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Citi sponsored NGO internship for local business students

CSR – Press Releases      2014/10/07

Nurture our future business leaders through a broaden understanding of the community’s needs


Hong Kong – For the fourth year running, 80 business students spanning across nine local universities participated in the Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Program (CIP), completed internships at 40 local NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Students are all equipped with a better understanding of the non-profit sector and the needs local community, while all of the interns agreed that the program enhanced their awareness on community and social issues, based on the findings from a survey conducted after the internships.


All of the participating NGOs agreed that the student internships were valuable in enhancing its daily operations and event implementation, and mobilization of marketing and resources. The interns collaborated on actual projects related to the organizations’ marketing and branding, resources development and fundraising, daily operations, event management and system development.


Sponsored and organized by Citi, and co-organized by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), CIP aims to cultivate Hong Kong’s future business leaders to be more caring and responsible individuals through a broadened understanding of the community’s needs and challenges and the ideals of CSR (corporate social responsibility). Since its launch in 2009, more than 280 students have benefited from the program.


Weber Lo, Citi Country Officer and CEO for Hong Kong and Macau said, “This is the fourth year this first-of-its-kind cross-sector collaboration between academia, business and NGO sector has been organized.  We are delighted to see the highly positive experience from both NGOs and students alike in such collaboration, not only raise awareness of social-economic issue but also sustain the future development of these organizations. Congratulations to the 80 students for their enthusiasm, great effort and dedication during their internship. I hope they will carry with them their experience and awareness wherever their careers takes them.”


Mr. Chua Hoi Wai, Chief Executive of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service expressed: "The impact of the program on social service agencies has been widely recognized by the sector. Business students from various universities leverage business intelligence and knowledge to the agencies. Over 90% NGOs agree that the internship contributed to the areas of marketing, branding and event management of their agencies. The program integrated the wisdom and partnership of welfare, academic and business sectors to care and serve the community through collaboration.


The internships took place between July to August 2014 and target year two or three undergraduates majoring in business studies at Hong Kong universities. The interns worked in pairs to use their knowledge to assist their assigned NGOs in various projects including fundraising, brand-building, operations as well as social service. To better equip for the internships, participants were given 20 hours of in-depth training on skills set for working in NGOs and to enrich their knowledge on pressing community issues such as the poverty gap, aging population as well as environmental conservation. The training comprised seminars on CSR and cross-sector partnerships; visits to non-profits and social enterprises; opportunities to interact with various underprivileged groups, as well as volunteering activities.






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Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.


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The HKCSS is an umbrella organisation of over 400 agency members that provide over 90% of the social welfare services in Hong Kong.  HKCSS launched the Caring Company Scheme in 2002 to build a cohesive society by promoting strategic partnership among business and social service partners and inspiring corporate social responsibility through caring for the community, employees and the environment.  HKCSS puts much effort in building capacity for NGOs through the HKCSS Institute, with the continuous support from Citi, its founding corporate partner.


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