International Internship Program 2010 About The May 18 Memorial Foundation

The May 18 Memorial Foundation was founded by Gwangju citizens, sympathetic Koreans overseas and individuals who believe it’s important to keep the ideas and memories of the 1980 May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising alive. Please visit for more details about the foundation work.

Purpose of the internship programme

2 interns (one male, one female) who will serve for 10 months from March-December 2010.The annual internship program is a crucial part of the Foundation’s mandate to promote international solidarity and further the cause of human rights in Asia.

Through the internship programme the Foundation aims:

1) To improve international solidarity and networking and

2) To promote Gwangju as Asia’s Hub for Human Rights Movement.

Qualifications required

Applicants should be university graduates not more than 30 years of age, with a minimum of 3 years NGO or social development work experience, though not necessarily in the field of human rights. 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.

Applicants should be a working member of an organization: applicant cannot apply as individuals without the knowledge/support/recommendation of their current organization.

Please use the following condition to check your eligibility for the Internship Programme before you send us an application.

When to Apply.

Application period: October 29, 2009 until November 30, 2009.

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 and so on, depending on the exigencies of the Office. At the same time, the programme aims 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 a description of duties and a work plan. Upon completion of the internship, both the supervisor and the intern are required to complete a final report describing what was achieved during the internship. In addition, every intern is requested to complete an evaluation questionnaire on his/her assignment and to submit it to the May 18 Memorial Foundation.

He/She must fulfill his/her duties and abide by the rules and regulations of the programme.

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 for by interns. Health Insurance will be given to cover accidents/illness incurred during an internship.

An intern who leaves before the end of the internship period will be required to pay any costs incurred and his/her organization will not be allowed to be a network organization in the near future. In case of illness or other circumstances that might prevent the completion of the internship, interns will inform their supervisor.

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 expected to work full-time and to carry out the duties assigned to them. They do not accrue annual leave during the period of the internship. Otherwise, they are bound 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.

Procedure for applying

Applicants should submit the following documentation:

  • your completed, dated and signed internship application form;
  • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae
  • A scanned copy of your valid and not expired passport.
  • A write-up detailing your expectations, objectives, and interest in the human rights internship program (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
  • a proof of enrolment 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.

Closing date for application: 30th Nov.

Selected candidates are normally informed around the first week of January 2010. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email and are encouraged to apply the following year.

Address for applications

Culture and Solidarity Team

The May 18 Memorial Foundation
5.18 Memorial Culture Hall
Seo-Gu, Naebangro 409
Postcode 502-260
Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 62 456 0518
Fax: +82 62 456 0519


Email address:

Please send all the documentations enclosed with the application form as scanned documents  in PDF format.


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