Your internship experience is one of the most important pieces of the foundation you are laying down for a successful career.
Since the professional world can be very different from university life, it's important that you have an understanding of some of the differences.
Use These Tips To Help You Make The Most Of Your Internship
Clarify expectations about the internship, both the employers and yours. It's a good idea to agree upon your job responsibilities in writing.
Take advantage of the transition time at the beginning of your internship and ask a lot of questions.
Meet regularly with your supervisor to ensure that both of your expectations are being met.
First impressions are very important, as is maintaining good ones. It's important for you to dress, speak, write, and generally behave like a professional.
Be observant and ask questions about appropriate behavior at the workplace. Different organizations have different expectations regarding employee behavior.
Focus on your communication skills, both written and verbal. Proofread your written work carefully. When communicating with your co-workers choose a respectful, tactful, and professional language at all times.
Be punctual and show up to work on time. If you're going to be late or sick, be sure to call your supervisor to inform them. Choose your sick days with care and try not to miss too many days at work.
Establish good relationships with your co-workers. Be friendly, polite, helpful, and sensitive. Also be careful about bringing personal business to work.
Be easy to work with. Accept assignments without complaint, ask for more work when assignments are completed, and turn out good quality work.
When you complete your internship, be sure to ask your supervisor for a letter of recommendation and keep in touch so that you can call upon him/her later when you are in need of a reference.
The Korean language can be quite difficult for new foreigners. Especially since the Korean language has its own unique alphabet.
It's very beneficial to know some useful phrases during your stay in South Korea.
We provided some basic phrases for you to get started, which are transcribed to the pronunciation of the words.
GreetingsPronunciationHelloAnnyeonghaseyoGoodbyeAnnyeongHow are you doing?Eotteohke JinaeseyoI'm fine, thank you.Jal Jinae KomawoyoGeneralPronunciationYesYeNoAniyoSorryJoesonghamnidaExcuse meSillyehabnidaThank youKomapsumnidaYou're welcomeCheonmaneyoI don't understandMoreugessumnidaI don't speak KoreanHangukmal mot haeyoDo you speak English?Yongorul hahljool asimnikaTravelPronunciationI would like to go to...Naneun gago sipdaTurn leftJwahoejeon haejuseyoTurn rightUhoejeon haejuseyoGo straightJikjin haejuseyoStop hereNaerilgeyo
RestaurantPronunciationDo you have an English menu?Yeongoh maenu eesoyoHow much is this?Eolma aeyoCan you bring the bill please?Gyesanseo jusaeyoI want/I'd like...Naega wonhaneun...I don't want...Naneun wonhaji anhnenda...Do you have...Issni...Numbers PronunciationNumbersPronunciationNumbersPronunciationOneHanaTenYeolNineteenYeolahopTwoDulElevenYeolhanaTwentySeumulThreeSetTwelveYeoldulThirtySeoreunFourNetThirteenYeolsetFourtyMaheunFiveDaseotFourteenYeolnetFiftySwinSixYeoseotFifteenYeoldaseotSixtyYesunSevenIlgopSixteenYeolyeoseotSeventyIlheunEightYeodeolSeventeenYeolilgobEightyYeodeunNineAhopEighteenYeolyeodeolNinetyAheun
Places To Visit
The Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the major tourist attractions in South Korea.
The Palace was built in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty and was the major legal residence for the royal family.
Visitors can enjoy to see the beautiful architecture of the palace and watch the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony
To get to the palace, you need to take Line 3 of the Seoul Subway and get off at Gyeongbokgung Station - Exit 5.
The admission price for adults is ₩3,000 ($2.82).
N Seoul Tower
The next most notable landmark in Seoul would be the N Seoul Tower.
Located on top of the Namsan Mountain, the tower is a very popular attraction for tourists to take in the beautiful city skyline views of Seoul.
The N Seoul Tower houses other interesting things to do such as a digital observatory, roof terrace, and restaurant.
To get to N Seoul Tower, take Line 3 or 4 of the Seoul Subway to Chungmuro Station - Exit 2. From there, head to Daehan Theater Bus Stop, and you will need to take the Namsan Circulation Bus #2 to N Seoul Tower Bus Stop.
The admission price for adults is ₩10,000 ($9.40).
For those that love to go shopping, Dongdaemun Market is a can't miss place to visit when you're in Seoul.
This huge shopping district is home to 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops and 50,000 manufacturers.
You will be able to find all kinds of products at Dongdaemun Market including clothes, electronics, toys and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Not to mention, Dongdaemun is home to the famous food alley, Mukja Golmok, where you can enjoy the awesome Korean cuisine.
To get to Dongdaemun Market, take Line 1 or 4 of the Seoul Subway to Dongdaemun Station - Exit 8 or 9.
Namiseom Island (Winter Sonata)
Namiseom Island is a popular destination to visit for fans of the Korean TV series, Winter Sonata. But you don't have to have watched the show to enjoy this beautiful island.
This half moon shaped island will allow you to escape the city life and enjoy the beautiful nature, scenery and try some local Korean foods.
Some interesting things to do in Namiseom Island are to visit the French-themed village of Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm or take a ride on the Zipwire.
To get to Namiseom Island, take Line 7 of the Seoul Subway to Sangbong Station, then transfer to Gyeongchun Line to Gapyeong Station. From there, take a taxi to Gapyeong Wharf.
Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok is a historic village located between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, which possesses over 600 years of history, dating back to the Joseon Dynasty.
The Bukchon village is a traditional Korean residential area that has a one of a kind Hanok architecture and is home to over 900 houses.
This is a great place to experience some traditional Korean culture with architecture, restaurants, and shops.
To get to Bukchon Hanok Village, take Line 3 of the Seoul Subway to Anguk Station - Exit 3.
There are 3 major forms of public transportation in Seoul, South Korea.
These transportation methods are the Seoul Metropolitan Subway, buses and taxis.
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Above you can find the systems map of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway, which consists of 10 different lines.
The subway system is the most popular form of transportation because it allows people to avoid the traffic jams during rush hour.
Also, there are several connection points where you are able to get on another subway line.
We highly suggest purchasing a transportation card because it will save you time and money, rather than buying single journey tickets.
Tmoney and Cashbee are the transportation cards in Seoul that you can use for the subway and buses are cost around ₩2,500.
Buses are another popular form of transportation you can take advantage of.
Seoul has 4 different categories of buses which are color coded.
The colors are blue, red, green and yellow, and indicate the different districts in Seoul.
The third mode of transportation that you can use are taxis.
There are 4 different types of taxis to choose from, but we recommend you use the Standard Taxi or the International Taxi. The base fares start at ₩2,800.
The Standard Taxis are either orange or silver colored. The drivers typically have a limited level of English language.
The International Taxis are orange colored and will also feature the words "International Taxi" on the top of the car. The drivers are able to speak English, Japanese or Chinese.
Food: Where and What To Eat
Korean food has become one of the most popular and trendy cuisines in recent years.
So you're sure to be in for a treat during your time in South Korea.
If you're into the street food scene, we highly recommend you to checkout Gwangjang Market, Nambu Market, and Dongdaemun Market.
At these markets, you'll be able to find many different types of foods such as grilled meats, rice rolls, fresh seafood, delicious sweets and much more!
If you prefer to cook your own meals at home, we suggest grocery stores such as Emart, Homeplus, Lotte Mart and Costco. Here you will be able to find a wide range of items from local products to imported good.