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  1. Career
    1. My One and Only
    2. Interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
    3. S. Takata Memorial Research Library and My Research Theme
    4. Building a Career in Japan - Don't let the Japanese people beat you in linguistic skills and cultural comprehension -
    5. 67 years after World War II
    6. What is a life plan? From the National Bar Exam to becoming a painter
    7. Job-hunting experience note -Receiving a job offer from the first-choice company is not a dream-
    8. Job-hunting experience note -Self-analysis is about "Constructing one-self"-
    9. The skill-levels of world-class top talents are extremely high. That is why, in order to compete against the world, ambition and aspiration is necessary.
    10. Japan's passport did not come falling from the skies. Fight now for the respect of the future Japanese.
    11. OECD Internship Report
    12. Settling down in Waseda
    13. Be true to yourself, boldly step forward into the things that excite you!
    14. Job Hunting experience notes
    15. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    16. Using My experiences from Waseda,
    17. Waseda:An everlasting bond
    18. Recent report from Denmark
    19. Submission from WiN member (Recent Report)
    20. Memories of Waseda
    21. My experience at Waseda
    22. My time at Waseda University
    23. Teaching Position at Korea University
  1. Event Reports
    1. C21 Tokyo Challenge
    2. Enjoying a taste of South-East Asia: Vietnamese Bánh Mì Sandwiches and Milo
    3. Looking Back on the "Go Global Japan" English Presentation Contest
    4. Student Visa Day at the American Embassy
    5. 3rd Place Finish in the "Hong Kong Cup"
    6. Students' Day at the American Embassy
    7. ASIAN STUDENTS ENVIRONMENT PLATFORM 2012: Environmental field studies by students from Japan, China, and Korea
    8. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 2: Non-academic conference learning
    9. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 1: Academic conference learning
    10. The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview
    11. [Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!
  1. Gourmet
    1. What Do You Do With a Major in Ramen?
  1. Others
    1. "Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)"
    2. Exchange Students from US Reunite at Waseda after 30 years
    3. "Like" WiN on Facebook!
    4. WiN Blog starts
  1. Sports
    1. Learning How "To Think" Through Waseda University's Track & Field
    2. Participating in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
    3. "Participating in the XXV Winter Universiade Games (2011/Erzurum)"
    4. My experience with Waseda's American Football Bukatsu
  1. Study Abroad
    1. Shifting Cultivation and the Challenge of Sustainability in Mopungchuket Village, India
    2. Building the TOMODACHI Generation
    3. Kakehashi Project Report
    4. The Double Degree Program at Peking University
    5. Camping and Snowshoeing in Canada
    6. An Encouragement of two-stages approach to study abroad
    7. Studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia
    8. A new kind of Study Abroad
    9. 14-Day Short term Study Abroad Program in Chowgule College, Goa - "What can I do? What can they do? What can you do?"
    10. From Tsugaru strait to the African highest peak Kilimanjaro
    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
    12. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    13. What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University
    14. Why are those who've experienced study abroad programs a little different? -Full Japanese SILS student reveals the whole story of studying abroad -
    15. China, The Neighboring Country You Do Not Know ~ My Encounter at Peking University ~
    16. Study Abroad Experience Notes
    17. C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.
    18. Study abroad @ Taiwan
    19. Study abroad @ Beijing
  1. Study in Japan
    1. Visiting the Prime Minister's Residene
    2. IPS Summer School 2016: Culture Meets Culture
    3. The World is Smaller than We Think
    4. Waseda Summer 2016
    5. The Opportunity of a Lifetime
    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
    7. A Fantastic Opportunity
    8. A Rewarding Experience
    9. An Amazing Experience
    10. Take Me Wonder by Wonder
    11. I Couldn't Ask for More
    12. Another Kokusaibu Story
    13. SAKURA Exchange Program in Science
    14. I Want to Go Again!
    15. More than Good Sushi
    16. Immersive Experience into the Japanese Culture
    17. 40 Years of Memories in a Photo
    18. Experiencing Everything First Hand
    19. Waseda Summer Session wasn't like any other Summer Camp
    20. Looking Forward to the Past
    21. Weeding a Rice Paddy ~Field Trip to Niigata~
    22. Japan Study Students to Waseda: A message from the class of 1983-84
    23. Developing Medical and Welfare Robots ~The Challenges of Kabe Laboratory, Faculty of Human Sciences~
    24. Recollecting experiences of Exchange Programme at Waseda
    25. Kuroda Kazuo Interview: About Studying in Japan
  1. Volunteer Activity
    1. Taking the first step in volunteering
    2. "Volunteer experience in earthquake-hit area Natori"
    3. "The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Volunteering"
    4. How my perspective changed through volunteering
    5. Tohoku Volunteer
    6. Great East Japan Earthquake    "Fumbaro East Japan Support Project"


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OECD Internship Report



Name in full: Nari Been
Country or region of origin : The Republic of  Korea
Period attended at Waseda:September. 2010 -August, 2012
Status at Waseda University : International Student  Master’s Program 2nd year
Place of enrollment at Waseda University :Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies
Specialty at Waseda University : Economic Development
Advisor at Waseda University : Professor FUWA Nobuhiko

Through the Waseda-OECD internship program, I was given the opportunity to work as an intern at the OECD Development Cooperative Directorate (DCD) from October 10 to December 1, 2011. Within the OECD, DCD plays an important role promoting transnational partnerships for development aid and contributing to developing ‘better policies for better lives’ (the OECD’s 50th Anniversary mission statement) through transparent data on development finance and improved development cooperation practices and policies. Thus with a strong interest in development issues, I applied to DCD without hesitation. Another reason I chose DCD was to participate in the run-up to a forum called ‘The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4*)’ which took place from November 29 to December 1, 2011. The HLF was established to discuss concerns with the way aid was provided and enhance the effectiveness of aid, and it has become the most important and largest international forum for discussions on aid and development effectiveness.

Promptly after submitting my application, I was contacted by DCD, presumably because I was a Korean and the HLF-4 was to be held in Busan, Korea. I was eventually selected as an intern and started my internship in October. The reason I started working in October was because, as a MEXT scholarship student, I was not allowed to stay outside of Japan for more than two months and thus wanted to finish my internship on the last day of the HLF-4. However, for those who are interested in working as a consultant at the OECD in the future, I strongly encourage doing an internship for about 6 months to make greater contributions to your designated team in terms of researching or publishing reports. By doing so, OECD staff will recognize your efforts and welcome you when you apply for a consultant position after you finish your internship. 

During the internship period, my official title was ‘Communication Specialist’ and I was a part of the Communications Division that is in charge of proofreading, design, and publicity of all reports and documents published by DCD. During the preparation period for the HLF-4, the Communication Division mainly focused on the publicity, communication, and media-related work for the HLF-4, and some of my roles were to gather useful information from various resources that were to be displayed on the DCD websites and manage the HLF-4 e-library website as well as the actual library space in the conference center where the HLF-4 was held. 

Besides the Communication Division, I also worked with the Aid Quality & Architecture (AQuA) Division, which was in charge of important preparations for the HLF-4 including selecting and inviting speakers, guests, and VIPs from across the globe, organizing various thematic sessions and events, and creating all HLF-4-related documents. Before the HLF-4, all AQuA and Communication Division staff, including myself, spent busy days trying to organize a large-scale international conference that would host renowned leaders such as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. After the HLF-4, we all felt great satisfaction about our accomplishments and I felt extremely lucky and glad to make a contribution as a part of a great team. It was especially rewarding to see the HLF-4 being held in my home country; it was an historical event for Korea, the only country in the world so far that has transformed itself from an aid recipient to an aid donor. During the opening ceremony of the HLF-4, Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak also expressed the joy of hosting the HLF-4 in Busan, which has transformed from a poor port town where relief goods from all around the world arrived after the Korean War into the 5th largest port city in the world.

Through the internship, which was short-term but action-packed, I not only became familiar with some important development issues but also learned a great deal about various aspects of the OECD, which I believe was the biggest advantage of the internship. For example, by interacting with OECD staff and joining many internal discussions, I was able to enhance my knowledge and insights about the organizational structure, atmosphere, and people of the OECD. Meanwhile, by communicating with the people outside of the OECD and observing external meetings such as Sherpa meetings, I had a clearer understanding of the OECD’s role, influence, and status in the international community. Thanks to the internship experience, I became more interested in working in an international organization like the OECD in the future, and I deeply appreciate all people who helped me successfully participate in and complete the internship.

*For detailed information regarding the HLF-4, please check the following website:

Photo captions
up)    A photo in front of the OECD’s new logo at the lobby of the OECD headquarters in Paris.
down)    A photo taken with the OECD and the Korean government staff who successfully organized the HLF-4 together in Busan, Korea.


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