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The Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Program Nurtures Local University Students on Corporate Social Resp

CSR – Press Releases      2015/06/16

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Hong Kong – 80 business students from 9 local universities have been selected to participate in the 2015 Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Program (CIP). The program is the first-of-its-kind cross-sector collaboration between academia, business and NGO sector which offers unique opportunity for students to intern in local NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Business students will contribute their business knowledge and creativity through actual projects to help these organizations build capacity. 

Sponsored and organised by Citi and co-organized by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the program marks its 5th year in 2015. It aims at inspiring Hong Kong university students majoring in business studies to contribute their knowledge and expertise to non-profit organizations through internship; with the ultimate goal to cultivate the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility and to provide these future business leaders with a broadened understanding of the community. 

80 selected business school students will be placed in 40 NGOs this summer, serving various groups including low-income, elderly and persons with disabilities as well as helping in environmental conservation. Since the program inception, more than 300 students have been benefited from the program. 

Weber Lo, Citi Country Officer and CEO for Hong Kong and Macau said, “There is a growing importance in empowering future business leaders with the concept of corporate social responsibility. We hope the program will offer interns a valuable learning experience and insights in the field of community development, while both students and NGOs will benefit from engaging in the realities of running non-profits in a commercial world.” 

Chua Hoi Wai, Chief Executive of HKCSS said, “The year of 2015 marks its 5th yearof the joint effort and partnership among the business, social service and tertiary education sectors in contributing to the society. I am delighted to see the sustainability of this tripartite collaboration. Participating NGOs expressed their heartfelt appreciation to the Program as it has provided to them additional and precious manpower with business inputs over the summer.” 

The internships will take place between July and August 2015. The interns will work 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, interns will also be 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 comprises seminars on CSR and cross-sector partnerships; visits to non-profits and social enterprises as well as opportunities to interact with various underprivileged groups.


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About Citi

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About HKCSS

The HKCSS is an umbrella organisation of over 430 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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For further information, please contact:

HKCSS Media Contact
Eddie Tsang
Tel: 2864 2982
eddie.tsang@hkcss.org.hk

Corporate Affairs, Citi Hong Kong 
Avis Kong
Tel: 2868 8989 
avis.kong@citi.com

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