Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP) – Fall 2021

Updated: June 9, 2021


Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP) Fall 2021

 

OPEN TO: All Interested Taiwanese University Students 

OFFICES:

A. Kaohsiung Office

1. Commercial Section

2. Consular Section

3. Public Diplomacy Section

4. 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. Executive Section

8. Financial Management Office

9. General Services Office

10. Human Resources Office

11. Political Section

12. Public Diplomacy Section

OPENING DATE: June 10, 2021

CLOSING DATE: July 8, 2021

INTERNSHIP PERIOD: September 2021 through January 2022

HOURS REQUIREMENT: Minimum hours worked per week: 20 hours

The exact workdays 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

Commercial Section (1 intern position available)

Duties: Assist Principal Commercial Officer and Specialists in conducting missions in Commercial Section. 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 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: Must be studying actively towards a degree in commercial related majors. 

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

Skills: Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) is required. Data gathering and analytical skills.

Consular Section (2 intern positions available)

Duties: Take the lead on at least one customized project aimed at analyzing and improving the provision of American Citizen Services. Provide regular briefings to Consular Section on the progress of the project. Directly interact with American Citizen Services customers in English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. Assist with the preparation of documents and annual reports 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 consular outreach events, including Public Affairs events and representational activities. Assist with Special Citizen Services. 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 Mandarin Chinese.

Skills: Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required. Ability to use Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop) is a plus.

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 Mandarin 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 mayor’s and magistrate’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. Support coordination for events of AIT and State Department initiated programs – AIT/OAC’s (Ocean Affairs Council) Ocean Challenge 2022, GCTF (Global Cooperation & Training Framework) Smart Agriculture, AMVER (Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue) awards ceremony, and TechCamp. Support research on economy and industry developments in southern Taiwan. Assist with research, meeting preparation, and reporting on political environment of southern Taiwan. Assistance to other AIT/K sections as needed.

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

Language Proficiency: Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Mandarin 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 preferably in general business or international affairs.

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. Work as informal language exchange partner for students. Participate in 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. Support class teaching preparation as needed.

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree with concentration in humanities or social sciences; preferably from Department of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.

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 (3 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 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:

1. Develop and Maintain CLO Online Portals:

– Help design an online format newsletter website using the template from a professional website

– Provide assistance with AIT’s weekly newsletter – Update CLO section information on SharePoint

2. Local Information:

– Join CLO meetings with NGOs, schools, travel agencies, and with other local cooperators. Update and compile POC (Point of Contact) list

– Create and update brochures on places to visit throughout Taiwan, “Beyond Taipei”

– Create 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 or local travel agencies

3. Events:

– Help with event coordination and set up, CLO fundraisers, Teen Icebreaker, Welcome Party, Halloween Party, Thanksgiving Potluck, Holiday Bazaar, Holiday Celebration, monthly Coffee Morning, and other events

– Inventory and price items for CLO’s silent auction

– Create a catalogue for CLO’s Holiday Bazaar. Help with venue set up and security escort

4. Welcome and Orientation:

– Prepare welcome folders for newcomers

– Provide assistance for social sponsor program

5. Other Office Tasks:

– Help organize CLO event boxes in the warehouse

– Help inventory and downsize CLO’s library

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 (1 intern position available)

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

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree; previous experience in public relations, international relations, politics, or business related fields preferred.

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

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

Economic Section (1 intern position available)

Duties: Update section contacts biographies and assist with related translation. Assist with events and program arrangements and logistics; note take at assigned events and contribute to ECON section reporting, including night notes. General office assistance. Provide critical thinking input and analysis on domestic economic developments.

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

Language Proficiency: Good command of spoken and written English and Chinese.

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

Executive Section (1 intern position available)

Duties: Help to create and review contacts for accuracy in database for AIT hosted events, such as welcome reception for upcoming Director and annual gratuity distribution. Provide the RSVP status on the database. Assist with the migration of the database system. Assist with logistics of the representational events for Director and Deputy Director. Review e-mail addresses of contacts to ensure accuracy. Organize paperwork to manage records disposition.

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

Language Proficiency: Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Skills: Database experience. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Financial Management Office (1 intern position available)

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

Education and Academic Training: Must be studying actively towards a degree, preferably with concentration in Accounting, Finance, or Information Technology related fields. Must have taken one-year Accounting class at minimum (Accounting Principles) if not an Accounting major. Must have good understanding of how business operates.

Language Proficiency: Must be fluent in both oral and written English and Chinese.

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook). Accounting software experience is preferred.

General Services Office (1 intern position 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 majors, 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 (purchase order) 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. Additional duties as assigned.

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 for three congressional reports and 2022 local elections. Arrange and attend meetings with college/graduate students. Compile reactions on specific issues.

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

Language Proficiency: Must have good working proficiency of English and be fluent in Chinese.

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Public Diplomacy Office (3 intern positions available)

Duties:

1. Social Media:

– Assist with video-production work such as putting subtitles on videos, recording & editing videos, possibly creating promo videos for certain events

– Assist with social media outreach and engagement efforts such as proofreading FaceBook posts, taking photos at events, brainstorming ideas for IG, monitoring social media data

2. Program Support:

– Attend and provide logistic support for all PDS teams including creating online registrations, following up with participants, checking in & guests, escorting visitors

– Assist with setting up for events with program equipment, preparing kits and giveaways, mailing out inventory, etc

– Research and gather data for specific audiences and policies

– Assist with organizing, executing, and compiling press & activity reports for public diplomacy programs

3. Translations:

– Assist with the translation of PDS program materials, including program literature, FaceBook posts, press products, etc.

4. Administrative Support:

– Help with IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) data management and organize IVLP history data.

– Maintain the PDS contact database and assist with general record-keeping tasks

– Assist with general admin work such as organizing, scanning, filing, making copies, and shredding paper files

– Conducting market research for procurement items and requesting info from vendors

– Submit admin requests such as visitor access, MotorPool, and work orders for various maintenance and outreach needs

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

Language Proficiency: Must have good working proficiency of English and Chinese.

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

HOW TO APPLY

Application should include:

1. Statement of Interest (PDF format, 246KB or Word format, 38KB)

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, 173KB)

E-mail your application to TaipeiAIT-FNSIP@state.gov by 11:59 p.m., July 8, 2021. You shall receive an auto-reply message from the system if your application is submitted successfully.