Summer Plans Series: UR Student Lands Columbia Internship, Among Other Activities

By Caitlin Mack ’12(T5)
Univ. Communications

Se Hoon Kim ’16 likes to be a busy guy. The rising sophomore brought Tiananmen protest leader Baiqiao Tang to campus last fall, founded the East Asian Affairs Association, and made time for Model UN, Taiwanese American Students’ Association, Japanese Students Association, and Korean Percussion Group. Now Kim, who intends to major in international relations, has a full line-up of summer activities ahead.

In mid-May, Kim began a three-week internship at a New York City marketing group, where he will assist in contacting companies to work out marketing deals.  “I am looking forward to interacting with various types of people and learning about business interactions,” said Kim of the experience.

In June, he will then begin an internship in Building Community at Columbia University, where he will serve as a residential advisor for a group of 10 high school students taking not-for-credit college courses. The two-month internship is geared toward gaining real-world perspective on leadership skills while mentoring American and international high school students.

­­­Kim will receive two weeks of training and attend seminars led by professionals in the field of community building. Following training, he will serve as a live-in resident adviser and a program assistant for six weeks at Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students.

Using skills developed during the seminar, Kim will be responsible for creating a cohesive, lively, and respectful student body and organizing social events for his students, such as study breaks and trips to New York City attractions.Throughout the practicum, interns meet to discuss their experiences, challenges, and accomplishments, and write short reflective essays about their experiences at the end of the program.

Kim participated in the program during his high school years and wanted to come back as a residential advisor. “I wanted to give back,” he says.

Despite having some time off in August, Kim doesn’t plan on relaxing. “I’ll probably do some independent studying when I’m home,” he says. Also in the works for fall 2013: an event featuring author and Forbes contributor Gordon Chang that will spotlight the abductions of Japanese citizens by North Koreans.

In the Photo: Kim ’16 with Forbes columnist Gordon Chang.

This story is part of the Summer Plans Series, a collection of stories about how undergrads at the University of Rochester are spending their summer. Know of someone doing something cool over break? Email The Buzz ( and tell us all about it!