Korean Youths' Perceptions on International Internships

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International Education has taken on a variety of forms of growth over the years in many countries. This research examines a group of Korean youths’ responses with regards to the demand for International Internships to Western countries such as Canada, America, New Zealand and Australia as compared to those of other Asian or African countries. International Internships is still an area of unexplored growth in Korea . The youths’ perceived gains from participating in such International Internships are studied and what their results mean in terms of learning diversity and Cultural Adjustment Theory are explored. The results are discussed under three broad categories of perceived social, economic and language gains. These three categories are then compared and contrasted in terms of the students’ perceptions of International Internships in “developed” and “undeveloped” countries. Results from this research may be used to aid the development of International Internships within Korea and other Asian countries for their civic society development. The perceptions of these youth will also be of interest to developed countries wanting to engage Asian students in such a scheme.


Keywords: International Education, International Internships, Perceptions, Korean Youth, Cultural Adjustment Theory
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Korean Youths’ Perceptions on International Internships


Dr. Nicole Shipton

Visiting Professor, English Department, Induk Institute of Technology
Seoul, Kyonggi-do, South Korea

Currently I am working on a PhD in Korean Studies in International Education at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. I have taught in the Korean educational system for 10 years, and having experienced first hand the effects of International Education in the role of both an educator and student, I am very interested in the perceptions behind those engaging in this sort of endeavor on an academic level. I have currently completed the coursework for the PhD and am now engaged in the dissertation stage. As an educator, I have worked for the Seoul Ministry of Education at Shinsao Middle School teacher, Sunchon National University and currently, at Induk Institute of Technology as a full-time visiting professor. Prior to my Korean expereince I also taught in Turkey at Isik University. My interest is to develop further this unexplored area of International Internships within Korea in the future.

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