreneurs and innovators;
  • network with entrepreneurs and innovators in the community; and
  • gain credits under “Practices” of EPIN, which will count towards their EPIN minor requirements (18 units).

Study Trips

EPIN is devoted to creating more opportunities for experiential learning by offering different short-haul (e.g. the Greater Bay Area, Singapore and South Korea) and long-haul (e.g. US, UK and Israel) overseas study trips every year.

Forthcoming

  1. A long-haul study trip over summer
  2. A short-haul study trip to the Greater Bay Area of mainland China

    Content:

    • workshops on entrepreneurial policies in the Greater Bay Area;
    • visits to start-ups, local business incubators, entrepreneurship centres and co-working spaces;
    • sharing sessions and networking with seasoned entrepreneurs.

University of Cambridge

During the programme, participants were engaged in a splendid array of entrepreneurship and innovation activities.

Content:

  • lectures and interactive workshops delivered by teachers at the University of Cambridge;
  • visits to local start-ups and incubators, such as ARM, Raspberry Pi and the Cambridge Science Park;
  • interaction with young entrepreneurs at Cambridge;
  • cultural activities including punting and formal dinner at Christ’s College.

Period of time:  Summer
Duration: 7 days

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Fudan and Tsinghua University

Due to CUHK’s close collaboration with Fudan University (Shanghai) and Tsinghua University (Beijing), students are highly encouraged to participate in the Fudan iCenter Bauhinia Valley Programme and the Tsinghua University iCenter Bauhinia Valley Programme. The programmes cover all the essential skills in an entrepreneur’s toolkit and prototype-making. Students can also apply for unit exemption under “Practices” in EPIN after completion of the programme.

Content*:

  • professional seminars on topics of entrepreneurship;
  • mainland China’s updated policies on entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • interactive workshops and AI workshops.

Period of time*:

  • summer break: May to August;
  • winter break: December to January.

Duration*: 10 – 14 days

*subject to the latest version of the programmes.

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Internship

An internship allows students to apply what they learnt in the EPIN classroom to the workplace, providing them with valuable exposure to different industries and start-up companies. Students who have completed an internship with entrepreneurial and innovative elements may be eligible for credits under “Practices” of EPIN, depending on the duration of the internship and the course requirements.

EPIN Internship Courses (I, II & III)

  Internship in Entrepreneurship
and Innovation I
Internship in Entrepreneurship
and Innovation II
Internship in Entrepreneurship
and Innovation III
Unit(s) 1 2 3
Grading Pass/Fail Pass/Fail Pass/Fail
Duration of the internship 6 – 11 weeks 12 – 24 weeks At least 24 weeks
Assessment Presentation
  1. Presentation
  2. Self‐reflection/progress report (multi‐media format)
  • Presentation
  • Self‐reflection/progress report (multi‐media format)
  • Essay writing
Job application Via EPIN or by students Via EPIN or by students Via EPIN or a recognised internship programme ONLY

 

List of recognised internship programmes

Programme*

Period of time

Duration

EPIN Summer Internship Programme May – August at least 6 weeks
Alibaba Internship Programme June – November half a year
Global Entrepreneur@AIESEC throughout the year throughout the year
may vary for individual positions
Global Internship Programme@OSA May – August may vary for individual programmes

*EPIN also accepts internships arranged by students. For details, please contact EPIN directly.

 

EPIN Internship Courses Enrolment Procedure

A brief walkthrough

 

Preparation (before starting the internship)

  • Please provide the following items to us ASAP:
For local students For non-local students
  1. Updated CUHK unofficial transcript
  2. HKID copy
  3. Contract issued by the start-up (clearly showing job title and internship duration)
  4. Contact person (and his contact information) at the start-up
  1. Updated CUHK unofficial transcript
  2. HKID copy
  3. Passport copy
  4. No-objection letter issued by the Immigration Department, which allows you to take up study-related internships as arranged or endorsed by the institution
  5. Contract issued by the start-up (clearly showing job title and internship duration)
  6. Contact person (and his contact information) at the start-up
  • If your salary is lower than the Statutory Minimum Wage (e.g. HK$4,000):
    Please inform the start-up that we will send your “Confirmation of ‘student intern’ status under the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608)” to them after the official contract is issued.

 

After EPIN’s vetting

  • You will be enrolled on the appropriate EPIN internship course on CUSIS in the following school term;
  • You will receive an assessment guideline.

 

Follow-ups (upon completion of the internship)

  • Provide a reference letter from the company to state that you have completed the internship;
  • Complete the required assessment accordingly;
  • Submit a performance evaluation report completed by your work supervisor(s);
  • Apply for EPIN Internship Scholarship/EPIN Student Project Scheme (optional).

Scholarship and Subsidy

1. CUHK Alumni Torch Fund Entrepreneurship and Innovation Scholarship (中大校友傳承基金創業創新獎學金)

Dr Barbara Kwok Pik Lin (郭碧蓮博士) has kindly pledged to donate a generous sum to the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2019 for various projects. The donation will be used to offer scholarships to EPIN students who have excelled in academic and experiential learning (e.g. internships and competitions).

Eligibility

The Scholarship recipients must:

  • be local full-time undergraduate students studying UGC-funded programmes;
  • have excellent performance on experiential learning e.g. internships and competitions.

Number and Value of Awards

  • Each academic year, a maximum amount of HK$80,000 is allocated to the scholarship, which will be divided into up to 10 scholarships of no more than HK$8,000 each.

Application Procedures

Students should submit:

  • the latest unofficial transcript in pdf;
  • an official justification of your experiential learning;
  • a report in any format (video, poster or written report) to tell us more about your experiential learning and what you have learnt from it.

Administrative Procedures

  • The EPIN Minor Programme will nominate deserving students for the Scholarship. The particulars of the nominees will be forwarded to the donor for her information;
  • The Scholarship will be administered by the EPIN Minor Programme in accordance with university policies and procedures.

Deadlines for Application

1st Round: 30 September every year
2nd Round: 31 January every year

 

2. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Student Project Scheme

This scheme aims to encourage students to propose new ideas for an Entrepreneurship and Innovation project, based on their experiential learning inside or outside CUHK, whether it is attending bootcamps, taking part in competitions, joining study trips or working at start-ups.

Eligibility

  • All full-time undergraduate students studying UGC-funded programmes;
  • Applicants should have excellent performance on experiential learning;
  • Applicants can submit application for one project only;
  • Applicants must not apply to the CUHK Alumni Torch Fund Entrepreneurship and Innovation Scholarship at the same time or with the same project.

Number and Value of Subsidy

  • Each academic year, a maximum amount of HK$40,000 will be awarded through up to five scholarships of no more than HK$8,000 each.

Application Procedures

Students should submit:

  • the latest unofficial transcript in pdf;
  • an official justification of your experiential learning;
  • a report about your project/prototype or a case study on the industry of your internship#*.

# The report and case study can be in any format (video, poster or written report).
* Guidelines for the case study:

  • What insights have you gained into your employer, including the nature of their business and the environment in which they operate?
  • What are the key challenges confronting the organisation?
  • In response to these challenges, what value proposition is the organisation committed to?
  • What solutions (e.g. new products, services or proprietary technologies, a new business model or organisational structure) is the organisation developing to support the value proposition?
  • With reference to your learnings and experience, what was your role in the team and project?

Deadlines for Application

1st Round: 30 September every year
2nd Round: 31 January every year