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Internship in Seoul

Internship in Seoul
Students will participate in an international internship that allows them to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience.
Location: 
Seoul, South Korea
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
Internship
Highlights: 
  • Gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in your field during this 8-week summer program
  • Build your resume and expand your professional network
  • Internships are conducted in English so there is no language requirement
  • Earn KU credit for your internship
  • Explore Seoul & South Korea during weekends
  • A significant number of $2,500-$5,000 scholarships are available to participants in this program.  Visit Freeman East Asia Internship Scholarships to learn more!
Program Summary: 

Participation in an international internship allows students to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience. Only a small percentage of students study abroad – and even fewer intern abroad - so participation in an internship overseas can give you the professional advantage you need to succeed by giving you in demand global skills. The University of Kansas (KU) has partnered with ISA, an internship and study abroad program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Seoul, South Korea. The internships, for which you earn academic credit from KU, are unpaid. They are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communications, education, events, fashion, hospitality, information technology and computer science, media, and PR. Other fields are available on a more limited basis so if your field is not listed, please inquire with the ISA Career Advisor, Kristen Borash at Kristen.Borash@studiesabroad.com

ISA strives to place students in internships that directly relate to their course of study, thus ensuring the quality and academic relevance.  Placements are based on student skills, interests, and professional goals as well as the project needs and work cycles of internship sponsors. The companies and organizations selected as internship sites are carefully monitored by site visits and student assessment.

Read about the ISA placement process here.

Location: 

Seoul’s economic transformation has been termed the "Miracle on the Han River" as it remains one of the world's fastest growing economies. In recent years, Seoul has developed as a tech and business hub. Aside from its fast-paced work culture, Seoul is known for its colorful traditions, exotic foods and strong technological infrastructure. Brimming with culture, it is home to more than 100 museums, numerous religious monuments, parks, markets, festivals, sports teams, and the Gyeongbok and Changdeok Palaces. 

Internships in Seoul will provide invaluable international career building experience, and introduce students to Korean culture and society.  In addition to interning, students will take ISA's Global Internship Course, allowing them to gain knowledge and skills specific to their internship site and articulate the diverse set of skills they have acquired from their international internship experience. 

Academic Information: 

In addition to interning, students will take ISA’s Global Internship Course, which is taught in an online learning environment alongside the 8-week, full-time internship. Participation in the integrated academic seminar is mandatory for all participants. It is designed to prepare students for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce. Credit has been pre-approved to transfer to KU in the following ways and will post to each student’s KU transcript after the conclusion of the program.

Please Note: Some academic departments offer departmental internship credit not listed below so students are encouraged to check with their department about credit options.  Past students have received internship credit through ACCT, ADS, EVRN, FMS, HNRS, HSES, SPLH, etc.

  • LA&S 490 – Internship Exploration (5 credits)  Open to students of any major and level.Fulfills KU Core Goal 6.1 Integration and Creativity.
  • GIST 495 – Global Internship (3 credits) Open to students of any major and level. 
  • BUS 300 – Topics in Business: Internship (3 credits)  Open to Business/Pre-Business majors who have taken ACCT 200 and completed at least 30 hours of college-level credit prior to the start of the program.
  • JOUR 507 - Practicum in Journalism (3 credits) Open to journalism majors who have completed either JOUR 415 or JOUR 560 (or Jour 435) with a grade of 2.0+, and at least eleven hours of journalism with a GPA of 2.5+, both overall and in journalism.
  • PSYC 483 – Undergraduate Internship Psychology (3 credits)  Open to psychology majors and minors.

 

Housing: 

Students are housed in furnished shared apartments or Korean-style studio apartments called “goshitels.” 

Life Abroad: 

Bridging Cultures Program:

Upon arrival in Seoul, you will participate in the Bridging Cultures Program (BCP), a multi-day, in-country orientation that blends adventure, lecture, and culture into an exciting and informative introduction to South Korea. Each Bridging Cultures Program is designed to:

  • Inform participants of the cultural and professional experience that lies ahead.
  • Guide each participant through a goal-setting activity to encourage them to reflect on their expectations for their experience abroad.
  • Introduce participants to the local culture, in and out of the workplace.
  • Prepare participants for health and safety issues in their host country.
  • Provide participants an opportunity to socialize with other ISA participants.

Interns will have a welcome meal together as a group, be given a city tour, and shown how to navigate the public transport system for their daily commute.

Professional Development & Cultural Activities

In order to maximize cultural immersion, ISA develops unique professional development and cultural activities. These activities invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings, as well as various aspects of the business culture of their host country. Cultural activities may include museum visits, attending sporting events, dance classes, cooking lessons, art and cultural festivals, etc. Cultural activities vary by site. Professional development events could may include company visits, teambuilding exercises, personal branding workshops, or guest speakers.

Eligibility: 

ISA Internships are available to current students who are 18 years of age or older, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and are proficient in English. Internships can also be arranged in Korean for students who are proficient.

Further Reading: 

Step 1: Complete KU application by January 15th if applying for Session I or Feb. 10th if applying for Session II. Below is a list of the required documents and questionnaires. 

        a.  Statement of Purpose Essay
        b.  GPA Requirement Questionnaire
        c.  Un-official Transcript or Advising Report
        d.  One recommendation - academic and/or professional
        e.  Authorization to Release Student Information
        f.  ISA Academic Plan & Approval Form
        g.  Student Conduct Verification
        h.  Financial Aid Questionnaire
        i.  Passport Information Required Reading
        j.  ISA Application Instructions Required Reading

Step 2: Complete ISA's Seoul internship application by Jan. 15th if applying for Session I or Feb. 10th if applying for Session II. See the ISA Application Instructions in the Required Readings section of your Jayhawks Abroad account for details.

 


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Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu
 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

 

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