Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP)

Updated: May 22, 2017

Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP)
Fall 2017

 

OPEN TO: All Interested University Students

OFFICES:

A. Kaohsiung

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

B. Taipei

  1. Agricultural Trade Office
  2. Chinese Language School
  3. Commercial Section
  4. Consular Section
  5. Financial Management Office
  6. Human Resources Office
  7. Political Section
  8. Public Diplomacy Section


OPENING DATE:
 May 23, 2017

 

CLOSING DATE: June 23, 2017

 

INTERNSHIP PERIOD: September 2017 to January 2018

 

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.  Do remember to discuss your work schedule during interview.  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, nor any future employment rights attached to this internship.  However, students would gain valuable experience in various areas of U.S. Mission, 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.

Note:  U.S. citizens are not eligible for this local student intern program.  Candidates with dual citizenship of U.S. and Taiwan are considered as U.S. citizens.


DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

A.     AIT Kaohsiung

 

1.      Commercial Section (1 intern position available)

Duties: Follow Taiwan’s developments in specific market sectors and brief Principal Commercial Officers on those developments.  Undertake research for, and write major market opportunity reports.  Provide assistance to Principal Commercial Officers and Specialists conducting Department of Commerce services by participating in meetings, conferences, and/or other-trade-related activities.  Conduct business analysis.  Assist with trade conferences.  General administrative supports as needed.
Education and Academic Training: University students major in Economics, Marketing, Business Administration, International Trade, or related field.
Language Proficiency: Fluent in English and Chinese.
Skills: Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite.

2.      Consular/Economic Section (2 intern positions available)

Duties: Assist with the preparation of documents for the Consular Section.  Assist with clerical tasks and event preparatory works 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 preparation and execution of AIT/K’s outreach events, social media postings and representational activities.
Education and Academic Training: University students major in Political science, English, International relations, Journalism, Business, Public relations or related field.
Language Proficiency: Good command of English and Chinese languages.  Taiwanese proficiency is highly desirable.
Skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) ability required.

3.      Public Diplomacy Section (1 intern position available) 

Duties: Assist with designing and scheduling of AIT/K’s social media contents.  Monitor and analyze responses on AIT/K’s social media.  Assist with AIT/K’s press summary.  Provide graphic design support to AIT/K’s initiatives.  Provide logistical and administrative support to AIT/K’s programs.  Support broader AIT/K’s representational events as needed.  Assist other sections as required.
Education and Academic Training: University students with interest in communications, graphic design or public policy.
Language Proficiency: Good command of English and Chinese languages.
Skills: Microsoft Office Suite competency required; Adobe Creative Suite ability preferred; social media expertise highly valued.

B.      AIT Taipei

 

1.      Agricultural Trade Office (3 intern positions available)

Duties: Assist ATO with marketing and promotional activities.  Assist with other tasks as necessary to support the functioning of the office.  Assist 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: Academic background in general business or international affairs.
Language Proficiency: Good command of English and Chinese languages.
Skills: Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite.

2.      Chinese Language School (1 intern position available)

Duties: Transcribe Chinese language interviews of GSO functions; compare with existing standard CLASS materials and identify novel language points.  Collect news and other authentic reading material and run statistics on vocabulary frequency in different reading domains.  Be interviewed and recorded for listening comprehension material.  Sort stored library material and evaluate possible future usefulness.
Education and Academic Training: BA/BS in progress, or higher; humanities or social sciences concentration.
Language Proficiency: Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and good working knowledge of English.
Skills: Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite and Chinese word processing ability required.

3.      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 write 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 website design.  Assist with trade conferences and events.
Education and Academic Training: Academic background in Economics and/or trade related majors.
Language Proficiency: Good command of English.
Skills: Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite. 

4.      Consular Section (total 5 intern positions available)

 

  • American Citizen Services Unit (2 interns)

Duties: Assist with clerical tasks and event preparatory work as required.  Assist in special American Citizen Services, such as hospital visits, as needed.  Assist in passport application data entry.  Assist in window operations on passport days.  Perform written translation from Chinese to English or English to Chinese.  Perform special projects as needed.
Education and Academic Training: University students with previous experience in political science, international relations, public relations, information technology, or business.
Language Proficiency: Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Mandarin.
Skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) ability required.

  • Immigrant Visa Unit (1 intern)

Duties: Assist with prescreen 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 including I-407s, Boarding Foils, SB-1s, Re-Entry Permits, and adoptions.  Assist with the 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.  Rotate into and/or assist other units in the Consular section.  Performs special projects.
Education and Academic Training: University students with previous experience in political science, international relations, public relations, information technology, or business.
Language Proficiency: Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Mandarin.
Skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) ability required.

  • Non-Immigrant Visa Unit (2 interns)

Duties: Assist with intake procedure- accept, review, note discrepancies in, and enter data from applicant documents for every nonimmigrant visa type process.  Assist with the 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.  Performs special projects as needed.
Education and Academic Training: University students with previous experience in political science, international relations, public relations, information technology, or business.
Language Proficiency: Must have strong English skills and be fluent in Mandarin.
Skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) ability required. 

5.      Financial Management Office (2 intern positions available)

Duties: Assist in auditing and processing payment vouchers.  Assist in processing funding requests and accounting codes.  Assist in reviewing financial reports, accounts reconciliation, etc.  Assist with filing and admin/clerical duties.  Assist with organizing monthly telephone and utility bills, and preparing reports in Excel worksheet.  Other tasks as assigned.
Education and Academic Training: University students with concentration in Accounting or Finance preferred.  Must have at least one year accounting class (Accounting Principles) if not an accounting major and have good understanding of business operation.
Language Proficiency: Good command of oral and written English.
Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word) required, accounting software experience preferred. 

6.      Human Resources Office (1 intern position available)

Duties: Assist with recruitment activities such as prescreening applications, conducting language tests, contacting applicants and scheduling interviews.  Assist with AIT Awards Program such as preparing nomination booklet, printing certificates, arranging venue, contacting vendors, scanning nominations, etc.  Assist language program with reviewing monthly attendance for billing purpose, preparing purchase order modifications and logging student record.  Assist with the local student intern program.  Updating and maintain contents on HR SharePoint website.  Provide daily administrative support to the HR team.
Education and Academic Training: University students major in Liberal Arts, Science, Humanities, Management or Business.
Language Proficiency: Good command of oral and written English.
Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite skills and knowledge of web applications.  Strong organizational skill with attentions to details.

7.      Political Section (1 intern position available)

Duties: Update biographies of POL’s contacts.  Assist the junior specialist in updating the Contact Database.  Compile information of previous elections for preparation of 2018 local elections.  Arrange meetings with college/graduate students.
Education and Academic Training: College/graduate students major in Political Science, International Relations, Law, or English.
Language Proficiency: Good working knowledge of English.
Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

8.      Public Diplomacy Office (4 intern positions available)

Duties: Assist with organizing, executing, and compiling press reports for public diplomacy programs, including press events.  Attend and support cultural programs and other outreach events, including press events and activities at American Corners.  Archive materials from cultural programs.  Assist with alumni outreach, including maintaining the alumni database and outreach programs.  Help draft youth-focused Facebook posts and assist with planning for social media engagement.  Monitor popular social media sites in Taiwan.  Conduct research and prepare reports on new media outlets and social media in Taiwan.  Assist with compiling and analyzing social media metrics.  Assist with translation for PDS programs and materials, including content for and comments on AIT’s Facebook.  Prepare and process orders of books and/or IIP publications for outreach programs, and for American Corners and shelves.  Help update PDS contact information, including press contacts; scan and update records and data for Contact Database.
Education and Academic Training: University students major in Political Science, History, English, Art, Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Library Science, International Affairs, or related fields.
Language Proficiency: Good command of English and Chinese languages.
Skills: Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite (especially PowerPoint, Excel, Word) and familiarity with popular social media platforms.


HOW TO APPLY

Application should include:

  1. Statement of Interest (PDF format – 315KB or Word format – 86KB)
  2. Letter of Permission (issued by current Department Office or professor)
  3. Official transcripts (in English)

E-mail your application to TaipeiAIT-Job@state.gov  by 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017.  You shall receive an auto-reply message from the system if your application is submitted successfully.