The Post interviewed a New York internship participant Choi Bo-ram, a student majoring in law and economics in Dongguk University. Ms. Choi shared her experience with the Post, and here is what she said.
What was your New York internship like?
The main purpose of this internship is to provide students with experiences working with various companies and organizations in New York. The good things about this internship are that students can acquire a broad understanding of the world as New York is a melting pot of cultures. Working on different tasks was the main thing that I did in the office and I studied English one center every Friday. We also ran “Our Korean School” for children of our resident employees.
Where did you work?
I worked at the Korean Chamber of Commerce (KCC). It is an organization that works for a trading company. KCC provides information about economics that are helpful to many companies. And also the KCC holds a seminar and many kinds of meetings regularly to help trading companies.
What were the merits?
KCC has only four working days unlike other organizations. Therefore, students can meet together every Friday and study more English. Students can meet new people and we can talk about our goals and how we can achieve them. If you’re an adventurous person, this could be for you.
The biggest merit of this organization is that the people I always meet are heads of corporations or branch managers. Some days ago, I had a lunch with Choi Chang-Su, a boss who is in charge of Samsung Electricity in North America. I truly think that KCC is the only place that can give people the honor to experience such things as having lunch with high ranking-officers.
How about the demerit?
Since I met only Korean people on a daily basis, I ended up using more Korean than English. However, if one can manage their time successfully, they can have a lot of chances to hang out with other foreign friends as well.
Money does matter.
Dongguk University gives financial aid and the expense is different depending on individuals. The higher you are paid, the less aid you will receive. I received 3 million won from the school. I paid about 3 million won for commission of transit trade, sponsor expenses and New York Leadership Academy. The living expenses vary for individuals.
Tips & Advise
The New York Internship Academy singles out students. Those selected students can then send an application to the company they prefer and that company can select students according to their own selection rules.
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