A total of 42 students from 16 countries who are studying in Korea will work as interns at Seoul City Hall during their summer vacation for five weeks from July 11.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government Global Internship program, which the City was the first among Korean government agencies to introduce in 2008, is a city administration experience program. Operated exclusively for foreign students who are studying at universities in Seoul, the program marks its seventh program this summer.
The students selected as global interns will be deployed in the City Government’s 25 departments in charge of global affairs, which engage in extensive exchanges with foreign cities, for six hours a day, five days a week. They will be responsible for collecting and analyzing information on polices and examples overseas, and for helping to ease inconveniences faced by foreigners in Seoul, among other activities.
They will also participate in other programs, including volunteer activities (July 22), a cultural experience tour (July 29) to the National Museum of Korea and Bongeunsa Temple, and a study tour (August 5) to Sangam DMC and the Mapo resource recycling facility, thus giving them the opportunity to experience diverse aspects of Seoul.
By operating the internship program, the Seoul Metropolitan Government aims to provide foreign students with a chance to participate in city administration, and help individual students to develop their career and better understand the principles of city administration. The City Government, for its part, plans to promote the City to the world by transforming highly talented interns into supporters of the Korean capital.
Thus far, a total of 178 students from 37 countries have successfully completed internships with the Seoul Metropolitan Government.