Top four to work as interns at IBM

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 March, 2007, 12:00am

Four students, who beat 86 other candidates to win the Apprentice@HKU competition, have been awarded two-month summer internships by IBM China/Hong Kong Limited.

The competition, in its second year, is jointly organised by the Personal Development and Counselling Centre of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and IBM. It aims to enhance students' creativity, analytical thinking and presentation skills.

This year, the four winners - John Kwok Kook-wang, Queenie Constance Leung Wai-san, David Ting Chi-ho and Maggie Chan Wai-lam - were selected from six finalists.

A total of 90 students vied for top honours, attending group interviews and a case studies forum.

In the finals, the participants were assessed by a panel of judges regarding their views on globalisation. They were also judged on their case study analysis and presentation.

Students had to respond quickly to questions from the public and the judges, who comprised representatives from HKU and IBM.

During the internship, each student will be assigned a mentor and work in a designated department.

They will have the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to the real world.

They will also gain first-hand experience of the operation and decision-making process of one of the world's leading companies.

Last year's internship programme was a success, with IBM offering full-time jobs to the candidates upon graduation. 'This is a good chance for me to gain work experience,' said Ms Leung, a Year Two economics and finance student at HKU.

'I can also equip myself [to face future challenges] and see how a multi-national company is run.'

Mr Kwok, a Year One law student, said: 'I'm really happy I won. Since I'm not a business student, I don't know much about globalisation. I did a lot of research, and gained a better understanding of it by talking to professors and business students.

'I will treasure this internship as it will give me a valuable opportunity to learn about companies other than law firms.'