Humphreys welcomes university interns
July 18, 2013
CAMP HUMPHREYS - The Camp Humphreys Internship Program, an important part of the garrison's community relations initiative, has been in operation here for more than four years. The unique program, developed to provide local university students an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with U.S. Soldiers and Civilians stationed here, has seen approximately 80 local Korean university students successfully six-month-long internship tours of duty with organizations across the community.
Excited at the prospect of joining the ranks of their peers in the program, 13 interns from Namseoul University and Pyeongtaek University took their first steps onto Camp Humphreys, passing through the Pedestrian Gate, Monday, July 15. "I got interested in the internship program, since I took part in the Korean-American friendship program hosted by Pyeongteak University. " said Hyeri Kim who goes by the American name of Jessica, a lead intern who was newly assigned to the garrison's Public Affairs Office. "During this session, I would like to improve my English skills and learn many things through a variety of experiences." She added.
Interns selected for the program are assigned to various garrison directorates including ACS, the Community Activity Center, Army Continuing Education Service, the Directorate of Emergency Services, Family & MWR Marketing, the Family Readiness Center, the Public Affairs Office and the Visual Information Support Center. To become familiar with life on a U.S. Army installation the interns also attend a variety of classes to help them adjust to working here on topics ranging from operational security issues to the Army Family Team Building program. Once their orientation training is complete, they will begin to work in their respective offices Monday, July 22.
"I believe this internship will be a good opportunity for the students to learn English and get familiar with the American work environment. While at the same time contributing to the garrison workforce." said Laxamana, "The number one ingredient to be successful in life is to have confidence in yourself, and I'm hoping this program helps make them more confident and optimistic. So, whatever struggles or huddles they might face along the way, they can overcome them with a positive attitude."