A Glimpse into the Future of Work: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power - Central Research Institute Internship
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- Jun 19, 2020 4:00 pm GMT
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by Mark Gino Aliperio (an article from KINGS Life Vol. 19, 2018)
One day, I came across the call for applications for the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Co.- Central Research Institute (KHNP-CRI) winter internship program. I was initially hesitant to apply because I thought I only stood a slim chance of getting accepted due to the limited number of slots (only 2 slots for the whole school), but after some thought, I tried my luck by submitting a last-minute application. A week later, a buzz on my phone delivered the good news that I had been accepted!
CRI is the research-oriented affiliate of KHNP, which is Korea’s largest power generation body and producer of the nation’s domestic energy. With the vision of being the world’s best research institute leading nuclear power technology development, CRI has become a top-tier research institute studying the entire nuclear power plant (NPP) cycle, from design and construction to operation and decommissioning.
When I reflect back, my first day at CRI was one of the most memorable days of my time at work. This job was the first time that I had ever worked in an office environment, so I didn’t know what to expect. The environment was quite relaxed, but I learned how to behave in the workplace. After being introduced to and warmly welcomed by everyone, in order that I become familiar with the new working environment, I was taken on a tour around the different facilities and laboratories, such as the Radiation & Environment Laboratory, the Main Control Room (“MCR”) Simulator, the Centralized Monitoring & Diagnosis Center (“CMD”), and the Plant Construction & Engineering Laboratory, to name a few.
Just observing the everyday events that happened at these places taught me about teamwork and how people can come together to get things done. I was assigned to the R&D Policy and Planning Team under the R&D Strategy and Planning Office. The first, and probably the biggest, task given to me was to study and give a talk on molten salt reactor technology to the different teams in the office. Considering my short stay at the institute, I wasted no time in learning as much as I could. Aside from honing my research skills, I also received a great deal of mentoring to improve my interpersonal and managerial skills. In addition, I visited the Construction Technology Group and listened to lectures and presentations made by the general manager about the Integrated Construction Management and 3D Virtual Construction Monitoring Systems, which his team developed.
To conclude the internship program, we took an educational excursion to Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) Low & Intermediate Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility in Gyeongju, Shin-Kori 5 & 6 Construction Sites, and Shin-Kori 4 Auxiliary and Turbine Building.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School (KINGS), KHNP-CRI, and my supervisor, Mr. Dae-Seung Park, for this internship experience that was so incredible, both professionally and personally. I hope that more students can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and grow and to eventually become a successful NPP professional.