The school break is coming and, our teenagers are scouring JobsDB for summer jobs in Hong Kong. Lucky for you, we’ve listed summer internships, part-time jobs and more.
Sure, summer’s all about fun in the sun (on days that aren’t rainy or when we’re not prepping for a typhoon, that is!) be it hitting the beach, camping out or booking a junk boat trip. But summer is also a good time to learn outside the classroom. While we have the little ones making new friends at summer camps, teens can bring home valuable lessons and increase their confidence and independence through internships, part-time jobs and volunteering. In this city we call home, finding a job as a teen can be easier said than done, and many require fluency in Cantonese (fret not, we’ve found a few that don’t!). We’ve pulled together a list of summer internships and jobs in Hong Kong to keep your teen busy – whether they just want some extra cash or want to get a head start building a resume.
Editor’s note: With the pandemic and social distancing restrictions, some of these organisations are taking in fewer applications than before and job vacancies tend to fill up fast. Don’t be disheartened if you’ve missed the bus this summer – instead, bookmark this page and keep a watch out for job openings as soon as they are announced.
Part-Time Summer Jobs For Teens In Hong Kong
7-Eleven – Completing everyday tasks as a shop assistant
A Hong Kong staple, 7-Eleven is everywhere and it does hire for the summer. If you have an 18-year-old looking for a way to earn some extra cash, 7-Eleven is on the hunt for shop assistants who take care of all the everyday tasks that keep the store running smoothly. A command of Cantonese is a must. Find out more information on 7-Eleven’s recruitment page.
Babysitting Or Tutoring – Caring for young children or teaching them
If your teen loves kids, offering babysitting services and/or tutoring services to families is a hot industry to get into. Hong Kong families are often looking for a little extra care or education for their kids and if your teen is a native English speaker there may be some great opportunities for them. Suggest to your teen to put up a few posters around your neighbourhood or clubhouse or make use of social media groups like the Hong Kong Teen PT Facebook Group.
Broadway Circuit Cinemas – Cinema Service Assistants
Does your teen love movies? Then this summer job is a great option. Broadway Circuit Cinemas is looking for teens in Form 5 or above (the equivalent to grade 11 in US schools) to be Cinema Service Assistants (both full and part-time) – though there are other opportunities as well. The job requires a command of both Cantonese and Mandarin (along with English, of course). The best part? Employees get free movie tickets! If your teen is interested, they can email their resume, expected salary and date available to email@example.com or contact online.
Pawshake – Help to find new clients
If your older kid is a little more independent and is obsessed with dogs, they should check out Pawshake – an online community connecting pet owners to pet sitters and walkers. Anyone over the age of 18 can sign up as a sitter by simply filling out its quick and easy online application form. Once approved, you set up your own sitter profile and then it’s up to you to decide what services you want to offer. You’re responsible for finding your own clients and making your own schedule, and you have full control over who you work with. It also has a handy app for your phone to help you manage your schedule and stay on top of your commitments. As summer jobs go, this one is paw-fect!
Retail, Food & Beverage – Calling all foodies!
Working in the retail or F&B space is another great way for teens to get into the work world. Teens can find a brand that they like and often get great employee perks along with a steady paycheque. Depending on the location of these shops or restaurants, speaking Cantonese may not always be a requirement but it is always an asset. Some current retail and F&B companies that are hiring this summer are Starbucks, Pret A Manger, Jollibee, Woolly Pig and more.
Where To Apply For Part Time Jobs In Hong Kong
- Career Jet – Jobs across a range of industries. www.careerjet.hk
- HKJora – Jobs across a range of industries (especially the business field). www.HKJora.com
- Hong Kong Teen PT Facebook Group – From babysitting and tutoring to specialised skills such as web design and event coordination. www.facebook.com/groups/HongKongTeenPT
- Indeed – Jobs across a range of industries. www.Indeed.com
- Lynker – Free student-led platform connecting young individuals to job and internship opportunities. www.lynker.co
- JobsDB – Jobs across a range of industries. www.jobsdb.com
- WHub – Opportunities in start-ups in Hong Kong. www.whub.io
- Youth Employment Start (Y.E.S.) – Career planning, pre-employment training and help with job hunting for people aged 15 to 29. www.e-start.gov.hk
Summer Internships And Volunteering Opportunities For Teens In Hong Kong
If none of the above options appeals to you or your teen, check out the below opportunities. These internships are more focused on gaining experience than anything else and, as such, most of them are unpaid.
Asia Arts Archive (AAA) – Volunteer for a non-profit engaging with artists
Have an art-savvy student who is currently enrolled in university? AAA offers full and part-time internships for both local and non-local undergraduate and graduate students throughout the year. Its internships offer the opportunity for students to see how a non-profit organisation is run, as well as engaging with art, artists, and professionals within the industry.
Crossroads Foundation – Volunteer for a non-profit providing humanitarian aid
If you’re between the ages of 14 and 65 and still a student, volunteering at Crossroads Foundation will be a worthwhile experience. Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong-based, non-profit organisation providing humanitarian aid worldwide. You can volunteer to handle a range of duties including internet research, sewing, furniture handling, gardening, bookkeeping and more. Find out more and apply online.
Faust International Youth Theatre – Creative workshops
Faust International Youth Theatre is a well-known local Hong Kong organisation that offers challenging and creative workshops for students who want to learn more about theatre. It runs internships year-round in the form of Student Leaders (for students ages 16 and up) and Assistant Leaders (for students ages 18 and up). Over the summer, it hires students as theatre assistants for its week-long summer theatre programmes. Check out its website for more details. Interested candidates can email firstname.lastname@example.org with their CV and a cover letter.
Faust International Youth Centre, 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2457 9799, Recruitment direct line: 2547 9114, info@FaustWorld.com, www.faustworld.com
Justice Centre Summer Refugee Protection Law Clinic 2022 – Open to university students
The Justice Centre runs the Young Advocates Programme every summer for students (14 to 18 years) who are enrolled in local Hong Kong-based programmes. The three-week programme is aimed at students who are interested in law, human rights, government, social policy and NGO management. Students are provided with the opportunity to engage in external meetings and events, learn about human rights campaigns, participate in a variety of legal tasks, and even work on their own projects. If your teen is interested in a law career, this is a must.
Kids4Kids – Roles include editorial, graphic design, video production and more
Kids4Kids hosts a range of volunteer or internship activities for kids throughout the year, but come summertime it also has a series of internships ranging from two to eight weeks from June to August. Aside from regular operational tasks, teens will have the opportunity to help out in a variety of areas from editorial tasks to translating to graphic design. Roles include communication, graphic art and design, development and video production.
Mother’s Choice – Charity supporting the vulnerable youth
Mother’s Choice is a local Hong Kong charity that supports the city’s vulnerable youth, such as children without parents and teen mothers who have no means of support. Mother’s Choice created a student volunteer and internship programme to connect teens and bring the support of a community to help those in need. While knowing Chinese is an asset, it is not a requirement. The internship gives students a chance to build on a variety of skills as they perform administrative work and assist with projects that make a real difference in the lives of Hong Kong youth.
Music for Life – Aiding in music therapy
Music for Life is a local organisation that uses music therapy to improve physical and mental wellbeing. It sees patients whose problems range from mental health issues and dementia to pre and postnatal care. It offers non-paid internships for students who wish to learn more about music therapy. The job is mostly admin work, but those who are accepted can sit in on music therapy workshops. Students must be 16 or older and should be available for at least two months. They would require basic computer skills and be able to both read and write in Cantonese and English (Mandarin would be beneficial as well). Find more information on application dates and internship periods here.
Read more: Music Lessons For Children In Hong Kong
Nexstep – A global internship network
Helping Students Intern in Asia since 2008 and remotely since 2017, Nexstep provides guaranteed internships in Hong Kong for students majoring in business, marketing finance and more. Do note that applicants aged 18 or above are preferred – they can enrol for internship programs that last either eight weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks or even up to 24 weeks. The program includes resume review and work interview preparation (will come in handy in teens’ later years as well) as well as access to student handbooks and the overall student community participating in Nexstep’s internships.
The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children – Understanding how the charity works and helping in day-to-day tasks
Committed to improving the lives of disabled children in Hong Kong, The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) offers a unique internship programme for students aged 16 years and over. Work involves administrative tasks and teens will learn about website and inventory management, fundraising activities, etc. They will also get the opportunity for hands-on interactions with those in need. The SRDC also offers a University internship for older teens and young adults.
Online Summer Internship Opportunities In Hong Kong
The pandemic has seen a massive shift in the work world as many jobs and opportunities have moved online, even opportunities for teens. Check out some of these resources for more information on intern jobs that teens can do online.
- Chegg – A range of different remote internship opportunities. www.internships.com
- EnergyMag Internship – For both college and high school students who want to increase their knowledge about renewable energy. www.energymag.net/internships
- PHC Group, LLC Mary Miller Summer Program – Assist the team via social media-related projects, online community interaction and technical support. www.thephcgroup.com/high-school-summer-program
- Smithsonian Internships – Research opportunities for students. www.si.edu/ofi
- United Planet Virtual Internship – Get involved in global health, environmental sustainability, children and education. www.goabroad.com/providers/united-planet
Summer Internship Opportunities & Resources For Teens With Special Needs
If you’re looking for an inclusive experience for your teen with special needs, check out these great places that can help your teen look into their strengths and aspirations. These organisations will work with them to come up with a career plan and get them in contact with inclusive companies to get their foot in the door.
Love Express is a non-profit organisation aimed at helping people with autism and families with autistic children. It offers career planning and job opportunities for autistic individuals by highlighting their strengths and connecting them with inclusive businesses.
The Rock Foundation
The Rock Foundation helps people with special needs develop their growth and talent by offering employment programmes as well as internship opportunities from inclusive companies. It has a Post-School Integrated Education programme that works with the different phases of growth and development of post-school individuals with special needs.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2018 by Megan Weill, updated in July 2019 by Alex Purcell Garcia and by Danielle Tucker-Roberts in June 2021 and was most recently updated by Fashila Kanakka in May 2022.