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KF Library Internship


The KF Library Internship Program is designed to provide meaningful work experience and related opportunities at prestigious libraries abroad to selected interns from Korea. Young Koreans are provided with a chance to upgrade and advance their professional careers as librarians who specialize in Korean Studies and library science.

Library interns are required to have a BA degree or higher in library and information sciences, together with an adequate level of English language competency.

Participating institutions:
• Asia Library of the University of Michigan
• C.V. Starr East Asian Library of the University of California, Berkeley
• C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University
• Center for Korean Studies Library of the University of Hawaii at Manoa
• Collège de France, Institut d'Etudes Coréennes
• East Asia Library of the University of Washington
• East Asia Library, University of Chicago
• Hamilton Library of the University of Hawaii at Manoa
• Harvard-Yenching Library of the Harvard University
• Korean Heritage Library of the University of Southern California
• Langson Library of the University of California, Irvine


Number of Interns 00 interns
Term of Intern Assignment • Library Internship: up to 10 months
(*Program term cannot be extended.)
Qualifications (Basic)
• Korean nationality
Must be under 40 years of age
• Outstanding research and communication capability, including the ability to speak and write clearly in English
• Must be free to travel/stay abroad
Candidates are required to have at least a BA degree in library and information science or an equivalent academic area. Candidates need to have an adequate level of English language competency in order to be able to complete tasks assigned by the host library staff.
-Holder of BA degree in library and information sciences or higher
-Work experience of less than two years of full-time employment
Required Documents (must be prepared in English) • Application form (online) and resume
• Statement of Purpose: one page, personal statement
• Internship proposal (1,500 word limit/ 3-5 pages)
• Official transcripts and certificate of graduation (if applicable) of undergraduate and/or graduate school
• Official English test scores
• Letters of recommendation (undergraduate/graduate professor, dean of the faculty or representative of affiliated organization)

*The program schedule, number of interns, and participating institutions may be subject to change.


The Korea Foundation
• Airfare (round-trip, economy class, airfare from Korea to host institution)
• Monthly stipend for living and housing expenses
• International health insurance coverage

Host institution
• Administrative support for visa entry/stay approval
• Assistance in locating suitable housing and getting settled in
• Suitable workplace with computer access
• On-the-job training and practical workplace assignments

※ The Korea Foundation and the host institutions shall conclude a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the standard terms and conditions of our program assistance.