THE COMMUNITY: Park Service interns create Korean-language Web site

OUTSIDE HELP. The National Park Service's Reginald Vance (front left) and Dom Nessi (center) with some of their Korean interns.

Rick Steele

The National Park Service has launched the first foreign-language version of its Web site, created in Korean by interns from that country sponsored by the Park Service's CIO's office.

The Korean section of the NPS site is accessible via a link on the NPS home page.

Reginald E. Vance, business administration and finance manager in the CIO Office, matched the interns with various programs within NPS, including the international and finance offices as well as IT operation. 'I think this is a good resume-builder for the interns,' Vance said. The two groups of interns'one working in the summer and one in the fall'brought formidable technical skills and a diligent work ethic to the job, Interior officials said.

The interns receive limited support from the South Korean government but bear the cost of housing themselves, Park Service CIO Dom Nessi said.

NPS worked with the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a nonprofit organization that approached Nessi with an e-mail proposing the internship project. A key advantage of the project is that it does not require financial outlay by NPS.

Nessi said the service was exploring the possibility of developing sites in additional languages.

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