The Asia Foundation, Jakarta

This internship is offered in conjunction with the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Erik Jensen, Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL

About The Asia Foundation:

The Asia Foundation (TAF) is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia.  Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, the Foundation’s work across the region addresses five overarching goals:  strengthen governance; empower women; expand economic opportunity; increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation. TAF is headquartered in San Francisco and has a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and Washington, D.C. Working with public and private partners, TAF receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2015, The Foundation provided more than $95 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $10 million. For further information, please visit

About The Asia Foundation in Indonesia:

Over the past six decades, TAF has supported Indonesian initiatives to consolidate democracy, strengthen the role of civil society, promote rule of law, expand economic growth, and improve government services. Consistent with Indonesian government priorities, The Foundation works with innovative leaders to build effective partnerships and advance reforms that strengthen judicial systems, protect human rights, promote equitable economic growth, and improve governance of environmental resources. TAF programs in Indonesia also support free and fair elections and address gender and inclusion concerns. For further information, please visit


The Intern will work for a period of approximately eight weeks during the summer of 2018 with the Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program to assist with the development, marketing, and expansion of the Foundation’s new digital literacy platform Let’s Read Asia (LRA).  This platform is the latest development in the Foundation’s flagship Books for Asia program, which has been supporting literacy in Indonesia for over 60 years.  LRA was launched in Indonesia in mid-2017, and currently has over 200 books in its library.  TAF-Indonesia is actively expanding this platform to include local language content in Bahasa Indonesia and local languages.

The intern will work with the Books for Asia Program Officer and BFA staff in San Francisco on improving and tracking use, access, and expansion of the on-line library. The intern will be based in Jakarta at the Foundation’s Representative Office, but will have an opportunity to visit local partner organizations supporting both hard copy and e-book distribution across Indonesia. This internship provides the student with the opportunity to work with an established organization with a long history in supporting literacy in Indonesia, and be part of development and expansion of the Foundation’s new online literacy platform. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with the dynamic Asia Foundation team in Indonesia, getting exposure to various issues of reform, social inclusion, environmental governance, women's rights, and access to legal justice.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing undergraduate students. Students from any department interested in literacy, education, and on-line platform development are welcome to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Additionally, applicants should have the following characteristics:

  • Ability to work cross-culturally
  • Ability to communicate openly
  • Interest or experience in literacy promotion
  • Willingness to travel to districts in the Indonesian archipelago
  • Sharp analytical skills
  • Outstanding computer and writing skills
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience advancing social inclusion of marginalized minority groups is helpful.
  • Knowledge of Indonesian culture is helpful.

Language Requirement:

Knowledge of Indonesian language is helpful but not required.


The internship is located in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Visa Requirements:

The student must be eligible to travel to Indonesia and must have a passport valid until at least March 2019. The student is likely to need a work visa for Indonesia and will be responsible for obtaining that visa him or herself.  Stanford or TAF may advise on visa procedures.  It is possible the work visa may allow the student to work in Indonesia for only 60 days.  If that is the case, FSI, TAF and the student will determine together if the student will attempt to obtain a second visa while in Indonesia or will conclude the internship within the time frame of the original visa. Obtaining a second visa typically requires leaving Indonesia and applying for the new visa from another location.


FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Fellows are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends average $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Gina Gonzales directly.

Special note:

The Asia Foundation welcomes the selected fellow to visit its San Francisco headquarters for a brief overview of the Foundation’s operations and programs prior to commencing the internship in Jakarta. 


Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

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