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KEG Student Internship Reports: Part I〜インターンシップ体験談 Part 1〜

Internships are valuable experiences for many students at this university. In the GSE internship class, for example, students learned about two important areas that are related to their internship placements. First, we studied 'service learning', which is a useful way of thinking about internships as having both an educational element and a reciprocal, serving element. Second, because both of the placements this year are institutions that have ethics and peace at their core, we looked at the topic of virtue ethics. Using interesting resources from a recent United Nations collaboration with major world religions and philosophies, we explored what 'virtue' means from various cultural and religious perspectives.

In this first of a series of articles, we hear from RS, who interned at the World Friendship Center (WFC). The WFC is one of Hiroshima's diverse network of domestic and international peace-orientated NGOs and has one of the longest histories of working in this city. I asked RS to tell us what she learned, and what she did, during her recent placement.

First I asked RS about why she was interested in taking internships, and how this fits into her future plans.

The reason why I was interested in this internship was that I could intern using English and I could learn about Hiroshima. I also thought that being able to do several different types of work, not just one, would be helpful for my future career. ​​I was also fascinated by the opportunity to learn about the history of the atomic bombing at WFC. I have lived in Hiroshima for more than 10 years, but I didn't know much about hibakusha and the atomic bombing, so I wanted to know more. I wanted to learn more about the atomic bombing because I thought there were many things that I could learn from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as I learned about world peace and conflicts in the world in my university classes. In addition, I thought this was an opportunity to think about what I can do to pass on the message to the next generation as a young person living in Hiroshima.


RS busy at work. her internship gave her a chance to do many different activities.

Next, I asked RS to talk about her experience working at WFC.

Through this internship, I was able to learn about the history of the WFC, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as well as computer skills and other skills that are needed in society. I learned about Barbara Reynolds, who founded the WFC and worked hard to spread the story of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to the world through the process of converting the WFC handbook from Japanese to English. In addition, By listening to the stories of second-generation Korean residents in Japan about their experiences of the atomic bombing, I was able to learn about their experiences of the bombing and prejudice that I had never known before. Moreover, I was able to get involved with the local people of Hiroshima through the English conversation class at WFC. I am confident that this internship experience will have a positive impact on my future career.


RS with the current WFC directors. Through them, and their partners, she was able to learn about the history of WFC, and learn more about the city she grew up in.

Thank you so much to the WFC for all their important work, and of course, for being so welcoming and supportive to RS. I think we can see that internships are valuable experiences for students, and thanks to the hard work and preparation of the students, they have been able to give something back. These are just two examples of many kinds of career support offered to students here at HJU, so please visit our website and check out how our university makes sure that students have the skills and experiences they need to be successful when they graduate. Watch out for another article coming soon where we from some more interns!

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