Recent AKF activities
Please find below a selection of Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) recent grant and scholarship recipients and their Korea-related activities:
Australia-Korea Internship Program (AKIP) 2013
The Australia-Korea Internship Program (AKIP) is a competitive business internship program for eight high-achieving Australian senior undergraduate university students from across Australia. AKIP recruits students who are interested in pursuing Korea-related business careers while enhancing mutual understanding and knowledge of Australia-Korea relations. The seven week full-time internship program offers students an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and cross-cultural skills through on the job experience within businesses and multi-national organizations in the Republic of Korea (ROK). The aim of AKIP is to complement Australian undergraduate studies with a Korea-related major, and provide students with important insights into international business practices and develop cross-cultural communication skills while promoting people-to-people exchange links between Australia and Korea.
In 2013, a total of 8 interns participated in the program from universities across Australia (Queensland University of Technology, University of New South Wales, Deakin University, University of Sydney, Monash University and University of Western Australia) and travelled to Korea over January and February 2013. Recent placements have been with POSCO, POSRI, Hyundai Heavy Industry, Hyundai Corporation and Daewoo International. Also, through homestay and weekly Korean language and culture workshops, the students were able to gain invaluable experience on both professional and personal levels.
AKIP is a biannual program with the next placements scheduled for January-February 2015.
Further details of AKIP 2015 and application procedures will be announced on the website around September 2014.
AKF/University of Sydney Media Interns in Korea 2012-13
The Australia-Korea Foundation and the University of Sydney sent four media interns to Korea during 2012-13. All four interns were students in journalism at the University of Sydney. After completing orientation at the Australian Embassy in Seoul, they then engaged in professional work as journalists for four weeks.
Two of the interns were assigned to the Korea Herald and worked on copy-editing whilst undertaking independent research for what would later become published work. They learnt valuable insights into research techniques, the importance of house style and, most importantly, what makes for an achievable story pitch. In the final two weeks, they were able to get several stories published.
The other two interns completed their internship at TBS Radio. During this time, they were given their own weekly segment where they would discuss their experiences as an Australian in Seoul. Each of these broadcasts involved original research, scripting and the actual producing of segment. During the time at TBS, they produced several segments that were largely focused on cultural topics.
World Vision Korea Children's Choir Australia Tour 2012
The tour comprised of 27 students from years 7, 8 & 9 and 6 staff members from Korea. The tour started in Melbourne, continued on to Canberra and was completed in Sydney. The tour was not only about allowing Australians to experience the world famous performances of the World Vision Korea Children's Choir, but also to interact with the local community and local choirs.
The principal aim was to strengthen the music culture exchange between Australia and Korea, and utilizing this common appreciation to enhance the friendship between the two countries. It provided an opportunity for the local Australian community, as well as the expatriate Korean community, to experience performances of the World Vision Korea Children's Choir, which gave insight to the folk and ethnic traditions of Korea.
Korea-Australia Green Growth International Workshop: Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living 2012
An Australian delegation of 14 senior and mid-career researchers visited Korea to participate in the Green Growth workshop: "Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living", related technical visits to Korean research institutes and a round table meeting organised by the Australian Embassy in Korea on Australia Korea S&T collaboration, with involvement from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF); The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The participants were selected for their expertise in the workshop topic fields and their interest in strengthening the S&T relationship between Australia and Korea.
The activity allowed for Australian and Korean researchers working in parallel S&T areas to meet and discuss their personal research interest and that of their institution and also the broader science and policy situations in both countries. The activity was to act as a platform to develop strategic relationships, allow for Australian and Korean delegates to achieve a greater understanding by comparing approaches and technologies and to explore new collaborative opportunities between the two countries.
James Mitchenson: Korea University Graduate School of Law, Masters of Law Program (DALS)
James Mitchenson's travelled to Korea to attend Korea University Graduate School of Law to complete a Masters of Law with a specialty in International Arbitration.
On 21 February 2012 James graduated from Korea University with a Masters of Law. Whilst studying he also worked as an intern at Bae, Kim & Lee in the International Practice Group. James intends to return to Seoul to work in the near future and will continue to expand on his advanced knowledge of the Korean language while working in Australia.
"Due to my great experience I have decided to pursue a career in Seoul as a lawyer working in International Arbitration. I believe I achieved the objectives and aims of the program and will continue to work towards strengthening the ties between Australia and Korea" - James Mitchenson
Athalia Iwansjah: A Year in Korea, Australian National University and Yonsei University 2012-13
Athalia Iwansjah, a student from the Australian National University (ANU), spent a year (2012-2013) as an exchange student in Seoul at Yonsei University. Her aim in completing her ‘Year in Korea’ was to improve her Korean language skills and gain more awareness of the culture.
The year of study at Yonsei University is a part of the ‘Year in Asia’ program conducted by ANU, consisting of 6 months of intensive Korean Language course and 6 months of mainstream courses taught in Korean.
"By undertaking the Year in Korea, with the help of the AKF Scholarship, I was able to increase my awareness of both the Korean language and my knowledge of Korean society. With this in hand, I am now able to understand Korean culture better, and hope to use this knowledge to promote Australia's relationship with Korea. The AKF Scholarship helped me to complete my goals in Korea, without having the stress of a financial burden. My time as an exchange student has helped me gain in-country experience, of which I hope will assist in a future career in a Korea-related field." - Athalia Irwansjah