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Through the Impact Lab 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 



Most of the work can be done remotely in Hong Kong or overseas; however, the final decision lies with the company the student is interested in working with and whether for the nature of the engagement it is possible to do so remotely. The course follows all the preventive measures as set by The University of Hong Kong. 


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 Impact Lab 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 is 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 it can take longer).​​

TIMELINE FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER 2022 - The application will open as indicated below

  • Application period: 03-13 Jan 2022

  • Selection period: 03-16 Jan 2022 (enrollment to be completed by 17 Jan)

  • Placement duration: 17 Jan - 24 Apr

  • Course Onboarding: 19 Jan (virtual) & 26 Jan (f2f) (6:15-7:45pm HK Time)

Please check our FAQ for further questions regarding this course.

* 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. 


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

  • Please be specific in your cover letter. It is easy for a manager to spot the difference between a generic cover letter being copy-pasted to several partner companies versus a genuine specific cover letter. Provide clear information on why you are interested in the specific company and role - and why you are qualified for the job. We are all eager to support your personal development, so also help us understand your career aspirations (e.g., tell us about where you hope to be / what you hope to do 5 years from now). 

  • 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 31 Jan 2022 (spring) 

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


social enterprises

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, focusing 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.

At Soap Cycling, we encourage teamwork and we want student interns to become an essential part of our operations!

Placement Opportunities: for more details, please see here!

Internship prerequisite:

For the Fall Semester 2021, Soap Cycling would like to encourage students who are interested and/or already have skills in using IT tools to streamline work processes to apply.


Address your applications to Charlotte Breyer (Director).

Weava Tools

Weava is a fast-growing local HKU EdTech startup that focuses on improving the productivity of students, professors, and academic staff using technology. With our popular Google Chrome extension and mobile app, users can highlight, organize, and create their research documents all in one place — and we have lots of plans for further improvement! We now have 500,000+ registered users from 1,000+ educational institutions in 100+ countries using our tool to stay productive online.


Placement Opportunities:

  1. Marketing & Sales (digital marketing, partnerships, corporate communication)

  2. Customer Support & Bus Dev (business analytics, user research, support handling)

  3. Software QA Engineering (software development, product testing, automation)

  4. Software Angular Programmer (software development, coding)

  5. Accounting & admin (helping us keep our stuff together!)

  6. Designs (UI/UX design, graphic design, videos)

  7. and more.

See all internship opportunities in detail here! ​


Address your applications to Jon Pedersen (Director).

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 analyzing large data sets. If you are interested in website development, big data, scraping, machine learning, or automation please apply now.

Placement 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.  

Placement Opportunities:

  • Community Business Support: You will be responsible for creating a full-fledged business solution for social impact organizations, including consulting and developing a state-of-the-art database and CRM solution. This internship opportunity is suitable for those who want to have hands-on and direct experience in helping social impact organizations reach their full potential and maximize their reach, impact, and efficiency.

  • Communications & Marketing: You will be responsible for creating digital marketing campaigns, generating social media content and website content, assisting with research for article and newsletter write-up, and other projects and initiatives to support FSI's partner companies.

  • Community Connections: You will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of this program that connects corporates with social impact organizations to accelerate change. Your work will range from sourcing high-impact organizations that need help on capacity building, marketing the program to running the impactful Connection Sessions.

For interest in roles at Business Support, address your applications to Jon Pedersen (Director). For Communications & Marketing, address your applications to Tung Ching Li (Communications Manager). For Community Connections, address your applications to Anna Kum (Community Connections Manager).

GREEN Hospitality


GREEN Hospitality's mission is to share knowledge, foster collaboration, and bring about innovative solutions to the sustainability challenges of the hospitality industry. We are a nonprofit platform dedicated that works with hotels, restaurants, supply chains, start-ups, civil society organizations, and the government to catalyze the transition into sustainability for the hospitality industry in Asia and beyond. 

Placement Opportunities:

We are looking for passionate students to join our team as event producers, digital marketers, and sustainability consultants working on a wide range of projects from research to training and podcasting.

Check out all our placement opportunities here!

Address your applications to Lucia Loposova (Executive Director).



EmpowerU’s mission is to provide high-quality education to those on the margins, so they can find their voice and use it to create a better future.

By combining technology, community, and award-winning educators, we have created a unique impact-based learning pedagogy that aims to empower ethnic minority students and migrant domestic workers to create a generation of leaders who'll usher in sustainable social impact in their communities.
Learn and engage with some of the over 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 through an administrative managerial role in the creation and management of different educational programs and activities for domestic workers and ethnic minorities. Students will help advocate and promote cultural understanding, inclusion, and respect for these populations in Hong Kong.

Placement opportunities with EmpowerU can be found here!

Address your applications to Bradley Aaron (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.


Placement Opportunities:

We prefer placing interns in existing projects based on their skills/interests. Some of the major projects we are working on:

  • App development

  • Event management - helping us with logistics and preparation for 5-6 different race options (normal, capped, shortened, satellite, virtual)

  • Corporate partnerships

Address your applications to Daniel Hestevold (COO).


Hollo is one of the most up-and-coming Mental Healthcare related start-ups in Hong Kong. By enabling our users to assess and track their own mental health and equipping them with the tools and professional help, Hollo has begun to revolutionize the well-being sector for the better. 

After gaining some traction as World Champions of Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2020, their technology used to screen mental health has caught the attention of international leaders in the industry. 

With a focus in the NGO sector and a scope to expand into insurance and corporate spaces, the Hollo experience is definitely dynamic and fast-paced. Unlike other companies, the founders will be right there with you to learn and experience a start-up's lifestyle. 

Placement Opportunities: 

Business Strategy Intern: Focusing on the business model, use case of the technology, how we can apply it to different sectors and customers.


Digital Health Compliance Intern: Focused on compliance of digital health solutions in software and AI - with FDA, CE, Singaporean Health standards. Research the regulations, classifications, and perhaps even start on the process.


Computer Science Intern: Front-end or Back end developers for web-app, iOS, and android development. Focusing on developing fast-paced solutions in an AGILE (Scrum) environment


Data Science intern: Building core technologies with the team, working with experienced data scientists on building models of detecting mental health issues through various different data mediums such as video, audio, mobile sensor data, etc.


Internship prerequisite:

Backgrounds and experience in relevant fields. In preference, we look for some experienced interns that have the basic soft skills of a high commitment workplace.

Address your applications to Cameron van Breda (Co-Founder & CEO).

Livin Farms 

At Livin Farms our mission is to empower people to start a revolution from their kitchen. We want to educate our customers on WHY it is so important to rethink how we consume and dispose of food. We want to prove that big changes start with small gestures. As small as a mealworm 🐛!

Don't be fooled, they aren't just tiny, cute, wriggly creatures: they can do some proper magic!
Our product, the Hive Explorer, educates people about mealworm farming and how it enables us to produce more sustainable proteins, recycle food waste, and produce sustainable and quality fertilizer. All in the small space of our kitchen. 

At Livinfarms, you will join a small and dynamic team, take ownership of important projects and learn about the future of foods.

Livin Farms Hong Kong is seeking a hardworking, creative, passionate team member with an interest in Sustainability to join our team. The Marketing intern will understand the relationship between social media, content, and branding while assisting our team in creating fun, original content, extending what our brand stands for, and growing our following.

Placement Opportunities: 


Your work will focus on a range of written content, with a greater emphasis on creating educational graphic videos. Learn how to plan and manage short and long-form content, conduct market research, and produce Sustainability-related materials.


Internship prerequisite:

Marketing, Content Creation, Education, Science and Education, Business Studies

Address your applications to Sovina Taneja (Marketing Associate).

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. In 2019-2020 over 35,000 boxes were distributed. 

Upon interest, interns will get to work on exciting projects, such as:

1    Support and enhancement of BOH's database and its implementation 
2.   Help product and manage social media content, posting, etc.
3.   Help create an impact report, including putting together questionnaires & analysis. 
4.   Help create a new video for our website and schools to show what we do.


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 placement.

Direct your applications to Sian Taylor (Director).

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.



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.

Placement opportunities with 852 Designs can be found here!

Address your applications to Taylor Amarel (General Manager).