USAG Daegu, South Korea -- "This internship program is a very good opportunity for students to learn a lot of things, such as developing a sense of responsibility, and building a social relationship. I believe six months wouldn't be a short period at all, so I hope that interns improve their abilities in every way during this 2017 fall session, and me as well." said Ms. Choi, Jeong-A, Intern Program Coordinator.
To welcome new interns in the fall session and provide an introduction about the Intern Program, United States Army Garrison Daegu held an Intern Program 2017 fall session orientation, Sept. 29 at the USAG Daegu Headquaters IOC classroom, Camp Henry. Nearly 45 people gathered together to attend the Intern Orientation, including interns, and supervisors.
Ms. Ingrid Walsh-Brown, Director of Human Resources, Intern Program Supervisor and Ms. Gerri Withers, Director of Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, Intern Program Manager began the orientation with greetings and gave a warm welcome to interns.
In November 2013, seven universities, including Kyungpook National University, Yeungnam University, Keimyung University, and Daegu University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with USAG Daegu, and began operating the internship program. Students who are chosen as interns will work in USAG Daegu for six months, earn credits, and receive a small scholarship from their universities.
After short greetings, all interns and supervisors had time to introduce themselves to other people by going around the table.
Intern Kim, Minkyeong, DHR said, "I just started doing the internship a few weeks ago, and I'm working pretty well with the nice staff in my office. I didn't met all the interns today, but I realized that there are many interns working at different positions. I'm really grateful to every supervisor for taking care of their interns a lot."
Internship program has a high popularity among students. The reason for that is because students are able to build up practical experiences, develop foreign language skills and experience foreign culture while working with U.S. military officials and Soldiers. To date, there were50 to 70 students per session, working in 30 different departments at USAG Daegu. However, the number of interns in the fall session is 30, and the fall session lasts 24 weeks.
Interns and supervisors had a meeting in a different place at the same time. Supervisors had a meeting themselves by a focus group in another room, and Ms. Withers and Mr. Robert Ducksworth, DHR delivered a speech to them. They overviewed Supervisor Handbook, including mentoring, sexual harassment, and holiday.
Interns also gathered together to get information about the Intern Program. Ms. Walsh-Brown and Ms. Choi explained contents looking through the Intern Handbook, including guidelines for interns, holiday schedule, and forms. Then, Mr. Steve McQuerry, Law and Order Officer gave a last speech to explain safeguarding pass and reporting procedures to interns.
Ms. Choi said that she was really worried about organizing the Intern Orientation to meet all the interns. "At first, it was a bit of pressure when I heard that I'll be in charge as Intern Coordinator, because I still had a lot to learn. However, I've already improved a lot and would be more confident in six months," added Ms. Choi.