Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP) – Spring 2020

Updated: November 21, 2019

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. Chinese Language School
  2. Commercial Section
  3. Community Liaison Office
  4. Consular Section
  5. Economic Section
  6. Executive Section
  7. Financial Management Office
  8. General Services Office
  9. Political Section
  10. Public Diplomacy Section

OPENING DATE:                     November 21, 2019

CLOSING DATE:                      December 20, 2019

INTERNSHIP PERIOD:            March 2020 through June 2020

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

Duties: Assist with the preparation of documents for the Consular section. Assist with clerical tasks and event preparatory work as required. Assist with gathering information for economic reporting in southern Taiwan, including conducting research, updating PowerPoint presentations, and compiling contact and biographical information on southern Taiwan business, government, and academic figures. Perform written translation from Chinese to English or English to Chinese. Assist with the preparation and execution of AIT/K’s outreach events, including Public Affairs events and representational activities.
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 Mandarin.
Skills: Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.

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: Fluent in English and Mandarin.
Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

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 in run-up to 2020 elections. 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

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

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.

  1. 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 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. Assist CLO with preparations of orientation events, including departure seminar and welcome folders for newcomers 2020. Help with event coordination and set up, Easter party, farewell party, 4th of July, monthly coffee morning and other events. Create a catalogue for CLO’s silent auction items and help with inventory and pricing. Assist in other office tasks such as help organize CLO event boxes in the warehouse.

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.

  1. 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 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.

  1. 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).

  1. Executive Section (1 intern position available)

Duties: Help create and review contacts for accuracy in database for July 4th event for the purpose of determining proper protocol for dignitaries and international representatives. Research Contacts. 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 degree.

Language Proficiency: Fluent in English and Chinese.

Skills: Database experience.

  1. Financial Management Office (2 intern positions 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.

  1. 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, 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.

Duties: Update biographies of POL’s contacts. Check the RSVP status of the July 4th reception. Assist the 2 political assistants in updating the Contact Database. Compile information about 2020 presidential and legislative elections. Arrange 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.

Language Proficiency: Fluent English and Mandarin Chinese.

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

  1. Public Diplomacy Office (4 intern positions available)

Duties: Attend and provide logistic support for cultural programs and other outreach events, including press events and activities at the American Spaces and American Corner. Assist with compiling and analyzing social media metrics. Assist with alumni outreach, including maintaining the alumni database and outreach programs. Help draft Facebook posts and assist with planning for social media engagement (including video). Monitor popular social media sites in Taiwan. Assist with translation for PDS programs and materials, including content for and comments on AIT’s Facebook. Assist with organizing, executing, and compiling press reports for public diplomacy programs, including press events. Prepare and process orders of books and support American Center business during opening hours. Help update PDS contact information; scan and update records and data for contact database. Assist with American Spaces outreach and programs. Helping with IVLP data management (learning EVDB).

Assist with administrative duties such as visitor access, MotorPool requests, and work order requests for PDS outreach programs.

Education and Academic Training: University Students studying Political Science, History, English, Art, Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Library Science, International Affairs, 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 – 720KB or Word format – 29KB)
  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., December 20, 2019.  You shall receive an auto-reply message from the system if your application is submitted successfully.