Through the SVM course, you can gain hands-on experience in a whole range of social business areas and with different organisations, ranging from established charities and enterprises, pre-incorporated ventures, as well as creating social enterprises from scratch.


  • Full-time & exchange* students from any faculty of the University of Hong Kong (HKU)

      * there is no difference in the application process for the exchange students 


Students cannot add the course on Moodle by themselves but need to apply by sending their CV & Motivation Letter through an application form linked on this page and receive an offer from the SVM Partner company first. The selection of students is done directly by a social enterprise(s) to which the student applies.

Once the student is offered a placement by a company s/he will receive a link to register for the course. After the student finishes registering the information will be sent to the faculty administration for enrollment which can take a couple of days or weeks (e.g. in case that student has a credit overload issue or provided wrong student ID/name/faculty, etc.).


  • Application period: 2 Jan - 19 Jan*

  • Selection period: 2 Jan - 24 Jan (enrollment to be completed by 10 Feb)

  • Internship duration: 3 Feb - 3 May

  • Course briefing: 5 Feb

  • Onboarding: 11 Feb (new date)

* If the deadline passed but you still want to be part of the course, send us an email with your resume and motivation letter and we will get back to you if there are any spots available. There will be no possibility to join the course after the add/drop period (10 Feb 2020). 


  • For more information about our summer offerings and the application process, please click here


  • Please, do not apply to unreasonably many partner companies. Doing so shows a lack of etiquette and dedication. ​

  • For credit overload and administrative questions, please contact your faculty

  • If you are an exchange student, check whether you can apply with your home university (we can provide a letter of support if needed - please send us a request if that is the case stating what is your university requiring)

  • Add/drop period for courses ends on 10 Feb 2020

  • For more information about the course and the application process, see the "About the Course" page 

svm social entrerprises

Soap Cycling


Asia's first and largest soap recycling charity. Soap Cycling is a charity that works with the hospitality industry to collect, process, and distribute lightly used soap bars and bottled amenities. These life-saving items are then distributed to disadvantaged communities around the world, particularly Asia.

Soap Cycling combines its environmental mission to reduce waste and promote recycling with a strong social focus. New programs focus on creating employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups in Hong Kong, focussing on increasing the local impact.

Soap Cycling offers a great combination of allowing students to take over the regular operations and training their entrepreneurial sense when developing new projects. 

Students who are motivated and interested in building something real and long-lasting are highly desired.


Find the Internship Opportunities, please click here!


Address your applications to Charlotte Breyer (Director).

852 Designs/HKU Apparel


852 Designs is a student-run social enterprise that offers creative students a chance to design and sell apparel and merchandise for the HKU community (and beyond).

NOTE: This is a pre-incorporation project; only very entrepreneurial students should apply. Students with photography, video editing, Photoshop, Illustrator, or other design/creative skills are preferred. Also, we are looking for students with computer programming and web development skills.

Internship opportunities with 852 Designs can be found here!

Address your applications to Taylor Amarel (General Manager).

Migrasia Global Solutions


Migrasia is an incubator that fosters and incubates solutions to problems relating to the migration of peoples, particularly in Asia. Migrasia utilizes a multi-faceted approach to tackle the major problems associated with migration by funding and is dedicated to promoting an ethical recruitment process for migrant workers via advocacy, research, journalism, and education.


Migrasia also has a technology team focused on building technology solutions, websites, and analysing large data sets. If you are interested in website development, big data, scraping, machine learning, or automation please apply now.

Internship Opportunities:

  • Students who join Migrasia will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience working in an early-stage startup and will have the ability to take on significant responsibility and projects talking with real customers (employment agencies, employers, and governments).

Address your applications to Taylor Amarel (General Manager).

Foundation for Shared Impact


Foundation for Shared Impact (FSI) is a foundation aimed at fostering social innovation and entrepreneurship. It is an exciting new venture that will, among others, create unique fundraising events and programs tailored for social enterprises, work on social business incubator aspects, develop unique overseas experiential programs, and more. 


In FSI, you will be able to work on a wide range of tasks, including marketing, social media management, fundraising, consulting, and organizing events, and interact with entrepreneurs and professionals from different backgrounds — both from the social and professional sector. 

If you are willing to work in a dynamic environment, ready to take up challenges, and eager to join an energetic team, then FSI will be your choice. It is especially suitable for highly entrepreneurial and proactive students who excel at taking an idea and bringing it to life.  

Internship Opportunities:

  • Communications & Marketing (writing blogs, social media management, company outreach etc.), video-creation.

  • Business support and capacity-building (incorporation, website creation, branding, pitch documents, etc.)

  • Impact assessment & grant writing and more.

Address your applications to Jon Pedersen (Co-Founder & Director), for Communications & Marketing address your applications to Tun Chung Li (Communications Manager).

G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality


Our primary mission is to encourage businesses to work together to bring about innovative, sustainable, cross-border advancements to the global hospitality industry through engaging events and activities. Unlike other sustainability initiatives within the hospitality space, G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality focuses on all aspects in regards to hospitality, including hotels, supply chains, airlines, food, and more.

We have an event coming up, the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Conference. If you join our team, you will help shape up this and future events and you will have a chance to attend the conference which will allow you to network with hospitality industry and sustainability champions and gain some great insights into the market.

Check out our internship opportunities here!

Address your applications, mentioning the position(s) you are interested in, to Lucia Loposova (Program Manager).



EmpowerU is an educational and empowerment platform that originated at HKU as part of a CEDARS knowledge exchange project. Founded by Dr. Michael Manio, EmpowerU (originally called the Domestic Worker Empowerment Program, or DWEP), initially provided domestic workers with lessons on subjects like practical health and wellness, law, science, business & finance, culture & arts, CPR, fire safety, public speaking and others. The aim was to upgrade their knowledge and skills for their respective jobs, help them assimilate to life in HK, and to help prepare them for life after HK.


Learn and engage with the 380,000 domestic workers in Hong Kong. Make your university life more productive in helping these workers, understand their culture and share your knowledge with them through direct interaction. Here is your unique chance!


HKU students will embark on a journey to experience leadership, administrative managerial role in the organization of different programs and activities for domestic workers and help advocate and promote cultural understanding, inclusion, and respect for them in Hong Kong.

Internship opportunities with EmpowerU can be found here!

Address your applications to Michael Manio (Program Director).

24 Hour Race


The 24 Hour Race is Asia's largest youth-led endurance challenge and joins young people together in the fight against Slavery. Sponsored for every lap they run, our high school students raise funds for anti-trafficking initiatives in an incredible 24 Hour relay race. It is a student-led movement from the very beginning. Since 2010, we have expanded from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Seoul and had tens of thousands of students run in our races.


Internship Opportunities:

  • Be part of the international Headquarters behind these massive races and take on real responsibility working for a rapidly growing start-up in business development, marketing or communications.

Address your applications to Daniel Hestevold (COO).

Good Financial

Good Financial exists to serve the financial needs of migrant workers.


We are re-thinking, re-designing, and re-inventing financial services for migrant workers. Our primary focus right now is to provide the best and most ethical loan service on the market.


We’re tackling a broken, exploitative industry and aspire to save our customers at least HK$100 million by reducing the interest rates.

Internship Opportunities: 

  • We are searching for talented generalists who can get stuff done to a high-level of execution!

Address your applications to Malcolm Loudon (Head of Relationship Management).

OWN Academy


OWN Academy’s mission is to revolutionize education through a focus on career life planning. By helping students design and prototype their lives in order to navigate the myriad of pathways. We partner with industry leaders, professionals, and the most progressive schools in Hong Kong to foster an ecosystem of learning that bridges the classroom and the real world.

Internship Opportunities:

  • Accounting

  • Video editing

  • Administration

  • Event management 

Address your applications to Natalie Chan (Founder & CEO).



Established in 2013, Twopresents is an award-winning social enterprise that combines an online invitation platform with a charitable gift solution. Party hosts can use the platform to send out personally customised party invitations, where guests are invited to contribute money online towards a special gift and the celebrant’s chosen charity. Twopresents promotes the concept of sharing and giving through celebrations, making them more meaningful. We focus on raising social awareness, reducing gift waste, teaching children good values and educating them on social and environmental responsibility. We work with 35+ charities, have 15'000+ users and have raised more than HK$ 9 million for charities and great gifts.


Internship Opportunities:

  • We are looking for motivated, energetic, enthusiastic interns with skills in graphic design, video making/editing, social media/marketing & communication.

Address your applications to Shirin Staerkle (Co-Founder).

Weava Tools

Weava is a fast-growing Ed-tech startup that focuses on improving the productivity of students, professors and academic staff using technology. Our current product is a popular chrome plugin and mobile apps in which users can highlight, organize, and create their research documents all in one place. We have 150k+ registered users from 200+ educational institutions in 50+ countries using our tool.


Internship Opportunities:

• Marketing and Business Development (Digital marketing, partnership, consulting and corporate communication)

• Software Engineering (software development, product testing, coding)


Check our internship opportunities here! ​


Address your applications to Stanley Pang (General Manager).

Wise at Work

Wise at Work is a platform that re-imagines the potential of a rapidly ageing world through employment, training and consulting.

Internship Opportunities:

  • Special Project: We need a bright mind to put together a project plan + a pilot for a really cool model that will drive entrepreneurship for older folks in Hong Kong.


  • Community Engagement: Social media savvy (Chinese language skills are a must here) to engage with our facebook platform, create content for our website and create an online course - on what else, but social media.

Address your applications to Priyanka Gothi (Founder & CEO).

Box of Hope

Box of Hope is a renown annual charity project in Hong Kong aimed at providing useful/educational gifts to underprivileged children in Hong Kong & Asia donated by Hong Kong school children and local organisations. You fill old shoe boxes with NEW interesting and EDUCATIONAL gifts at home and drop them off at a collection point. The boxes are then collected and delivered directly to the children in need. Last year over 35,000 boxes were distributed. 

Interns will get to work on exciting elements such as assisting the production of an impact statement; create a photo library for social media, press, marketing and internal use; assist a cost analysis & projections; help improve organisational structure and overhaul of database reports; help undertake a waste/sustainability report. 

Overall, this is a unique opportunity to manage important processes and projects in an impactful charity. 


Please also note that work hours are generally flexible throughout the internship. Also note that during the 3 weeks of 4-23 November there will be a lot of opportunities to watch, record and participate in the actual process of collecting, checking and redistributing the boxes. 

Direct your applications to Sian Taylor (Director).


Consultancy, sustainability services and supplier of customised, eco-friendly products at a wholesale level to hotels, resorts, aviation and beyond. Our products are carefully selected based on their environmental impact, with the ultimate goal to assist in the reduction of single-use plastics in these industries.


Our primary goal is to cater to large hotels and other accommodation venues across the Asia Pacific and beyond. ​We provide bamboo fibre bathroom amenities including toothbrushes, combs, hairbrushes, razors, earbuds, reusable make-up pads and other sustainable options (e.g. fluoride dent tabs) presented in our beautifully designed recyclable packaging complete with company logo customisation.

Internship Opportunities:

  • Strategy Development (short-term & long-term)

  • Assistance with KPIs for the company for the next 12 months with a focus on ESG criteria

  • Business Development activities with HK hotels and the sustainability sector

  • New Product Development, design and enhancement, working with the team to solve client solutions and make hotel guest products more sustainable and eco-friendly 

  • Building Relationships and partnering up with local knowledge events/workshops

  • Assisting in the production of a company introduction video

  • Filling Application forms HK Green Certifications

  • Experience with office PA duties is an advantage to applying students

Address your applications to Naveet McMahon (Co-Founder).

Start a social enterprise

For exceptionally entrepreneurial and independent students, separate projects dealing with brand new social enterprise ideas may be possible.


If interested, please email


The following partner companies/projects are currently put on hold (not seeking interns). However, should you have a burning desire to revitalize or be a part of these entities then you may express your interest and you might get the chance to do so.

Project Evergreen (hiatus - not in operation)

Evergreen is a think tank focusing on all things “green,” with a particular emphasis on reducing Hong Kong’s carbon footprint by making energy efficient technologies more accessible. This is possible through an innovative combination of financial modeling and environmental consultation.


Evergreen’s primary service offering is a Green Revolving Fund (GRF). Our GRF will provide low
interest loans to cover the up-front capital costs needed to install energy efficient technologies.
Property owners then repay the loans using the cost savings from lower utility bills.



One Degree Tours (hiatus)

One Degree is a social venture organization with the purpose to alleviate poverty of the lower class communities in locations where tourists are travelling to. Many of these communities have wealth of natural attractions and tourism is a channel to inject currency into these economies, circulating to improve living standards across their communities.



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