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SIS Student Interns at the Shanghai Museum
Posted 11/03/2016 11:07AM

While living in Shanghai, Joon Choi had the opportunity to pursue his passion for history and while researching internship possibilities learned that the Shanghai museum offered internships, but for university students. Not one to be deterred, Joon followed up with the museum several times and as a self-described pest he cajoled his way into an internship designed for university students when he was just in 9th grade. Joon found himself leading tours for the jade exhibition in both Korean and English. Jade played an important role in the different dynasties throughout China's history and Joon brought that to life for the museum's visitors.

Now finishing his sixth and senior year at SIS, Joon is considering his future. He hopes to major in history and has applied to several universities around the world. "SIS has taught me to be persistent and finish work before play. That really helped me to land the internship at Shanghai museum," explained Joon. In fact, Joon's work with the museum continues even today. Joon discovered that the museum did not have brochures in Korean for the many visitors from his home country. "I started a petition to introduce brochures in Korean at the museum and the deputy museum director contacted me and told me they were considering my ideas." Joon went so far as to design and write his own brochure in Korean using the English version as a reference. This past summer when he visited the museum he was excited to learn that the museum will be using his brochure!

Joon loves history, "I really like history because you can easily see the cause and effect and that interests me. I think many of the classes are similar as there are definite cause and effect scenarios and when I see the relationship, I get curious and delve more deeply into it." Joon is excited for the future and looks forward to the experience of living in yet another country but is comforted by the fact that he will be familiar with the teaching method.

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