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Blog of the May 18 Memorial Foundation International Interns on Human Rights
Greetings from the May 18 Memorial Foundation!
Now we are in the middle of recruiting 2 international interns for 2011. More details are as follows:
About International Internship Programme
The International Internship Programme strives to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout our international network by recruiting 2 Interns from overseas, who have been working for human rights, democracy, and peace building organizations in their countries, and by giving them an opportunity to experience and learn the history and development process of human rights and democracy in South Korea, particularly the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. Interns will have the chance to exchange and network with Korean civil society groups. They can also choose or will be assigned research during the course of their internship. As interns, they will be assigned particular duties and responsibilities as part of the International Cooperation Project.
Goals of the Internship Programme
The annual internship programme is an imperative part of the Foundation’s mandate to promote international solidarity and further the promotion of human rights across the world through the internship programme.
The Foundation aims:1) to build concrete solidarity through the exchange of human resources2) to nurture outstanding individuals to lead global civil society.
Main Policy of International Internship
The May 18 Memorial Foundation believes that the International Internship Programme is a part of our international networking efforts with international civil communities. It is not only a programme for individuals to build their career but also a cooperative programme between network organizations allowing the sharing of ideas and mutual prosperity for a better future.
In this sense, we are not just seeking those who want to have good qualifications for ones’ own personal gain. Applicants should be supported by their organizations and are required to go back to their organizations after finishing the internship.
We require a recommendation letter from the representative of the organizations in which applicants are involved.
This is a co-parntership programme, so organizations are also encouraged to select staff who are interested in applying for this internship programme.
Applicants should be a working member of an organization: applicants cannot apply as individuals without the knowledge/support/recommendation of their current organization or network.
Applicants who have minimum of 3 years NGO or social development work experience, though not necessarily in the field of human rights, are encouraged to apply.
Applicants needed to have received a proper education. Preference will be given to those with degrees in human rights-related subjects such as social sciences and communication, and to those who have specialized in human rights issues within these disciplines.
Applicants must be computer literate (email/internet, web page, lay-out/design, etc) and proficient in English; working knowledge of Korean is an advantage.
2 Interns accepted for this programme will participate for 10 months, for the period March 2011 to December 2011.
Conditions of Service
The relationship between the Foundation and the intern is one of mutual benefit. Interns are assigned to a unit of the Foundation according to the needs of the office and their own areas of interest. They are involved, inter alia, in managing workshops, preparing for the Human Rights Folk School, conducting their own research, working on human rights issues, drafting analytical papers and reports, providing substantive and technical service, depending on the needs of the Office. At the same time, the programme purposes to increase the intern's understanding of current human rights issues at the international level.
Interns are assigned to work with a supervisor who is responsible for providing them with an orientation of duties and a work plan. Upon completion of the internship, the interns are required to complete their final reports describing what was attained during the internship. Additionally, every intern is demanded to complete an evaluation questionnaire on his/her assignment and to submit it to the May 18 Memorial Foundation.
Interns must fulfill their duties and abide by the rules and regulations of the programme.
In case of illness or other circumstances that might prevent the completion of the internship, interns will inform their supervisors.
There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship and interns cannot apply for any jobs or pursue a higher degree until the termination of the internship.
Interns are supposed to work from 9 AM to 6PM Monday through Friday and to carry out the duties assigned to them.
They receive summer holiday and special holiday on December. They are compelled by the same duties and obligations as regular staff members; in particular, all confidential and unpublished information obtained during the internship may not be used by interns.
Travel costs, airfare and living expenses are provided by the Foundation. Housing will be provided but utilities (telephone/internet, electricity, and gas) will be paid by interns. Public health insurance will be given to cover accidents/illness incurred during an internship.
Applicants should submit the following documentation:
· Completed, dated and signed internship application form
· Curriculum Vitae
· A scanned copy of valid and not expired passport
· A write-up detailing your expectations, objectives, and interest in the May 18 internship programme (not more than two pages).
· An official endorsement letter from your superior or head of your organization.
· An endorsement/Referral Letter from any Alumni/Contact/Network of the Foundation in your country or abroad. (Please check our website links at
· An attestation of conscription in undergraduate studies and a list of courses taken, transcripts of grades or diplomas; a written sample of research work or an abstract of academic papers (3-10 pages maximum), if undertaken.
December 17, 2010 until January 20, 2011
Selected candidates are normally informed around the last week of January 2011. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email and are encouraged to apply again the following year.
You can download the guildline and the application form at: www.518.org/eng
or request by email to email@example.com
Goodbye from Chloe...
After almost eighteen months with 518, the time has come for me to leave the Foundation. Over the past year and a half I have learnt so much from the staff and volunteers at 518 and from many citizens of this remarkable city, Gwangju. When I first arrived back in March 2009, I could hardly imagine what the next year had in store. From the very beginning we were busy with the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights and preparations for the International Peace Forum. Our team was much smaller then, but although sometimes the work was stressful, I was grateful for the opportunity to be fully involved in these events. The Forum and the Folk School, in particular, were great opportunities to meet activists from around the world and to learn about human rights in Asia. For me, the feeling of solidarity during these two events made all the hard work worthwhile! I will never forget the memories I have of those times.
As I prepare to leave the Foundation, I would like to thank all the staff at the May 18 Memorial Foundation for their kind welcome and continued support throughout my time in Gwangju. Many of these colleagues have become good friends: I look forward to keeping in touch in the future and hearing about all the wonderful things life has in store for them.
In particular I would like to thank my team - Chan Ho, Lynn, Subash, Che Ung, Hee Jung, and now Maria and Santiago too – for their patience, encouragement, guidance and good humour! I cannot imagine my time here without them: they have been a huge part of my experience both in and outside the office. I wish them all the best in life, and of course, I hope we keep in touch!
Finally I would like to thank the following: our 518 volunteers for making me feel like “one of the team”; the staff at GIC and KONA Centre who are doing an amazing job of pulling our community together; Pete Rahon for his long-distance support; Wolgwang Church for being my “home from home”; Sungkonghoe University for inspiring me to keep learning; and everyone else who has contributed to a wonderful time in Korea. Thank you and God bless!
Madhav Prasad Gautam
The National Human Rights Commission, Nepal
Previous Intern, 2006
I had very good experience with May 18. It was my pleasure to work with May 18 as an intern in 2006. I learned many aspects of Korean culture, democratic struggle of Korea while I was in May 18 Memorial Foundation. Besides that I had chance to learn about democracy and human rights in Asia. I felt that Korea has a very rich culture and their loving nature towards us was very unforgettable moment for me. In my experience with May 18 was very pleasant and excited. That period was one of the happiest periods of my life. I got more confident from there. I learned about documentation of human rights and democracy. One of the important aspects of my experience was I knew how to work with multicultural team. I am using that experience and skill here in Nepal while working in human rights protection and promotional work.
I would like to congratulate May 18 Memorial foundation family in these auspicious occasion and good wishes for their future work. Hope one day I will have opportunity to visit May 18 family again.
Lawyer and Program Officer
The Program Combating against Human Trafficking
The Centre for Human Rights and Development
Previous intern, 2007
Foremost, I would like to say that working as intern in The May 18 Foundation was good opportunity for me. I learnt lots of things about Korean history especially democratic movement of Gwangju and other cities of South Korea as well about Korean culture. So, I respected Korean people's courage and struggle for democracy. I realized that any kind of development without democracy can not be helpful for its citizen.
I think that Gwangju Democratic Movement was not only for democracy. This movement also was for freedom and for keeping people's dignity. Moreover, it influenced to change people's thought about democracy and next activity and movement for democracy in South Korea. Therefore, I think that 30th Anniversary of Gwangju Democratic movement is a special occasion for all over the South Korea not only for Gwangju city.
So, this is my feeling.
Amin Shah Iskandar
Asian Public Intellectual (API) Fellow for 2009-2010
Previous Intern, 2006
I'm glad to be one of the International Intern of the 518 Foundation (2006-2007). From there i've learn a lot on how the Gwangju citizens sacrifices themselves to fight the military dictatorship for the sake of democracy.
Gwangju citizens has shows the world that with people power, everything is possible!
Pursuing a Masters of International Studies
Ewha Womens University
Previous Intern, 2007
In a nutshell I would say that my internship opened my eyes to the importance of international solidarity
in the human rights movement. My internship enabled me to meet activists from different parts of the world and learning about
the work that these activists do inspires me a lot.
Gregoria Barbarica Kristina Ritasari
Previous Intern, 2008
I know it is already too much late, but I am still want to say CONGRATULATION for the 30th anniversary. It was an amazing time when I was an intern in May 18 Foundation. I always miss that time, especially Gwangju people. They were really nice to me. And i love the Korean food.;-). Success!
Hello, my name is Maria Hussain, from Bangladesh and new international intern at May 18 Memorial Foundation.
“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another”- I believe these words of Dalai Lama and really want to do something to provide peace for other people. I completed my Bachelor of Social Science Degree from Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. This specialized subject helps me a lot to feel interest in such areas like peace education, conflict resolution, Human rights and democracy. That’s why since 2005, I am involved with Liberation war Museum of Bangladesh, at first as a volunteer than as a program Assistant, where I specially work in outreach program which run to aware the children about our Liberation War, human rights of mass people, civic education and peace education and also with the cultural section of museum. For that reason my organization selected me for this internship to know much about my interest area. And I am thankful to May 18 Memorial Foundation for giving me opportunity to come here which help me to know better all these things. At the same time I am excited because this is the first time I get opportunity to know other culture. So I hope it will be my memorable moment for my whole life.
My name is Santiago Ximenes Vaz and I am one of the new interns, 2010 at Gwangju the May 18 Memorial Foundation. I come from Timor Leste, the newest nation in the world, and it’s categorized as the Least Developed Countries (LDC).
I have worked as a research staff before in Peace and Conflict Studies Center (PCSC). Personally, research is a center of studying and education information among students and based communities in order to sharing information and knowledge to each other in field work of human rights and as the features of concrete action to contribute in preventing violation and the steps of promotion and protection of human rights, democracy, and peace.
I’m great honored to be here and the May 18 event is one of remarkable fact for people all over the world that democracy is fundamental part of human rights, that’s why it is necessary to be implemented and to be struggled as our heroics and martyrs ‘re done for our freedom and with their dead for our future.
I trust that my instant with 518 will consent me to increase my live through and upgrade comprehension of Asian human rights.
At this time, I stand and invite people to sacrifice your instance and intelligence to support and build network of consciousness education for human rights wherever and whenever you are. Through this kind of awareness, it will be helpful for people to understand and achieve the right to have dignity and enjoy the live in anytime and elsewhere.
Santiago is genuinely cared to see new environment and its people making relationships and learning new thing for future where there is peace and social justice for all.
After all, his deepest thank goes to the May 18 Memorial Foundation for giving such an occasion as a process of learning by doing.