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                                                                                                                     Intern of International Affair's Team_Cordelia Moore


I have been an intern at CCEJ for the period of two months in the summer of 2014. It was my first internship, so I had no clear idea about what I could expect and what experiences exactly I could gain.


In this context it was especially helpful for me that I was taken care of so nicely from the beginning. From the first moment I really liked the working atmosphere, as I felt comfortable to ask questions and my opinion was always considered in terms of the work I was going to do. Unfortunately I do not speak Korean, and so I really did appreciate that I was included in as many events as possible.

 

As this was the first time for me working in a NGO like this it was still a good experience to attend conferences even if I could not understand everything.I chose to work for a NGO because I had already been active in the students' group of Amnesty International and as I have been focusing on human rights related work in my studies. In our students' group back home we mostly do fundraising, collect signatures or inform people about human rights issues.

 

So I was very eager to finally experience another side of NGO work. As I had been an exchange
student in Seoul before I began my internship, I have been learning a lot about the political situation here and especially South Korea's growing importance in the international community. I could connect the knowledge I had gained there with my work at CCEJ and it was exciting to learn more about the possibilities civil society has to influence important political processes.


In addition to that I am very glad that I got the opportunity to work with a Korean company. I have always been interested in international relations and I believe that working for organisations in different cultures will in future help me to enhance the communication between these and cooperate internationally to pursue common goals.


Moreover I found it very interesting to discover the differences between academic research I had done for university and the solution-oriented research I did for CCEJ. Although I enjoy both kinds, I really did like the freedom of creativity one has in finding specific solutions and making an action plan.


What will further be useful for me later is that I had the opportunity to observe my workmates' current projects, the different stages one goes through while planing a campaign and the challenges one encounters.

 

I can imagine working for a NGO after graduating and I think this knowledge will be very
useful for this, as well as for future projects in our Amnesty group back home.
The only thing I feel a bit sad about is that I was not able to help CCEJ more, due to my lack of Korean language skills. I learned so much during my time here, so I would have loved to contribute more, especially in my department which took care of me so nicely.


So looking back at the past two months I am happy to say that I learned a lot and could finally connect my theoretical studies with real working experience. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to do this internship, especially without knowing Korean, and got such a deep insight into Korean politics.


Although I could not contribute as much as I would have liked to, I do believe that the experiences I gained here will help me with future projects in this area.

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