Civic Exchange Internship Programme

Interns at Civic Exchange will have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day activities that go into running a think tank. We accept interns in two primary areas: research and communications. We aim to challenge interns on an intellectual level while fostering curiosity and passion for public-policy research and environmental concerns.

Civic Exchange takes interns year-round but especially during the summer. We encourage applicants to apply early. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for interviews. Please note the following timeline for application:


Application Deadline

Summer (June to August 2019)

31 March 2019

Other periods

Three months before the intended internship starts

About Our Internship

·         Research: We involve interns in research projects that complement their individual interests and abilities. Projects can be either independent or in conjunction with other members of the Civic Exchange team.

·         A multinational environment: We work with international affiliates and interns may have the opportunity to interact with Civic Exchange’s global network of thinkers, researchers, and facilitators as well as interns of different nationalities.

·         Events: Interns will be able to attend Civic Exchange’s events, which may include lectures, workshops, public presentations, facilitation, and special visits.

·         Community: Interns may participate in a community-oriented project as a secondary activity. This gives interns a more hands-on experience involving local issues.

Research Internship Requirements

·         Enrollment in or completion of a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)

·         Ability to conduct independent research in areas relevant to Civic Exchange’s fields of study

·         Excellent English and preferably Chinese writing ability

Communications Internship Requirements

·         Enrollment in or completion of a degree in journalism, media, politics or related fields

·         Communications experience, which may include work at student newspapers, magazines, TV/radio stations, websites or green groups

·         Excellent English and preferably Chinese writing ability

·         Skills in graphic design, PowerPoint, social media publication, photography, and video and web production (WordPress) are highly desirable

General Requirements

·         Interns can be from Hong Kong or overseas. Applicants without Hong Kong residency are advised to apply early due to visa procedures.

·         Must be able to commit at least 6 weeks to the internship.

·         Visible maturity and ability, conveyed through how s/he approaches us initially as well as how s/he handles subsequent communication with us in discussing the potential internship.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should email with the following materials:

·         Available dates

·         Possible research topics or areas of interest

·         Curriculum vitae

·         Quality writing samples that demonstrate the candidate’s capacity for writing, research, and critical thinking. Please submit writing samples in English (and Chinese if applicable)

·         Letter of reference

All personal data collected will be treated in strict confidentiality and used for recruitment purpose only. Civic Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.