KONG SAR - Media
OutReach - 26 October 2021 - The 2021 Citi-Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS)
Community Intern Program (CIP) has come to a successful completion, marking 11
years since this unique cross-sector partnership began. The Recognition
Ceremony shone a spotlight on the interns' achievements, acknowledging their
efforts and contribution to community affairs and their hard work in putting in
at least 160 hours of work experience and 20 hours of in-depth training with
Hong Kong's non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Over the past 11 years, CIP
has nurtured Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) knowhow in 848 leaders of
Officiating at the recognition
ceremony were Mr. Edward Yau, GBS, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic
Development, Hong Kong SAR Government; Ms. Angel Ng, Chief Executive
Officer, Citi Hong Kong and Macau; and Mr. Chua Hoi Wai, Chief Executive of the
Hong Kong Council of Social Service.
Sponsored by Citi and
co-organized with HKCSS, the program is the first-of-its-kind cross-sector
collaboration between academia, business and NGO sector and offers a unique
opportunity to students majoring in business studies to contribute their
knowledge and expertise to NGOs and help them build capacity. The aim is to
cultivate the concept of CSR in the students and provide them with a broadened
understanding of the needs of the community.
The program gives future business
leaders the chance to work with local NGOs to tackle problems within the Hong
Kong community. This summer, 78 business school students from 9 local
universities were selected and placed into 40 different NGOs, allowing them to put
the knowledge they have gained at university to practical use.
ceremony, Ms. Angel Ng, Chief Executive Officer, Citi Hong Kong and
Macau, said: "We at Citi are happy to have supported this great program
for over a decade. Young people are our future leading Hong Kong to become a
better place in which to live and work. It is increasingly important
to empower our future leaders with the concept of Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) and a broadened understanding of the community and social
needs. I hope the students will treasure this valuable experience and learn
from the insights gained during their internships, and that they will continue
the concept of CSR wherever their careers take them."
Mr. Chua Hoi
Wai, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, added: "The
program has been devoted to nurturing future business leaders with opportunities
for understanding and practicing Corporate Social Responsibility. They can get
a grasp of various social issues and the actual needs of the placement
organizations. In view of the new normal and growing importance of big data, I
am delighted to know that the student interns did not only apply their market acumen
but also applied their knowledge of business information to assist the works of
the NGOs. I would like to express my gratitude towards all partners again for
supporting the program for 11 years and hope that more students will unleash
their potential and contribute to the community.
Five participants were given the "Grand
Award for Excellence" in recognition of their outstanding performance during
the internships. They were Li Hoi Wan from the City University of Hong Kong and
Tsoi Ka Wai from the University of Hong Kong who interned at Kids4Kids; and
Chui Shing Hang from the Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Mak Chun Wai from
the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong and Yim Sheung Ching from the City
University of Hong Kong who interned at The Society for Truth and Light.
Grand Awardee Chui Shing Hang of Hong
Kong Metropolitan University said, "During my internship at The Society for
Truth and Light, I was responsible for animation production and educational
board game design, and I assisted in organizing a seminar. CIP offered me the
chance to apply my business knowledge in the operation of a NGO and gain a
deeper understanding of the community. I made plenty of breakthroughs and I
sincerely hope that I can utilize my business profession to contribute to
The 78 interns served
various community groups, including low-income families, the elderly and
persons with disabilities, as well as helping with environmental conservation.
They provided strategic and operational assistance to the NGOs in areas
including network and brand-building, fundraising, social business strategies,
operations and community service support. During the program, the interns
received 20 hours of in-depth training in NGO
operations and pressing community issues such as the poverty gap, the ageing population
and environmental concerns. They attended seminars on CSR and cross-sector
partnerships, visited non-profit and social enterprises, and were given opportunities
to interact with various underprivileged groups.
Mr. Chua Hoi Wai (first row 5th
from left), Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), Mr.
Edward Yau (first row 6th from left),
GBS, JP, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government,
Ms. Angel Ng (first row 7th from
left), Chief Executive Officer, Citi Hong Kong and Macau with Citi executives, representatives of business schools
from Hong Kong universities, representatives from placement NGOs, and interns.
2. Photo 2
Ms. Angel Ng, Chief Executive
Officer, Citi Hong Kong and Macau, praises the
achievements and contribution of the student interns in her opening remarks
during the Recognition Ceremony.
3. Photo 3
Mr. Edward Yau (3rd from right), GBS, JP, Secretary
for Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong SAR Government, and Ms. Angel Ng (3rd from left), Chief Executive Officer, Citi Hong
Kong and Macau, pictured with the students who won the "Grand Award for
Excellence" and representatives of the NGOs.