Intern with Founder

Entrepreneurship Internship Programme

Wanna have a taste of the thrill of being an entrepreneur without necessarily starting a company?
Curious to find out what is really like to build a startup?
Searching for opportunities to sharpen your career skill?

How it works?

For HKU students

All year of study, all disciplines, UG and PG, locals and non-locals with an NOL

For HKU students, Intern with Founder is an entrepreneurship internship programme under CEDARS HOUSE that helps develop students’ entrepreneurial capacities and mindset through the hands-on intern opportunities with founders on projects that are essential to the success and growth of the business. It is also for HKU students interested in interning for entrepreneurial ventures in a variety of fields. Through participation in the Programme, students will be working closely with the founders of startup companies, innovation‐oriented companies, and entrepreneurial social ventures.

For startup employers

Startup companies, innovation-orientated companies and entrepreneurial social ventures

For startups, Intern with Founder builds bridges for entrepreneurial ventures to tap into the HKU talent pool. Please express your interest in recruiting HKU talents. Internship opportunities will be posted to students by batches over the year. Enrolled companies will be notified with the cut-off time of individual batch enrollment.

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Who are the target HKU students?

The programme is open to all years, including first year and final year students who are:

  • excited, engaged or curious to know more about entrepreneurship and the startup community;

  • thinking about pursuing an entrepreneurial career;

  • ready for a steep learning curve and a "all hands on deck" working environment;

  • passionate in playing many roles that cross traditional functional areas as a matter of necessity.

What is the process of Intern with Founder?

  1. Applications open

  2. Applications close



    Startup interviews

  4. Offer and internship begins

  5. Inform CEDARS the Offers

  6. Internship ends and evaluation

How long is the internship period?

The Programme opens for company registration all year round. Students should stay tuned with the internship postings by email and apply as soon as the internships are publicized. Internship should begin as soon as the position is offered to student. Subject to mutual agreement between the company and the student, the internship duration should be in a minimum of 8 weeks and up to 1 year, either part‐time or full‐time mode.

Is the internship paid or unpaid?

Subject to mutual agreement between the company and the student, some internships are non‐paid with allowance provided, while some internships are paid.