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  • Foreign College Students Begin Internship at Seoul Metropolitan Government

  • Integrated News SMG 2799

    Forty-two foreign college students who are studying at colleges and universities in Seoul will work as interns at the Seoul Metropolitan Government for five weeks from July 11 (July 11 to August 12).

    Orientation for Internship Class 6 (Jan. 7, 2011), Study tour of the DMC by Internship Class 6 (Jan. 21, 2011)

    Since 2008 the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been running an internship program for foreign students living in Seoul, the first such program among government agencies in Korea, during the summer and winter vacation periods. The City Government held an orientation session for this year’s intake at the Seoul Global Culture and Tourism Center in Myeong-dong on July 11.

    Students working as interns of Internship Class 6 (International Cooperation Division), Student at work during Internship Class 6 (Seoul Business Agency)

    The forty-two students, citizens of 16 countries including Russia, Japan and Vietnam, will work at the City Government’s main office, branches and subsidiary organizations, which are extensively engaged in the global work and foreign residential affairs of the City Government.

    Additionally, the interns will visit the sites of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s creative policies, including the Seoul Transport Operation and Information Service (TOPIS) and Hangang Renaissance, in what amounts to a great opportunity to acquire knowledge and know-how in the field.

    So far, 178 students from 37 countries have completed Classes 1 to 6 under the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Global Internship program. PHAM THI QUYNH HOA (female, 31) from Vietnam, who completed Internship Class 2, was hired as a Seoul Metropolitan Government employee, and has been working to help improve the living environment and convenience facilities at the Foreign Residents Assistant Division since July 1.

    Additionally, the Graduate School of Public Administration at Indiana University, USA began dispatching five students to the Seoul Metropolitan Government just ahead of their graduation every summer in 2010, enabling them to participate in a training course on city administration. The US university has introduced a scholarship program to support the five-week internship program, showing keen interest in the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s creative city administration.