미래가치를 창출하는 글로컬 산학일체 혁신대학
It’s Time to Go into a Field
By Im Jeong Rak Cub Reporter, Senior of Industrial Management Engineering
Introducing HBNU’s internship program
HBNU supports each student to enhance their capabilities through various activities, such as Job-seeking support and the LINC+ (Leaders in Industry-university Cooperation) program. Students can improve their capabilities through those programs. The Internship Program is one of the programs frequented by junior students. This program provides on-site practical education beyond textbooks. The internship program aims to cultivate students’ abilities and to enhance on-the-job skills by allowing students to experience their major field as an intern. The best advantage of the internship program is students can develop their own ability by applying their major directly on-site.
There are two types of internship programs.
Based on a matching system, students can choose a company where they want to work. Students have to upload their resume and cover letter on an “Integrated university information system” and submit the required documents to the Internship Center. For more information, check the placement site of HBNU and click the “Information about placement” menu icon at the top of the page or scan the QR code at the top of this article.
My Experience as an Intern
‘How can I make the upcoming vacation more meaningful? Studying TOEIC or getting another qualification is too basic.' The vacation between the junior and senior year is supposed to be the most important time for students. Therefore, I wanted to spend the vacation more effectively compared to other vacations.
I am majoring in Industrial Management Engineering and minoring in a big data analyst training course. I have been taking the big data curriculum for two years, but with an education focused only on the textbook and assignments. This could not solve my curiosity about the data analyst field as a student. Then, my professor suggested the internship program, and I was confident that it would solve my lack of on-site experience.
During the summer vacation, from June 24 to August 19, I worked for eight weeks in the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI). KISTI has been contributing to the development of Korea’s science and technology industry through world-class supercomputing, global cooperative ultra-high-speed research networks, and the largest information arsenal for science and technology in Korea with over 100 million units. I worked at the Supercomputing Modeling & Simulation Center in KISTI. In the center, a large amount of accumulated data is analyzed by a supercomputer in a virtual environment and it predicts the future through simulation results. For me, as I want to be a data scientist, it was the best opportunity to improve my industry skills. For example, learning how the collected data is used in combination with other fields.
There are lessons that can only be learned through internship. First, hands-on experience is the best teacher. By applying theories directly to practice, they will remain in your memory for a long time. Second, students will develop problem-solving skills. At the worksite, there are many potential hazards. Workers may be faced with unexpected situations, and if workers do not deal with these big and small issues proficiently, it can cause serious problems. Not all methods of dealing with worksite problems are stated in textbooks. The only way that we can improve these abilities is by working in actual practice. As an intern, we may experience these kinds of problems and learn how to deal with potential hazards from senior members. Solving problems directly in an actual worksite is the fastest way to enhance our problem solving skills. Finally, we can get the advice of experts in the field. Not just by simply learning about work, moreover the worksite mentor can give us greater motivation. A worksite mentor may also be concerned about your life-related questions, such as the direction of your future career. All of this was very helpful to me as I am graduating next year.
At the end of the summer internship program, I greeted a new semester. This new experience gave me motivation and inspired me. I worked with the researchers who develop Korean science and technology. In addition, the senior researcher I worked with gave me enlightenment that could not be learned in textbooks, which became a driving force behind my remaining college life. Everything I learned in KISTI in those eight weeks will be remembered for a long time as a valuable experience of my university life.