By Intern Lee, Jo-EunMarch 30, 2017
Korean University interns in Daegu who work in Area IV offices gathered at 9:00 a.m. on March 3, at the Camp Henry Movie Theater to attend on orientation meeting before serving as an intern. The 2017 Spring Session Orientation was prepared by Army Community Services Program Manager and Intern Coordinator, Tristy R. Moore.
"I want to welcome you for next six months, this must be such a unique program for you," said Col. K. Ted Stephens, United States Army Garrison Daegu commander. "What future employee wants to know about you is how you communicate or how you manage the team. And your intern experience can show your ability like integrity, team management skills, English skills and so on."
Orientation sessions included 'Adapting to American Culture', 'Prevention of Sexual Harassment', 'Korean American Friendship Circle', 'OPSEC' and other topics to help interns to easily assimilate in an American workforce and environment.
"I did not realize how important security or safeguarding system," said Choi, Seong-bo, ACS Employment Readiness intern. "As I listened to the session about OPSEC, we should be careful with unclassified documents about operations and personal information."
"When Korea had economic crisis in 1997, many Korean students studying oversea had to come back to Korea because of money problem," said Lorne Hwang, Assistant Vice President for International Affairs in Kyungpook National University. "I realized Korean students really want to have international opportunities in America, therefore I started to plan with USAG Daegu to give intercultural chances. So it started as volunteer and it developed as full-time internship program."
"I feel excited to work in USAG Daegu community with such good friends and soldiers," said Lee, Geon-ha, Visual Information Supporting Center intern. "Thanks to orientation day, I knew lots of culture in American business atmosphere. I am hoping for a successful intern career."
New interns will be working in various parts such as Army Community Service, Public Affairs Office, Child-Youth and School Services, American Forces Network, Directorate of Human Resources and other different offices.
"This internship program provides me with a golden opportunity to work in 'real world'," said Choi. "It is best chance to learn American culture, business manner, and business English. Thank you for giving me this chance!"