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STAT4767 Actuarial Science Internship



This course is offered to Actuarial Science students who take on a 6-month full time or similar internship. The objective is for a student to complete this course as a project based on his/her internship. (Online Syllabus from Faculty of Science)


To be eligible for enrolling in STAT4767, students should do the following BEFORE the commencement of the internship.

  • Apply for leave of absence (to the Faculty) and enrolment in STAT4767 (to the Department) before the start date of the internship. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

  • Pass at least 24 credits of advanced level statistics courses, which are prescribed in the BSc(ActuarSc) syllabus, including STAT3901 Life contingencies I before the start date of the internship.

  • Complete year 2 study before the start date of the internship, i.e. after 4 semesters of study excluding summer semesters.
 

Enrolment Procedure

Step 1: Find internship

  • Students should be undertaking a full-time internship related to Actuarial Science in a 6-month or longer duration.
  • Students may seek the internship themselves or via the Department's Internship / Job Online-Application System.

 

Step 2: Apply and register after you have secured an internship offer

  • Apply for leave of absence by writing a formal letter enclosed with all required documents (e.g., contract and/or proof of employment) to the Faculty.

  • Please bear in mind that the registration of this course is done via paper form1. Interested students should first complete the registration form and send it to Mr. K.L. Ng at ngkl@hku.hk with a copy of your internship appointment letter, contract or any other evidence of employment before the start date of your internship. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

 

Step 3: Receive confirmation

    You will receive a (conditional) confirmation email, if applicable, which is based on the assumption that you have already fulfilled the enrolment requirements, including but not limited to the course pre-requisites. Please note that the contrary will render the application unsuccessful or have the confirmation revoked. The email should contain the registration result and if applicable, exact timeline of document submission.

Note 1: Please use the Registration Form from our Department instead of the form S79/716 from the Faculty. After submitting the registration form, students will NOT be allowed to withdraw the enrolment, if successful, of this course under normal circumstances and should complete the internship. Failure to complete the internship or fulfill the internship course requirements, including the aforesaid duration requirement, may be given a "Fail" grade in the course.


 

Assessment

Assessment of this course is on a Pass or Fail basis (Students demonstrating excellent performance would be awarded a grade of Distinction). Besides the three required forms - Progress Report Form, Employer's Evaluation Form and Student Feedback Form, students would be assessed based on their (1) 1500-word written report on their internship experience; (2) oral presentation; and (3) participation in the Q&A session.

Upon successful application, students should submit the following documents according to the timeline2 stated in the confirmation email. Students should also collect information during the internship, if necessary, for completing certain required work, e.g. written report.

  1. Progress Report Form
  2. Please make two different submissions: (i) the first one within two weeks from the job start date, and (ii) the second one within the first three days of the third month of your internship. You should show differences between the two submissions in terms of work progress and challenges.

     
  3. Employer's Evaluation Form
  4. Please invite your employer to return the Employer's Evaluation Form directly to the Department by the end of your internship or submission deadline, whichever is earlier (details refer to the confirmation email sent to students). Students should NOT submit the form on behalf of employers/supervisors.

     
  5. Student Feedback Form
  6. Please submit one soft copy by the end of your internship or submission deadline, whichever is earlier (details refer to the confirmation email sent to students).

     
  7. 1,500-word Written Report2, 3 and 25-min Oral Presentation (20-min presentation plus 5-min Q&A session)
  8. Submission / delivery date*

    Semester 1:-
    Submission of written report: mid-August to late-August
    Oral presentation: within September to October

    Semester 2:-
    Submission of written report: mid-February to late-February
    Oral presentation: within March to April

    The schedule of oral presentation may be different from your actual enrollment because oral presentation will only be conducted in semester 1 or 2 for STAT4767, while the actual enrollment will be in semester 1, 2 or summer. (Typical cases for enrollment semester please refer to FAQ Q26.)

    *Students will be notified by email of the details afterwards.

 
Note 2: Students may be penalised or receive no marks for any late submission.
 
Note 3: Please refer to the guidelines on the written report.


 

Additional Information

Below is a typical timeline for those who wish to start an actuarial internship in the summer (July) after their year 2 study:

If you want to fulfil the capstone requirement without doing an internship, you can also consider enrolling in STAT4711 Capstone experience for actuarial science undergraduates or STAT4798 Statistics and actuarial science project.

Meanwhile, although some students are not eligible to enrol in STAT4767, they are still eligible to apply for leave of absence for undertaking the internship.

For the Faculty's Guidelines on Actuarial Internship and STAT4767, please visit: here


 

Forms

Please note that different forms may have different requirements, e.g. submission method, etc. Please complete and submit the forms according to the instructions as prescribed in each individual form.

  • Registration Form
  • Progress Report Form
  • Employer's Evaluation Form
  • Student Feedback Form

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Internship Courses

    Regarding the details of the internship courses (e.g., registration, enrollment and assessment), please visit the FAQ page.

     

    Enquiry

    Course Coordinator:

    Dr. Andrés Benchimol
    Tel: (852) 3917 8314
    Email: benchi@hku.hk

    For enquiry on application status and work submission:

    Mr. K.L. Ng
    Tel: (852) 3917 8147
    Fax: (852) 2858 9041
    Email: ngkl@hku.hk

    * The above may be subject to changes.

     

    Updated on October 16 2019.