This weekend a number of IAESTE and Train USA participants visited MoMA The Museum of Modern Art to view an exhibition on Le Corbusier, a pioneer of modern architecture. The group of interns and students from Spain, Serbia, Switzerland, and Germany had a great time exploring one of New York’s top attractions!
Two Korea WEST interns were recently acknowledged for their contributions and community involvement at the City of Hyattsville President’s Volunteer Service Award ceremony.
The two students interned in Hyattsville, Maryland through Cultural Vistas’ Korea WEST program, a professional internship program for Korean students to travel to the U.S. to refine English-speaking skills and learn about American business and culture.
Junghyun Ahn, 23, worked directly with City Clerk Doug Barber and Yebin Jeong, 22, worked with Community and Economic Development Director Jim Chandler.
“It has been such a pleasure to work with them,” Chandler said. “They have certainly been very helpful to us and to the city.”
Ms. Jeong, an economics major, gave support to the city’s Business Improvement Plan; to do this, she received specialized training on GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to digitally catalogue the city’s geographic features to conduct research into the city’s environmental situation and business prospects.
Ms. Ahn, a law major, shadowed the City Clerk in his duties and played an essential role in developing a new digital record-keeping system for the city’s official records.
“I learned a lot from doing this,” said Ahn. “I improved my English and was able to understand how to the government works here.”
Ms. Jeong has since decided to extend her three month internship to six months, and was eager to share her experiences with new WEST participants and take a leadership role in the DC-area WEST community:
“I enjoy working at the city of Hyattsville, and I’m excited because I can help the new participants,” said Jeong. “I want to build a network between WEST participants.”
Ms. Jeong was able to do exactly that at a WEST panel discussion hosted by the International Language Institute in Washington, DC in November 2011. The event was organized by Cultural Vistas and was attended by a representative from the Republic of Korea’s Consulate General in New York.
Ms. Jeong is now back in Seoul, completing her degree at Sookmyung Women’s University. Ms. Ahn, meanwhile, is currently on break from her studies at Sung Kyun Kwan University, and is currently enrolled in the intensive English program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Cultural Vistas has sponsored the Korea WEST (Work, English Study, Travel) program since its inception in 2008. Since that time, more than 400 individuals have enriched their academic studies and advanced their professional pursuits through participation in the Korea WEST program. Learn more about Korea WEST at koreawest.org
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