Harvard College Korea Summer Internship Program (Undergraduate)

Date of Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017, 5pm EST

This is an opportunity for Harvard undergraduate students only. 

FYI: Summer 2017 Dates (subject to change): Arrival Monday, June 19, 2017 (Daytime) - Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 AM  (First day of work)- Monday, June 26, 2017---Friday, Aug 11, 2017 (Last day of work)                                                  

This is a Program and thus dates cannot be moved earlier or later. Dates may NOT be moved forward or back according to individual schedules.

Korea Institute Summer Internships in Korea

This successful internship program will take place between late June and mid August 2017. Interns will be selected by application and interview for this Program. If selected, the funding award to KI Interns is $3500 from the Korea Institute. Interns will pay for their own airfare and living expenses. Housing will be in a shared dormitory room and dorm costs will be covered by the Program.  

As interns, students learn about Korean culture while contributing professionally to their internship employer. Since 2005, the Program has commonly placed interns in the fields of government, media/journalism, and in the corporate business field. The Program does not guarantee placement and acceptance is contingent on finding a fit between available positions and applicants. Undergraduate students from all years of study and all concentrations will be considered. Preference will be given to returning students to Harvard. There are internships which require varying degrees of Korean language ability, from no previous Korean language ability to advanced/fluent proficiency. However, some ability with Korean is always preferred. Please see below for a sample budget and more info on example organizations. 

Housing is in a secure, comfortable dormitory at a local Korean University. http://dmtrygr.ewha.ac.kr/  Ordinarily, interns are more programmatically independent than students on study abroad and for-credit programs. The KI offers all Korea-bound Harvard students a pre-departure orientation session, as well as, an in-country, in-depth internship specific orientation in Korea, upon arrival. 

KI Internship Application Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017, 5pm EST. Application will be available on CARAT https://apps2.registrar.fas.harvard.edu/carat/ , Harvard's web-based centralized application tool, listed under Korea Institute-Summer Internship Program. 

Examples of Korea Summer Internship Organizations: [Subject to Change]


The Korea Herald  http://www.koreaherald.com/  

A journalism internship in one of the largest daily English newspapers in Korea, founded in 1953 and published in Seoul, South Korea. The editorial staff is composed of Korean and international writers and editors, with additional news coverage drawn from international news agencies such as the Associated Press.  This internship is a hands-on reporting internship. Recent interns have brainstormed article ideas, pitched ideas, written an article on a chosen idea, interviewed people for the article, edited proofread and formatted articles and took photographs. Interns are assigned to particular section of the newspaper such as the business desk, the nation desk, the entertainment desk or the culture desk. It is preferable to have some Korean language but it is not required. For those interested in a real-world applied journalism experience, while experiencing the dynamic city of Seoul, please consider applying via CARAT under the Korea Institute undergraduate listings. For questions, please contact, cglover@fas.harvard.edu

2016 Intern Reflection- Francesca Simoni, '17, Korea Herald, Summer 2016


To be put in touch with the 2015 summer intern, Moses Kim '17, about his experiences, please email cglover@fas.harvard.edu

2014 Intern Reflection - Dina Perez '15, Korea Herald, Summer 2014




CJ Entertainment & Media

LATEST & FINAL UPDATE 1-3-17:   CJ E&M has just confirmed that they will be offering the 2017 summer internship on the International Sales & Distribution Team, in the FILM division, afterall. This is the same team that our previous summer interns have worked on in years past. A detailed description of the Film Division/Sales & Distribution team intern duties are just below.

About CJ E&M 

Part of CJ Group, CJ E&M is Korea’s top diversified media & entertainment company. CJ’s journey in the media & entertainment world began in the mid ‘90s with its founding investment in DreamWorks SKG alongside some of Hollywood’s most influential personalities: Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen.  Since then, our business has grown to span motion pictures, TV, music, live theatrical performances, and online games.  But we are not simply a “jack-of-all-trades but master of none” – CJ E&M is, in fact, is Korea’s number one movie studio, the biggest cable network (with 18 channels), the top music distributor, and the most successful concert promoter, drawing the largest concert audiences year in, year out.

Looking beyond Korea, however, we are growing our business rapidly in overseas markets with operations already in China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the US.  We continue to actively explore business opportunities all around the globe and have our sights set on becoming a leading global media & entertainment group.

With $1.7 billion US dollars in revenue for 2013, and projected double-digit growth for the foreseeable future, CJ E&M is the most dynamic media & entertainment company in Asia.

Details below are for the past CJ internships on the International Sales & Distribution Team:

Below is a link to the CJ Internship website that provides more information about the CJ Entertainment & Media internship for Harvard students. The CJ internship will be on the (ISD) International Sales & Distribution Team.  "For students, speaking Korean is a plus but those without language capability or cultural background can equally benefit." After the intern has been chosen, a Skype interview with CJ E& M will be required to best construct the work/activities the intern will do.   http://campus.cj.net/internship.html

About “ISD” (Film Division, International Sales & Distribution Team)

CJ’s International Sales & Distribution team is located in our Korean HQ and manages all our international branches working in direct distribution in the United States, China, Japan, and Vietnam. We work with major distributors, ensuring that CJ’s films are delivered to audiences worldwide.

Another important assignment of ours is organizing activities at prominent film festivals like Cannes, Venice, and Berlin including submitting and launching our films. In reality, most of the major works of Korean cinema have made their way to international audiences through our hands. Working in International Sales & Distribution requires versatility. From communicating with our counterparts in different time zones, to taking frequent business trips to major film festivals, our work is truly international in scope.

What we do at “ISD”

- International sales for all films CJ holds rights to (15-20 films per year)

- Launching CJ’s films at international film festivals

- International promotion and marketing including posters, flyers, and dealing with the press and international media outlets (Variety, Screen International, The Hollywood Reporter. New York Times, LA Times, International Herald Tribune, AP News, etc.)

- Supporting domestic marketing in all countries where CJ’s films are sold

- Direct distribution of CJ films in North America, Japan, China and Vietnam, Indonesia

Internship Roles

- Facilitating meetings and corporate communications with overseas subsidiaries

- Updating profiles of international buyers, festival programmers, and international journalists

- Providing input on international marketing including taglines, international film titles, English

subtitles, and international poster images

- Preparing legal documents that are crucial for international film sales and distribution

- Market research of countries where CJ films are sold, including film performance assessment


2016 Intern Reflection - Ishak Caner '18 at CJ E&M-International Film Sales and Distribution Division


2015 Intern Reflection - Elizabeth Daeun Choi '16 at CJ E&M – International Film Sales and Distribution Division

"I didn’t quite know what to expect when I first entered my internship at CJ Entertainment.  I had stubbornly pursued the internship for my own creative interests in film despite multiple warnings that the internship was a primarily business-oriented position.  The International Film Sales and Distribution division was still within the realm of film, so how different could it be?  My naïveté about the film industry quickly became clear upon entering the CJ E&M building for the first time and witnessing the excitement before me—a jumbled mass of directors, producers, and corporate employees in a rich multifaceted institution that boasts an infinite number of creative and business ventures.

CJ’s International Film Sales and Distribution department is an extremely fast-paced and more importantly, objective environment.  As a result, there was a significant learning curve during the first few weeks of my program.  Everything I had known about writing film reviews pretty much became irrelevant as I learned to report my findings in a more efficient and informed manner.  During the eight weeks of my internship, I engaged in a variety of assignments that included market research, screenplay reviews, and translation work that culminated in a final marketing report on Argentina based on some of CJ’s most recent films.  The transition from my previously subjective treatment of films to a more grounded numerical approach was a bumpy one, but nevertheless informative and perhaps more useful in helping me understand the processes and realities of Korea’s film industry than any other interaction I’d had thus far.  In addition to my assignments, I attended weekly lectures and screenings through which I became better acquainted with film theory and international works beyond those of Korea or Hollywood.

Of course, my time at CJ was not limited to the International Film Sales and Distribution department.  One of the most exciting parts about being at such a holistic entertainment company like CJ is that you have the chance to expose yourself to all the different sectors of Korea’s entertainment industry.  I myself had the opportunity to attend one of Korea’s famous music shows, run by CJ’s music channel Mnet.  What’s more, the company’s location in the Digital Media City amongst other major broadcast companies means that there is never a shortage of things to do or people to meet."

2014 Reflection - Jiho Kang '16, Intern at CJ E&M



Government - ROK National Assembly                                                                                                                       

This internship is in the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification of the ROK National Assembly. While interning for the Committee Chief of Staff, the intern will learn more about how legislation is drafted and about other legislative activities, as well as, assisting with English documents and foreign visitors, including the US-Korea exchange program. The intern will gain an inside view on the complexities of Korean politics. You may visit www.assembly.go.kr and though this website is in Korean, there is an English section. This internship is open to those Harvard undergraduates returning to campus in the Fall.  Candidates must be fluent in Korean and English and apply directly to the Korea Institute Internship Program via CARAT. This is no longer a co-sponsored internship via the Institute of Politics (IOP). Please apply directly to the Korea Institute via CARAT, the online application system.


2016 Intern Reflection- Don Kim '16

"The entire internship revolved around the ROK National Assembly-US Congress Exchange Program. Before the program began,I spent two weeks helping with translation work for handbooks that were given to the American delegates, as well as, planning the different activities for the delegates while in Korea (trip to Busan, visit to the DMZ, etc). During the actual program, which lasted two weeks, I accompanied the delegates daily, along with another employee of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Unification. During this time, I guided the delegates, provided information about the activities, and translated when necessary. After the delegates left, I spent two weeks compiling both the US and Korean delegates' program surveys. As a note, I would recommend that interns have a solid conversational ability in Korean. Although the internship is in the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Unification, no one in the office spoke English. I enjoyed the opportunity and would highly recommend it for anyone interested in working in Korea, specifically in the political realm." 

2015 Intern Reflection - Joseph Choe '17


2014 Intern Reflection - Franklin Lee '15


2012 Intern Reflection - Haemin Jee '14


2011 Intern Reflection - Kwon-Yong Jin '12



FOR HELP WHEN FILLING OUT CARAT BUDGET: Airfare $2000, Living Expenses/meals $1500, Dorm $0.00 write in Covered by Program = Total $3500

 KI Summer Internship Application Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017 by 5pm EST

After entering your info for this application into CARAT https://apps2.registrar.fas.harvard.edu/carat/, you must also upload the Harvard College Korea Summer Internship Program 2017 Application Form pages 1 & 2 (PDF attachment below), your Resume, an unofficial transcript from my.harvard & a Statement of Purpose. **If choosing to use the FILLABLE PDF form below, DOWNLOAD a copy of this PDF to your computer before filling it in, then rename it. If you complete the form in a browser, the data will NOT be saved and it will be blank.** Or you may use the non-fillable PDF, handwrite in your answers and then please scan/upload into CARAT.

·         Korea Institute-Summer Internship Program Application will be available on CARAT https://apps2.registrar.fas.harvard.edu/carat/, Harvard's web-based centralized application tool, listed under Korea Institute-Summer Internship Program

·         Personal statement - Applicants are asked to compose a personal statement of approximately 500-750 words. The statement should make the case for the applicant’s suitability for the program and elaborate on what skills he or she would contribute to the organization. Students´ expectations of the internship experience should be stated, as well as how the internship relates to their overall experience as a student at Harvard College. Please be clear on which specific KI summer internship opportunities you are interested in and why. Please tell us your first choice and why.

·         Unofficial Transcript From my.harvard--In order to upload your transcript as a PDF, please go to my.harvard to print a copy of your transcript, scan it as a PDF, and upload. 

·         Letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor, from a faculty member who knows you well, or House Tutor Recommendation letters may be uploaded directly into CARAT by faculty recommender, a proxy or emailed directly (in PDF format) to the KI Coordinator <cglover@fas.harvard.edu> by the deadline 2/6/17. You must also have your recommender denote which specific program/grant you are applying to. 

•             You must be in good academic standing to apply.

Contact Info: Catherine Glover,<cglover@fas.harvard.edu>, Korea Institute, CGIS South, Rm S241,1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Finalists will be contacted for an interview. 

***NOTE: If you are experiencing CARAT technical difficulties (e.g., receive error messages, find yourself unable to submit an application despite having passed all validation checks), please email HUIT Support at ithelp@harvard.edu or call 617-495-7777 well before the deadline.***


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