24th HUFS KOTRA Internship Program kicks off
- 65 HUFS students to intern at 55 KOTRA offices in 47 countries for five months of local job training
On July 22, 2019, HUFS held a ceremony to launch its 24th student group for the overseas KOTRA internship at the International Conference Room of the Minerva Complex on the Seoul Campus. The ceremony was organized by the HUFS Seoul Campus Career Development Center.
At the kick-off ceremony emceed by HUFS Career Development Center Director Lim So-Ra, HUFS Dean of Student Affairs and Human Resources Development Kim Bong-Chul gave the audience a brief overview of the KOTRA internship, and HUFS Seoul Campus Vice President Yoon Seok-Man offered words of encouragement to the students. After his speech, HUFS student Ha Yun-Seo (entrance class of 2017, Department of German Education), the representative of the 24th student group, read out a pledge statement. The event ended with the KOTRA Internship badge-pinning by HUFS Vice President on the student representative. The 24th internship group consists of 65 students, who will intern at 55 KOTRA overseas offices in 47 countries. During their five-month internship period, they will perform a range of tasks: market research, reporting, interpretation and translation services, and trade and investment attraction support for South Korean businesses.
The KOTRA overseas internship program was launched in 2008 with 16 HUFS students dispatched to KOTRA offices in 14 countries. Since then, it has generated exceptional results, garnering high levels of satisfaction and strong endorsements from overseas KOTRA offices. This has led the number of students applying for the internship program to continue to increase each semester. Over the last ten years, 1,801 students, including the 24th group dispatched this fall semester, have participated in the internship to achieve their dreams of becoming global trade experts.
On the sidelines of the kick-off ceremony, former KOTRA student intern Park Ji-Yoon (entrance class of 2014, Department of International Economics and Law) shared her vivid experiences while working at the KOTRA New Delhi Office with the outgoing student group. In addition, Career Advisor Kim Hye-Rin held an information session for the students entitled “Guide on Career Development after KOTRA Internship.” The session offered information on how to leverage their KOTRA internship to enhance their job portfolio and succeed in job interviews.
The HUFS KOTRA internship program is offered to HUFS students with outstanding foreign language skills, knowledge in their academic area, and character. Any HUFS students who have completed their sophomore year or above can apply for the internship. The student interns receive up to 15 credits and scholarships for the five-month internship.