Young Sun Park earned a BA in economics and political science from Seoul National University (2007). Young was an exchange student in Japan in 2004-2005. As a college student, she studied North Korea and feminism and did volunteer work with former sexual slaves known as "comfort women." During her senior year, she researched Korea-China trade issues with a grant from the Korea International Trade Association. She has received awards from the Dooeul Scholarship Foundation for Women Leaders and the Japan Student Service Organization and has worked as a teaching assistant at the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University.