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OAS and Republic of Korea Renew Joint Internship Program

  October 20, 2023

OAS and Republic of Korea Renew Joint Internship Program

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Republic of Korea today signed an agreement to renew the joint Korea-OAS Internship Program, in a ceremony held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

Upon signing the agreement, the Permanent Observer of Korea to the OAS, Kim Choon-Goo noted the values and principles his country shares with the OAS. “I’m especially pleased to be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today on taking the Korea-OAS Internship Program to the next phase,” said the Korean Ambassador. “With the MOU, more young Koreans will be able to experience being part of many OAS programs, while increasing our people to people ties to bring our regions closer together.”

For his part, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro emphasized the personal ties the program creates. “This people-to-people exchange is essential for building trust and understanding between our citizens, promoting diversity in our work environment, and for pursuing mutual global and regional goals,” said Secretary General Almagro.

The latest agreement extends the Korea-OAS Internship Program for the 2024-2026 period. For the last 14 years, the program has placed 48 Korean professionals and students in internships at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Republic of Korea has been a Permanent Observer to the OAS since 1981. Korean cooperation has supported projects carried out by the General Secretariat to reduce sources of conflict in our societies, tackle current food crises and migration challenges, and to support electoral observations and improve electoral systems, among other initiatives.

Reference: FNE-143676