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Jumpstart your professional career with a full-time internship in Seoul. Known for being a vibrant hub of business, culture, cuisine and entertainment (hello K-Pop!), the South Korean capital provides a dynamic backdrop from which to get a taste of the working world, particularly for students looking to gain experience in business or marketing. TEAN’s internships team helps you every step of the way from personalized work placements based on your interests to re-entry advising to help you market your internship abroad to job opportunities back home. Along with gaining hands-on experience in the field of your choice, you’ll also enjoy comfortable housing, included cultural activities, ongoing guidance and plenty of time to explore all that Seoul and the rest of the country have to offer.
Gain real world work experience in Seoul with a full-time internship (minimum 32 hours per week) in pre-established positions for 8 weeks
Further your professional development via interview preparation sessions and individualized feedback/coaching
Measure the skills you gain during your internship and compare yourself to entry-level job applicants with access to self-assessment tools and supervisor evaluations
Live in Seoul, the second largest metropolitan area in the world and South Korea’s thriving economic center
Enjoy guaranteed pre-arranged housing in centrally located, fully-furnished apartments which include internet and utilities
Explore the city during your comprehensive 2-day Orientation Program, filled with adventure as well as learning about local business etiquette and internship best practices
Participate in cultural events included throughout the duration of the internship, such as temple visits or learning basic Korean
Benefit from TEAN’s ongoing support as well as local staff who can help you culturally, professionally and personally throughout your stay
Internship Career Fields
TEAN offers Summer (8-week) unpaid internship placements in a variety of positions in exciting industries including those listed below. There are no industry limitations – if your field is not listed please contact us to check availability.
Experience working in one of Seoul’s largest corporations gaining experience in business development, sales, market research, evaluating risk and vetting new business opportunity.
Work for an agency or in-house at a large corporation learning the ins and outs of marketing and advertising. Roles can focus on content writing, account management, graphic design, business development and more.
A communications internship in Seoul will teach you all about content writing and digital marketing. You will assist in written communications, blogging and social media management to engage audiences both in Korea and abroad. With placements in either an agency or in-house at a corporation, you will will have the opportunity for hands-on experience and training in many aspects of marketing and development, while also gaining a good understanding of the Korea market.
Entertainment is a booming industry in Korea thanks to the K-Pop movement. Intern for an entertainment organization to better understand the conceptualization, production and realization of activities within the industry. In your role, you will participate in daily activities including meeting clients, brainstorming, shadowing casting auditions and more.
Technology & Entrepreneurship
Dive into Seoul’s tech scene working for a unique company or entrepreneur as an intern marketer, analyst, community manager, product developer, business development assistant or in sales.
Gain valuable experience dealing with media and PR for a public relations agency or media outlet as a content writer, event planner or PR assistant. Placements in both local and international organizations are available.
Academic Credit through TEAN
TEAN has partnered with Elmhurst University, located in suburban Chicago, to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 upper division internship academic credits for TEAN’s 8-week summer internship programs. Credit awarded will be based on the successful completion of learning goals and objectives (set with a supervisor), weekly reflections, employer evaluations and an activity report. Interns will be enrolled at Elmhurst as visiting students and will be in contact with an Elmhurst faculty member for all assignments.
The academic credit is included in your program cost, and includes an electronic transcript with a Pass/Fail grade from Elmhurst University. Elmhurst University is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois, as well as The Higher Learning Commission, A Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Learn more about Elmhurst University at www.elmhurst.edu.
Home University Credit
Participants may be able to arrange academic credit for the internship placement directly through their home university by speaking with their academic department and the study abroad office. At the time of application to the program, students choosing this option will need to provide TEAN with the details of the credit and any special requirements as it relates to the internship placement. Students are responsible for paying their home university for any tuition or fees associated with the credit.
TEAN encourages participants to discuss the academic credit options with their home university early in the application process. Academic credit for internships must be approved and arranged before the internship begins, as credit typically cannot be retroactively arranged.
Housing in Internship Locations
TEAN interns are guaranteed housing in secure, fully-furnished studio apartments in the host city. Accommodation is centrally located within walking distance of the subway.
Orientation & Events
Your 2-day Seoul Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful internship by introducing you to the local culture, including local business etiquette and internship best practices, while also offering plenty of time to get to know your soon-to-be TEAN friends and having a fun journey in the process. Kick off the experience with a welcome dinner, explore your neighborhood by foot, visit the Seoul Tower, and head out on an excursion to the DMZ Zone between North and South Korea.
Even though you are traveling abroad to work hard as an intern, it’s also important to take time to enjoy the local culture. The TEAN Internship Program includes a minimum of two unique and engaging cultural, experiential or professional activities, such as coffee catch ups during your time in Seoul. Examples of past events include:
- An intro class to learning Korean
- Temple visits
- Visiting Gyeongbukgung Palace
- Practicing meditation
- Visiting Insadong
- Professional networking opportunities and company visits
- Community outreach/volunteering days
- Career-building workshops with experienced industry leaders and representatives
- All applicants are expected to have an appropriate academic background related to the internship placement duties.
- The amount of required coursework (if applicable) will vary for each placement and your school.
- Students who have completed at least one year of university work and have grade point averages above 2.5 will be eligible for most internships.
- Other students are encouraged to apply as many other non-academic factors are taken into consideration.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application for the Summer program anytime starting from November. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Application Deadline||Feb 1|
|Arrival Day||May 21|
|Internship Starts||May 24|
|Internship Ends||July 16|
|Program Ends||July 18|
|Application Deadline||Feb 15|
|Arrival Day||June 18|
|Internship Starts||June 21|
|Internship Ends||Aug 13|
|Program Ends||Aug 15|
Fees & Inclusions
Program fee and accommodation: $6,100
- Internship Placement
- Electronic transcript (6 credits on an Elmhurst University transcript)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet and utilities
- Orientation with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of TEAN Staff and local internship support staff
- Cultural events during the program
- Pre-departure preparation including flight booking, visa and insurance advising
- Airport pickup and reception upon arrival
- Professional development exercises both during the pre-departure period and upon re-entry, including reimbursement for registration to a returnee conference
- Access to self-assessment tools and supervisor evaluations that provide a roadmap for your development
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,200-$1,800)
- Meals ($800)
- Visa for non-U.S. passport holders from eligible countries (Approx. $30)
- Travel Insurance ($350)
- Cost to commute to/from the internship site dependent on internship location. Check with your Internship Program Manager for more details. (up to $200)
- Travel and personal expenses ($650+)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experiences and budgets. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
How it Works
How it works
Take a look through the above information including career fields, program fees and dates. If you have any questions contact us. The TEAN Internships Team along with our placement team will guide you through the entire process – from application to after you return home.
Apply online when you are ready. Make sure to meet the application deadline. See Program dates above.
2. Phone/Skype Interview
Once TEAN receives your application we’ll be in contact to have an interview with you. We’ll also provide some guidance on preparing your resume and cover letter that will be used to introduce you to possible internship placements.
3. CONFIRM YOUR PLACE WITH A DEPOSIT
After your initial conversation with one of the TEAN Internships team you’ll be requested to pay your program deposit. Once your deposit is paid TEAN will begin the process of securing your internship placement. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in an internship. Read the full internship refund policy.
4. INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT
Our placement team will collaborate with you to ensure we secure a suitable role in your career field. Upon securing a placement, you will be provided with an Internship Placement Profile that includes a list of duties.
You will confirm your place by submitting your signed Internship Profile Placement by the given deadline. At this point, TEAN will work with you to provide pre-departure information including flight booking information, visa guidance and housing details.