On Wednesday, December 26, 2012, the 11th KOTRA* overseas internship and 3rd KOCIS** overseas internship ceremony was held at the International Conference room in the Seoul Campus Minerva Complex of HUFS.
As part of the 11th KOTRA overseas internship program, a total of 121 interns will be dispatched to 71 KOTRA offices in 48 countries. The interns will be working for a period of six months writing economic reports, providing interpretation and translation, and supporting Korean companies' activities to increase trade and attract investment. For the 3rd KOCIS program, 12 interns will be stationed at eight KOCIS offices in seven countries to support the activities of the organization.
As master of ceremonies, Chang Tae-yeop, the Dean of International Exchange kicked off the event with an overview of the overseas internships, followed by an oath by the intern representatives, an address from HUFS President Park Chul, and a presentation of souvenir gifts. In his address, President Park asked the students "to be proud and confident representatives of the school during their internships with KOTRA and KOCIS." He also added, "While you are abroad, work closely with the local people, be inspired by the local characteristics, and prepare yourself to become a global talent so that you can continue to work on the world stage. I hope you will use the internship as an opportunity to live up to the honor of being a HUFS student and show your value and competence."
In 2008, 16 students were chosen as the first group of interns to work at KOTRA offices in 14 countries. Since then, HUFS has selected and dispatched a total of 774 student interns to KOTRA offices worldwide. Interns are selected based on their language skills, performance in their major, and personal character, which are evaluated through a screening of their application documents and foreign language evaluation. The internship program provides interns with international exposure and professional experience at the Korea Business Center (KBC) in KOTRA offices overseas for a period of six months. Students who have completed the second semester in their sophomore year are eligible to apply.
The KOCIS internship program was initiated last February following an MOU signed between HUFS and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in November 2011. At that time, the first group of interns was sent to eight KOCIS offices in seven countries. KOCIS interns are selected in the first and second half of the year based on a screening of application documents and interviews. They work in KOCIS offices abroad for a period of six months.
* KOTRA: Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency
** KOCIS: Korean Culture and Information Service