May 18 Memorial Foundation Internships, Korea

Deadline: 11 January 2013
Open to: applicants with a minimum of 3 years NGO or social development work experience, plus some English and Korean knowledge
Internship: March to December 2013 in Korea with travel costs, airfare, housing and living expenses provided.


The May 18 Memorial Foundation was founded in 1994 with the precious funds of the May 18 victims, Gwangju citizens, overseas Koreans and Korean nationals in order to continue and develop the great democratic spirit and solidarity of the May 18 Democratization Movement. Along with the aims of spreading the history of the struggle and its generous spirit to the global community, they hope to march altogether for the promotion and protection of democracy, human rights and peace building regionally and internationally.

The Foundation has carried out numerous projects in various fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating information to the public, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.

The International Internship Program strives to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout their international network by recruiting 2 interns from overseas, who have been working for human rights, democracy, and peace building organizations in their home countries, and by giving them an opportunity to experience and learn the history and development process of human rights and democracy in the Republic of Korea, particularly the May 18 Democratization Movement in 1980. 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.

Two interns accepted for this program will participate for 10 months, for the period March 2013 to December 2013.

Travel costs, airfare and living expenses are provided by the Foundation. Housing will be provided but utilities (telephone, electricity, and gas) will be paid by interns. Public health insurance will be given to cover accidents/illness incurred during an internship. If interns would like more personal coverage they are encouraged to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy before arriving in Korea.

Interns are supposed to work from 9 AM to 6PM Monday through Friday and to carry out the duties assigned to them. They receive a summer holiday and a special holiday in December. They are compelled by the same duties and obligations as regular staff members.

Goals of the International Internship Program

The annual internship program 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 program the Foundation aims:

  1. to build concrete solidarity through the exchange of human resources.
  2. to nurture outstanding individuals to lead global civil society.
Main Policy

The May 18 Memorial Foundation believes that the International Internship Program is a part of the international networking efforts of the Foundation with international civil communities. It is a program which allows individuals to build their career and network organizations to share ideas and strengthen mutual prosperity for a better future.

In this sense, the May 18 Memorial Foundation seeks applicants who are supported by their organizations and who are required to go back to their organizations after finishing the internship.

The Foundation requires a recommendation letter from the representative of the organizations with which applicants are involved.

This is a co-partnership program, so organizations are also encouraged to select staff who are interested in applying for this internship program.


  • 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 a minimum of 3 years NGO or social development work experience, though not necessarily in the field of human rights, are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants need 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; a working knowledge of Korean is an advantage.


Applicants should submit the following documentation by 11 January 2013:
  • Completed, dated and signed internship application form (Available as Word Document HERE or PDF file HERE)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A scanned copy of valid and not expired passport
  • A write-up detailing your expectations, objectives, and interest in the International 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.
  • A copy of your full academic transcript from your current university or learning institution or other universities or institutions which you graduated from earlier; a written sample of research work or an abstract of academic papers (3-10 pages maximum).

Please send all the documentations listed above with the application form as scanned documents either in PDF format or as WORD attachments to

Selected candidates will be informed within the 4th week of January 2013. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email and are encouraged to apply again the following year.


Solidarity Team
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
Postcode 502-260 Naebangro 152 5·18 Memorial Culture Center Seo-Gu, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 62 360 0520
Fax: +82 62 360 0519

For more information, please see the official website HERE.

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