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Jinsuh Cho ’18 interns at UN Refugee Agency

By Contributing Writer on January 9, 2018

Jinsuh Cho '20 interned at the UN in South Korea

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern for the United Nations Refugee Agency Representation in the Republic of Korea. The United Nations Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, is an official UN mandated organization to assist refugees, asylum seekers and all other persons of concern around the world. Its representation in Republic of Korea serves to help with capacity building for refugee protection in Korea and is in close partnership with the government and the civil society. Another big role that the representation in Korea does is to raise awareness on the refugee issue and to bring in donations.

I was the Communications intern to the Private Sector Partnership team, which means that I assisted with producing materials for existing and potential donors as well as the general public. These materials include blog posts, reports on UNHCR activities and/or refugee situations, newsletters, etc. In addition to creating contents for UNHCR Korea’s various channels, I also took on some administrative tasks such as keeping track of the Communications unit’s inventory and ordering various promotional items for donors and partners.

This summer, I learned that I was right about pursuing my interest of working for the refugee issue. It felt right that I continue working in this sector, especially in my homeland, Korea. I also felt that, now that I have tried working with a bigger company, I would like to try working with a smaller organization in the civil society, in a field other than fundraising.

Blog: Federico Elizondo ’17 Interns at Africa Unite

By Contributing Writer on December 8, 2015
Federico Elizondo '17 researched xenophobia in Cape Town, South Africa

Federico Elizondo ’17 researched xenophobia in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ubuntu—the word I never knew I knew.

With the help of my Colgate professors, Mark Stern (Educational Studies) and Ryan Solomon (CORE South Africa/ Writing and Rhetoric), and Career Services’ Summer Funding, I was able to intern at Africa Unite. Quite succinctly, Africa Unite is a Non-Governmental Organization in Cape Town, South Africa with the mission of promoting human rights and social cohesion—especially amongst the youth. Without the options and financing that Colgate University provided, I would not have had the opportunity to gain professional skills as well as career insights on social work.

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