Longwood Apartments Internship (Columbia, Maryland)

In 2013 UMBC’s Asian Studies Program began an internship program with Longwood Apartments (http://www.howardcountymd.gov/displayprimary.aspx?id=1864), a HUD Section 8 housing unit and a Senior Center in Columbia, MD that has a large Korean and Chinese population. Our students have assisted the Manager, Ms. Nakia Coleman, and the Director of the Senior Center, Kathy Wehr, in a variety of ways, serving as interpreters at community meetings, teaching English language classes, participating in dance, art, and recreational activities with the residents, not to mention translating documents and facilitating general communication between the non-Korean or Chinese speaking staff and the residents. Our students overwhelmingly have found this to be a very rewarding experience, and one that has allowed them to put to use the Chinese and Korean language skills that they have acquired at least in part through their major in Asian Studies at UMBC.

 

Christine Au (Asian Studies major) interpreting at a community meeting.

Christine Au (Asian Studies major) interpreting at a community meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Klara Kim interpreting at a meeting of Korean residents of Longwood.

Klara Kim interpreting at a meeting of Korean residents of Longwood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asian Studies Students Who Have Interned at Longwood Apartments:  Christine Au, Klara Kim, Peter Yoo and Molly Bradtke

Several of our students have written about the positive experiences they have had by having an internship at the Longwood Apartments.