I – Volunteers Internship Program

The May 18 Memorial Foundation created an internship and exchange program for its volunteers to be assigned to its international network and partner organizations on human rights, democracy and peace. Started in 2001, the program aims to improve and broaden its network and advance the cause of human rights and peace in the world particularly Asia through international solidarity and cooperation.
The duration of this program is at least 10 months. Volunteers are expected to apply their skills to the organization where they will be assigned. The volunteer-intern returns to Korea after the completion of the program.
In 2005, a total of seven (7) youth volunteers were sent overseas for internship, four (4) to USA, and one (1) each to Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Philippines.

Criteria for the Volunteers Internship Program

1. Volunteers who have served the foundation for at least one year are qualified to be nominated for the internship program.
2. The foundation has the sole prerogative to choose volunteers to be sent abroad. Parental consent will be sought, otherwise a volunteer will not be assigned overseas without such approved permission.
3. Not more than 15 volunteers will be sent abroad for internship (depending on the available budget) annually.
4. Volunteers are the foundation’s representative or ambassadors of good will to any of the assigned organizations or countries. The volunteers will become added staff to the organization where they will be assigned to promote international cooperation and solidarity.
5. Host organizations abroad are expected to provide accommodation for volunteers while the rest of the expenses will be shouldered by the foundation (allowance for food, transportation and other expenses).

II – International Internship Program on Human Rights

The International Internship Program on Human Rights will strive to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia. It is also an opportunity for interns to learn and experience the history and process of the development of human rights and democracy in South Korea. Specifically the purpose and aim of the program are the following:
1. To improve International Solidarity
2. To promote Gwangju as Asia’s Hub for Human Rights Movement.
Two interns from all over the world will be recruited. They should be NGO workers or activists who have been working on the issues of human rights, democracy and peace in their own countries.
The International Internship Program will introduce the interns to Korean history in general and in particular to the movements and struggle for democracy, including the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. Both theoretical learning and practical experiences such as lectures, seminars, discussions, interviews and fieldtrips to the sites of democratization movements in Korea will be utilized.
The interns will be assigned to the International Solidarity Program of the General Affairs Department of the Foundation. They are expected to work as regular staff attending to day-to-day office business. The interns will help the preparatory work and implementation of different events; make presentations to schools when invited; and perform other tasks the Department will assign them to undertake.
Intern will be asked to select a research topic, conduct the relevant research, and deliver a presentation at the end of their internship program.

 Criteria International Internship Program on Human Rights
1. Applicant should be single and not more than 35 years of age.
2. Have more than 3 years experience of NGO work on the issues of human rights, democracy and peace.
3. Must be proficient in English, working knowledge of Korean is an advantage. And must be computer literate.
4. Willing to stay in Korea for at least 10 months.

Application for the Internship

1. Announcement will be sent by January 2006 and deadline will be on___________. The result will be released by April and the internship program will start on the month of May.
2. Applicants should submit a duly filled-out form via email to the May 18 Memorial Foundation.
3. The foundation’s screening committee will assess and evaluate all applicants. And they will decide those who will join the International Internship Program.


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