YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Area II officials are seeking military and civilian organizations to take interns from a local South Korean university.

Under the program, established last week by U.S. military and Kookmin University officials, English-speaking students will be placed in jobs at various organizations in Area II bases.

U.S. officials said the program was established to build “positive relationships” with South Korean students, notorious for their largely negative attitudes toward the U.S. military presence.

“Not only is the internship program designed to give Korean students valuable work experience, but they will also gain a personal perspective of the U.S. military. We want the young generations of Korea to realize that what we do is not a secret and that they are always welcome on our base,” Col. Timothy McNulty, Area II commander, said in a news release announcing the program.

The program is aimed at attracting the “best, brightest and most ambitious” students and giving them professional experience before they hit the workforce.

Park Sang-joon, who signed the agreement on behalf of Kookmin University, said he would encourage as many students as possible to take advantage of the program.

For more program information and to offer internship slots, organizations can contact the Area II Public Affairs Office at DSN 738-7355.

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