Korean Student Shares Internship Experience

Minjeong is an intern participating in Mizzou’s International Leadership, Excellence, and Professionalism (I-LEAP) Program. She is completing her internship in the Office of International Admissions at Mizzou where she has gained hands-on experience with the international student application process. She is from Cheonan, Korea and is double majoring in English Language and International Trade. After her semester-long internship at Mizzou is over, she plans to complete her degrees and look for a job related to International Trade. Throughout her internship she has had many wonderful experiences and shares some of them in her article below.

MU Asian Affairs Center offers Korean students the opportunity to participate in the I-LEAP program to gain work experience in American businesses.

MU Asian Affairs Center offers Korean students the opportunity to participate in the I-LEAP program to gain work experience in American businesses.

“Ahn yang ha say oh!”

This is a Korean Greeting which means “Hi”.

I came to Mizzou on February 24th for my I-LEAP program. I-LEAP is an exchange student program that allows Korean students to work at American workplaces as interns and participate in professional development seminars and American cultural experiences. When I came to Mizzou at first, I was surprised by the many nice facilities, especially the ‘Recreation Center’.  Actually, I don’t like to exercise but I always went to the center to enjoy lots of awesome places. Also, Columbia is nice! Since I have stayed in Columbia, I felt very comfortable (except weather! It was my first time to see such a big hail!!). There are many kind and good Americans and exciting because there are many things to experience American culture like birthday parties and I can try many delicious foods from around town!

 

Mizzou Rec Center

Popular among students, interns, and staff, Mizzou Rec Center does have lots of awesome places for you to hang out!

Minjeong and her friend enjoy Chicago's famous deep dish pizza!

Minjeong and her friend enjoy Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza during a trip to Chicago!

Minjeong enjoys ice cream from one of Columbia's local ice cream shops, Sparky's

Minjeong enjoys ice cream from one of Columbia’s local ice cream shops, Sparky’s

Now, I work at ‘MU International Admissions Office’ at Jesse Hall. I love this place and I’m so happy to work with my lovely and kind coworkers and excited that I can learn something, like how American businesses (and offices) work. I’m really happy to have such a precious experience in Columbia now. Although I just stayed a semester in the USA,  I had many fun things, like visiting Chicago and New York City. I have learned many things about America, like business and classroom culture. I won’t forget these precious memories and I’ll definitely want to come back here!

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Hangin’ high in Chicago’s Willis Tower skydeck

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Minjeong found the LOVE in New York City

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Minjeong enjoyed a comfortable and rewarding stay while interning at Mizzou

Thank you all who helped me in Mizzou and I’ll miss you all!!

 

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