Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP) – Fall 2020

Updated: June 2 2020


Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP) Fall 2020

OPEN TO: All Interested Taiwanese University Students

OFFICES:

A. Kaohsiung Office

1. Consular Section
2. Public Diplomacy Section
3. Political/Economic Section

B. Taipei Office

1. Agricultural Trade Office
2. Chinese Language School
3. Commercial Section
4. Community Liaison Office
5. Consular Section
6. Economic Section
7. Financial Management Office
8. General Services Office
9. Human Resources Office
10. Political Section
11. Public Diplomacy Section

OPENING DATE: June 3, 2020

CLOSING DATE: July 2, 2020

INTERNSHIP PERIOD: September 2020 through January 2021

HOURS REQUIREMENT: Minimum hours worked per week: 20 hours
The exact work days are not fixed and will be arranged between the individual intern and the section.
(Note: Students should discuss work schedule during the interviews. Certificate of Internship will only be issued to those students who complete at least 2/3 hours of the program).

COMPENSATION
There are no benefits, compensation, or any future employment rights attached to this internship. However, students would gain valuable experience in various areas of AIT and possible academic credit that your schools may consider to award.

ELIGIBILITY
Successful applicants must be:
1. Taiwan citizens;
2. 18 years of age or older;
3. Active students with at least two years of university studies (i.e. junior, senior or graduate students);
4. In good academic standing and have their school’s endorsement;
5. With an agreement from current schools.


A. AIT Kaohsiung

Consular Section (2 intern positions available)

Duties: Assist with the preparation of documents for the Consular section. Assist with clerical tasks and event preparatory work as required. Perform written translation from Chinese to English and/or English to Chinese. Assist with the preparation and execution of AIT/K’s outreach events, including Public Affairs events and representational activities. Emergency Action Plan updating/input. Special Citizen Service assistance. Voter outreach assistance for US 2020 elections. Assistance for recruitment of Citizen Liaison Volunteers. Review and update the AIT Duty Officer’s Handbook as well as publicly available resources such as: attorney list, hospital list, translator list, hotel list, shelter list and law enforcement research. Assistance to other AIT/K sections as needed

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree in Political Science, English, International relations, Journalism, Business, Public relations or related field.

Language Proficiency: Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Chinese.

Skills: Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.

Public Diplomacy Section (2 intern positions available)

Duties: Assist with designing, scheduling of AIT/K social media content. Monitor and analyze response to AIT/K social media. Provide graphic design support to AIT/K initiatives. Provide logistical and administrative support for AIT/K programs. Assist other sections as required. Support broader AIT/K representational events as needed.

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree.

Language Proficiency: Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Chinese.

Skills: Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite is required; Adobe Creative Suite preferred; social media expertise highly valued.

Political/Economic Section (1 intern position available)

Duties: Assist with gathering information for political and economic reporting in southern Taiwan, including conducting research, updating PowerPoint presentation and compiling contact and biographical information on southern Taiwan business, government, ongoing research for Cross-Strait issues, effects of US-China trade friction on Taiwan economy, impact of new Mayor’s policies on southern Taiwan, ongoing research of energy issues and academic figures. Perform written translation from Chinese to English and/or English to Chinese Assist with the preparation and execution of AIT/K’s POL and ECON outreach events, including representational activities. Lead on large scale event – AIT/OAC’s Ocean Challenge 2020. Lead on coordination and research with AQ Fellow on air pollution issues in southern Taiwan. Assist with research, meeting preparation, and reporting on political environment following Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election. Assist in other AIT/K sections as needed.

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree in Political science, Economy, English, International relations, Journalism, Business, Public relations or related field.

Language Proficiency: Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Chinese.

Skills: Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.

 


B. AIT Taipei

Agricultural Trade Office (1 intern position available)

Duties: Assist ATO with marketing and promotional activities as assigned. Assist with other tasks as necessary to support the functioning of the office. Provide assistance to ATO staff in, organizing trade missions, and/or other agricultural related trade services. Work with ATO staff to document information sources for official reports. Draft and/or edit non-sensitive English language correspondences.

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree.

Language Proficiency: Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Chinese.

Skills: Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite is required.

Chinese Language School (2 intern positions available)

Duties: Search and collect materials for CLASS’ teaching database. Have verbal interaction with students and teachers of CLASS through scheduling. Participate
all Area Studies activities. Participate in planning process in various committees gathered for various purpose (Area Studies, material and curricula development and staff development). Observe an on-going teaching session. Sort library material and evaluate possible future usefulness.

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree with concentration in humanities of social sciences.

Language Proficiency: Native speaker equivalent of Mandarin Chinese; Good working knowledge of English.

Skills: Microsoft Windows and Office Suite. Ability to recognize simplified Chinese characters is preferred.

Commercial Section (4 intern positions available)

Duties: Follow Taiwan’s developments in specific market sectors and brief Commercial Officers on those developments. Undertake research for, and assist with writing major market opportunity reports published and maintained by the Department of Commerce. Provide assistance to Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists conducting Department of Commerce services by participating in meetings, conferences, and/or other trade-related activities. Conduct business analysis. Assist Commercial Officers and Specialists in developing and/or launching new Commercial Sections products, including web site design. Assist with trade conferences and events.

Education and Academic Training: Economics and/or trade related major.

Language Proficiency: Fluent in English and Chinese.

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Community Liaison Office (2 intern positions available)

Duties: Develop and maintain CLO Online Portals by providing assistance with AIT’s weekly newsletter and updating CLO section info on SharePoint. Join CLO meetings with NGOs, schools, travel agencies, and other local cooperators and update and compile POC list. Create and update brochure on places to visit throughout Taiwan, “Beyond Taipei,” and a Volunteer and Service Opportunities booklet. Research local volunteer organizations and compile a list for publication. Update TDY Welcome to Taipei booklet, which includes cultural awareness, quick guides, local information, transportation and shopping. Update flyers, magazines and brochures from tourist centers and local travel agencies. Help with event coordination and set up: Welcome Party, Halloween Party, Holiday Bazaar, Thanksgiving Potluck, Holiday Celebration, monthly Coffee Morning, and other events. Create a catalogue for CLO’s silent auction items and help with inventory and pricing. Create a catalogue for CLO’s Holiday Bazaar, help with venue set up and security escort. Help organize CLO inventory closet.

Education and Academic Training: Information Management, visual design, communication, journalism, tourism, and other related fields of study.

Language Proficiency: English and Chinese with good working proficiency.

Skills: Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and any web design tools are required. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP language skills are preferred.

Consular Section (total 3 intern positions available)

• American Citizen Services Unit (1 intern)

Duties: Assist with clerical tasks and event preparatory work as required. Assist in special American Citizen Services, such as hospital and prison visits, as needed. Assist in passport application data entry. Assist in window operations on days with passport and notarial services. Perform written translation from Chinese to English or English to Chinese. Perform special projects as needed.

Education and Academic Training:
Must be studying actively towards a degree.

Language Proficiency:
Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Chinese.

Skills:
Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) is required.

• Immigrant Visa Unit (1 intern)

Duties:
Assist with prescreening and intake procedures – accept, review, note discrepancies in, and enter data from applicant documents – for all immigrant visa types. Assist with special immigrant visa cases. Assist with visa production, including placement of visas in passports and quality assurance. Assist with drafting responses to public inquiries. Assist with clerical tasks and event preparatory work. Implement special projects.

Education and Academic Training:
Must be studying actively towards a degree.

Language Proficiency:
Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Chinese.

Skills:
Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) is required.

• Non-Immigrant Visa Unit (1 intern)

Duties:
Assist with intake procedure – accept, review, note discrepancies in, and enter data from applicant documents for every nonimmigrant visa type. Assist with visa production, including placement of visas in passports and quality assurance. Assist with drafting responses to public inquiries as required. Assist with clerical tasks and event preparatory work as required. Implement special projects as needed.

Education and Academic Training:
Must be studying actively towards a degree.

Language Proficiency:
Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Chinese.

Skills:
Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) is required.

Economic Section (1 intern position available)

Duties:
Update related stakeholders’ CV and related translation. Assist event/program arrangement and logistics. Provide general office assistance. Critical thinking/input and domestic economic update would be an asset.

Education and Academic Training:
University students with economic background and understanding of the latest Taiwan economic policy and development.

Language Proficiency:
Good command of English and Chinese.

Skills:
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Financial Management Office (1 intern position available)

Duties: Assist in compiling and auditing supporting documents for accounting, vouchering, such as payment, collection, etc. Use MS office – Excel to compile data and prepare documents/reports. Assist office with scanning, filing and administrative/clerical duties. Work on tasks as assigned.

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree, preferably with concentration in Accounting or Finance. Must have taken one-year Accounting class at minimum (Accounting Principles) if not an Accounting major.

Language Proficiency: Good command in English and Chinese both oral and written.

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Accounting software experience is preferred.

General Services Office (2 intern positions available)

Duties: Access to and be responsible for data-driven research projects and proposing management strategy solutions to AIT staff. Work with Motor Pool, Procurement, Housing, Shipping, Travel, and Property teams to collect data from automated online databases, analyze data, and draft/edit/propose plans for future management policies.

Education and Academic Training: English, Math, Statistics, Management, etc.

Language Proficiency: Comfortable reading, speaking, and writing English.

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, online databases, etc.). Interest in data, analytics, research, writing, planning, and management strategies. Communicative team player with a positive attitude.

Human Resources Office (1 intern position available)
Duties: Assist with updating the HR SharePoint site. Assist with recruitment activities such as prescreening applications, conducting language tests, contacting applicants and scheduling interviews. Assist with awards program such as printing certificates, arranging venue, contacting vendors, scanning nominations, updating database, etc. Assist with language program with reviewing monthly attendance for billing purpose, preparing PO modifications and logging student record. Assist with local student program: reviewing the applications, updating student information into the applicant log. Assist with HR events, AIT events, and American HR portfolios as required. Provide daily administrative support and assist with HR records management, such as: Personnel Files – maintain electronic and hard copy contents, organize records disposition schedule; Position Classification – update electronic files, organize classification documents and historical records.

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree in Liberal Arts, Science, Humanities, Management or Business.

Language Proficiency: Good command in English and Chinese both oral and written.

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and strong organizational and communication skill with attention to details.

Political Section (1 intern position available)

Duties: Update biographies of POL’s contacts. Update the Contact Database and Taiwan Official list. Compile information about 2022 local elections. Arrange and attend meetings with college/graduate students.

Education and Academic Training: College/Graduate students majoring in political science, international relations, law, or English.

Language Proficiency: Fluent in English and Chinese.

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Public Diplomacy Office (3 intern positions available)

Duties:
Help draft Facebook posts and assist with planning for social media engagement (including video). Assist with translation of PDS program materials, including content for and comments on AIT’s Facebook. Monitor popular social media sites in Taiwan. Assist with compiling and analyzing social media metrics.
Help with IVLP data management (learning EVDB). Take shifts and support the American Center during opening hours. Assist with verifying AIC membership records. Assist American Spaces programs including online registration and social media post drafting. Assist with organizing, executing, and compiling press reports for public diplomacy programs. Assist with administrative duties such as visitor access, MotorPool requests, and work order requests various maintenance and outreach needs. Help update PDS contact information and maintain the contact database and other record-keeping systems. Attend and provide logistic support for cultural, American Spaces, and press outreach events, including preparing kits and giveaways.

Education and Academic Training: University Students studying Political Science, History, English, Art, Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Library Science, International Affairs, Translations, and/or related fields.

Language Proficiency: Fluent in English and Chinese.

Skills:
Microsoft Office Suite (especially PowerPoint, Excel, Word); video editing; Familiarity with popular social media platforms.

HOW TO APPLY

Application should include:

  1. Statement of Interest (PDF format – 720 KB or Word format – 29 KB)
  2. Letter of Permission (issued by current Department Office or professor with a statement that the school has acknowledged and agreed on applicant’s participating in AIT’s internship program, no fixed format required)
  3. Official transcripts (in English)
  4. Gratuitous Service Agreement (PDF format – 173 KB)

E-mail your application to TaipeiAIT-FNSIP@state.gov by 11:59 p.m., July 2, 2020. You shall receive an auto-reply message from the system if your application is submitted successfully.