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GTI Internship, Summer 2021

GTI is hiring interns this Summer. Please find below the job description for our internship program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the internship may be entirely remote. Selected interns will be informed of GTI’s policy before their term begins.

The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) is a private, non-profit policy incubator located in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Our vision is to raise awareness, deepen affinity, and create opportunities for strengthening the relationship between Taiwan and the international community, and especially Taiwan’s relationship with the United States. We do this through policy research and programs that promote better public understanding about Taiwan and its people.

GTI accepts interns several times a year, normally for periods of an academic term, though these terms may be shortened or extended at the discretion of the organization. Our internship program is a generalized one, which will expose interns to the breadth of think tank operations, from research assistance to event planning, and administrative tasks. Internship duties will vary by term and by individual, as interns bring their unique skills, interests, and expertise to the organization.

Summer Internship 2021: late May – late August

Job Summary:
The Global Taiwan Institute is seeking up to three Summer interns to assist with: current research projects and reports, production of the bi-weekly Global Taiwan Brief, and organization of our monthly public seminars. Interns may have the opportunity to publish in the Global Taiwan Brief. We are looking for energetic, flexible, highly motivated interns who are excited about our mission and work well as a part of a small team. Familiarity with regional issues, editorial and/or writing experience, social media proficiency, interpersonal skills, and a strong work ethic are essential. This internship is unpaid.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assisting in event planning and other logistics
  • Assisting with ongoing research and other projects
  • Assisting with data-entry and other administrative tasks
  • Assisting with social media and website posting/maintenance
  • Assisting with production of the Global Taiwan Brief
  • Writing one short (2-3 page) article on relevant topics for potential publication in the Global Taiwan Brief
  • Attending relevant virtual/in-person events in Washington, D.C. and reporting back to GTI staff
  • Tracking news and developments in Taiwan, US-Taiwan relations, and the Asia-Pacific region
  • Additional publishing opportunities may be available

Knowledge, Education, and Experience:
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution (internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students)
  • Strong written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite and social media platforms (eg: Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite)
  • Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and other Asian languages
  • Experience with policy research or editing a publication highly desired
  • Interest in Asia policy issues: demonstrated interest in Taiwan, US-Taiwan, and/or cross-Strait issues preferred
  • Able to commit a minimum of 20-hours per week to the internship
  • Flexibility with handling different tasks

Application Materials and Review Process:
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information (email and phone) of two references
  • Cover letter (indicating why you want to intern at GTI)
  • Short Answer Essay (250 words each):
  1. What do you see as the three most significant issues facing Taiwan today, and why?
  2. What skillset do you already possess, and what skills or expertise do you wish to gain through this internship?

Please send these materials as email attachments (Word documents or pdf) to with subject: “GTI internship Summer 2021” by Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered.