Industry Internship Scholarships

Internships in South Korea provide Switzerland-​based students from universities and universities of applied sciences with first-​​hand work experience in an innovative company environment.
Supported by Leading House Asia

My first intensive contact with South Korea was during my exchange semester in 2021. Since Covid-19 was at its perks then, I decided I wanted to come back one day and experience the real Seoul. After finishing my bachelor’s thesis, I flew straight to Korea for my internship at YOLK; a company that makes clean and unlimited solar energy available to people. They got famous for their Solar Paper, the world’s thinnest and lightest solar charger, back in 2018. Additionally, their innovative project Solar Cow raised global headlines through its awards and its impact in Africa. The Solar Cow initiative enables families in off-grid areas to have access to electricity while sustaining education by giving students a “Solar Milk,” a power bank integrated with a lantern, which students can charge during the time they study at school. Through this, they simultaneously tackle both issues relating to educational and electrical access.

I could see firsthand the impact and joy that the Solar Cow project brought.

To increase the impact of Solar Cow, YOLK has recently decided to launch a new coffee brand Ayantu which will dedicate part of its sales to the Solar Cow project. During my internship, I was mainly responsible for the marketing of the brands, and I had the chance to build up the brand Ayantu. It was a great experience to work and learn from the creative minds in YOLK. Koreans’ hardworking and flexible working style impressed me a lot, and I believe I could learn immensely from my co-workers. During my period in YOLK, I also had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and assist with a Solar Cow installation. It was an incredible experience! I could see firsthand the impact and joy that the Solar Cow project brought to the children and their families in Arbegona. This internship has brought and taught me a lot, both personally and professionally. I can only recommend this internship scholarship to anyone interested in going abroad and gaining insights into another country and culture.

In the end I applied at Mand.ro for an internship, since my interests lied in biomedical engineering. Mand.ro is a company known for its efforts to make prosthetic technology more accessible and affordable to people in need. During my internship I gained valuable hands-on experience in the field by assembling prosthetics and improving the reduction gear system in their new prototype. This type of practical work helped me develop my skills and knowledge as a mechanical engineer, as it allowed me to apply theoretical concepts to real-world situations. Additionally, by working on a prototype, I had the opportunity to be involved in the design and development process, giving me insight into the entire life-cycle of their product.

An experience I would recommend to anybody!

Overall, my internship experience in Korea was incredibly valuable in terms of both my professional and personal development. In terms of work, I learned a lot about the assembly and improvement of prosthetic hands, and I also gained valuable experience working in a team and communicating with colleagues. In terms of life experience, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture and try new things that I never would have had the chance to do if I had stayed in Switzerland. Also I had the chance to indulge myself with Korean food throughout my internship.
I would definitely recommend an internship in Korea to other students. It is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a new and exciting environment.