2-Week Neighbourhood Mapping & Storytelling Internship Project in Hong Kong

2-Week Neighbourhood Mapping & Storytelling Internship Project in Hong Kong

*Please note: applications for the internship project are now closed.

Date: June 8-19 . 2020
Location: Kennedy Town 堅尼地城 . Shek Tong Tsui 石塘咀 . Sai Ying Pun 西營盤


The iDiscover Internship Project is a unique opportunity for motivated individuals to explore HongKong through their own lens. Interns will unveil the historic layers in three old neighbourhoods (Kennedy Town, Shek Tong Tsui and Sai Ying Pun), learn the stories of old streets, long-time residents and popular shopkeepers and dive deep into local culture and living heritage.

“We are looking for motivated interns with an interest in urban exploration, local culture,architecture and community stories”


What you will do

Interns will get hands-on experience working under the mentorship of the iDiscover team with help of our community partners. The 2-week programme has daily morning briefing & reflection sessions and in the afternoons interns work on their personalized projects (individually or as a group) where they explore the cultural identity of their own city and what it means for them. Zooming in to neighbourhood level, interns set out to discover and analyse what makes this city unique, and publish their observations in the form of blogs, vlogs and a place identity report. The internship concludes with a presentation to an expert panel.

We will work in two streams:

creative storytelling and neighbourhood mapping.


1. Creative Storytelling

idiscover sai kung town app

Week 1 – Neighbourhood Discovery

Guided by a step-by-step methodology, interns pick one of the 3 neighbourhoods, research its identity, articulate a narrative and then document stories, observations and explorations in the form of a 10-20-site curated itinerary that will be published as a walking route in the iDiscover App and as a blog in the iDiscover website.

Week 2 – Neighbourhood Vlog

Under guidance of an experienced filmmaker, interns will together produce one 3-min vlog style video of their favourite neighbourhood. They will make use of their discoveries in week 1 and also have access to the extensive body of knowledge available in the iDiscover team and among our community partners.

2. Neighbourhood Mapping

Week 1 – Neighbourhood Research

Guided by a step by step methodology interns will research and analyse what makes a neighbourhood unique. Experimenting with accessible quantitative and qualitative research methods they will map locals’ favourite places to eat, drink, shop, play and pray.

Week 2 – Place Identity Report

Interns will work collectively to produce aPlace Identity Report for one of the 3 neighbourhoods. They will map the tangible and intangible qualities of the urban fabric, analyse the ‘value of place’, using the extensive body of knowledge available in the iDiscover team, among our community partners and complement with on-site fact-finding and desk research.

What you need to know

  • This is a full-time internship position for a two-week period. Only apply if you can commit to the full two weeks.
  • We operate out of the Hive Studios, a co-working space in Kennedy Town with strict hygiene procedures in place including daily temperature checks. Every intern is required to sign a travel history form.
  • We meet every morning Monday-Friday at 10.30 at the Hive Studios. This way we avoid rush-hour traffic. In the afternoons you’ll be expected to work go out and/or work from the Hive. Your going home time is flexible depending on your tasks for the day.
  • Upon successful completion of the 2-week programme you will receive an internship allowance of HK$1,000 and a personalized letter highlighting your contributions and achievements in the project.


What we expect from you

We’re looking to recruit max 10 students. Both Cantonese and non-Cantonese speakers can apply. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Requirements:

  • Completed high school – IB/GCSE/HKDSE
  • A high level of initiative, a positive attitude and love for exploring
  • Enjoy talking to and meeting new people
  • For creative storytelling stream – skills in photography, videography, sketching or graphic design are a plus
  • For neighbourhood mapping– skills in persuasive writing, interviewing and analytical thinking are a plus

Expert Panel

On Friday 19th of June, you will present your products to an expert panel of Hong Kong architects, academics, writers, film makers and a district councilor (!). We’ve also found these passionate people willing to join us in the days leading up to the final presentation to give feed-back on your project ideas and share with you some insights into their professional life; a sneak peak into ‘a day in the life of..’ We’re still confirming the line-up, so stay tuned.

How to apply

Send us an e-mail with your motivation in less than 500 words and include attachments (blog, paper, video, etc.) that show your skills and style. Any questions, feel free to ask. i-discover@urbandiscovery.asia

Download this PDF to find out more about the internship programme.

地點:堅尼地城 . 石塘咀 . 西營盤 






在兩星期的實習計劃中學員每天早上會在iDiscover團隊的指導之下進行簡報會及回饋環節分享工作進度;下午則會(以個人或小組形式)透過資料搜集及實地考察發掘城市獨有的風貌和意義 。他們會走探索並分析社區的特色,並以文字,影片和「地方認同報告」等形式向專業導師小組總結他們的學習成果。



1. 創意敘事 

idiscover sai kung town app

第一週- 社區探索

實習生可從三個社區中選一,並依照iDiscover 社區研習方法論找出該區的特色,紀錄區內獨一無二的面貌。學員會根據其觀察及發現,製作出一條包含10-20個景點的步行路線,研習成果將在iDiscover手機應用程式及網頁中發佈



2. 社區地圖 






  • 學員必須確保能完整出席為期兩星期的實習計劃 
  • 我們的工作室位於堅尼地城的共享工作空間theHive Studios。實習生必須遵從衛生指引,每天量度體溫,必要時須填寫外遊紀錄 
  • 為避免交通繁忙時段,我們將會於逢一至五,每天早上十時三十分於theHive Studios集合。下午時段學員有機會出外工作,解散時間則根據當天的內容進度而定 




  • 完成中學學位,包括IB/GCSE/HKDSE 課程 
  • 自主學習能力強,具探索精神 
  • 熱愛接觸及認識陌生人 
  • 創意敘事小組如具攝影/攝錄/繪畫/圖像設計能力則更佳 
  • 社區地圖小組如具寫作/訪問/獨立分析能力則更佳





如有興趣參與此計劃,請以不多於500字簡介你的參加原因,並連同任何能展示你的技能及風格的作品網誌,文章,影片等電郵至 i-discover@urbandiscovery.asia 



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