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KLI internship builds vocabulary, friendships

Minayo Tsuhako (right), a Kadena Language Institute student, takes a photo of Yui Makawa (left), also a KLI student, during her internship at the 18th Wing Public Affairs office on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 4, 2012. Tsuhako is part of the KLI internship program which gives members of the class a chance to work at places around Kadena for a month in preparation for attending schools abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brooke P. Beers)

Minayo Tsuhako (right), a Kadena Language Institute student, takes a photo of Yui Makawa (left), also a KLI student, during her internship at the 18th Wing Public Affairs office on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 4, 2012. Tsuhako is part of the KLI internship program which gives members of the class a chance to work at places around Kadena for a month in preparation for attending schools abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brooke P. Beers)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- I've been to U.S. military bases many times before, but this was the first time I had an opportunity to work with military members on base.

I was nervous doing everything at first, but everyone was very kind to me so I got used to working there quickly. I worked at the 18th Wing Public Affairs office as one of the nine interns from Kadena Language Institute. I was able to broaden my outlook, conduct interviews and to take pictures for this story.

I did all kinds of work during my four-week internship. I visited my classmate's workplaces and took pictures of them working hard. Then, I was an interpreter for the 18th Wing Honorary Commanders orientation. I was shy to be in front of people, but I had fun. I also attended office meetings. It was hard for me to catch every word but listening really helped with my English.

I was able to visit the Armed Forces Network station with broadcasters from the PA office. Luckily, I observed the radio studio and camera training at AFN. It was so exciting. I also got the opportunity to write this story so I am very happy to have had such precious experiences.

During my time here on base, I realized that people have good communication skills and try to cooperate with each other in the workplace. Here on base, it is a great working environment. I thought that I should take this custom because I want to be able to work with flexibility by having good communication skills in the future.

In the end, I was able to learn not only English, but also professional work. I had a great four weeks. I appreciate the people who have helped and supported me kindly during my internship.