Sookmyung Women’s University (SWU) is Korea’s first women’s university started in 1906 by order of the Empress Sunheon. The mission of the school is to prepare its graduates with “S” Leadership, which is comprised of spirit, skill, strength, and service. Of course a part of this mission to create Korea’s future leaders includes internationalization. The Office of International Affairs at SWU runs year-long, semester-long, and short-term summer school exchanges.
This is the first summer that the Office of International Affairs has accepted an international graduate intern and is therefore still flexible on the position’s duties. They hope to continue the position and are using my internship as a starting foundation for what the position should include in the future. This summer, I have short-term and long-term projects. Short-term projects include: weekly preparations for the summer program’s cultural events, website updates, and editing of memorandums and flyers for the summer students. Long-term projects consist of: compiling experience reports from other international interns for Sookmyung’s brochures and research for the improvement of their international programs design and marketing. This past Friday, I was in charge of the student orientation for the three week summer program. I am also expected to fully participate in the off-hour cultural events (which is great!).
Basically, my internship is great because not only are they flexible in making sure that I am doing substantial work that is interesting for me, but also because they feed me – a lot.